Rome, Italy’s capital city. Perhaps the most ancient and most famous city in the world, a winning combination of the majestic and the popular, which enchants visitors of all ages.
Ok, it wasn’t built in a day, and maybe for that very reason its glorious past still seems not to have come to an end. And so Rome, the city of the seven hills, is a matronly woman who welcomes guests as only the great cities of the Mediterranean know how. Here, the melting pot arrived 2000 years ago, and it’s called “caciara” (bedlam). Only in Rome does the most ancient of architecture stand cheek-by-jowl with the Baroque, the Vatican City and 20th-century Rationalism. The legacy of the post-war boom is today turning the place into hipster central, just as the latest fashion dictates, right? The great beauty, ladies and gentleman, is here, lying somewhere between symbols of faith like the Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Walls and the unabashed luxury of the shoppers’ paradise that is Via Veneto.
In the summer, when the city heat becomes sweltering, the parks and beaches of the Roman coast offer guaranteed refreshment. In Rome, the temperatures never descend too far, and the few occasions when it has snowed over the past century have become the stuff of legend. Rome has accumulated a different side with every passing year. Children will be amazed by the play of the water at the Trevi Fountain , and they are sure to love the gelato. The terraces of the Janiculum and Pincian hills are must-visit places for couples who find themselves in town for a romantic getaway, as well as fantastic vantage points from which to admire the immensity of the dome of Saint Peter’s.
Go to St Peter’s to see the Pope
Savour the street food
Stroll through the capital’s great villas
Visit the Vatican Museums
Let yourself be swept away by the charm of the Spanish Steps
An aperitif and a Roman dinner amid the evocative streets and alleys of the Trastevere district
Immerse yourself in contemporary art at MAXXI
See the works of Caravaggio for free at the Church of San Luigi dei Francesi
Indulge in some retail therapy in the Monti district
Take a walk through the archaeological site of Ostia Antica