A mix of haunting ruins, awe-inspiring art and vibrant street life, Rome is one of the world’s most romantic and inspiring cities.
Firstly, let’s make this clear. Rome is Italy’s hot-blooded capital. The result of 3000 years of urban development, Rome is a spectacle. The Colosseum, Roman Forum and likewise the Pantheon recall the city’s golden age as caput mundi (capital of the world), while its many monumental basilicas testify to its historical role as seat of the Catholic Church. St Peter’s Basilica is the Vatican’s epic showpiece church. It is a towering masterpiece of Renaissance architecture. Finally, piazzas and fountains add a baroque flavour to the city’s captivating streets.
Few cities can rival Rome’s artistic heritage. Throughout history, the city has attracted the top artists and inspired them to push the boundaries of creative achievement. As a result is a city full with priceless treasures. Ancient statues adorn world-class museums. Byzantine mosaics and Renaissance frescoes cover the city’s churches. Furthermore, walk around the centre and you’ll come across sculptures by Michelangelo, canvases by Caravaggio, Raphael frescoes and fountains by Bernini.
Living the Life
A trip to Rome is as much about lapping up the dolce vita lifestyle as gorging on art and culture. Walking around picturesque streets and people-watching on pretty piazzas are all an integral part of the Roman experience. In contrast, the tempo rises in the evening and the fashionably dressed aperitivo (pre-dinner drinks) crowd descends on the city’s bars and cafes. Above all, restaurants cocktail bars and late-night clubs buzz with activity.
Eating out is one of Rome’s great pleasures. The combination of romantic settings and mouth-wtering food is a guarantee of good times. For contemporary fine dining and five-star wine there are any number of refined restaurants. Above all, for a truly Roman meal, head to a pizzeria or trattoria. This is where you will probably find the locals indulging their passion for thin, crispy pizzas, pastas and cool white wines. Consequently, to finish off, what about a gelato followed by a shot of world-beating coffee?
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