These lines aren’t enough for a big city that features a thousand-year history, rich of art, monuments and is also capital of Italy and center of Christianity: it’s Rome. For who doesn’t know the Eternal City yet, this is a brief guide, an itinerary through its best sights and venues.
The must-to-see list is very long, so now we have a look at the monuments and the locations that you cannot miss. The touristic route can start from a nice breakfast at your hotel in the center, then continue with squares, statues, streets, alleys, bridges, boutiques and typical restaurants of this city, a real open air museum..
Historical attractions in the East side
The first stage, staying in the heart of Rome, could be Navona square, that imitates the dimensions and the shape of the ancient Domiziano stadium from Roman Age; an arena with a length of 270 meters and a width of 55, built in 86 b.C., that hosted 3300 people. Ata few distance you can admire Pantheon, a temple that was a tribute to Gods, that dates back from 119-128 a.D. and was built by Emperor Hadrian.
In this area there is Spanish Steps, where the Fountain of the Old Boat (Fontana della Barcaccia) overlooks the view; is an artwork commissioned from Pope Urbano VIII to the artist Pietro Bernini, but maybe relaized by his son Gian Lorenzo. In the surroundings there is one of the biggest fountains in Rome, Trevi Fountain, that was filmed in the famous movie “La dolce vita” by Federico Fellini and takes its name from the three-way croassroad that merge here.
Don’t forget Venezia square and the Altare della Patria (also called Il Vittoriano), huge monument dedicated to the king Vittorio Emanuele II and built in 1888; close to this venue rises Barberini square with in the middle the Triton Fountain, by the baroque sculptor Bernini, built in 1643; here you can dive into Fifties mood because there is Veneto street, the social venue par excellence.
The Rome symbol, the Colosseum, is one of the 7 wonders and was built in 72 A.D. By Vespasiano Emperor and opened by his son Titus in 80 A.D., was a venue for bloody battles among gladiators, animals and slaves.
Historical attractions in the northwest side
Croissing Tiber we move to the Christian Rome, the area that features Vatican City, born with the Lateran Treaty, stipulated between the Holy see and Italy on 11th February 1929. Vatican is the littlest state in the world and is the base of Catholic religion and his Pope, that now is Benedetto xvɪ.
Close to Vatican there are the main touristic venues: Saint Peter is the most important church of Rome and the true heart of Catholicism; the tradition tells that Saint Peter, one of the apostles of Jesus and first Pope, was buried in the same place where was built the Basilica. The Vatican Museums are renowned for the beauty of the building and the richness of the hosted collections both.
The best attraction is Sistine Chapel, where you can see the Last Judgement by Michelangelo. At the end, Castel Sant’Angelo, commissioned by Emperor Hadrian in 135 A.D., was during the centuries a fortress, then a prison and the Pope residence. Today hosts cultural events and exhibitions.
Have a Dinner in Rome
After this walking the ideal is to sit and try a typical Roman dish in a relaxing eating house. The cornerstone of Roman cuisine is pasta, like spaghetti alla carbonara, bucatini all’amatriciana, vermicelli cacio e pepe; then soups with beans, vegetables and many more! Some useful tips: Checco er Carettiere ( Via Benedetta, in Trastevere district), Trattoria da Lucia (vicolo del mattonato, in Trastevere district) and Sora Lella ( Via Ponte 4 Capi, Isola Tiberina).
Trips outside the city
For travellers that have enough time, there are many things to see in the surroundings of Rome. The Rainbow Magic in Valmontone, about 45 minutes frm Rome, is a theme park for kids and families with 35 attractions (2 are new in Europe), furthermore in Valmontone there is the Fashion District Outlet for your shopping. The Zoomarine, a water theme park in Torvaianica, is reachable from Rome with a free bus from Termini railway station, everyday from 1st June to 4th September.
For a gastronomical itinerary we suggest Castelli Romani, Ariccia and Marino in particular, where the “trattorie” and “fraschette” offer delicious dishes with very good wines.
Hotels in Rome
Average Price: €32
Average Rating: 8.2
Hotel Maryelen & Giovi
Average Price: €55
Average Rating: 9
Average Price: €45
Average Rating: 8