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A brief overview of the panoramic points in Rome should start from the Campidoglio or Capitol hill, the ideal centre of the city and the symbol of its life. There are different places from where you can enjoy wonderful views of the city.
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Once you climb the “cordonata” (the flight of steps) instead of continuing towards the piazza del Campidoglio go at the back of the Palazzo Senatorio. On your right you reach a widening with a view over the Roman Forum. From here you can admire a unique scenery: the monuments dating back to the foundation of Rome and others that date back to the Republic and the Empire.
Follow the path of the ancient Via Sacra (Sacred Way), the most famous street in ancient Rome that gets its name from the ceremonies and processions that happened there, under the shadow of the Arch of Titus and the monumental Coliseum. Near your standpoint you can see the majestic silhouette of the Basilica of Maxentius and the ruins of several temples: among those are the temple of Romulus, the temple of Antoninus and Faustina, the house of the Vestal Virgins and the temple of Vesta. At the end of this ideal visual itinerary are the temple of Caesar, the Arch of Augustus and the most ancient temple of Castor and Pollux, until you reach the rectangular square of the Forum where the Sacred Way – passing before the basilica Aemilia and near the Rostra (the platform beside the Curia from which orators spoke to the assembled people) – ends before the temple of Saturn. In the square stands the Column of Phocas, the last monument built within the Forum and, on the left, is the arch of Septimius Severus.
Finally, for a very spectacular view of the city, you can climb the bell tower of Palazzo Senatorio.
Piazza del Campidoglio, Rome
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