A historical, vibrant, romantic capital: Rome enchants everybody. Its got pretty much the whole package with its Mediterranean climate, mouth-watering food, fine wine, historical architecture, classical art and buzzing nightlife. What’s more, zooming through the city on a vintage Vespa is an iconic scene from everyone’s dream.
‘When in Rome, do as the Romans do’: Immerse yourself in the dazzling city life.
The Fontana di Trevi is a Baroque Fountain stretching to 26,30 m high and made up of 3 architecturally stunning components: a façade made of travertine; statues of carrara marble; a see travertine sea reef. Thousands of tourists flock to the fountain every day to toss a coin into the fountain, as legend has it this will ensure they return to Rome.
The Vatican City is the smallest state in the world. It’s the papal residence and houses 920 full-time residents, 11 museums, gardens, and St Peter’s Basilica. Explore the Vatican Museums and follow everyone other visitor’s gaze up to the breath-taking, painted ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, Michelangelo’s most famous piece.
The Roman Colosseum is the post-card view of Rome. The Roman emperors built this large amphitheatre for gladiator shows and hunts of wild animals. Catch a tour, or for a spectacular view of it lit up, visit at night and capture your own post-card picture.
The beautiful ‘Scalina Spagna’, or Spanish Steps, are the traditional meeting place for Romans. Their wide irregular design has inspired artists, painters and poets from around the world. Sit down and soak up the atmosphere or climb the 138 steps and take in the view.
The Pantheon, meaning ‘Honour all Gods’, is a striking temple dedicated to the Pagan Gods of Rome. The architecture is so elegant and spectacular that when Michelangelo cast eyes on it for the first time he said that it looks more like the work of angels, not humans.
Food, food, food. Eating out in Rome is a magical experience, whether it’s in an al fresco setting, in a refined restaurant, with the locals or grabbing a snack to walk with, the food will be like no other. Like Julia Roberts, in her film Eat, Pray, Love, if you do Rome properly, you’ll probably have a struggle getting into your jeans at the end of your trip.
For favourites try: Roman artichokes (they’re world famous); melt-in-the-mouth, hand-made gnocchi; an iconic thin-crust pizza; Coda alla vaccinara, Oxtail slow-cooked until it falls off the bone; nd of course, Gelato. A favourite gelateria is hard to pin down as every Romans’ is different but there are some top tips to help you find the best. Avoid places where the gelato is displayed overflowing its tub and looking excessively whipped, as artificial thickeners are used to achieve this volume. Don’t be fooled by vibrant colouring, this is unnatural and a sign that chemicals have been used in the recipe. Most of all- absolutely indulge, as it may be some the best gelato you ever have.
Rome’s nightlife is often left in the shadows in comparison to its rich historical and classical sights. But this shouldn’t be the case as it’s incredibly vibrant, busy, romantic and exciting. It starts late, after dinner and the best way to immerse yourself in the spirit of the city at night is outdoors on the cobbled stoned streets as they’re full of merry people and the squares turn into huge outdoor bars. Rome is famous for fine wine, from the vineyards of Lazio, so be sure to sample a few and perhaps try a wine-tasting session to learn something of its history.
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