This week’s virtual travel takes us to the romantic city of Rome, here is why!
With its unparalleled history, Rome is the third most visited city in Europe and the fourteenth worldwide. It attracts visitors from all over the world who are impatient to discover the city’s impressive monuments and sites; not to mention its renowned cuisine and its lively atmosphere. A city of romance and beauty which will sweep you off your feet with sunsets, sea and seafood.
When exploring the Colosseum, visitors will easily imagine how the gladiators fought for their lives in the Arena, cheered by the crowds.
In the Circus Maximus, travellers can imagine the chariots crashing into each other in order to be first in the race, and visualise what the Roman public would have entailed, many hundreds of years before.
In Rome, the summers are short, hot, humid, dry, and mostly clear. Whilst the winters are long, cold, wet, and moodily cloudy. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 3°C to 31°C and is rarely below -2°C or above 35°C. The best time of year to visit Rome for hot-weather activities is from late June to late August. In Autumn and Winter, try the vast expanse of galleries, theatres and hosterleries that provide comfort.
The top three things to do/see in Rome:
Visit the Colosseum
The Colosseum is the main symbol of Rome. It is an imposing construction that, with over 2,000 years of history, and will take you back in time to discover the way of life in the Roman Empire. The construction of the Colosseum began in the year AD 72 under the empire of Vespasian, and was finished in the year AD 80 during the rule of the emperor Titus. After completion, the Colosseum became the greatest Roman amphitheatre, measuring 188 meters in length, 156 meters in width and 57 meters in height.
Visit the Trevi Fountain
Trevi Fountain, Italian Fontana di Trevithe is considered a late Baroque masterpiece, is arguably the best known of the city’s numerous fountains, and was designed by Nicola Salvi and completed by Giuseppe Pannini in AD 1762. According to legend , those who toss coins into its waters will return to Rome.
Visit the Roman Forum and the Palatine Hill
Once upon a time, the most important meeting place in the world – where temples rubbed alongside brothels; streets tremored with triumphal processions and heaving markets; and squares thronged with spectators of fervid political debate, and criminal trials. Despite its slightly sad, neglected state now, the well-preserved ruins make it the most memorable attraction for many visitors to Rome.
Roman cuisine is most loved for being exceedingly flavourful, simple and satisfying. Continuing centuries of ‘old-school’ traditions. The dishes in the Italian capital have their roots in “poor man’s food”, constituting a creative cuisine that pays homage to the local delicacies in the Lazio region. The best traditional dishes to try are:
Supplì at I Supplì
Any Roman will agree the best way to whet your appetite before digging into a personal pizza is with fritti: deep-fried goodies that are tasty and comforting. A classic choice is the supplì, a fried rice-ball mixed with ragù and mozzarella and cooked to perfection.
Pizza al taglio at Bonci Pizzarium
Each region of Italy has its preferred street food, from Pompeii to Rome, and it is certainly pizza by the slice (al taglio). While Romans tend to stick to simple pairings (tomato sauce with parsley, focaccia with rosemary and sea salt), Gabriele Bonci has inaugurated a whole new world of flavours at Bonci Pizzarium. His creative combinations span all flavours and shades of the rainbow: figs with Parmesan, pumpkin cream with mozzarella and pancetta. Be sure to order a selection of slices for the best experience, once there.
Maritozzo at Il Maritozzaro
Breakfast in Italy often consists of a cappuccino and a pastry, which tends to vary by region. In Rome, alongside cornetti (croissants) of various types, you’ll also find the improbable maritozzo: a sweet bread roll filled with whipped cream. It is a sure-fire way to start your day with a healthy dose of calories, to spur the sightseeing marathon.
I hope you enjoyed this small virtual tour of beautiful Rome, look out for another exciting destination, this time in the United Kingdom!
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