Piazza Navona on CarnivalNo other place can touch the Eternal City. Rome may not be capital of the most powerful empire in the world, but it remains an epic destination boasting more than 28 centuries of history and culture. With its Roman amphitheaters and temples, its cathedrals and its Renaissance palaces, the Baroque plazas, the fountains and medieval streets, Rome is a place where all world styles come together – and all roads do still lead here.

 

Rome offers its visitors so many spectacular attractions that it’s near impossible to see them all – yet there are some highlights that simply cannot be overlooked. The largest church in the world, St Peter’s Basilica, serves not only as place of worship but also a museum, where you can find the underground tombs of deceased popes before checking out the epic views of the Vatican City from atop the church’s observatory tower.

Plaza de San Pedro, Roma.

Etched In Time

 

Travelling further back in time, the Coliseum is an essential stop on anyone’s Roman tour – a magnificent structure, this former gladiatorial battleground towers 159 feet into the clouds and is an epic monument to the rich and often violent history of the Romans of antiquity.

 

The Pantheon is another major attraction, formerly the world’s largest domed structure until surpassed in 1436, it is more than 1,800 years old. You can find the Pantheon in Rome’s historic center, the Piazza del Rotonda, a place full of excitement with its constant hustle and bustle of vendors running around, café proprietors and groups of students and businessmen sipping their cappuccinos in the sun.

 

Spanish steps.For those bored with sightseeing, Rome has yet another side – the city is one of Europe’s major capitals on the entertainment scene too – world class operas and theatrical performances at the Teatro Dell’ Opera feature some of Italy’s most famous artisans. And the rest of Rome’s vibrant nightlife is unforgettable too. Numerous classy cafes and wine bars centered around the chic Piazza Navona and Via della Pace, cheap drinks at the student hangout of San Lorenzo, and hip nightclubs and risto bars around the Testaccio and Ostiense areas – wherever you go, your nights in Rome will be memorable.

 

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Rome is fascination for so many reasons, at least one of which is the odd characteristic that the city is at once a massive world capital, and a small medieval village too. Taking in the city on foot, visitors can easily depart from crowed touristic routes and delve into the real Rome. Plodding along her uneven cobblestones, newcomers and locals can mingle in a cozy world of chic shops, wonderful galleries, and charming cafes. It is in this kind of exploration mode, you will see Rome’s most beautiful attraction – her people. Under the curved archways, beyond the front of the Palazzos, there’s a courtyard where a Roman still eyes the world going by.

San Pietro.

The city so many have dreamed of, is a living dream still. The only negative aspect of a Roman holiday is leaving.

 

Main attractions: The Coliseum , St. Peter's Square, St. Peters, the Arch of Constantine, the Pantheon, Piazza del Campidoglio, the Equestrian Statue of Marcus Aurelius, Trevi Fountain, the Column of Marcus Aurelius, Stadio Olimpico, and many others.

 

Currency: Euro

Official language: Italian

Area: 1,285.31 km2 (496.3 sq mi)

Population: 2,761,477

Electricity:

  • Voltage: 220-240 Volts (U.S./Canada are 110-120 Volts)
  • Primary Socket Type: Italian
  • Multi-voltage appliances (laptops, etc)
  • 110-120V electronics: Plug adapter + step-down transformer
  • Hair dryers, curling irons, etc.: Plug adapter + voltage converter

 

 

Other places to see & things to do: Palazzo Senatorio, Fontana della Barcaccia, Basilica of St. John Lateran, Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore, Castel Sant'Angelo, the Basilica of San Paolo fuori le Mura, Piazza del Popolo, the Monument to Vittorio Emanuele II, Palazzo della Farnesina, the Villa Borghese gardens, and so many more.

 

Images courtesy: Laura, Gaspar Serrano, Storm, Giampaolo Macorig