Magnificent and beautiful Rome has been around for over 2,000 years, and offers its visitors a wealth of history alongside modern life that is hardly rivalled elsewhere. Majestic well-preserved buildings; wide, sweeping piazze and lovely fountains, busy restaurants and cobblestoned back alleys...all these combined offer each visitor to this fabulous city a heady mix of ancient history, aesthetic beauty, lively locals and great food and wine.There are also plenty of choices of where to rest your head after a day of sightseeing, from the fancy hotels and budget hostels to the social travelling, where you stay in a local persons private accommodation and get to see how the people really live in the city.
The Trevi Fountain
is quite an earner, with up to €700,000 of coins being tossed into the fountain each year. This considerable sum is donated to Caritas
to help the poor.
Capuchin monks are so named for wearing a hood, or cappucio
....and this is also where the well known cappuchinos
with the hood of foamed milk get
their name from.
On average, Italians each drink over 26 gallons of wine per year.
The Park of Monsters
is filled with gruesome statues of the mythical hero Hercules slaying a variety of hideous monsters.
What to do in Rome
There is so much to see and do in the eternal city of Rome that we felt it only fair to choose our favourite sights for you to choose from. No matter where you go in Rome, especially on foot, it´s like taking a walk through history. Pick any direction and you're liable to come across priceless artifacts and stunning examples of early architecture. Of all the wonderful sights, the Colosseum is regarded by many as the most famous and impressive. Despite sitting in the middle of a busy traffic roundabout and being surrounded by shops and apartments, one step into the Colosseum and you can practically hear the ancient Roman crowds cheering on the gladiators fighting below. If you want to get a good deal on visiting the Colosseum and other famous sights, get a Roma Pass. This deal costs €34 and entitles you to free entry into two historical sites of your choice, as well as discounted entry to lots of others.
When the hustle and bustle of Rome's 24 hour lifestyle becomes too much, a spiritual retreat into Vatican City can provide a full day's activity. The Vatican Museum is a must-see for every visitor to Rome, not least as you must enter the museum in order to see the Sistine Chapel. There are also plenty of rooms, tapestries and maps painted by Raphael. There is an amazing Egyptian collection and the Pinacoteca, with paintings by Leonardo da Vinci, Giotto, Raphael, Caravaggio and Veronese.
An interesting early-Roman monument to visit is the Temple of Pantheon, which is dedicated to the gods of Ancient Rome. It is one of the best preserved ancient buildings in the city and holds the tomb of the artist Raphael. It is an architectural wonder due to its hemispherical dome being the same height as the building! There are many beautiful fountains all over Rome, with the most famous definitely being the Trevi Fountain, a gathering place for tourists to hang out and throw in coins into the fountain for good luck. Slightly more off the beaten track lies the lovely Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi (Fountain of the Four Rivers), which was designed by Bernini and lies situated on the Piazza Navona. Take a stroll in the footsteps of Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck to the Piazza di Spagna, which lies at the foot of the Spanish Steps which formed an important backdrop for the film “Roman Holiday” and features yet another fascinating fountain. To enjoy the best view of the city head up to the Vittoriano located on the Piazza Venezia.
Eating and Drinking in Rome
“When in Rome, do as the Romans”, as the famous saying goes. Well, the Romans like to eat and drink, and there is plenty of choice for both delights to be had in this city. Of course there is a great selection of the obvious choices of pizza and pasta, but there are many traditionally Roman delicacies to be savoured that you might not have heard of. Try some Fiori di zucca, courgette (or zucchini) flowers, prepared in a deep fried batter, or perhaps you fancy a more meaty Scaloppine alla romana, veal sautéed with fresh baby artichokes. For a sweet tooth, there is the well tiramisu, and plenty of ice cream flavors to be enjoyed. If you see Italians queuing at a gelateria, you can be assured that the frozen delights on offer there will be spectacular! Be careful about prices though, there have been occasions of ice creams being offered at €16 per scoop in areas overrun with tourists!
Wine and coffee are probably the most common drinks in Italy, and can be found plentifully and in good quality, even the house versions, as most establishments would be ashamed to serve poor wine. When it comes to coffee, there are various types but what we consider an espresso is actually the most common, either in single or double form. It is also considered highly uncouth to order a cappuchino after 11 o´clock in the morning, as this is something strictly enjoyed in the morning with your croissant (cornetto).
There are also a whole range of ice cream flavors to be enjoyed. Be careful of the prices, though, in some of the areas overrun with tourists (the spectacular Trevi Fountain springs to mind!) an ice cream was spotted that cost €16! Nevertheless, the less touristy areas and back streets yield up a large number of authentic restaurants, bakeries and other eateries. While there might be a large choice of wines on the menu, the Italian house wine is usually good. There is always the option to buy ingredients from one of the many food markets or delis and take them back to cook up in your apartment or bed and breakfast, one of the benefits of choosing a self-catering rental with Wimdu over a hotel!
is Rome’s main airport and lies 19 miles to the west outside of the city. The best way to get to your rental or the city centre or your rental is to get the airport train. This reaches the centre in 30 minutes. Rome has an easily understandable transport system and the easiest means of getting around is probably the extensive and well maintained tram, as the metro doesn´t really go to any of the historical sights.
Accommodation and Apartments for Rent in Rome
For an authentic experience of living like a Roman citizen (albeit a modern one!) you should check out the accommodation options for apartment rentals and bed and breakfasts on Wimdu
. From luxurious apartments to comfortable bed and breakfasts, you´ll have plenty to choose from. This accommodation style not only allow you an insight into the life of a local, but you might be lucky enough to get some insider tips from your friendly host about your neighbourhood and the city in general.