Rome---one of the world's great cities---presents a wealth of opportunities for the outdoor enthusiast to enjoy recreation of all kinds. Within the city and nearby, adventurous visitors can find beaches such as Santa Marinella, just north of Rome, or Castelfusano, about 20 miles to the south. You can also partake in swimming, cycling, walking and hiking. Then, make sure not to miss the top tourist attractions the city has to offer.
It's safe to say that nearly every school-age child the world over has had lessons that included learning about Rome's glorious Colosseum---and yet, to witness the famous building in person will take your breath away. First opened in 79 AD, the arena hosted unimaginable cavalcades of goriness as gladiators entertained spectators numbering in the tens of thousands with a unique variety of crowd-pleasing violence.
Because traditional burials within the city limits were not allowed in ancient Roman times, those who could not afford cremation were destined to be placed the mass graves that comprised the catacombs. This series of underground tunnels leading into the city and surrounding it makes a fascinating and must-see tourist attraction in Rome. Five Roman catacomb sites are open to the public.
A list of tried-and-true tourist attractions in Rome would not be complete without including the famous Trevi Fountain of Fellini's "La Dolce Vita" fame, as well as the 1950s film "Three Coins in a Fountain." Huge in scale, the Roman landmark draws such enormous crowds that you might be tempted to skip it, but don't. Fed by an ancient Roman underground aqueduct, the Trevi Fountain will thrill you with its loud, rushing water, stunning carving and epic history, which is in perfect proportion to its enormous size.
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Fiona Farnsworth has been writing professionally since 1987. An award-winning senior advertising copywriter, she's written for major clients in Southern California and Hawaii. As lead writer for a popular Big Island home magazine, she specializes in Hawaii homes and interior design. She has also written for national magazines. Murray holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of California, Los Angeles.