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What You Should Know More About Rome

  • Travel advice

    ·         Keep the touts at bay.

    ·         Do not entertain the beggars.

    ·         Make sure you do not travel alone in the night hours.

    ·         Ensure that you have had sufficient research before going to any new place.

    ·         Nudity is strictly prohibited.

    ·         If you are visiting a temple or a religious place, make sure you dress accordingly.

    ·         Do not flaunt your cash or valuables in the public place.

    ·         Always ensure that you book a room in an area that is known to you.

    ·         Avoid booking a hotel in any shady region.

    ·         Beware of thefts. Make sure you have kept all your cash and valuables safely.

    ·         Enquire about the room safe before booking a hotel.

    ·         Do not leave any of your valuables in the hotel room.

    ·         Do not get involved in any fight with anyone.

    ·         Make sure you double check the seal of the water bottle before buying.

    ·         Check the quality of the street food before ordering for it.

    ·         Do not let anyone deceive you.

    ·         Girls make sure you do not get over friendly with the locals here.

    ·         Learn some words from the local language prevalent in the region.

    ·         Do not book any cab or taxi without negotiating the fare for the same. 

  • Drinking Law

    The legal age for drinking in Rome is 18 years

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    Campo de’Fiori


    Rome proudly enjoys the tag of being the capital city of Italy. Destinations like Campo de’ Fiori are indeed one of the most amazing tourist places which should be visited by every traveler. It is basically a rectangular square located south of Piazza Navona. The area serves as a marketplace in the daytime and a vibrant party central at night for college students as well as tourists. It is regarded as the “field of flowers” and the name has been derived from its appearance during the middle age era. You would love the atmosphere in this market which is always filled with people. The surrounding architecture is worth observing if you possess enough time during your trip to Rome.


    Piazza Navona


    There are numerous squares in Rome, but Piazza Navona has its own charm which shouldn’t be missed. This area was established during the end of 15th century and safeguards the structure of the Stadium of Domitian which used to be here in the past. The stadium was constructed in 86 AD and is believed to be larger in space than the Colosseum. This area was mainly utilized for festivals and sporting activities. You will be amazed to check out the various sections of the square which are beautifully managed. There are three attractive fountains where you can access a sitting space to observe street performers and sip on a hot cappuccino.


    Castel Sant’Angelo


    Castel Sant’Angelo was mainly built as the mausoleum of Emperor Hadrian during 135 and 139 AD. Later on, subsequent strongholds present on top of the mausoleum were transformed into a residence as well as a castle by the medieval Popes. During 1870, the building was also managed as a prison, but presently it is preserved as a museum. Castel Sant’ Angelo is one of the best places to see in Rome which is high on appearance and architectural greatness.


    Roman Forum


    The Roman Forum is located in a small valley resting between the Palatine and Capitoline Hills. The Roman Forum was renowned for being the brimming heart of ancient Rome for centuries. The site was famous for hosting elections, public speeches, and various commercial affairs. At present, this Forum preserves the ruins of architectural pieces such as the Arches of Titus and Septimius Severus along with the Temple of Saturn and the Temple of Antoninus Pius and Faustina. You can access guided tours to this place that would prove beneficial in learning in-depth about the different marvels.


    Trevi Fountain


    Trevi Fountain was designed by Nicola Salvi in 1762, which still rests wonderfully in the city of Rome. This structure is a globally famous Baroque fountain which possesses mythological sculptural composition of the God of Sea, Neptune, surrounded by two Tritons. The landmark is visited by a large tourist crowd every year, making it one of the popular resorts in Rome. Apart from its beautiful designing, a legend is also connected with this fountain which states that whoever throws a coin into the fountain water shall return to Rome for another visit.


    The Vatican Museums


    The Vatican Museums are situated inside the Vatican City which manages some of the most vibrant and dramatic relics famous all over the world. These museums were established by Pope Julius II during the 6th century. The prime attractions of the museums include the Raphael Rooms, spiral staircase, and the exclusively illuminated Sistine Chapel. During the period of Pope Julius II, the famous ancient artist Michelangelo decorated the chapel ceiling between 1508 and 1512. Till date, ‘The Last Judgment’ painted on the ceiling is believed to be Michelangelo’s finest works acknowledged internationally. One must stay and spend sufficient time to absorb the hidden magic of the Vatican Museums.


