Rome, the Eternal City and capital of Italy, is one of the most popular tourist destinations in all of Europe, and for very good reason. Few places in the world evoke the visceral, romantic response that Roma does and no other city on earth seamlessly integrates ancient ruins with a strikingly modern, vibrant community. It’s an incredible achievement, to say the least. From the awe-inspiring intricacies of St. Peter’s Basilica to the sheer scale of the world-famous Coliseum, it’s no wonder why Rome’s architecture has inspired countless homage across the globe. Many of the incredible building throughout the city and Vatican are home to some of the most incredible works of art ever made. Michelangelo’s la Pieta and the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel are located mere feet from each other in Vatican City and Bernini’s sculpture of Apollo and Daphne in the Borghese Gallery is, to put it mildly, incredible. And when you’ve finished exploring the city’s art scene, who doesn’t want to walk those ancient cobblestone streets to experience culinary delights that are envied twice the world over?
Rome’s delicious fare ranges from rustic and comforting to cutting edge and experimental. Whichever your preference, you’re guaranteed a culinary experience that you’re sure to remember for a lifetime. Many of the greatest restaurants in Rome are located right in the amazing hotels in the area. Campo de Fiori, Hotel Artimede, and Palazzo Navona are all four and five star hotels located in the city center that feature Zagat rated, incredible restaurants within their walls. Regardless of your budget, there’s something for everyone in Italy’s capital city. If you have some extra money to spend, there’s a nearly overwhelming number of shops featuring luxury goods at every turn in Rome. Iconic brands like Gucci, Salvatore Ferragamo and Prada all call Italy their home and as you may know, Rome is known for its quality leather products like shoes, jackets and bags. If you’d like a more frugal experience, there are dozens upon dozens of destinations that do cost a dime.
The Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps and Pantheon are all world renowned landmarks that are open to the public that are 100% free to visit and experience. When you’ve had your fill, literally and figuratively, you can retire to one of the hundreds of four and five star hotels and inns which are located everywhere from the city center to the quieter outskirts. Accommodations are probably the most important considerations to make when travelling. However, it’s often overlooked in favor of sights and attractions. Make sure that the hotel you stay at makes you feel as good as the surrounding city does. Rome is a timeless, iconic city that truly has something for everyone and even if you only make it there once, you can rest assured that it will be a memory that will last a lifetime.