Are you ready to visit Rome centre? It is a mecca for those who love history, since the capital of Italy is a testimony of the wonders of the ancient Roman Civilisation, which was the centre of power, culture and arts in the world. Declared as a World Heritage Site by the Unesco, and home of one of the Seven Modern Wonders of the World, the Colosseum, Rome will make you fall in love with history as soon as you step foot in it. Old temples, magnificent churches and basilicas, unique and beautiful plazas and life and culture all around. Rome centre will be a trip you will never forget.
Nowadays, Rome centre is a lively and chaotic (but in a good way) tourist centre where, besides admiring all the beauty around you will be able to have lots of fun.
Rome is home for all sorts of people, although Rome centre is so crowded with tourists that it may be hard for you to distinguish the fashionable, warm locals. If you book one of the apartments in Rome centre, you will be surrounded by tourists like yourself, all willing to learn and enjoy all the city can offer. But Rome is also home of families, students, artists and young professionals. You will be able to walk among them when discovering the little streets hidden from the big monuments, by having a drink in the terraces of the plazas; all in all, by looking for those gems hidden in any big city.
The main shopping area in Rome centre is what is called the Trident of Rome, formed by three big shopping streets that convey in Piazza del Popolo: Via del Corso, Via del Babuino and Via di Repetta. The middle street in the Trident is Via del Corso, where you will find the typical, most affordable brands: The Gap, Zara, Mango or H&M, as well as a great Disney Store, and Galleria Alberto Sordi, a wonderfully beautiful shopping arcade. You can walk along Via del Popolo from Piazza Venezia until Piazza del Popolo, where it enters through the beautiful twin churches. In Via del Babuino and Via di Repetta you will be able to shop for haute-couture, in boutiques by brands such as Emporio Armani, Versace and Louis Vuitton. You will find other high-quality brands in Via Condotti and around the Spanish Steps.
The lovers of flea markets will also have something to visit in Rome centre: The Porta Portese Flea Market, located in Porta Portese, next to river Tiber and east from the Circus Maximus.
Transportation is maybe the trickiest part of visiting Rome centre. Other big European cities, such as Madrid, Barcelona, Paris or London, have an extensive metro system that arrives to almost all the corners of the city, and that allows different transfers and combinations. In Rome centre, there is an underground system as well, but they couldn’t make it as big and complete as in other capitals, due to several bureaucratic issues… and the many remains spread throughout the city centre, which made the work difficult. Still, the underground in Rome centre is useful to go from several landmarks to others that are far away: for instance, you can travel from the Colosseum to Vatican City. However, the best means of transportation in Rome will be your own feet: There are so many important monuments to visit that you can design your own walking tours for each day! For instance, you can visit the Colosseum and the Roman Forum one day; Piazza Venezia, Piazza Navona, the Pantheon, and the Spanish Steps another; and Piazza del Popolo and Villa Borghese another one.
Rome is probably the most monumental city in the whole Europe. No matter how many days you’re planning to spend in Rome centre, you won’t have enough to visit it all! So where can we start?
Where, the first thing in your list is probably the Colosseum, the greatest amphitheatre ever built. In front of it you will find the Roman Forum, which was the centre of the city of Ancient Rome. There, you will be able to see the remains of many temples and public buildings. Finally, you can visit the Circus Maximus, the ancient Roman chariot racing circus of the city.
Then, it’s time to visit the other part of Rome centre, the beautiful area located north of Piazza Venezia. There, you will be able to enjoy the atmosphere in many of the beautiful squares, such as Piazza del Popolo and Piazza Navona, and visit landmarks such as the Pantheon or the Spanish Steps.
Finally, you can also learn about the culture of Rome centre in many in the interesting museums located there, such as the Galleria Borghese or the Museum of Rome.
The many wonderful monuments in Rome centre may distract you from other wonders that come with visiting Italy… But probably not for long! We are of course referring to the wonderful Italian cuisine, one of the most delicious in the world. Who doesn’t like pasta, pizza and gelato? Just to name a few of the deliciousness that are part of this gastronomy. Take note of the following restaurants:
- La Carbonara dal 1906: Located in Monti, it offers wonderful dishes of homemade pasta and other Italian delicatessen. Besides, the restaurant’s atmosphere and decoration are quite unique.
- Armando al Pantheon: Another wonderful restaurant next to the ancient monument, where you will be able to taste traditional Italian food.
- L’Arcangelo: Traditional Roman cuisine by one of its most prestigious chefs, Arcangelo Dandini. This amazing restaurant is located behind Castel Sant’Angelo.
Nonetheless, there are tons of great restaurants in Rome centre, and Italian cuisine is so good that it will be hard for you to find one that doesn’t satisfy you. Enjoy!
Rome is one of the liveliest capitals of Europe, and most of the party is located in Rome centre, the historic centre of the city and where you will spend most of your time during your visit. Rome is full of bars and pubs, and you can enjoy the summer nights in the many plazas of the city. There are many wonderful pubs around like the Shamrock Irish Pub or the Finnegan Irish Pub, near the Colosseum; or, if you prefer, you can have a beer in the Antica Birreria Perroni in Piazza Venezia. Besides, you can join a fun pub crawl in the Colosseum area or the Spanish Steps - a very fun plan if you’re travelling with your friends!
If you want to go clubbing, you will have to go a bit off the historic centre, but not much. Most of the clubs in Rome are located near the Pyramid of Cestius in Testaccio (metro station Piramide), east of the Colosseum, which isn’t all the far from Rome centre. But if you want to stay around Rome centre centre and go dancing, the Shari Vari Playhouse next to Piazza Navona is a great place to do so.