    The Spanish Steps


    There are numerous sightseeing locations in Rome, but the monumental stairway consisting of 135 steps is crowned special for locals as well as tourists. The Spanish Steps were built between 1721?1725 using French funds for connecting the Bourbon Spanish embassy to the Holy See covering the French church, Trinità Dei Monti. The steps are quite crowded all throughout the day as tourists and native people love to hang out near this landmark. In the month of May, the steps are beautified using pink azaleas which look quite alluring. You can reach other popular locations such as Piazza di Spagna (Spanish square) as well as the Fontana Della Barcaccia which are located close to the steps.


    Basilica of St. Peter


    Basilica of St. Peter is indeed a classic example of medieval Roman architecture which is truly fascinating. This structure is valued by the Catholic world, which also acts as a leading tourist spot in the capital city.  It is a huge church which possesses an interior that is 120 meter high. The basilica has been constructed on the traditional site where Peter, who is considered the first Pope, was buried. This active church building went for a transformation during 1506 and the process was completed in 1615. A number of famous artists have contributed for the glorification of the complex and its nearby sections. Michelangelo was the man behind the designing of the dome; whereas, the great St. Peter’s Square was created by Bernini. Do not forget to mark this landmark in your list of top places to see in Rome.


    The Colosseum


    The Colosseum is the paramount structure which belongs to the rich Roman Empire. This famous amphitheater was once a grand stadium which hosted sporting events and other activities. The construction began under emperor Vespasian from the Flavian dynasty and was finished in 80 AD by his son, Titus. The Colosseum was efficient in holding a crowd of around 50,000 spectators who were allowed to enter the structure from 80 different entrances. The Colosseum attract thousands of tourists every year who are stupefied by the look of this fabulous interior arena. 

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    Visiting Trastevere


    One shouldn’t miss a chance to visit the regions which are placed across the river, locally known as Trastevere. You will be surprised to check out a classic bohemian influence which dwells in this area. The presence of plenty of boutiques in Trastevere makes it one of finest destinations in Rome for shopping jewelry, handicrafts, and excellent perfumes. The ochre buildings present in this section of the city are worth admiring.


    Baroque Art


    Rome is painted in the effects of Baroque art which has lived in the city since the medieval times. Galleria Borghese houses a magnificent collection of artistic Baroque masterpieces which are very amusing. The Borghese villa includes the famous sculpture of Napoleon Bonaparte’s sister by Antonio Canova as well as Bernini’s Apollo and Daphne. Moreover, you can also check out Caravaggio’s self-portrait that is liked by global tourists. One can even stroll through the villa’s galleries accessing the idyllic Villa Borghese Park where natural wonders such as flowers and orange trees offer a marvelous aura. The replica of Shakespeare’s Globe Theater is also present in the vicinity where you can stay to watch a play. 


    Narrow Cobblestone Streets


    The narrow cobblestone streets of Rome make the city acquire a form of uniqueness which belongs to this place. Do not miss a chance to visit Centro Storico where you can tour the wonderful Piazza del Popolo. There are three main roads which form a trident guiding towards Piazza Venezia and also the Colosseum. You can roam through countless streets and alleyways which are filled with attractive churches and boutiques. You can even view private courtyards which are possessed by some of the wealthiest Romans. Your things to do list must also include visits to the gorgeous gelaterias, restaurants and cafes which are located majorly on these cobblestone streets.


    Relishing Espresso


    When in Rome, you cannot skip an opportunity to savor the most relishing espresso. You won’t find Starbucks or any other branded coffee outlet because they don’t exist here. It is quite common for Romans to drink three or more cups of espresso a day. There are certain rules which are followed by the natives in terms of coffee consumption. Firstly, cappuccinos are only tasted at breakfast. After that, one can either order un caffè (a shot of espresso) or even un caffè macchiato (a shot of espresso with a dollop of steamed milk). In the hotter months, tourists can ask for un caffè freddo (cold espresso sweetened with loads of sugar) as well as crema di caffè (the Roman equivalent of a frappuccino) which is equally flavorful. The two famous café resorts in Rome which are preferred by travelers are Tazza d’Oro and Caffè Sant’ Eustachio. 

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  • When is the best time to visit Rome?

