Set the Stage for your Roman Holiday
Experience the layers of history that make up this storied city with this itinerary, perfect for your first evening in Rome. Start at the iconic Altare della Patria, or Altar of the Fatherland, designed in 1885 and completed in 1925 as a monument to the first king of a unified Italy. Inside is the Museum of Italian Unification, while on top is a terrace offering spectacular views, which have only been accessible to the public since the panoramic elevators were constructed in 2007. From this unique vantage point the contrast of ancient and modern times comes alive as you gaze over the ruins of The Forum and Palatine Hill on one side, and on the other, the hustle and bustle of the city below.
A short walk takes you to the Pantheon, one of the few ancient structures still standing in Rome. The original Temple on this site was built around 27 BC, but the Pantheon you see today was rebuilt by Emperor Hadrian in 125 AD. The dome is a feat of engineering and the opening at its apex - or oculus - provides the only light. Standing beneath the world's largest unreinforced concrete dome as the last rays of sun fade is truly astonishing.
End your evening at a local trattoria for an authentic Roman meal, whether at our recommended spot or a place you discover in your wanderings. Buon appetito!
Walking time: 3-4 hours
Entry fees: €7 for the lift to the panoramic terrace of the Altare della Patria
Starting point: Altare della Patria
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