Travel Guide – Rome

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Introduction

Have you ever heard the saying ‘Rome was not built in a day’? Well, this saying goes well especially if you wish to see the best of this ancient city, you will need more than one trip to see its real aura. Rome is a beautiful historical city attracting travelers from almost every part of the world. Modern and old, past and present go side by side, all the time in Rome (the capital of Italy). Be it the historical monuments, ancient churches, fresco paintings or the famous museums, you will always be on your toes while visiting this amazing city.

The ‘Eternal City’ (as it is popularly known because of its rich history), Rome is a fascinating travel destination. Despite being an ancient city, Rome is no less than any modern city of the world (in every sense). Be it the roadside cafes or the restaurants or the transportation system, Rome is truly a historically modern city. So, if you wish to travel through time (just a phrase), you must plan your next vacation to Rome.

Best Time to Visit

April to May and September to October (often called the ‘shoulder season’) is the best time of the year to visit Rome. The weather is amazing during these months, where the days are mild and nights are cool. During the shoulder season you will also be able to find a good accommodation at reasonable prices.

Getting Around

Getting around Rome is never a problem, even for the first time travelers. You can easily get a tram, bus, taxi, rented car or metro to roam around the city. If you want to see the famous Roman sights sans any hassles, then you can also hire a Vespa scooter to roam around.

Not to Miss Attractions

Rome is one city where modern and old, past and present go side by side, all the time. Being an epicenter of one of the world’s greatest civilizations, Rome has always been a fascinating travel destination. These are some of the most popular tourist attractions of this city.

  • The Colosseum – The Colosseum is no less than a testament of the brilliant architectural skills of the Romans. It is the largest and the most famous amphitheater in the world. Emperor Vespasian started its construction in 72 AD and his son Titus finished it in 80 AD. There were 80 entrances in the Colosseum and almost 50,000 spectators could enter the building. Today, the Colosseum is one of the most popular tourist attractions of Italy attracting millions of travelers every year.
  • St. Peter's Basilica – Call it the center of the Catholic world, today the Basilica of St. Peter is one of the most recognized buildings of modern times. Standing on the site where Peter, the apostle (also the first Pope) was crucified and buried, the basilica is visited by millions of travelers every year.
  • Pantheon – Built in 126 AD as a temple for all the Roman Gods, Pantheon is one of the best reserved ancient buildings in the world. This Roman monument is also one of the most visited tourist attractions of Italy. The dome of this 2,000 years old building was the largest unreinforced concrete dome in the world till the 20th century.
  • Trevi Fountain – It is one of the most popular tourist attractions of Rome. Built in 1762, this famous fountain features a magnificent sculpture of Neptune (the God of the Sea) flanked by 2 Tritons. It is believed that if you toss a coin in the fountain all your wishes will come true and you shall one day again return to Rome.

Other Not to Miss Roman Attractions

  • Campo de' Fiori
  • Piazza Navona
  • Roman Forum
  • Spanish Steps
  • Vatican Museums
  • Ostia Antica
  • Palatine Hill
  • Castel Sant'Angelo
  • Villa dei Quintili
  • Catacombs of San Callisto
  • Domus Romane di Palazzo Valentini
  • Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri

Interesting Facts

  • It is believed that Rome was founded in 753 BC by 2 brothers Romulus and Remus (raised by a she-wolf). Romulus became the first king and the city was named Rome.
  • About 3,000 Euros are swept up from the bottom of the Trevi fountain every night.
  • There are around 280 fountains and more than 900 churches in the modern day Rome.
  • In the ancient Rome people would usually vomit between the meals so that they could eat more.
  • It was Julius Caesar who introduced the modern 12 months calendar.
  • Rome is often called the “Eternal City” as its history dates back to 3,000 years old.
  • Emperor Trajan built the first-ever shopping mall in Rome.
  • Not owning slaves was considered a sign of extreme poverty in ancient Rome.
  • Hair dying was very popular among the Roman women.
  • The term “palace” comes from the Palatine Hill.
  • Rome has a museum dedicated to pasta named ‘The National Museum of Pasta’.
  • In ancient Rome some physicians recommended the gladiator blood as a cure for aliments like epilepsy and infertility.
  • In Rome left-handed people were considered unlucky in the ancient times.
  • Ancient Romans never used soap to clean them. Instead they used to apply perfumed oils to their skin and they would later scrape it off with a strigil.
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