Which catacombs to visit in Rome

Not only is Rome a city full of beauty and wonders. It also keeps secret underground: kilometers of burial places of  Ancient times. They are the famous catacombs, subterranean burial chambers that they were built outside the walls, along main roads as the Ancient Appian Way, the via Ostiense, the via Labicana, the via Tiburtina and the via Nomentana.

From the 2nd century AD catacombs were carved through tufa, creating a network of tunnels and galleries; bodies were placed in graves in stone sarcophagi, with a slab closing the chamber. There are different kinds of tombs, which depended on the means of the family. They are the most representative monument of the Early Christian church, where also martyrs were buried. When Christianity became a state religion, the faithful begun to bury the dead in cemeteries, the relics were trasfered and catacombs remained abandoned.

catacoms of Rome TreasureRome They were forgotten and then rediscovered from the end of the XVI century. Today it is possible to visit some of them, for an experience you won’t forget.

The Catacombs of Domitilla are the best preserved ones: over 17 kilometers of underground caves, some of which are now inaccessible. The visit begins with the Basilica of the martyrs Nereus and Achilleus, that were built above their tomb, and the continues with the catacombs where it can still be seen symbols, paintings and frescoes.

The Catacombs of San Sebastiano are on the Ancient Appian Way. The martyred remains of Saint Sebastian were buried here and a basilica was built over the grounds to pray the saint in the early 4th century. The stucco decorations on the celilings and the frescoes on the burial chambers are well preserved.

Another option on the Appian Way are the Catacombs of St. Callixtus, the greatest of Rome. Popes and martyrs were buried here; the underground cemetery has several areas, a gallery full of loculi, small chambers and family tombs.

The catacombs are the place in Rome that you can’t miss to fully understand the ancient history of the Eternal City.

The best rooftops for your Summer in Rome

Summer is finally here and Rome is a great place if you are already dreaming of enjoying a drink with a stunning panorama. There are awesome rooftops where you can relax and discover how beautiful life can be surrounded by the beauty of the Eternal City!

Terrazzo Officine Farneto

An Italian aperitivo under the moonlight, listening to some good music: is there a better way to spend a Roman night? Terrazzo Officine Farneto is open from Thursday to Sunday form 7:30 pm. Don’t miss the magic atmosphere of this restaurant and cocktail bar close to the Foro Italico.

Feria

It’s the most relaxing rooftop in Rome. Feria, the “secret garden” of the club Lanificio 159, is open from 6:30 pm to 2am with different kinds of music, food, exhibitions and events every week. You can have a drink or dinner with your partner, friends or family in a fairy-tale location.

Terrazza Posh-Boscolo Exedra

Are you looking for something really exclusive? The Terrazza Posh on the rooftop of the Exedra Hotel has a pool and an amazing view over the city. You can have a drink or a delicious dinner with fish-based dishes, thanks to the chef Niko Sinisgalli. It’s also a few steps away from the Termini station, in the Piazza della Repubblica.

Your unforgettable Summer in Rome starts here!

Rome city breaks: choose the one that suits you best

A weekend in Rome can have many different aspects. You can enjoy the Eternal city together with your partner, your family or your friends. Two days are not enough to visit all that it can offer, but it is a good starting point. Why don’t you plan a Rome city break for every season? There is always something new to discover.

The romantic weekend

The first day in Rome can officially start visiting its symbol:  the Colosseum. Then you can give yourself a walk hand in hand through history along via dei Fori Imperiali to Piazza Venezia, where you can admire the Altare della Patria. From this point, you only have to choose what to do: some shopping on via del Corso, a cultural visit to the Musei Capitolini or a stroll towards Largo di Torre Argentina up to the Pantheon.  Pubs, restaurants and bars will wait for you in one of the most typical place in Rome: Trastevere.

You can spent your second day visiting the Trevi Fountain and the Spanish Steps, walking up to Piazza del Popolo with a delicious ice cream in hand (from Giolitti, of course). And, at dusk, an Italian aperitivo is what you need: we suggest the  ‘Gusto one.

