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Rome

A heady mix of haunting ruins, awe-inspiring art and vibrant street life, Italy’s hot-blooded capital is one of the world’s most romantic and inspiring cities.

Historical Legacies 

The result of 3000 years of ad hoc urban development, Rome’s cityscape is an exhilarating spectacle. Ancient icons such as the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Pantheon recall the city’s golden age as caput mundi (capital of the world), while its many monumental basilicas testify to its historical role as seat of the Catholic Church. Lording it over the skyline, St Peter’s Basilica is the Vatican’s epic showpiece church, a towering masterpiece of Renaissance architecture. Elsewhere, ornate piazzas and showy fountains add a baroque flourish to the city’s captivating streets.  

Artistic Riches 

Few cities can rival Rome’s astonishing artistic heritage. Throughout history, the city has starred in the great upheavals of Western art, drawing the top artists of the day and inspiring them to push the boundaries of creative achievement. The result is a city awash with priceless treasures. Ancient statues adorn world-class museums; Byzantine mosaics and Renaissance frescoes dazzle in the city’s art-rich churches; baroque facades flank medieval piazzas. Walk around the centre and without even trying you’ll come across masterpieces by the giants of Western art – sculptures by Michelangelo, canvases by Caravaggio, Raphael frescoes and fountains by Bernini.  

Living the Life 

A trip to Rome is as much about lapping up the dolce vita lifestyle as gorging on art and culture. Idling around picturesque streets, whiling away hours at streetside cafes, people-watching on pretty piazzas – these are all an integral part of the Roman experience. The tempo rises as the heat of the day gives way to the evening cool and the fashionably dressed aperitivo (pre-dinner drinks) crowd descends on the city’s bars and cafes. Restaurants and trattorias hum with activity and cheerful hordes mill around popular haunts before heading off to cocktail bars and late-night clubs.  

Roman Feasting 

Eating out is one of Rome’s great pleasures and the combination of romantic alfresco settings and superlative food is a guarantee of good times. For contemporary fine dining and five-star wine there are any number of refined restaurants, but for a truly Roman meal head to a boisterous pizzeria or convivial neighbourhood trattoria. These are where the locals go to dine with friends and indulge their passion for thin, crispy pizzas, humble pastas, and cool white wines from the nearby Castelli Romani hills. Then to finish off, what about a gelato followed by a shot of world-beating coffee?

There are a variety of Churches and Cathedrals to visit in Rome (to many too mention 422) The other things to do including the best Rome attractions and places to visit, from the Colosseum and the Vatican City to the Roman Forum and Pantheon.  

The Colosseum 

The biggest amphitheatre ever built and the ultimate symbol of imperial Rome. It’s every tourist’s rite of passage to stroll through the crumbling stadium, once sheathed in marble, and imagine the blood-spattered gladiatorial combats, the lions that once prowled the stadium, the roar of the crowd. 

Pantheon  

This former temple, now a church, is a must for any first visit to Rome – all granite Corinthian columns, coloured marble and bronze doors. The centrepiece is the coffered concrete dome, with an oculus (circular opening) in the middle, where the light streams in.   

Secret tip: Visit between 11am and 1pm, when the vision of sunrays pouring through the oculus is at its most spectacular. Also head over if it’s raining to see the water ricochet off the marble floor, before being captured by drains built into the floor. 

The Pantheon is a must for any first visit to Rome  

Trevi Fountain  

The world’s most famous fountain, a Baroque explosion of tritons, winged horses and drinking snakes, gleams bright as the teeth of the Cheshire Cat. The water glitters with thousands of coins that tourists have tossed in (it racks up to €2000 each week; the coins are collected to fund a supermarket for the poor).  

Secret tip: Rome hosts more than 2,000 other fountains: the Quattro Fontane on via delle Quattro Fontane, recently restored by Fendi, and Triton Fountain on Piazza Barberini, Rome’s first fully sculpted fountain, are particularly worth a nosey. 

Address: Piazza di Trevi, 00187 Roma, Italy. 

Roman Forum and the Palatine Hill 

Once most important meeting places in the world – where temples rubbed alongside brothels; streets tremored with triumphal processions and heaving markets; and squares thronged with spectators of fervid political debate and criminal trials. Despite its slightly sad, neglected state, the well-preserved ruins make it the most memorable attraction for many visitors to Rome.

