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Must Visit Places in Rome

If you are planning a trip to enjoy your holidays, this time choose Rome-the capital city of Italy. Rome is favorite city of tourists because of rich artistic treasure which it possesses.  It also mesmerizes tourists with its traditional values and elegance of its panoramic view so a visit to Rome would provide you an immense pleasure and happiness. For your guidance, I am mentioning here names of some of the most visited and must see places in Rome.

Trevi Fountain

It is one of the most loved and visited place of Rome as it is visited by a thousands of people daily. It has been said that when a person throw a coin in its water, his wishes come true therefore many of the tourists throw coins in it due to which the fountain grosses a large amount of money which is then donated to some charity. Pulled by two sea-horses, marble centerpiece of the fountain is a shell that is driven by two tritons from which a statue emerges which represents ocean. Beauty of this fountain is surely worth-seeing and the best time to see this fountain is in the evening because its water is turned off early in the morning for cleaning purposes.

Mouth of Truth

It is a bleak marble mask that is known as Mouth of Truth or Bocca della Verita’. It is situated in the entrance hall of St. Mary’s in Cosmedin church. It is actually an ancient drain cover that was found half-buried in middle ages. It has been said by a legend that if a person puts his hand in the mouth and does not speaks the truth after it, then the mouth is shut. It is the most popular attraction in Rome as admission charges in the church are free.

Spanish Steps

It is the most beautiful and striking masterpiece of baroque period. This splendid stair-case was built in 1723 and got its name from the Spanish embassy building that is located near to it. It was built by Francesco De Sanctis on the request of Pope Innocent XIII. If you ever make a plan to visit this place, try to visit it in spring season as these steps are decorated with beautiful flowers in this season.

Capitoline Hill

Capitoline Hill’s main attraction is Piazza del Campidoglio. It was designed in 1538 by the legend artist Michelangelo. Initially it was featured with Marcus Aurelius’s bronze statue. Now this square have Palazzo dei Senatori along with the two museums named Palazzo dei Conservatori and Palazzo Nuovo. These two museums have a large collection of famous statues and tourists specially visit this place to see these statues.

Rome Zoo, the Bioparco

This is among one of the oldest zoos of Europe which came into existence in 1911. It is a must visit place as your tour to Rome remains incomplete without paying a visit to this fascinating zoo. The biggest attraction of this zoo is the large variety of different animals like camels, lions, bears, giraffes, tigers and zebras. The zoo boasts of having 198 species of different animals including birds, reptiles, mammals etc. In this zoo, different signs are displayed showing the names of creatures in both English and Italian. This zoo provides a complete dose of entertainment through chilled drinking water, shady spots to take some rest, fountains and picnic benches. If you want to enjoy some good food, you will find a café by the zoo entrance as well as a restaurant that remains open during day times and also in evening.

These were some of the most popular attractions of Rome. Plan a tour to this great city and have a wonderful time.

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Sightseeing in Bern

Besides being the most populous city of Switzerland, Bern is also one of the most famous and well-known tourists’ destinations. If you want to visit a place having spell-binding attractions and landmarks, you must visit city of Bern. Some most beautiful and most visited attractions in Bern include:

Zytglogge Clock Tower

This clock tower is the most loved attraction of Bern that is located close to the heart of Old Town district. If you spend a considerable time in visiting Zytglogge Clock Tower, you will enjoy a lot hearing its hourly chimes and watching animated characters including bears, jester, bearded king and cockerel. To know more about this marvelous landmark of Bern, I would recommend you to opt for a guided tour of this splendid clock tower to have a closer look of clockwork technicalities which are responsible for beauty of this eye-catching tower.

Bundeshaus (Houses of Parliament)

Houses of Parliament have become a historic landmark of Bern which date back to 1902. They are capable of attracting and providing pleasure to tourists with impressive architecture. Most fascinating feature of Houses of Parliaments is their eye-catching and super-splendid copper domes providing visitors one of the best treats they can ever have. Swiss Houses of Parliament also boast of a stained-glass dome which has been adorned with motifs of the city and a spectacular chandelier having more than 200 bulbs producing a hypnotic effect. Again to see this attraction, guided tours are recommended. Here you can also have a chance to see parliamentary sessions from a distance.