A weekend with friends

It’s never easy to come to an agreement when you travel with many people. But Rome is one of those city which can satisfy everyone’s tastes and different ideas of “holidays”. The first day you could visit the city all together: Largo di Torre Argentina, the Pantheon, Piazza Navona and Campo De’ Fiori. A good lunch (you are spoilt for choice in the center of Rome!) and then you can go and discover the beautiful Gianicolo. Why don’t you take a photo in front of the famous Fontanone? If you are looking for the roman movida, you must go to these two neighborhoods: San Lorenzo, where students usually hang out and where you can find pizzerias, pubs and discos; or Testaccio, which is perfect if you want to listen to live music.

The second day you can choose culture, especially if it is Sunday: the Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, the Maxxi, or the Borghese Gallery. And if your previous night has been a bit too animated, you can choose a walk through Villa Borghese instead. Don’t forget to throw a coin into the Trevi Fountain to say bye to Rome, hoping you will be back soon.

A Weekend with the family

The smallest ones will love Rome, exactly like their parents. There are great things for children. You need to choose which desire you want to realize first: the Bioparco (the zoo of Rome), the Rainbow Magicland, the biggest amusement park of the city or a visit to a museum? Monti is the right neighborhood for your dinner: a roman atmosphere and restaurants for families.

The following day you can visit Castel Sant’Angelo and the Vatican; if it is Sunday, a local brunch is what you need. REC 23 could be the right place. You still have enough time to discover the most famous monuments of the Eternal City: your kids won’t believe their eyes. They will cherish these memories for the rest of their life.

 

Pincio (Photo credit: veronicag2 da Instagram)

Cinque cose da fare a Roma in estate

Cappello, abbigliamento comodo e leggero e borraccia d’acqua d’ordinanza (da riempire dai nasoni sparsi in città): è così che ci si prepara ad affrontare l’esuberante estate romana. La città è più viva che mai, colorata e allegra, e sono tante le attività da scegliere per affrontare le sue (caldi) giornate. Perché Roma è davvero speciale, anche d’estate!

Lungo il Tevere Roma

Ristoranti, pub, cinema, ma anche spettacoli teatrali, concerti e mostre: Lungo il Tevere…Roma è l’evento che ogni estate- quest’anno dal 9 giugno al 3 settembre- si svolge sulle sponde del fiume, che diventa così il cuore pulsante della movida cittadina. Un appuntamento imperdibile per chi cerca non solo cultura, ma anche divertimento.

Zoomarine

Un parco acquatico alle porte di Roma, dove è possibile non solo divertirsi (e cercare refrigerio!) ma anche partecipare a eventi speciali e interagire con delfini, foche e pinguini. Zoomarine è il luogo ideale anche per i più piccoli ed è raggiungibile con la speciale navetta che parte da Roma Termini.

Al mare…o al lago

La città si fa incandescente e dopo un bel giro tra Fontana di Trevi, piazza Navona e l’Altare della Patria avete voglia di trascorrere una giornata al mare? Le spiagge (e i locali!) di Ostia sono raggiungibili con il treno della linea Roma-Lido dalla fermata della metro B Piramide. Se invece amate il lago, quello di Castelgandolfo è balneabile e merita sicuramente una visita.

Ostia beach (Credits crib18-Instagram)

Visitare le catacombe 

Per sfuggire al caldo, ma allo stesso tempo godere della storia millenaria di Roma, perché non programmare una visita alle sue famose catacombe? Quelle di San Callisto sono tra le più importanti di Roma e si trovano sulla via Appia Antica. Ma si può optare anche per quelle di San Sebastiano e di Domitilla.

 

Viaggio nei Fori

Musica, effetti speciali e il racconto di Piero Angela per un evento magico: il Foro di Augusto e il Foro di Cesare dal 12 aprile al 13 novembre si illuminano per accompagnare il pubblico nella vita dell’Antica Roma. Viaggio nei Fori è uno spettacolo itinerante che renderà ancora più indimenticabile le vostre vacanze nella Città Eterna.

Coppedè, an unmissable “hidden gem” in Rome

A magic place: if you close your eyes, it’s easy to imagine a world in miniature full of fairies and little folks. Even in a city that is the symbol of history and magnificence. This is the great secret of Coppedè, the neighborhood of Rome which hosts beautiful and peculiar buildings conceived by the architect Luigi “Gino” Coppedè in the 20s. A brave project, an unique mix of styles: liberty, neo-gothic, baroque and modernism.

