A name known through the ages, the Eternal City of Rome has been captivating visitors for thousands of years. Whereas centuries ago throngs of people travelled to the mighty seat of power that ruled much of the known world by horse or on foot, today they jet in by the millions on the many airlines serving the Italian capital, including Thai Airways International.
They are drawn to this most fascinating and intriguing of cities to cast their eyes on historical treasures such as the Colosseum, the Pantheon and other Roman monuments, to admire priceless paintings and works of art, to savour fine Italian cuisine and to embrace the feeling of having stepped into a living museum.
Rome is among the 11 destinations in Thai Airways International or THAI’s European route network and one of two in Italy, the other being Milan. Paris, Stockholm, Zurich, Frankfurt, Munich and London are among the other key points the airline serves from its global hub at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi International Airport. And as of 15 December 2016 it will again offer Bangkok-Moscow flights, with the resumption of the route it discontinued in March of 2015.
A must inclusion on any travel itinerary to Rome is the Colosseum, the city’s most famous monument and an iconic symbol of Imperial Rome. Opened in 80 A.D. and the largest amphitheatre ever built, the Colosseum could hold between 50,000 and 80,000 spectators and was used for gladiatorial contests, re-enactments of famous battles and dramas based on Classical mythology.
The Pantheon, one of the best preserved of all the ancient Roman buildings, is another must-see when in Rome. Some 2,000 years after it was built, the Pantheon’s dome is still the largest unreinforced concrete dome in the world. In 2013 this majestic site was visited by more than 6 million people.
An important archaeological site – one of the most important in the world, in fact – is the Roman Forum. This was the buzzing heart of Rome, the city’s main piazza where people from all social levels met to talk and keep updated on the latest news, do business, shop in the markets and enjoy a tasty meal.
Rome is also the location of the Vatican City. This is the smallest sovereign state in the world by both area – at around 44 hectares – and population – at just over 840. It is the papal residence and was built over the tomb of Saint Peter.
Within the Vatican City are a number of religious and cultural sites, among these being St. Peter’s Basilica, Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel and the Vatican Museums which contain priceless works of art collected by the popes or commissioned by them – more than 70,000 pieces are on exhibition and another 50,000 are in storage. The Sistine Chapel is of course where visitors gaze in awe at the frescoed ceiling by Michelangelo, one of the world’s most celebrated masterpieces.
The Italian capital is also a city of squares and fountains. Picturesque squares are scattered throughout Rome and provide many points of historical, architectural and tourist interest. And if there’s a square in Rome, there’s a fountain in that square. The famed Trevi Fountain is an amazing work of Baroque art that is nestled between the palaces of the historic city centre.
While the archaeological and historical treasures of Rome certainly account for much of the city’s tourist appeal, it can be said that Romans love to eat and to eat good food and, thus, the tourist will find themselves spoilt for choice with hundreds of restaurants serving all kinds of culinary delights. There are trendy spots, haute cuisine eateries and of course pizzerias and more. Much more.
THAI’s Bangkok to Rome flights are bookable through thaiairways.com, as are the airline’s flights throughout its global route network, such as flights from Bangkok to Frankfurt, flights from Bangkok to London or direct flights from Thailand to Australia for example. Travelers can also search for the best deals on flights to Thailand and check out the domestic flights THAI operates around the kingdom together with subsidiary THAI Smile.
So too can they take care of other key travel arrangements at thaiairways.com including booking hotel and resort accommodation around the world, purchasing travel insurance and choosing car hire. Those who aren’t yet a member can sign up to THAI’s frequent flyer program Royal Orchid Plus. They can also browse through the exciting holiday product on offer from Royal Orchid Holidays.
As national flag carrier, THAI’s global route network comprises over 60 destinations in Europe, Asia/Pacific and the Middle East. It is a founding member of the Star Alliance network that currently operates over 18,500 daily flights to 1,330 airports in 192 countries.…