Secret tip:  The site is vast and badly signposted so it’s worth investing in a good guide; even if you haven’t arranged anything in advance there are usually guides looking to fill their groups last minute by the entrance. Don’t miss the Temple of Caesar, built in his memory after republicans stabbed him 23 times to death in 44 BC.   

Contact: Via della Salara Vecchia 5/6, 00186 Roma, Italy (00 39 06 0608 

 

Vatican City Part I: Sistine Chapel and the Vatican Museums  

The world’s smallest city state and the headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church is mind-blowing and blister-inducing in equal measure. The Sistine Chapel ceiling and the Roman sculpture-and-sarcophagi-stuffed Vatican Museums are normally top of a first-time visitor’s bucket list. 

Secret tip:Don’t miss the Gallery of Maps in the Vatican Museums. The Sistine Chapel is always rammed and many do not adhere to the silence rule; those who expect to take in the marvels of Michelangelo in an atmosphere of quiet contemplation will be disappointed. 

Contact (Vatican Museums): Viale Vaticano, 00165 Roma, Italy (00 39 06 6988 3332; museivaticani.va); address for Sistine Chapel is 00120 Vatican City. 

The Sistine Chapel is one of the largest churches ever built and an Italian Renaissance beauty CREDIT: HENRY ROMERO  

Vatican City Part II: St. Peter’s Basilica and St. Peter’s Square 

The Basilica is one of the largest churches ever built, an Italian Renaissance beauty all papal tombs, neoclassical sculptures and frenziedly detailed reliefs. Those with the energy can climb the 871 steps to the top of the Basilica’s dome for 360-degree views of Vatican City. Fronting the monument is St. Peter’s Square, perhaps the most famous piazza on the planet. 

Secret tip: The pope holds Papal Audiences most Wednesdays on St. Peter’s Square, at 10am (tickets are bookable in advance; arrive at 8am for a good seat). He also recites the Angelus prayer and gives a papal blessing on Sundays at noon.  

Contact (St Peter’s Basilica): Piazza San Pietro, 00120 Città del Vaticano, Vatican City (00 39 06 6982). 

 

Galleria Borghese 

If you only visit one art gallery in Rome, make it the granddaddy of all private art collections, crammed with classical antiquities, Baroque sculptures and paintings by Titian and Raphael. Admission is at two-hourly intervals; book a ticket with specific time slot in advance. 

Secret tip: Don’t miss Bernini’s Ratto di Proserpina (Rape of Proserpina) sculpture. Caravaggio fans should make a beeline for Sala VIII. Although the paintings section upstairs is understandably popular, the Roman mosaics and sensational frescoes on the ground floor still merit time.   

Contact: Piazzale Scipione Borghese 5, 00197 Roma, Italy (00 39 06 841 3979; galleriaborghese.it). 

Trastevere  

After a day’s sightseeing, head across the river Tiber to this cobblestoned, ivy-twined neighbourhood with slow-food trattorias, bare-brick microbreweries and graffiti-tattooed bars. Head over for dinner and drinks as the sun sets to enjoy the street tambourine players and violinists and enjoy an aperitivo on one of the terraces. 

Secret tip: Shopping enthusiasts and antique hunters should pop to Porto Portese flea market on Sunday’s. 

Piazza Navona 

This magnificent square decorated by a fountain by Benini is built on what was once the Stadium of Domitian, dating back to the first century AD; today it’s a popular gathering point for Romans with its bustling terraced cafés and seasonal fairgrounds.

Secret tip: The cafés on the square are of variable quality. If you can bag a table, Bernini Ristorante does a credible spaghetti and excellent tiramisu. 

The Jewish Ghetto 

Faded tangerine façades studded with memorial plaques; locals nattering in Giudeo-romanesco dialect fusing Italian and Hebrew; greasy, sugared smells wafting from Jewish bakery Boccione run by two rather curt sisters. No wonder that many visitors insist this is their favourite Roman neighbourhood.  

Secret tip: Few realise how rich this area is with historic relics – including the Porticus Octaviae, a strikingly preserved complex of temples and library built by Augustus. And you don’t have to queue. 

Fancy a bite to eat 

Looking for traditional Italian cuisine then here are some fine examples of Mama’s home cooking. 