Munster (Cathedral)

Bern’s most visited attraction is this cathedral which is featured with tallest spires in entire Switzerland. These spires have a height of 328 feet. Surely it would be a great experience to see such an attractive landmark of Bern. Tourists become more enthusiastic when they know that they can actually climb this tower by spending nominal amount of money. Top of this tower provides tourists to see some of the most beautiful and gorgeous scenes of this city including that of River Aar. The tower is also featured with a large and unique collection of Gothic sculptures so you should never miss this tower to visit.

Einsteinhaus / House of Einstein

This small apartment is of enormous importance and a special attraction of Bern as it is the building where Nobel-prize winning scientist Einstein developed the theory of relativity in 1905. Visitors who come to Bern never forget to visit the house of this struggling scientist.

Barengraben (Bear Pits) / Dahlholzli Zoo

Barengraben has been a home of brown bears since 1850s and is a part of Dahlholzli Zoo. Other attractions which are close by include Tramdepot and a busy brewpub.

This was a picture of attractions in the wonderful city of Bern. If you have not visited Bern till now then get ready to present yourself with a wonderful treat.

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Popular Places to See in Johannesburg

Johannesburg is located in the richest province of South Africa named Gauteng. Being the largest and main city of South Africa, it has a lot of attractive places to see which are capable of making the tourists spell-bound with their mesmerizing beauty. Some of the major places to see in Johannesburg are:

Lion Park

The Lion Park named en route to Lesedi is a place having more than 80 lions in it including their cubs and very rare white lions. These lions are kept in spacious places in drive-through enclosures. They are habitual of watching vehicles moving around them so they don’t generally react to it but for your safety and protection, it is advised to keep the windows of your vehicle half-closed. Other animals which you can find here include cheetahs, hyenas and antelope. You can also enjoy an experience of feeding giraffes with your hands by climbing a tower. Close encounters with cubs are also offered there.

Johannesburg Planetarium

Built in 1960, Johannesburg Planetarium is among one of the places of Johannesburg that attract thousands of visitors every year. It is also a popular school outing place especially for those kids who are interested in knowing about what is out there? Inside this planetarium, there is a projector in the middle of domed theatre. This projector shows strikingly beautiful display of night skies. Kids from all over Johannesburg come here to the skies recreated by special projector. Here in this planetarium, younger kids are taught about star signs whereas older kids get a chance to learn something about movement of moon.

Gold Reef City

Johannesburg’s population consists of both black and white. Have you ever thought why it is so? The reason is gold that had discovered in this city and millions of people get attracted towards it with a hope to change their fate. A few of old gold mines can still be seen in Johannesburg but I will recommend you to pay a visit to Gold Reef City Theme Park. In this park, you will be able to see old mining offices which are now turned into museums. Don’t forget to take a trip into real gold mine and enjoying the experience of mine dances.

Sandton City Mall and Nelson Mandela Square

Sandton City Mall is a huge double-storey shopping mall having chain stores, African art galleries and cinemas. This place is best for those tourists who are fond of shopping.

The sumptuous Nelson Mandela Square also has shops of international brands and restaurants which are located around a beautiful piazza-style square.  This square is now a home to a terrifying statue of Nelson Mandela. The shoes of this statue are too big that kids can sit on them.

Apartheid Museum

This museum provides an excellent insight to the past and present of South Africa. Inauguration of this museum was done by Nelson Mandela in April 2002 and then it became one of the most popular tourists’ attractions. This museum has been divided into spaces following the birth of Apartheid to the present day. This building has an innovative design showing cold subject of Apartheid so it has been made using concrete, steel bars, raw bricks and hurtful wire.

These were some most popular places to visit in Johannesburg. I hope that after reading this article, you will definitely be urged to pay a visit to this beautiful city.

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