The Centre Of The Euroverse
An epic, monumental metropolis, Rome has been in the spotlight for close on 3,000 years. As the showcase centre of the Roman Empire, it was the all-powerful caput mundi (capital of the world). Later, as the Renaissance capital of the Catholic world, its name sent shivers of holy terror through believers and infidels alike. Some 500 years on and its name still exerts a powerful hold. Fortunately, the reality is every bit as enticing as the reputation. With its architectural and artistic treasures, its romantic corners and noisy markets, Rome is a city that knows how to impress.
- All churches are free to enter in Rome, and most of them have spectacular Renaissance and Baroque art. Just make sure you cover up!
- Rome is famous for giving its citizens free and clean drinking water, since Roman times. Fill your drink bottle from one of the many drinking fountains across the city.
- The metro is a great way to get around, and tickets are cheap. If there is a line at the ticket machine, ask the tabacci store or nearby corner store if they sell tickets. They usually do and there is never a line!
1. Colosseum and Palatine Hill
The ancient Roman amphitheater built in the 1st century AD was a venue for wild animal and gladiatorial fights as free entertainment to the public. The theatre is one of the most popular monuments of Ancient Rome and also in Rome itself, so becomes a very busy place to visit in Summer. The ticket bought for the Colosseum is a three part ticket to other not as well-known sights nearby including the Palatine Hill and Roman Forum. Both are worth visiting first before the Colosseum to save lining up at the Colosseum ticket office. The Palatine Hill was the home to Roman emperors and aristocrats and a very interesting sight.
2. Roman Forum
The Roman Forum next door to the Colosseum is a huge complex of ruined temples, basilicas and arches. The Forum was the ceremonial, legal, social and business center of ancient Rome. Entry to the Forum is part of the Colosseum, Palatine Hill and Forum ticket.
3. Vatican Museum and St. Peters Basilica
Home to the Sistine Chapel and Raphael Rooms, the Vatican Museum is one of the richest and most visited museums in the world. The Vatican is home to the Pope and the museum is the collection of art that Popes of the past have ‘collected’ over the centuries. Highly recommend going inside the museum to see the ornate buildings and paintings produced by the masters of art. The museum is always very busy and pre purchasing your ticket online is highly recommended. The Vatican is the world’s largest church, also known as the centre of Christianity, St Peters Basilica. The huge building took over one hundred years to construct by many great Italian architects. It is free to go inside but you need to be aware of the dress code, of covering up your shoulders and knees before being allowed inside.
4. Trevi Fountain
The Trevi Fountain has been on every traveler’s wish list of sights to visit in Rome for years. The Trevi Fountain is the largest baroque fountain at 49 metres wide by 23 metres tall, and was designed by architect Nicolo Salvi in the 18th century. Legend has it; if you throw a coin into the fountain you can make a wish. The Trevi Fountain has been popularised by many movies, such as La Dolce Vita and The Lizzie McGuire Movie.
The Pantheon is the best preserved of all Ancient Roman buildings built in 128AD by Emperor Hadrian. The dome is the most impressive part of the building is the world’s largest unreinforced concrete dome. Architects are still puzzled today how it was built. Since the 7th century the building has been used as a church and houses many important crypts inside such as King Victor Emmanuel II, Raphael and Queen Margherita of Savoy.
1. Pizzeria Formula 1
After a big night out on the town, Pizzeria Formula 1 seems to be the pizzeria of choice by many locals. Located in the historic San Lorenzo district, the waiters zoom around making sure to deliver fantastic bruschetta, fried courgette flowers and bubbling thin-crust pizza to the crowds.
2. Testaccio Market
The Testaccio Market is a modern new market hall that sells traditional food for a good price. Try Mordi e Vai - a stall that sells sandwiches made to order stuffed with fresh ingredients and other tasty Roman dishes like braised beef, meatballs which are breaded and fried and then sold by the piece, boiled beef and tripe in tomato sauce.
3. Gelato, Gelato, Gelato!
After wandering around Roman ruins all day long, you’ll want to grab a gelato to cool down. There are many places all over the city, and some people have their favourites, but a clear winner with tourists and locals for years has to be San Crispino. San Crispino is Rome’s original gourmet gelateria that has over 150 flavours and was featured in the book Eat Pray Love. The the fresh walnut and dried fig, pistachio, ginger and cinnamon or for something different the camembert flavor.
4. Antica Osteria Rugantino
This Osteria serves traditional Italian food like pasta dishes, risotto, meat and fish dishes as well as a huge range of delicious desserts at an affordable price with friendly local service.
5. Gustosando Restaurant
Gustosando is a fantastic restaurant to try some local Roman dishes such as spaghetti carbonara and zucchini flowers with truffle oil at incredible value.
Goa is a huge club that fits up to 700 people wanting to dance the night away to techno music and some of the best DJ’s from around Europe. The venue is a classy affair some make sure to put your best dress on.
Anima Club is a really modern and trendy venue that plays mainly hip hop and house music. Entry is free but they make up for that in the price of the cocktails.
3. Akab Club
One of the most popular nightclubs in the Testaccio area for a long time, Akab Club is best known for its live music and entertainment. Early in the night rock and jazz music may be played, but later in the evening the dance floor starts to open up and the music changes to house, dance, reggae, acid jazz, disco, funk and soul.
4. Shari Vari Playhouse
The Shari Vari Playhouse has fast become the new popular place to go out. The venue has three levels with different rooms for different types of music, from hip-hop to retro, house and dance music.
Fluid is the best bar to head for aperitivo time in Rome. The posh décor funky music gets a huge crowd in around happy hour between 7 and 9pm when the locals and tourists flock in to enjoy a drink and the fantastic buffet. Just order one glass of wine or even a cocktail and you can sample the buffet for free. Late at night they have music playing and is a nice place to socialize with friends.
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A walking tour of the city is a must. It really helped me figure out what and where I wanted to spend more time."