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Visit Rome - A Brief but thorough Guide

Updated on March 3, 2014

Rome - The Eternal City

Colloseum
Colloseum | Source
Colloseum
Colloseum | Source
Vatican City
Vatican City | Source
Trevi Fountain
Trevi Fountain | Source

Rome, the capital of Italy and the Lazio region is seat to one of the most powerful ancient empires in history. It is the largest city in Italy having a population of over 2.8 million. Situated on the Tiber River, the “Eternal City” has a history that is more than 2,500 years old. With such a long history, there is no dearth of attractions in the city that draw millions of tourists from around the world.

If you come to Rome, the Colosseum is something that you cannot afford to miss by any chance. You can spend hours with your family to explore the Colosseum. The Arch of Constantine, located outside was built during the 4th century. Tickets are needed to enter the historic monument, but you can save time by purchasing them online well in advance.

Vatican City may be another state, but you can visit it. St. Peter’s Square, Michelangelo’s Pieta and St. Peter’s Basilica are some of the most famous places to be visited. Make sure to visit the Vatican Museum to check a world of masterpieces from Italian history.

Another famous landmark of ancient Roman legacy is the Pantheon. The temple of the Gods has been amazingly been kept intact even though it was built in 27 B.C. It has a special altar that was built later on for Christian worship. Other popular attractions of Rome include the Roman Forum, Piazza Navona and the Trevi Fountain.


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Italian Food

Italian food is world famous, and when in Rome, you are at the hub of it all. Roman dishes contain more meat and butter, but lesser amount of red sauce and pasta. Some of the leading dishes to be tasted are La Cucina Romana, Saltimbocca alla Romana and Coda alla Vaccinara. There is hardly any other city that would have as many restaurants as Rome has.

You can enjoy some Mediterranean or Italian food for breakfast at Ad Hoc in Via Ripetta or some Italian delicacies at Duecentogradi. Osteria Barberini in Della Purificazione offers some good food for the entire family. They are ideal for lunch, dinner and even for late night dining if you are looking for something on a budget.

Rome Airports

Rome has two international airports. The Leonardo da Vinci International Airport is the main airport, and it is connected well with the city centre through public transportation. If you arrive late night, you would find only bus service into the city. As the service is not regular at late hours, you would better choose taxi. The other major airport, Ciampino InternationalAirport is a smaller airport but it is closer to the centre of the city.

Local Transportation

The ATAC metro, buses and trams are the best options to travel inside the city. Avoid taxi, as it can be quite expensive. You can purchase tickets for the public transport from newspaper kiosks or shops that have a “T” sign. You can find ticket machines at all the metro stations.

It would be worthwhile to plan the places you would visit well before you embark on a journey to this old city. It has hundreds of attractions and you can have a difficult time choosing one if you don’t have a plan.

Anand Nair is an avid writer on a wide range of topics, having worked in 3 dailies. Contact him for creating grasping and factual articles like these.

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