The monumental capital of Italy, Rome is where storied history merges with vibrant energy. From beautiful sights to plenty of history, the city is recognized as one of the oldest inhabited locations in Europe. The Italian capital remains as vibrant as ever, attracting millions of visitors with its culture, cuisine and climate.
So, if you’re planning a trip to the ‘Eternal City’, here’s a quick guide that will take you through Rome’s fascinating history, food and fashion!
The best in Rome
The Italian capital is steeped in history, boasts some iconic sights and has wonderful things to offer. But certain places in the city are the must-see monuments of Rome that you should not miss. Read more!
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As the Eiffel Tower is to Paris, Taj Mahal is to India, the silhouette of the Flavian Amphitheater is to Rome. Considered one of Rome’s greatest engineering feats, it could hold up to 50,000 people.
Mind Boggling Fact: The Colosseum has more than 80 entrances.
If you’re already in love with Rome and want to visit again, tossing a coin into the Trevi Fountain might just do the trick.
Did you know: It is one of the oldest water sources in Rome.
How about stepping into the heart of ancient Rome? Located between the beautiful Palatine and Capitoline Hills, the Roman Forum hosts several important events and celebrations. Although the area has only a small part of its original splendor, it still impresses the world.
Can you believe it: Today, the Roman Forum attracts more than 4.5 million visitors per year
Next on this list is the smallest independent state in the world, Vatican City. Although it is located in Rome, the place is still an independent state since 1929 with its own flag, coins and stamps.
Attention everyone: Vatican City does not allow divorce.
St. Peter’s Basilica
In a city of remarkable churches, St. Peter’s (Basilica di San Pietro) is the richest, largest and most spectacular basilica. The church is so big that it can easily fit the Statue of Liberty (no joke).
For all art lovers: The paintings in the basilica are not paintings. Huh? Yes, they are actually mosaics showing Roman genius.
The Spanish Steps
A great example of Roman Baroque style, Spanish Steps is one of the best places in Rome. With its irregular butterfly design, it consists of 138 steps and is a perfect place to spend some quality time.
That is interesting: Located at the right foot of the Spanish Steps, is the home of the famous English poet John Keats. It is now a museum dedicated to him.
Unusual things to do in Italy’s famous capital
As you wander around seeing the top sights in Rome, you may want to include the following places in your itinerary.
Largo di Torre Argentina:
Love cats? If so, visit the cat colony where more than 300,000 cats lurk among the ruins.
Piazza dei Cavalieri di Malta:
Peek-a-boo time! Affectionately referred to as the “Hole of Rome” by the Romans, this spot leads to a famous and attractive wide wooden door. Cast an open eye to the keyhole and get an unparalleled view of the dome of St. Peter.
Away from the tourist spots in Rome lies the city’s bohemian district, with great street parties, cafes, art and graffiti and lots of fun.
Imagine visiting several old statues with industrial decor! Centrale Montemartini is an impressive architectural museum, built in a former power plant in Ostiense.
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Hang out in Piazza Navona to watch performances by street performers and artists.
This is going to be a drool fest!
Check out Rome’s must-eat dishes:
Without a doubt, the first thing that comes to mind when we think of Roman food is Carbonara. A pasta dish made with creamy egg-based sauce, hard cheese, Italian bacon and pepper to balance the flavors. Super yum!
Pizza Roman style
It’s crispy, thin and everything good! Roman pizza with its charred crust and almost burnt looks is light and very delicious.
Want a winning meal? Dig in some Porchetta and let this juicy, tender, rolled seasoned pork gently satiate your taste buds.
Where to shop in Rome?
For High Fashion:
When you are ready to go out, visit the grid of streets near the Spanish Steps where you will find all the famous shops such as Prada, Armani, Gucci, etc.
For Mainstream Shopping:
If you want to keep it regular and don’t want to spend a lot, visit Via del Corso and its several extensive streets. Via Cola di Rienzo is another popular area to pick some good stuff.
For flea markets and antiques:
For antique housewares, original art, posters, jewelry, second-hand clothing and furniture, visit Porta Portese, one of Europe’s largest flea markets.
Best time to visit Rome:
The best months to travel to Rome are from April to June and from the end of September to October. The summer crowds begin in mid-June and Rome is teeming with visitors from July to mid-September.
Until we meet again, happy travels!