Strategically located between Trieste and the Parioli districts, you can reach the heart of Coppedè passing through a really odd arch which hides a wrought-iron chandelier. This is the way to Piazza Mincio, the symbol of this amazing oasis of art, elegance and eccentricity. It seems to be covered by mystery: the Fontana delle Rane (Fountain of the frogs) is on the central part of a roundabout and was meant as a homage to Bernini’s works.

Walking on these streets is like being in a movie: every building has a story to tell through their frescos, details and different kinds of decorations. You can go and take a break from reality. Beyond the Coppedè neighborhood there are the Colosseum, the Fontana di Trevi and the Spanish Steps, which everybody knows. But this is another, awesome story, that is worth discovering and experiencing.

10 cool (and unusual) things to do in Rome

“All Roads lead to Rome” is a really famous proverb. And sooner or later, you will need to visit the Eternal City: one of the most loved and admired city in the world. Once, twice, or maybe more: sometimes even Romans admit that they still have something to discover of their own city. If you stay in Rome for more than three days, or if you didn’t have the opportunity to see everything you wanted the first time you were there, here you find ten cool things to do off the beaten track. So you can really say: I know Rome.

  • Explore Passetto di Borgo, a small street which connects Castel Sant’Angelo to the Vatican: it’s a pedestrian area with lots of bars and nice restaurants.

  • Have a walk at the Ancient Appian Way, by foot or by bike, to breath history and authenticity.

  • Go around the magic neighborhood of Trastevere, losing yourself in its alleys. Then have a coffee at Bar Calisto, one of the most famous in the city.

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  • Have an Italian “aperitivo” in one of the bars between via della Pace and via Anima, close to the great Piazza Navona.
  • Visit the Musei Capitolini, to learn something more about the history of Rome.

  • Have a break at the Parco degli Acquedotti (Park of the Aqueducts), surrounded by nature and beautiful views.

  • Taste the traditional dishes of the Roman cuisine, like “spaghetti cacio e pepe” or “coda alla vaccinara”, in one of the typical tavern of Testaccio neighborhood.

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  • Try the “grattachecca”, the slush of Rome: for example the one made by “Sora Maria” in via Trionfale.

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  • Visit the archeological site of Ostia Antica and then go to Ostia beach.

  • Go across the Ponte della Musica (“Bridge of Music”) after a walk along the riverside.

Emotions and memories: that’s what Rome will leave you for sure.

Bomarzo, the Park of Monsters

This is a captivating horror story.

Once upon a time a beautiful wood, full of trees and plants, was turned into a scary and mysterious place. Monsters, dragons and strange fountains emerged from the ground and the legend says that they had the power to make people disappear…

The Park of Monsters Bomarzo Treasu

Don’t worry, that’s not true. This is what our imagination created about the Park of Monsters, also known as Villa of Marvels or Sacred Wood, a place that really exists. It is located in the village of Bomarzo, in the province of Viterbo. It’s at about one hour by car from Rome, but it seems to be a world apart.

It was the 1552 and the Prince Vinicio Orsini, together with the architect Pirro Ligorio, decided to animate this wood with bizzarre sculptures: monsters, exotic animals, mythological figures, a funerary temple, fountains and obelisks. The Park of Monsters remained in oblivion until 1954 when Giovanni Bettini bought it and everything came back to life again.

Park of Monsters TreasureRome

The Sacred Wood is a kind of labyrinth which almost envelops its visitors. It is a unique place, where fear and beauty go hand in hand. Now there are a total of 24 strange sculptures to be admired, including the stunning “Hanging House”.

It is not so big, but it’s a nice surprise because different from any other park you may know. There is a strange atmosphere and it is super interesting for both adults and kids. You only have to let your fantasy go wild!

The park of Monsters is open every day of the year and it is definitely worth a visit. Details on tickets and opening times can be checked at the Sacro Bosco website.

3 itinerari alternativi alla ricerca dell’essenza di Roma

Fontana di Trevi, il Colosseo, Piazza di Spagna. Luoghi unici al mondo. Il Gianicolo, il Pincio e lo Zodiaco: terrazze meravigliose che si affacciano sulla città. Storie, aneddoti e ricordi rendono questi angoli di Roma ancora più speciali. Ma ci sono anche altri itinerari che possono far innamorare della Città Eterna. Percorsi insoliti che attraversano quartieri, piazze e strade custodi della ‘romanità’ più autentica e per questo da sperimentare.

