Rome city trip: Information and historic background

When vacationing in Rome, be inspired by the atmosphere of the Eternal City. Stroll along the countless historic sights in Rome. When vacationing in Rome. or taking a short city trip, a hotel in the center of town is your best choice. Enjoy your vacation near the beautiful Fontana di Trevi (Trevi fountain), the famous Spanish Steps or the largest antique building of the Romans – the Colosseum.

Sights in Rome

  1. Colosseum

Although construction of the colosseum was completed around 80 AD, the largest amphitheater of the Roman antique times, it does not have to fear any comparison with the modern soccer stadiums of our times. Experts estimate that the arena seated up to 50,000 spectators. Normally, they came to watch bloody gladiator fights. The space below the arena could be flooded so naval battles could verifiably be re-enacted in the colosseum.

  1. Saint Peter’s Basilica

The largest of the Pope’s basilica’s in Rome is commonly known as St. Peter’s Basilica.  It’s actual name, however, is San Pietro in Vaticano (Saint Peter in the Vatican). It seats up to 20,000 people to jointly celebrate the most important Christian holidays. Admission to St. Peter’s Basilica is free but you should prepare for extensive security checks. Admission is charged to access the roof of the basilica or to go into the dome, designed by Michelangelo.

  1. Forum Romanum

If you wish to visit the Colosseum, it’s best to buy a combination ticket that includes access to the Forum Romanum and Palatine Hill. The cost for this ticket starts  at 12€. Forum Romanum was the center of Roman life and was considered the meeting point of Rome’s aristocracy. With a height of 50 meters and located adjacent to the forum, Palatine Hill provides a bird’s eye view of the area.

  1. Gianicolo hill

Gianicolo hill is one of the most popular places to enjoy a panoramic view over the Eternal City. If you do not want to spend a half an hour walking up the hill, overcoming an altitude difference of 82 meters, you can go up by rental car or take bus line 115 or 870 to the vantage point. Many tourists come here in the evening to enjoy the last sunny hours of the day with the romantic backdrop of the city.

  1. Spanish Steps

The Spanish Steps’ name is derived from the Piazza di Spagna (Spanish Square) where they are located. Finished in 1725 and with a length of 68 meters, it is one of the world’s most famous outdoor flight of stairs. Its 138 steps offer enough room to relax between sightseeing tours, or enjoy a picnic. The adjacent alleys are a mecca for fashion lovers. Here, you will find a lot of boutiques and luxurious designer stores. .

  1. Trevi Fountain

Legend has it that you will return to Rome if you throw a coin over your shoulder into the Trevi fountain. If you throw two coins, you will even fall in love with a Roman. Every year, an estimated one million Euro make their way onto the bottom of the fountain that way. The money is donated to charity. The fountain’s international fame is based on the fact that is was featured in many old movies.

  1. Gelateria Giolitti

Its delicious types of ice cream and many prominent customers have made Gelateria Giolitti one of Rome’s most famous ice cream parlors. Italian and international stars and starlets like Justin Timberlake, Cameron Diaz and Susan Sarandon have tried the delicious ice cream in the Via Uffici del Vicario 40. If you want to try the delicious types of ice cream here, you should know that Italian do not sell ice cream by scoops.  The size of the portion depends on the price category. Just say the price and order the types of ice cream you wish to enjoy.

  1. Campo dei Fiori

Campo dei Fiori is considered a well-kept secret among Rome travelers regarding the city’s sights. Here, you will neither find antique ruins, pompous palaces, nor gorgeous churches. But in the evening, when the small Italian restaurants open their doors to invite you in for dinner and a glass of red wine, this square exceeds an extraordinary charm. Locals also love coming here to spend the evening with friends.

Shopping in Rome

Via del Corso is a boulevard with a variety of stores. It is the longest and most popular shopping boulevard in the Italian capital. National and international stores can be found here. If you want to experience the luxuries of Rome during your city trip, you should walk along Via dei Condotti. This is Rome’s most exclusive boulevard. Other well-known shopping miles in the city are Via Marconi, Via Tuscolana and Via Appia Nuova. However, travelers will find significantly cheaper deals when visiting the clothes market located directly at San Giovanni in Laterano or at the Porta Portese market.

Public transportation in Rome

Public transportation in Rome (bus, street car, metro) is well-networked and affordable. The Leonardo Express (every 30 minutes, travel time 35 minutes) connects Fiumicino airport with the main train station Romea Termini. At Ciampino airport, the bus stop of the Terravision busses is located in front of the terminal. Travel time to the main train station Romea Termini is 40 minutes. Most municipal ATAC busses leave from the Stazione Termini, most of them from 6 a.m. to midnight. Night busses are available too. The underground lines A and B both stop at the  Stazione Termini.

The best travel season for Rome is in the spring and fall.

 

 

Rome – Tips for a relaxed stay

At a place like Rome, it’s not all about what you need to do to see all sights, it’s also about what you should NOT do to stay safe.

1. Buy water
Do not buy one bottle of water after the other. Take one bottle with you and continue to refill it at one of the drinking water-quality fountains and water faucets known as Nasoni. They are also located at many famous places such as at the Forum Romanum. To quickly find Nasoni in Rome, there’s even an app called “Rome-Drops.”

2. Wait endlessly
Avoid visiting famous sights spontaneously. If you do, you risk standing in long waiting lines. If you admission tickets online in advance, e.g. for the Vatican or the Colosseum, you save valuable time and can enjoy the cultural sights of the city in a relaxed way.

3. Ignore markets
Do not miss the Porta Portese market on Sunday morning. Here, you will find everything! Other popular markets include Campo de Fiori (especially for food), market at the Piazza dell’Emporio (for shoes) and at the Via Margutta (for art).

4. Sleep-in
Rome is not a city for late risers. It pays off to get up early to take a relaxed walk through the still quiet Rome.

5. Blindly ordering pizza
Don’t order pizza, if you did not see the wood stove. That way you avoid getting pizza that was warmed up in a microwave – which is not what you dream of when thinking about this Italian delicacy. Most wood stove are fired up for dinner.

6. Wear high heels
If you do not want to ruin your heels or twist your ankle on the cobblestone pavement and the bad streets, wear flat shoes when touring the city.

 

 

 

 

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