WHY TO VISIT ROME
Roma Caput Mundi
Is a Latin phrase taken to mean "Rome capital of the world". It is not easy to say something new about Rome. Perhaps the easiest thing to say is: visit it. It may seem trivial, but many Italians have traveled the world without ever setting foot in Rome. Contrary to millions of tourists who dream a whole life to visit the Eternal City, many Italians have a very superficial knowledge of Rome if not completely absent.
The visit of Rome should start from the Fori Imperiali, in particular from the marble slabs hung on the wall just halfway, just before arriving at the Colosseum. Illustrate the rise of Rome from the first century before Christ, when this small and unknown town in central Italy began the conquest of the world, arriving to possess territories that no other country would ever have had. A few steps and you arrive at the Colosseum, the place where the rich and strong Rome celebrated its victories and gave glory to the sovereigns with shows of wild beasts fighting against gladiators. From here it is easy to return to contemporary Rome. After passing Piazza Venezia with the majestic Altare della Patria, you enter the shopping streets: Via del Corso, where tourists and Romans cross each other, and from here in the streets of the most exclusive boutiques: Via di Ripetta, Via del Babuino, Via Frattina. Also from Via del Corso, in a few minutes you get to some of the most beautiful places in Rome: the Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon, one of the most imitated and best preserved monuments of Ancient Rome. From the Pantheon, the obligatory stop is Piazza Navona, a splendid rectangular square, a masterpiece of Roman Baroque, always loved by artists, Romans and tourists.
One can not speak of Rome without thinking of this city as the center of Christianity. Even if you want, you can not: there is not only the "Cupolone" of San Pietro to remember it. There are San Giovanni in Laterano, Santa Maria del Popolo and a thousand other churches to remember that Peter, the first Pope and apostle died here, and since then Rome is the universal symbol of the most followed religion in the world.
WHAT TO SEE IN ROME
Top attractions not to be missed are:
- St. Peter's Basilica and Castel Sant'Angelo
- Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel
- The Mouth of Truth
- Campo dei Fiori
- Piazza Navona
- Fontana di Trevi
- Imperial Fora
- Piazza di Spagna
- Piazza del Popolo
- Baths of Caracalla
- The Colosseum
- The Pantheon
- Villa and Galleria Borghese
- Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore
- Altare della Patria
Following instead some hidden spots of the city that only locals know!
- Palazzo Farnese
- Cimitero Monumentale dei Padri Cappuccini
- Palazzo Massimo di Rignano Colonna
- Cimitero Acattolico (Protestant Cemetery)
WHEN TO GO TO ROME
Best period to visit Rome is from May to September.
Following a list of main events and typical festivals and celebrations of Rome.
- Festa del Cinema di Roma (Roma Film Festival)
- Rome City Marathon
- First May Concert
- Christmas at St. Peter's Basilica
- The Sunday Mass in St. Peter's Basilica square
HOW TO REACH AND MOVE IN ROME
main airports are:
main train stations are:
- Roma Tiburtina
- Roma Termini
download the transportation map
WHAT TO DO IN ROME
Tipical dishes of Rome are:
- Carciofi alla Giudìa or alla Romana
- Spaghetti alla Carbonara
- Trippa alla romana
- Spaghetti Cacio e Pepe
- Coda alla Vaccinara
- Abbacchio allo scottadito
- Gnocchi alla Romana
Typical souvenirs of Rome are Roma and Lazio football teams' apparel.
The main theatre of Rome is the Teatro dell'Opera, who in summer organizes open-air concert in the wanderful scenary of the Caracalla Bath, you definitely must not miss it!