Though the renaissance predominantly took place in the northern regions of Italy, such as Florence and Milan, the renaissance still touched Rome and its influences are still viewed by millions of tourists to this day. FlightHub Review has compiled a list of all the best Renaissance sites to see while in Rome.
St. Peter’s Basilica
Known for many reasons, the most famous Renaissance basilica in the world is located in Vatican City. Designed by some of the most prominent Renaissance artists in the world, Michelangelo and Bernini, the basilica is a testament to Renaissance architecture and is also the largest churches in the world. The dome of the basilica is considered to be one of Michelangelo’s finest architectural designs, and has since been replicated all over the world. The Basilica was designed with Renaissance style such as its cruciform shape and elongated nave that was a popular and defining feature during this architectural period. FlightHub suggests visiting the basilica during the day as it takes quite a bit of time to visit the church.
San Pietro in Montorio, Rome
Located within the Church of San Pietro is the Tempietto, which is Italian for small temple. This temple is a small commemorative tomb commissioned by Ferdinand and Isabella of Spain, and is considered masterpiece of High Renaissance Italian architecture. Harmony played a large role in renaissance architecture, and the Tempietto is a testament to how style and movement within architecture is displayed. The circular temple is supported by classical entablatures, with outstanding Corinthian-pillars and impressive statues within the temple. FlightHub believes this is a wonderful site to add to your must-see’s of Rome.
What would a trip to Rome be without seeing the Vatican Museum? Though the museum is home to more than just renaissance art, some of the most impressive and important pieces of the Renaissance are housed in the Museum. FlightHub suggests getting to the museum early, as it takes a significant amount of time to view the exhibits, and crowds are large. While you’re there, FlightHub encourages you see all the exhibits hosted by the museum, but if you can, you should see the Pieta, sculpted by Michelangelo.
Considered one of the artists most cherished masterpieces, the Pieta is the embodiment of renaissance art and sculpture. The artist’s depiction of Christ laying on his mother after his crucifixion was the first in a series of similar depictions of Christ. The most impressive thing about this sculpture is that it was carved from a single block of marble.
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Rome is one of the most unique cities to have ever been built in the world. As a city that has stood the testament of time, people from around the world come to this Italian city to view the history of our own species through the architecture, the art and the food. FlightHub Review believes that visiting Rome through a curated eye is the best way to see the city throughout the ages, and for this edition, FlightHub has compiled a must-see list of the best from Ancient Rome.
The pantheon is one of ancient Rome’s oldest houses of worship. Initial construction to for the pantheon began in 27BCE, and its intended use was to house the Roman gods, a place where worshippers gathered and prayed. FlightHub suggests taking the time to view the Pantheon as it is a testament to withstanding tumultuous history, as well as an architectural marvel. The Pantheon withstood the changes from ancient roman paganism to the spread of Catholicism from the ancient world into the modern one. The Pantheon also contains the world’s largest unreinforced concrete dome, emphasizing how sophisticated Ancient Roman engineering really was.
The Roman Forum
The Roman Forum; the mecca of Roman government, politics and Roman life. The governance of the entire Roman Empire took place in the Roman Forum and its majesty is not lost, despite its ruined state. As the site for Roman public life, religious festivals, elections and all other manners of public life took place here, and FlightHub believes that if you should see any ancient site in Rome, it should be the Roman Forum. Though not as glamorous as the Coliseum, nor as well preserved as the Pantheon, the site of the Roman Forum is what truly made Rome the empire we read about. Spend some time wandering around the ruins and enjoy the beautiful architecture that has withstood the test of time.
The Palatine Hill
The beginning or Rome’s origin myth stems from Palatine Hill as the cave where Lupa, the mythical she-wolf suckled the twins Romulus and Remus. It is said that is was on this hill that Romulus founded the original city of Rome on Palatine Hill. From the isolated seven settlements that spread over the hills to the mighty foundation of Rome as a city, Palatine Hill is on FlightHub’s must-see list of ancient Rome. Wander through the ancient building and behold magnificent frescos painted on the walls of the ruin.
Rome is forever known as the Empire that loved their games, and the Circus Maximus was home to some of the most brutal ones. As Ancient Rome’s largest stadium, this space was used to conduct and hold some of the most vicious, brutal and exciting chariot races known to the ancient city. As the stage for the religious festival of Ludi—and and propelling the cult of the state, the arena and the games that took place in it were held in high regard. FlightHub encourages you to look beyond the plain field and reimagine a world where Rome is the be-all-and-end-all of the world.
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