    Rome, being such a tourist attraction, is almost always busy. The ideal time to visit Rome is either some time between April and June or October-September.  A month to month itinerary is as follows:

    •    June to September: is the busiest time of the year, people flying in from all over the world to check the city out. June is the perfect temperature, with the skies at their bluest and the weather neither cold nor hot. Having been the Tourist season, the prices are very high.
    •    October to March: this is the offseason, so prices go down a great deal, with October being the wettest month. The average temperature is about 10°C which is optimum for sightseeing. Christmas is amazing in Rome, with the huge Christmas tree at St. Paul’s Cathedral.
    •    April to May: the prices are medium, with shorter lines, and spring season. With Easter around the corner, Rome has eggs displayed all over.

  • How to reach Rome?

    Rome is an important tourist attraction, and both countries of Vatican City and Italy keep it highly maintained. Therefore, the influx of tourists is made easy. The ways to reach Rome are:

    •    By Cruise Ships: dock at Civitavecchia, which is one and a half hours away from Rome. Porto di Roma, located around 20 km away from Rome can also be used.
    •    By Car: Grande Raccordo Anulare is always available for people who want to commute to Rome, the road leading straight to the center of the City.
    •    By plane: Leonardo Da Vinci International Airport or the Ciampino International Airport, is available for people flying in or out of the city.
    •    By Train: the Leonardo Express and the Suburban train connects many stations, and the system of tickets, their validation and expiry are a concept easy enough to grasp.
    •    By Vus: the Terravision Bus, and SIT bus shuttle go all over the city too.
    •    By Taxi: which are white in Rome, have a fixed rate of €48.

  • Which are the major tourist attractions in Rome?

    The beautiful city of Rome is adorned with all sorts of ancient miracles. The heart of the ex-western civilization provides the following tourist attractions in Rome:

    • Baths of Caracalla
    • Villa Farnesina
    • Appian Way
    • National Roman Museum
    • Victor Emmanuel II Monument
    • Piazza del Popolo
    • Santa Maria in Trastevere
    • Ostia Antica
    • Basilica of San Clemente
    • Capitoline Museums
    • Palatine Hill
    • San Giovanni in Laterano
    • Galleria Borghese
    • Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore
    • Saint Peter's Square
    • Trevi Fountain
    • Piazza Navona
    • Roman Forum
    • Spanish Steps
    • Campo de' Fiori
    • Vatican Museums
    • Pantheon
    • St. Peter's Basilica
    • Colosseum

  • What are the things to do in Rome?

    With vast surface area, friendly locals, a country within the city, it is hard to not have a lot of provisions for activities. The best things to do are:

    •    Checkout ruins of Roman Forum
    •    See the Colosseum
    •    See the Pantheon
    •    Travel to Baroque Rome situated at the Piazza Navona
    •    Bend a knee at the Vatican City
    •    St. Peter’s Basilica is to be gazed at
    •    Step on the Spanish Steps
    •    Trastevere is made to be explored
    •    Toss a coin into the Trevi Fountain
    •    Check out the Galleria Borghese and
    •    Check out the Villa Borghese
    •    Stroll through the Centro Storico
    •    Explore Galleria Alberto Sordi

  • What is the local food of Rome? Which are the best places to taste this food?

    Rome is the Eternal City because of many reasons, but people might think, on tasting its food, that, it is called so simply because the taste of their food is something one ill remember for eternity.

    •    Suppli
    •    Baccala
    •    Cariofo Alla Romano
    •    Pizza Al Taglio
    •    Pizza Romano
    •    Carbonara
    •    Bucatini al’ Amatriciana
    •    Cacio a pepe
    •    Saltimbocca Alla Romano
    •    Coda Alla Vaccinara
    •    Panino with Trippo Alla Romano
    •    Trapizzino Alla Romano
    •    Maritozzo
    •    Torta Ricotta e Visciole

    The best places to enjoy this food:

    •    I Supplì
    •    Dar Filettaro
    •    Hostaria Romana
    •    Pizzarium
    •    Da Remo
    •    Roscioli
    •    Da Bucatino
    •    Da Felice
    •    Da Teo
    •    Flavio al Velavevodetto
    •    Mordi e Vai
    • Testaccio
    •    Zi Umberto
    •    Il Maritozzaro
    •    Pasticceria Boccioni

  • What is the best public transport to commute around Rome?

