A city where history comes to life at every turn, Rome is an extraordinarily unique city and has phenomenal amounts of sights. Don't get intimidated, and don't think you will be able to cover all in a short visit. Just enjoy and let the art, architecture, food and history amaze you.
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Rome isn't too hard to navigate for the tourist. To the east, there's the Stazione Termini and it's surrounding. Go west and you'll reach the area around Spanish Steps and Via dei Condotti. Further west is the Trevi Fountain and the lovely Centro Storico. You're nearing the Tiber now. Then comes the Vatican City and Trastvere area.
Around are the ruins in the Forum and Palatino.
The Roman Forums, just a stone's throw away from the Colosseum were Rome's political, commercial and social backbone. You can find many ruins of Roman temples, some dating from 500 BC.
Piazza Colonna is home to the Column of Marcus Aurelius.
If you have kids, they might enjoy the Time Elevator with different show combinations. The shows display Rome's history in a very colourful way and with simple language, for easy understanding, contrary to the typical history classes!
Campo de'Fiori square is a nice place to hang out. There's a cheap market there. It is a very lively square in the evenings. It is a true Roman experience: sit down in a very busy square of historical significance with beautiful architecture, and have food from an outdoor restaurant.
Rome also has its share of ancient obelisks, many of them Egyptian. Near the Pantheon, you will find an obelisk carried by an elephant. In one of Rome's most beautiful squares, Piazza Navona, you will find the Obelisco Agonale and the Fontana di Quattro Fiumi (Fountain of the four rivers).
|Fountain at Spanish Steps|
|Cathedral at Spanish Steps|
The Spanish steps is another tourist-oriented part of Rome with a wonderful fountain. From this area, Via dei Condotti leads out and is a famous shopping street in Rome. Many major brands and designers can be found here. Look at the crowds around the fountain above! The Spanish Steps is a prime people-watching area.
The more eastern point leads to Stazion Termini .
A sovereign state inside the city of Rome, without a border control, is the smallest sovereign nation in the world. However, it is sheer rich in treasures.
|One of the many beautiful works at the Vatican Museums|
And while the art is splendid throughout, nothing prepared me for the Sistine Chapel- the perfect wow moment.
We stayed in the Campo de'Fiori Hotel - Check it's website
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Hotel Campo de' Fiori, Rome
There's great food everywhere- look for pizzerias and trattorias. We enjoyed Saby's in Campo de'Fiori Square- casual and friendly staff and good-value and good food.
Try the gelataria near Saby's in Campo de' Fiori which also has good crepes. There's also a nice gelataria near the Trevi Fountain.
When to go
We went in April which seemed like a good time to visit when the weather is fair. We went during Easter time- quite crowded though.
Be cautious about pickpocketing and bag-snatching, but Rome is a very safe city to walk around.
Transportation around the city is no issue, walking is the great to see the architecture and there is some mass transit, such as the tram, buses and the metro.
Taxis can be hailed on the street.