Known as the Capital of the World, Rome is a fantastic destination for all seasons. Dotted with ancient ruins and capturing the essence of Italian living, Rome straddles the centuries easily. This article describes some of the sights and sounds of the Eternal City, and offers suggestions on hotels, restaurants and bars.
The Eternal City is an aesthete’s paradise. Filled with sun drenched piazzas, dancing fountains and cobble stoned streets, Rome offers ancient architecture, Renaissance art and delicious food to travelers seeking a little la dolce vita.
The crown jewels of Rome are, undoubtedly, the ruins of the Roman Forum and the vast, ancient circle of the Colosseum. Modern day gladiators still throng the latter but they compete for photos with tourists instead of death and glory. The Vatican, the smallest independent city state in the world, is also a favourite of visitors to Rome. Marvel at Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel, as well as the incredible view of Rome from the top of the copper dome of St Peter’s Basillica.
Arguably Bernini’s most famous sculpture, the Fountain of Four Rivers stands in the centre of the Piazza Navona. At dusk, the cafes and restaurants that ring the piazza light up with life. The legendary Pantheon is one of the world’s earliest Christian churches, built on the site of a pagan temple.
Where to stay
Rome’s hotels range from the super luminous hotels to cozy little family-run establishments. The best rooms are centrally located and offer high-class comfort for value prices.
Treading a fine balance between budget and style, the Beehive is centrally located. The hotel offers well-lit rooms with a modernist touch. Single rooms with a shared bath starts from $75 (the-beehive.com).
Hotel Forum Roma
If you are looking for a little luxury, the Hotel Forum Roma will suit your needs. The rooms have an old-world charm .d best of all, they overlook the Roman Forum, so you are never too far away from the ancient roots of Rome. Double rooms start from $150 (hotelforum.com
Located on Via di San Basilio, the Aleph is a five star-boutique hotel in every sense of the word. The stylish rooms feature dark wood furniture and white photos of Rome tastefully arranged across entire walls. Superior rooms cost $450 without breakfast (aleph.boscolohotels.com).
Eating and drinking
For an authentic Roman experience, look no further than Da Baffetto. The diner-like interior offers a no-frills, authentic Italian pizza experience, with crispy, hot thin crusts slices and loud, emphatic locals.
Freni e Frizioni
This bar translates as “Breaks and Clutches”, a reference to the venue’s former use as a garage. Located in the hip and happening area of Trastevere, the bar offers industrial concrete floors mixed with luxe chandeliers and aperitifs from 7:30 pm onwards (freniefrizioni.com).
This restaurant lost its Michelin star recently but the food and service is still top quality. Housed in a -16th century palace, II Convivio Troiani takes classic Italian dishes like polenta and serves them up with a twist (ilconviviotroiani.com).