Osteria Bonelli 

While Osteria Bonelli is not far from the chic Pignetto, the restaurant’s specific location in Torpignattara is on the side of seedy. And that nice-to-rough ratio—superb food on cheap paper tablecloths—is exactly what you’ll find inside this always-bustling osteria, where the dishes are truly exceptional and the waitresses, know exactly what you want before you say a word (which is good, because the chalkboard menu is in Italian).  Inhaling the ricotta e spinaci ravioli and pasta alla gricia before I eat it, (want to lick the plate) then guzzling the wonderful house red wine, before looking at the bill and laughing to myself about how cheap it is. 

Viale dell’Acquedotto Alessandrino, 172; +39 329 863 3077 

Farinè la Pizza 

The husband and wife team behind this pizzeria trained at Italy’s National School of Pizza, and with seven selections of Roman-style pizza per night with substitutions, no exceptions, and no decisions—other than pie size and “beer or wine?”—this place is no joke. On the menu, you will find more traditional options (Margarita, Mediterranean, Napoli, Marinara) along with mozzarella and anchovies, potato with romano and pecorino, and chicory with asiago and hot peppers. Seasonal weekly specials are thrown in for good measure, too, which the wife cooks, and husband serves. The pizza is quickly sliced, and then unceremoniously delivered on a sheet of paper (no plate). Yes, Farinè is a peculiar, ultra-simple place, with a slightly hostile attitude, but none of that matters because the pizza is just so perfect. Why? The dough has a long, 72-hour rise, resulting in a strong, fluffy crust, and the ingredients are hyper-fresh bought daily from nearby markets. This locals-only pizzeria takes minimalism to another level (albeit unintentionally): There are few tables (there’s outdoor seating in the summer), no forks, and zero staff. Strange and splendido!  

Via degli Aurunci, 6/8; +39 06 445 1162 

La Carbonara 

Word has gotten out about La Carbonara in Monti, but it’s still worth a visit. With generous portions of traditional homemade pastas like Ravioli alle Noci, classic dishes like fritto vegatale and bollito dressed with olive oil and lemon, and impassioned Italian graffiti on the walls, the experience here is never dull. Order the spicy pasta zi Tere made with fresh tomato, chile, basil, and pecorino if you’re looking for a little zing. For more than 30 years, the owner, chef and lady of the house, Donna Teresa, has run a tight ship—insisting that the food is consistently magnifico, and that her son, the manager, doesn’t misbehave (too much)._ 

Via Panisperna 214; +39 06 482 5176 

Capo Boi 

Just because you’re eating like a local doesn’t mean it can’t be elegant. Capo Boi is a fish-centric, Sardinian-kitchen restaurant where dignified Romans go for special occasions. The precious neighborhood itself (Coppide, in-between Parioli and Trieste) might as well be one of the secret ingredients on the restaurant’s no-miss menu, with its glamorous, high-status streets reminiscent of 1920s Rome. The fish appetizers, like the sautéed mussels and clams and the sea-bass carpaccio, are some of the best in town, as are the oysters, but try to save room for the entrees, which are massive and sublime (I dream about the mixed grilled fish). The addictive Pane Carassua bread, otherwise known as “Italian music sheets” because they’re so crispy, noisy, and delicious, will challenge your room-saving resolve—be strong! While dinner won’t come cheap, the white-linen experience is first class all the way. 

Via Arno, 80; +39 06 841 5535 

Couple of examples of different star Hotels in the area near the Trevi Fountain. 

Rhea Silvia Luxury Spagna (Guesthouse) 

Featuring free WiFi throughout the property, Rhea Silvia Luxury Spagna is set in Rome, 200 yards from Via Condotti and a 4-minute walk from Piazza di Spagna. A continental breakfast is served every morning at the property, and the tour desk is available to assist you in planning your days out. 

All rooms come with a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a coffee machine, and a private bathroom with a bath or shower. Some units also feature a seating area to relax. 

Rhea Silvia Luxury Spagna is situated a 7-minute walk from Trevi Fountain, while the Coliseum is 1.2 miles from the property. The nearest airport is Rome Ciampino Airport, 15.5 miles away.  

