Rome is undoubtedly one the most beautiful cities in the world. Each year, millions of tourists visit from all over the world; eager to experience the delights of this ancient city and to view the treasures and masterpieces of Roman art and architecture. The Colosseum, Fountain of Trevi, Mouth of Truth and the Spanish Steps are just some of the attractions of Italy’s delightful capital city.
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Several notable sights lie outside the city’s surprisingly compact centre, including the Vatican, Castel Sant'Angelo and the Villa Borghese. The famous Tivoli Villa d'Este outside Rome is a Unesco world heritage site. This masterpiece of Italian garden design, boasts 500 fountains, water jets and water plays (giochi d'acqua).
The most vibrant area of the city is the half-mile stretch between Piazza Navona and Piazza Barberini. Via del Corso, and the streets that radiate from it, is a popular shopping area. This mile-long street, running from Piazza del Popolo to Piazza Venezia has a wide variety of shops, including the Ferrari store, Diesel, Benetton and numerous shoe shops. Via Condotti is the street for haute couture shopping.
If your time is limited, try to allow at least four days to see all of Rome's major attractions. The best times of the year to visit are April, May, and late September /October, when the weather is cooler and more conducive to sightseeing.
Rome has many good places to eat. The area just south of the Spanish Steps is full of restaurants and bars, and the maze of side streets tucked between Via del Corso and Piazza Navona are also worth a try. Most have outdoor seating and offer similar menus containing pasta, pizza, veal, chicken and a few seafood dishes, although to experience the real Italian cuisine, take your cue from where the Romans eat. Piazza della Rotonda contains several cafés which face the Pantheon, and Piazza Navona is circled by restaurants which offer views of its fountains. Rome is one of the cities where a restaurant's house wine is usually excellent.
Rome is a city to be experienced slowly. Don’t try to see it all on your first visit, because as long as you remember to throw a coin into the Fountain of Trevi, you are sure to return one day.
Flying time from London to Rome 2hrs 15minutes
Distance from Fiumicino Airport
City Centre 32km
Distance from Rome
Venice 530kmMilan 576km
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Nearly 700,000 euros in coins are tossed every year in the Trevi Fountain, the cash is given by the city to the charity 'Caritas'. Caritas operates social and food programs for the needy.
Things to do:
Take a stroll through the gardens of the Villa Borghese
Spend a night at the opera or ballet in the Teatro dell'Opera
Visit the Pyramid of Cestius
Visit the Musei Capitolini containing exhibits and artefacts from the ancient renaissance times