    Public Transport in Rome is considerably expensive but much more convenient and safe than traveling via personal locomotives. The best options for public transport are as follows:

    •    Roma Combo Pass: lets you commute around Rome, with the option of hopping on and off the public transport.
    •    By Car: can be slightly problematic. The Romans are impatient, and the possibility of getting rear-ended. Therefore, traveling by public transport, and in cases of extremities, taxi, would be suggested, convenient, and safer.
    •    By taxi: By far, the most expensive, and by far, the most convenient
    •    By foot: generally free
    •    Public Transport: Buses, Night Buses, Trams, Metro are all available, pretty convenient and least expensive.

  • What is the local language in Rome and which are the most commonly used greetings?

    When in Rome, you gotta speak roman. Even though the Romans are friendly people, if one cannot learn the local language, at least the basics, they would probably not be able to communicate and that can be extremely inconvenient. Even though the city is metalinguistic, and people normally can speak English, the local language is Italian. The following are commonly used greetings:

    •    Yes - Si
    •    No - No
    •    Hello - Buon Giorno
    •    Goodbye -  Arrivederci (informal)

  • Which are the best shopping places in Rome and what are they famous for?

    The worst part of vacations is normally the shopping for others part. Even though some enjoy the feeling, to others, going from shop to shop becomes a hassle. But in Rome, shopping is pleasurable. The best shopping places in Rome are:

    •    Euroma2 Centro Commerciale
    •    Galleria Alberto Sordi
    •    Castel Romano DEsigner Outlet
    •    Shopping mall porta di Roma
    •    Centro Commerciale Roma Est
    •    Mercato trionfole
    •    Del Giudice Roma
    •    Castroni
    •    Alfieri Leather Clothing
    •    The Disney Store
    •    Parco Commerciale Da Vinci
    •    Salumeria Valupetti
    •    Paciotti Salumeria
    •    Bartolucci Italy S.R.L
    •    Nuovo Mercato Esquilino
    •    Bacab Shop Bar
    •    Pallazzo delle Esposizioni

  • Where can one enjoy adventure activities in Rome?

    Though Adventure, where danger is expected, can only be found on the roads of Rome, with rash drivers, there are very less adrenaline awakening tours I the city. However, the thrill of all that is mentioned below is almost similar to where one can enjoy adventure activities in Rome:

    •    Day trip at Ostia Antica
    •    Stroll through the Transvestite
    •    Aurelian Wall has to be toured
    •    Pseudo Trek up the Palatine Hill
    •    Travel to the Circus Maximus
    •    Tour the Piazza Novana
    •    Check out the Borghese park and villa
    •    Walk the Janiculum Walk

  • Which are the best places to enjoy a walk of the historic city?

    The Eternal City is infinitesimally beautiful, and though the crowds can be slightly thick, the way the city handles its tourism and accommodates it, the throngs don’t really bother one too much. The pretty gardens, streets, even the regular roads are intricately made, that walking anywhere is as pleasurable as it gets. The best places to enjoy walking in Rome are:

    •    Tivoli: Villa d'Este
    •    Villa Gregoriana
    •    Anzio
    •    Genzano
    •    Lago della Duchessa
    •    Lago del Turano
    •    Ostia Antica
    •    Allumiere

  • What’s so special about the Trastevere neighborhood in Rome?

    The Trastevere neighborhood is the part which the river Tiber meets its shores. The neighborhood is special because of all the sights you get to see there. They are:

    •    Santa Maria
    •    Orto Botanico
    •    Gelateria Alla Scala
    •    Villa Fernasina
    •    Pallazzo Corsini
    •    Antica Trattoria De Carlone
    •    Piazza Trilusa
    •    Santa Cecilia
    •    Isola Tiberinia
    •    Porta Portese Market

  • What are the most romantic things to do on a Honeymoon in Rome?

    Rome tuts the Roma in Romance. The honeymoon couples and lovers that go there can be seen walking hand in hand, wearing lovestruck, cute expressions. The things that couples can do in Rome are:

    •    Trevi Fountain: throw coins
    •    Pincio: bicycle together
    •    Rooftop Bar at Raphael Hotel: take your respective other half on a candlelight dinner
    •    Gianicolo Hill: go for a casual coffee
    •    Ponte Sant Angelo: express love in ways.
    •    Spanish Steps: fall in love again
    •    Piazza Navona: eat all that you can, spoil said spouse
    •    Ponte Sisto: walk hand in hand

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