CINECITTA

Il nome di questo quartiere suggerisce già la sua attrazione principale: i famosi Studios, in cui sono stati girati circa tremila film sia nazionali che internazionali, la “Fabbrica dei sogni” tutta italiana che oggi è possibile visitare grazie al progetto “Cinecittà si mostra”.  Non è però l’unico luogo che si può visitare recandosi in questa zona fuori dal cuore della Città Eterna. Poco distante si trova infatti il suggestivo Parco degli Acquedotti, ideale per passeggiare, rilassarsi e godere della sua bellezza senza tempo.

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EUR

Un quartiere particolare, moderno, che ospita la Nuvola di Fuksas e il Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana, anche chiamato “Colosseo Quadrato”, oggi quartier generale di Fendi. Ma l’EUR è conosciuto anche per il parco divertimenti che ha accompagnato generazioni di ragazzi e che ha da poco riaperto sotto nuove vesti- il Luneur-, per il Palazzo dei Congressi- dove si svolgono diverse fiere ed eventi-e per il suo laghetto che, circondato dal verde, è una meta piacevole da riscoprire in primavera. Come non ricordare poi i locali- bar, discoteche e ristoranti- che animano la movida romana?

Colosseo Quadrato (Photo credit: @david_conti1)

PIGNETO

Gli amanti del cinema d’autore sicuramente conosceranno il Pigneto per le scene del film “Accattone” di Pier Paolo Pasolini.  Il “Bar Necci” e la street art continuano a ricordare il grande regista, che qui aveva trovato un luogo d’ispirazione, ma il quartiere oggi è anche di più: è considerato tra i più “cool” d’Europa. Merito della sua anima vivace, dei locali in cui si può ascoltare musica dal vivo e gustare la cucina tradizionale romana, ma anche di quell’aria trendy e artistica che si fonde con quella Roma più autentica, vecchia e genuina. L’area pedonale è il centro della movida di sera e del mercato di giorno: cultura, tradizione, modernità e storia racchiuse in un’unica borgata.

Street art (Photo credit:@lia_in_corea)

Discovering the ancient Rome’s seaport: Ostia

Nice beaches, a famous archaeological site and a lot of restaurants and bars overlooking the sea. If you are wondering where to go to the beach when in Rome, here you find the answer: Ostia is a large neighborhood which used to be the ancient port of the Eternal City. It is approximately 30 kilometres to the northeast, on the Tyrrhenian Sea.

Ostia seaside (redits: @allofme_m)

Spring is here and Summer is just around the corner, so Ostia becomes a great place to discover. Not only can you organize a visit to the stunning archeological area of Ostia Antica, but you can also spend a day sunbathing and having fun.

Ostia Antica archaeological site

Locals use to hang out here, because Ostia is really close to the city: there is the regional Rome-Lido railway line which connects it to the centre of Rome.

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There are many nice establisments in the so-called “Lido di Ostia”, where you can eat fresh fish or simply have something to drink while enjoying a very beautiful view. During the Summer they attract a lot of people, because they turn into the heart of the Roman nightlife.

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Don’t miss the opportunity to appreciate Rome from a different point of view during your holiday: the one that makes it the perfect place to visit even in the hot summertime!

Discovering Rome: Villa Ada

Spring has just kicked off and Rome is full of colours and flowers. Parks are more and more crowded, because it is the easiest way to enjoy the sun, the colder air and the good season. If you want to meet locals and spend a day in a beautiful park as they usually do, you definitely have to go to Villa Ada.

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Villa Ada is a wide park measuring 182 hectares in the Parioli neighborhood and it’s the second larger in the city after Villa Doria Pamphilj. It was the home of the king vittorio Emanuele II during the first half of the century; now it houses the Egyptian Embassy in a private area. Romans love to spend some time in this park because it is the wildest one in the city. It is perfect for athletes, for couples, families and music lovers: the “Incontra il Mondo” festival plays here every Summer.

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There is also a really nice lake with fish and turtles; you can even rent canoe and bikes or ride horses. Moreover, the park’s “Monte Antenne”, with an altitude of 67 metres, gives a beautful view and the access to an ancient archaeological site.

“Incontra il Mondo” Festival. Photo credit: @vedronza-Instagram

Villa Ada is the right place if you want to relax, have a walk or eat something surrounded by nature and peace. If you want to enjoy the real Roman life, you just can’t miss this natural oasis of the Eternal city.