We are all familiar with the phrase “When in Rome do as the Romans do”. This capital of Italy offers so much for you to participate in on your trip that it’s nearly impossible to decide where to start! From breathtaking churches and museums to cafes and shops, Rome has much to offer those who visit.
Like many other cities, Rome is broken up into many different districts with each district containing their own ‘group’ of individual areas, some with as many as 32 distinct areas within the district. The District of Colosseo is the heart of ancient Rome and here you’ll find the Colossum, the Roman Forum, the Forum of Augustus, the Capioline and it’s museums including Musei Capitolini and much more. Museum lovers will want to head over to this district to be treated to every site from magnificent marble statues to various paintings including The Holy Family and John the Baptist.
Few would take the trip to Rome without taking advantage of the many sites to see in Vatican City which is an independent Papal State within a city. Here you’ll find Saint Peter’s Basilica, Vatican Museums and Castel Sant Angelo. There is an incredible feeling inside Saint Peter’s Basilica, you can literally stand the entire Statue of Liberty (from pedestal to torch) under the dome of the Basilica and still not touch the top! An elevator or stairs can take you to the top of the dome for a view you’ll never forget. The Vatican Museum contains one of the most beautiful art galleries in all of Europe and is famous for the Raphael Rooms, its spiral staircase and of course, the Sistine Chapel. Check locally for dates and times of closure as this are is often very crowded and you may be better off making reservations for a tour.
For those who love to explore outdoors, you’ll find a variety of public squares including Largo di Toree Argentina where local rights organizations take care of cats and Piazza del Capigdolio where you can walk behind the palaces for a breathtaking view - this was designed by Michelangelo. One of the most fascinating buildings in Rome is the Castel Sant Angelo which was originally built on top of a mausoleum and then turned into residences and castles by popes in medieval times. Today this area is a museum and you can view the balcony where Tosca leaps to her death.
Shoppers will delight at the many shopping areas in Rome, from factory outlets offering more than one hundred shops to the countless numbers of street vendors to the miniature art souvenirs you’ll find in smaller shops. No shopper will ever leave a shopping district without a few trinkets!
Rome offers a variety of restaurants from Asian, Chinese, Thai, Indian, (Italian of course) French and others too countless to list! You’ll be delighted at the variety of foods from simple slices of pizza to elegant lamb chops. Be sure to get away from the center of Rome for a better selection at a lower cost and you will want to order wine with your meals as even the house wines are exquisite and nothing like you’ve had before.