Getting to know Rome
With so much history to show, Rome is a “must see place” for at least once in your lifetime. Besides the Roman heritage, the city is also a great place to experience the Italian culture, passion, language and cuisine in a relaxed environment of “dolce fare niente”.
What you can do for free in Rome
Rome offers many things to do and see, both for free and paid. Travelers can choose among many places to visit, but among our top recommendations are:
- St Peter’s Square, Vatican
Take a walk in St Peter’s Square in Vatican City. Surely you have seen in on TV and in many movies, is time to also view it from much closer. A lot of history and artistic pieces to be viewed both here and at nearby Sant’Angelo Castle, with the Ponte Sant’Angelo over the Tiber river, ornamented with angel statues.
- Trevi Fountain
Don’t forget to throw a coin at the Trevi Fountain. Recently went through a restoration process, Trevi fountains are another must see landmark in Rome. The legend has it that by doing this, will ensure your return to Rome.
- Piazza Navona
A great place to sit at any of the restaurants surrounding it and have a lunch or just a coffee. Enjoy the daily street performers or the Baroque Roman architecture.
Top spots to visit
- The Colosseum
The Colosseum is the most visited tourist destination in Rome. Take a picture next to this iconic place, or why not, take a tour inside to find out the secrets of this ancient marvel. Ir is estimated the theater was capable to hold between 50,000 and 80,000 spectators.
- Vatican Museum
You can’t visit Rome without spending a day in the Vatican museum. The tour would not be complete without viewing Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel, with ceiling paintings presenting 9 scenes from the book of Genesis.
- The Pantheon
Former Roman temple, it is now a church and one of the best-preserved of all Ancient Roman buildings. It has a large circular dome, with a famous hole in the top (the eye of the Pantheon, or oculus).
Hidden spots to visit
- Basilica de San Pietro in Vincoli
Get to see another interesting work of Michelangelo, the sculpture of Moses, based on a description in the Vulgate.
- Ostia Antica
The “harbour city of ancient Rome”, is located just outside Rome, a reason for not being so well known. Nevertheless, it is within reach, with a 20 minute train ride from the city.
- Views over the city of Rome
Gianicolo, located South of Vatican City, just above Trastevere. It can be reached reached on foot and it offers views over the city of Rome that are certainly worth seeing.
While full of history, Rome does not disappoint in food either. It is a way of life, it is an important part of local Italian culture. Visitors will find countless places to take a seat and enjoy a nice pizza, pasta or risotto along a glass of wine. Where ever you go, there are plenty of choices – don’t shy on trying the Roman cuisine specialties.
Prices are in different ranges, but fairly affordable overall. Popular by location and by user ratings, Armando al Pantheon is a restaurant offering an incursion into Roman tastes like and is only located 50 meters from the Pantheon.
Recommended time of visiting
Rome has a Mediterranean climate, with hot summers. Best times to visit the city are during the spring-summer (April-June) and autumn (September-October), since temperatures are at the most enjoyable levels.
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