This is our guests’ favourite part of Rome, according to independent reviews. This area is also great for shopping, with popular brands nearby: Rolex, H&M, Zara, Nike, Cartier. This property also has one of the best-rated locations in Rome! Guests are happier about it compared to other properties in the area.  Couples particularly like the location — they rated it 9.9 for a two-person trip.  This property is also rated for the best value in Rome! Guests are getting more for their money when compared to other properties in this city.  

Hassler Roma 5 Star hotel 

Set at the top of the Spanish Steps, Hassler Roma is one of the city’s most famous hotels. It offers elegant rooms and suites with high-speed free WiFi, and free wellness facilities including a sauna, Turkish bath and gym. Its restaurant and gym have panoramic views over Rome’s rooftops. Dining options at the Hassler include the Michelin-starred Imàgo on the 6th floor, the stylish Salone Eva, and the Palm Court restaurant with its ancient stone walls. The cuisine is classic Italian, with international specialities. Rooms at the Hassler feature a satellite TV, air conditioning and a DVD player. You also a smartphone available for free, and you can use it for national and international phone calls. All units are classically furnished, and some have a large seating area with a sofa. The Hassler is a 5-minute walk from Spagna Metro, while chic Via dei Condotti is just 170 metres away. The hotel’s free electric shuttle takes guests to shops in the surrounding area. 

Stendhal Luxury Suites 4 Star 

Centrally located in Rome, Hotel Stendhal Luxury Suite is 100 yards from Barberini metro Station. It offers free WiFi and air-conditioned rooms. Elegant rooms will provide you with a satellite flat-screen TV and a minibar. Some feature a four-poster bed. The private bathroom includes a hairdryer. A sweet and savoury breakfast is served each morning. Guests can enjoy it in their rooms. 

At Hotel Stendhal Luxury Suite, you will find a 24-hour front desk. Other facilities offered at the property include a shared lounge and luggage storage. Trevi Fountain is a 7-minute walk from the property. Termini Train Station is 2 metro stops away.  This is our guests’ favourite part of Rome, according to independent reviews. This area is also great for shopping, with popular brands nearby: Cartier, Gucci, Prada, Burberry, Louis Vuitton.  Couples particularly like the location — they rated it 9.4 for a two-person trip.  

Infinity Hotel Roma 3 star 

The Infinity Hotel is the first in Rome of a chain of hotels under the Infinity Hotel Collection. This latest addition is born out of a union of passion for the profession and the collective desire to offer our clients the best hospitality and comfort with the intention of embracing each and every one of you, and to give to whomever arrives here in Rome to visit the marvellous ‘Eternal City’ an unforgettable experience. What better place to start your journey if not in the very place where you now find yourself! The hotel is right in the middle of the historic centre in Via Delle Vite, a few steps away from the Trinita Dei Monti, the Spanish Steps and the celebrated shopping street of Via Del Corso. 

Hotel Mandredi

Rome Historic Centre is home to Manfredi, a hotel that boasts in-room childcare and a spa tub on site. Piazza di Spagna is only 100 metres away.

All of the 16 smoke-free guestrooms are individually furnished. These feature air conditioning, soundproofing, hypo-allergenic bedding, free Wi-Fi, LCD TV, in-room safe, daily housekeeping, minibar, and stocked baths. Adjoining rooms are included.

Manfredi offers its guests beach transport, sauna, 24-hour front desk, laundry facilities, wedding services, and free newspapers in the lobby. Free buffet breakfast is available daily. Guests can enjoy refreshing drinks in the on-site bar/lounge. A chain of restaurants and bars line the streets nearby.

Piazza del Popolo is less than a half mile away.Rome Historic Centre is home to Manfredi, a hotel that boasts in-room childcare and a spa tub on site. Piazza di Spagna is only 100 metres away. All of the 16 smoke-free guestrooms are individually furnished. These feature air conditioning, soundproofing, hypo-allergenic bedding, free Wi-Fi, LCD TV, in-room safe, daily housekeeping, minibar, and stocked baths. Adjoining rooms are included.

Manfredi offers its guests beach transport, sauna, 24-hour front desk, laundry facilities, wedding services, and free newspapers in the lobby. Free buffet breakfast is available daily. Guests can enjoy refreshing drinks in the on-site bar/lounge. A chain of restaurants and bars line the streets nearby.

Piazza del Popolo is less than a half mile away.