Italian City Guide: Rome

Rome still captivates all that visit. With its hundreds of historic sights around every corner, there is no wonder why they call it the Eternal City. Rome's culture, food and people make it such a special city, and we have put together a guide to our favourite things to see, eat and where to stay to make planning your city break that little bit easier. 

What is there to do in Rome?

 

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The Colosseum

The Colosseum is arguably Rome's most awe-inspiring and iconic ancient monument and is even one of the seven modern wonders of the world. It was used as an entertainment centre by the Romans for approximately 450 years, with the last gladiator fight taking place in 404 AD. Despite the ravages of time, the Colosseum is an incredibly well-preserved piece of Rome's fascinating history and impressive engineering. 

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The Pantheon

The Pantheon was the largest dome in the world for 1300 years before Florence's Duomo took the title, but it remains the world's largest unreinforced concrete dome. Marvel at the architectural wonder and its breathtaking grandeur interior including the marble floor and walls decorated with Renaissance frescoes and paintings. 

For those looking to explore the lesser-known side of Rome...

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Visit the Trastevere neighbourhood

Brimming with life, Trastevere is a neighbourhood that will have you falling in love. Settled on the other side of the Tiber River, Trastevere is plentiful with authentic trattoria, bars and shops that spill out onto its cobbled streets. Wander the quaint streets with a gelato in hand, or watch the street performers with a late evening cocktail.

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Capuchin Crypt

One of the most unique and impressive heritage sites in the city is the Capuchin Crypt, also sometimes called the 'Bone Church of Rome'. A series of small chapels beneath the church contains the bones and mummified remains of an estimated 4,000 individuals. The human bones have been used in the elaborate decoration of the walls and ceilings. 

What is there to eat in Rome?

 

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The city is blessed with an abundance of pizzerias, churning out thin, crispy-baked Roman pizza from wood-fired ovens. Don't leave Rome without trying the Pizza Bianca, or 'white pizza', a focaccia-style pizza that stocks bakeries city-wide. 
 
Typical pasta dishes include cacio e pepe. It sounds simple with only two ingredients – cheese and black pepper – but that just brings out the salty kick of the local pecorino Romano cheese. Another favourite is the classic pasta alla carbonara which has become beloved by Romans over the more recent years.
 
The Italian capital is also a gelato paradise, so be sure to grab one as you admire the sights and sounds of Rome - they aren't hard to find!

Where should I stay in Rome?

 

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Baglioni Hotel Regina
The Baglioni Hotel Regina is situated on Via Veneto, one of the most famous walkways in Rome. Once home to Queen Margherita of Savoy, today this refined hotel offers luxurious service combined with excellent hospitality. The rooms are decorated in a sleek, art deco style and feature classic pieces with a timeless elegance. 
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Starhotels Metropole
Located in the heart of Rome, Starhotels Metropole offers a stylish and elegant stay. Although just a 20 minute walk away from sights such as the Colosseum and Trevi Fountain, the newly renovated rooms provide an oasis of peace and relaxation away from the bustle of the city.  Enjoy warm colours, plush comfortable furniture and friendly Italian service.

If you are ready to start planning your Rome adventure, you can easily book online today to enjoy fantastic offers at our resorts. We look forward to bringing you the real Italy.

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