The ‘Eternal City’ is one of the most visited countries in Europe due to its pure beauty and immensely rich historical heritage. Rome is architecturally and culturally diverse with areas of huge palaces, avenues and basilicas surrounded by tiny alleyways.
Rome today is a contemporary metropolis that reflects the many periods of it’s long history and it’s historic centre in a UNESCO world heritage site.
Leonardo Da Vinci Airport and Ciampino international airport, with great Airport/ train connections Rome is incredibly easy to reach. The main train station is Termini station which offers routes all around Italy, of course Taxis are available but they are also quite expensive you’re best bet is to get around by foot or bus once you are in the city centre, Tram routes also skirt the centre. Rome has a lot of options of alternative to walking with the option to rent Mopeds, Car, Bicycles and even Segways – Spoilt for choice.
Italians are incredibly proud of their historic heritage and one week a year there is no admission charge to all publicly owed landmarks or historical sites so everyone has a chance to see them– this is called ‘La Settimana dei beni culturali’ and is usually in mid-May
Italy is said to have more masterpieces per square mile than anywhere else in the world so why not visit a gallery or two?!
‘Galleria Borghese’ houses a previously private art collection of the Borghese family whilst ‘Museo Nazional di Villa Giulia’ is home to one of the worlds largest Etruscan art collections. Galleria nazionale d’Arte moderna showcases many Italian masterpieces, as well as a few works from Cézanne, Degas, Monet and Van Gogh, visit Galleria d’Arte Antica for Italian renaissance and Baroque art
You have to visit the Vatican Museum if you want to visit the Sistine chapel – enormous collection, tapestries, maps, and paintings by Leonardo da Vinci, Giotto, Penigino and Raphael.
Of course Rome is full of great restaurants, Italians are incredibly proud of their food, in fact when McDonalds opened in Rome food purists stood outside giving away free spaghetti to remind people of their culinary heritage!
Go to an authentic Italian restaurant rather than a tourist trap for a better experience – cheaper ones can be found in residential areas, It is said that an average Italian will drink 26 gallons of wine a year and who can blame them as the house wines on most restaurants are usually a quality wine for a very cheap price, some places you would pay more for a glass of wine in the UK than the house wine.
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