Holiday in Rome – antiquities and the present day
Created by Mondo for Finnair
The street is only short, but it leads you far into history. At the end of the narrow Via del Pantheon, a row of columns and pediment of a magnificent entrance can be seen. Stepping inside gives a sense of vertigo. The astoundingly beautiful dome of the Pantheon arches high above. The oculus in the middle of the dome lets in a divine beam of light. Periods of history rush before your eyes. This very view was admired by Ancient Romans.
Colosseum, Forum Romanum, St Peter’s Basilica, the Sistine Chapel. Rome abounds with great sights, but the Pantheon, “the temple to all the gods”, is perhaps the best place to appreciate the history of the Eternal City. The temple was converted into a church in 608 AD, and it has been preserved intact, a perfect window into antiquity.
How about the Rome of today? That can be explored in the futuristic National Museum of 21st Century Arts, MAXXI, designed by the starchitect Zaha Hadid, or by taking a metro to Pigneto, the hipster central of Rome. The restaurants and bars of this edgy district are proof that on a city break in the Eternal City, the present day is also strongly felt.