The spectacular Rome – the capital and the biggest city in Italy as well, is one of the most famous tourist destinations. It covers an area of 1,285.3 km2 and by population within the city takes the fourth place in Europe. Named by the ancient writers The external city, it exists for around two and a half thousand years and is widely believed to be the birthplace of the western civilization. It was the capital of the Roman empire, Roman kingdom, and the Roman Republic. Nowadays there is one more thing that makes the city so unique- the Vatican city, which is a state contained in the territory of Rome.
Rome is the most visited destination in Italy, the third most popular city in the European union and the eleventh most visited in the world. Its historic center attracts million of visitors and the Vatican Museums and the Colosseum, listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage sites, are visited by more than one million tourists every year.
Every part of Rome is beautiful and unique, so you will need weeks to get to know the city well. That’s why we made a list of 5 places that you must visit in the External city.
Ostia Antica served as a port, a gateway to Rome. Many historical monuments which can give you idea of the ancient Rome and its ancient life, were preserved- Temple of an ancient god, the Baths of Neptune, Roman theater, the Forum and even the Ostia Synagogue, which is the oldest one in Europe.
One of the symbols of the Roman Empire, the Colosseum was the largest amphitheater built by emperor Vespasian. Nowadays, visitors can walk through the underground corridors and hallways where the gladiators prepared for their death fights.
Villa del Quintili
Translated as the Villa of the Quintili, this is a villa at the road that leads to the External city. At first, it was owned by the Quintili brothers, Senior officials.
This is a 12-century basilica in Rome. Despite its beauty and importance, it is also famous for the Temple of Mithra and church from 4 century, which was found beneath.
One of the Rome’s seven hills, this is the place where it is believed that Rome was born. According to the story, here the two brothers Romulus and Remus, raised by a wolf founded a village- Rome.