A city that doesn’t need to try hard to impress, Rome’s history, vibrance and energy continues to draw tourists from around the world.
Name: Brian (Skyscanner user)
Good question. What have the Romans ever done for us? Apart from the sanitation, roads, etc. Well, they built a nice Colosseum. And the Roman Forum. And the Pantheon, the Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps, St Peter’s Basilica, the Sistine Chapel and, and… well Rome doesn’t have to try too hard to impress.
It’s the ultimate been there, done that city. Rome has seen it all come and go. Gladiators and gods, emperors and slaves, philosophers and architects, and, of course, tourists and more tourists, so you might want to think about visiting outside peak season.
Rome is anything and everything you want it to be, whether you want to steep yourself in the centuries of Rome’s past, follow in the footsteps of Tom Hanks on the trail of angels and demons, or flirt with a handsome stranger like Audrey Hepburn on your Roman holiday. It’s easy to get swept away by Rome’s history, but you will be blown away by the vibrance and glorious energy of this most modern of European capitals.
Eating and drinking is a spectator sport in Rome. The Piazza Navona is the nicest square in Europe to have lunch. Then have dinner in the Piazza Campo de Fiori which is very lively at night. Go for coffee in the ice cream shop next to the Trevi Fountain which does the best cappuccinos in the world.
And have a drink in one of the bars around the Piazza del Popolo. Apart from St Peter’s Square this is probably the grandest square in Rome. But you don’t really need to plan it all too much. Just wander around and stop regularly for coffee and wine and to watch the Romans take their evening walk dressed up in their finery.
Climb the Spanish steps at sunset for the view over Rome and St Peters. Follow the ancient monument trail through ancient Rome. Visit the Trevi Fountain at night when it is all lit up.
The traffic. Not much has changed since Ben Hur’s day when it comes to careful driving.
If it all gets too much and you want to get away from the traffic and the noise, a wander around the gardens of the Villa Borghese is the perfect escape.
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