Top 5 reasons to visit Rome

“Yes, I have finally arrived to this Capital of the World! I now see all the dreams of my youth coming to life… Only in Rome is it possible to understand Rome.”  Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

This is what Goethe said about Rome and we totally agree. You can only appreciate and understand the Eternal city if you see it through your own eyes. So, if you are looking for some more reasons to visit Rome, here you find our list.

 

  • ART AND HISTORY

Rome is an open air museum and a UNESCO World Heritage site. You can admire incredible archtectural feats like the Pantheon; ruins from the Roman Empire like the Colosseum and the Roman Forum; monuments and churches from different historical periods. There are plenty of things to see and museums to visit (like the Capitoline Museums, the Ara Pacis and the MAXXI) and they are all great!

Roman Forum (credits: @kwon_yongsoo-Instagram)

 

  • STUNNING PIAZZAS AND FOUNTAINS

Fountains are almost everywhere in the center of Rome, surrounded by beautiful piazzas, the heart of the Roman (and Italian) life. The Trevi Fountain is one of the most beautiful in the world. And then we have the Fountain of Four Rivers in Piazza Navona, designed by Bernini; La Barcaccia Fountain at the bottom of the Spanish Steps; The Fountain of the Turtles in the Jewish Ghetto…and many more. Why don’t you count them all?

La Barcaccia

 

  • FOOD

The Roman cusine is an experience into taste and history. Have you ever heard about the famous “pasta alla carbonara” or “amatriciana”? Only in Rome you can find the authentic recipe. Not to mention gelato, pizza and wine: you’ll be spoilt for choice for every kind of food and wine tours.

Bucatini all’amatriciana (Credits: @silvia.massetti85-Instagram)

 

  • LAKES, BEACHES AND OTHER CITIES

Not everybody knows that Rome is really close to the sea. Ostia is the nearest beach to the city, at about 30 kilometers, but other famous places -like Nettuno or Anzio- are at 60 kilometers. The town of Castelgandolfo, on the “castelli romani”, also has a beautiful lake. But all round the Eternal City you can find small and pretty towns to visit. Using Rome as a base, you can easily reach Naples, Florence or Orvieto, for example.

Castelgandolfo

 

  • GOOD CLIMATE

The best season for a trip to Rome? Any time! From March to May the city is colourful and smells nice. Rome in Summer is quite hot, but you still can find places where to stay cool. From September to November it’s a bit rainy, but has a lot of beautiful and mild days. October is a great month for a Roman holiday. In the winter it’s less crowded and it’s not very cold. Rome’s magic atmosphere is always there.

The Trevi Fountain

 

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Villa D’Este, magnificenza e splendore a due passi da Roma

Patrimonio Unesco e vero e proprio capolavoro del Rinascimento italiano: visitare Villa D’Este a Tivoli, comune a circa 30 chilometri da Roma,  è un piacevole percorso tra stanze finemente affrescate, bellissimi giardini e giochi d’acqua.

Panorama dall’appartamento nobile al primo piano del Palazzo

La villa fu voluta dal cardinale di Ferrara Ippolito II d’Este che iniziò, a partire dal 1550, la ristrutturazione della tradizionale sede dei governatori della città, costruita su un’antica villa romana (di cui sono venuti alla luce dei resti nel 1983, durante lavori di rifacimento di alcune sale). L’intenzione del cardinale era quella di ricreare i fasti delle corti ferraresi e di Villa Adriana: le stanze furono decorate da un nutrito gruppo di pittori, esponenti del tardo manierismo romano come Livo Agresti e Federico Zuccari, mentre i lavori della villa e dei giardini vennero affidati a Pirro Ligorio e Alberto Galvani.

Dell’antico splendore delle sale del palazzo, che si estende su più piani, oggi rimangono affreschi e stucchi, realizzati principalmente per celebrare la vita del suo proprietario: in ogni stanza, salone o cappella si respirano magnificenza e opulenza.

Ciò che conquista e affascina di Villa D’Este sono senza dubbio i suoi giardini. Tra scalinate e terrazze che si affacciano su panorami unici- da un parte Roma, fino ad arrivare a scorgere il Cupolone; dall’altra la città di Tivoli- si susseguono giochi d’acqua, piccole grotte e maestose fontane, circondati da alberi secolari, piante e aiuole.

Le suggestive Cento Fontane costeggiano il vialone d’ingresso, che porta alla Fontana dell’Ovato, arricchita di rocce e massi ornamentali. Alla  fine di questo vialone, con un’incredibile vista sulle pianure romane, si erge il belvedere della Rometta, ossia la rappresentazione di Roma in Trono, con accanto la lupa che allatta Romolo e Remo, cirocondata di vasche e zampilli.

Le Cento Fontane

La Fontana dell’Organo– così chiamata perché ha al suo interno un particolare meccanismo, che ricrea motivi proprio di questo strumento- è situata in uno spazio che sembra quasi magico: dalla sua terrazza si possono ammirare le “peschiere” e i giardini della villa, mentre passeggiando fino alla fine della piazza che la circonda, si trova un romantico arco ricoperto di rincosperno.

La Fontana dell’Organo

Imponente e scenografica è poi la Fontana del Nettuno, che risulta anche la più recente, creata nel XX secolo trasformando la cascata realizzata da Gian Lorenzo Bernini, a cui furono affidati alcuni lavori nei giardini.

La Fontana del Nettuno

A Villa D’Este si vivono molteplici emozioni. Tra i suoi angoli si possono quasi scorgere i protagonisti di quei tempi ormai andati, mentre passeggiano dolcemente, discutendo di arti e politica. Basta chiudere gli occhi, ascoltare il rumore dell’acqua che scorre e lasciarsi accarezzare dalla sua bellezza.

 

 

A day in Monti

It’s cool thanks to its picturesque alleys, small shops and ancient buidings. It’s trendy thanks to its bars, restaurants and pubs. The Monti neighborhood is one of the most beautiful districts of Rome. It’s close to Colosseum and Piazza Venezia, it contains within itself an authentic atmosphere and that brightness of the Eternal City, it’s perfect to explore the Roman nightlife. This is why some of our holiday apartments are located here.

Rione Monti-TreasureRome

(Credits: @alessiacarosi)

Rione Monti is full of life, both during the day and at night. You can go shopping in via Cavour or via Nazionale, where you can find many kinds of shops.  The famous Mercato Urbano di Monti -on Saturdays&Sundays, for vintage clothes and accessories-is located there. You can have a walk in the tiny and lovely via Urbana and try one of Grezzo’s delicacies. And then you can take a picture at the nice Piazza della Madonna dei Monti, where a lot of people use to sit and chat, before having dinner in one of the restaurants or pizzerias located in the heart of this district: via dei Serpenti, via Panisperna or via del Boschetto.

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Piazza della Madonna dei Monti (Credits: @bonjourwhite-Instagram)

The Monti neighborhood has beautiful churches and artworks. Santa Maria Maggiore is at the end of via Panisperna and is one of the most stunning basilicas in Rome, that you can admire starting from its facade. You can’t miss San Pietro in Vincoli, the church which since 1545 has hosted a masterpiece: Michelangelo’s Moses. We suggest to reach this church climbing the “Salita dei Borgia” staircase, which connects via Cavour to San Pietro in Vincoli and it’s really peculiar.

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Salita dei Borgia (Credits: @sasiyx-Instagram)

Breath the essence of the Eternal City, take a lot of photos and discover how wonderful holidays can be is when you are surrounded by beauty, history, culture and Italian lifestyle!

5 tips for food and drink in Rome

If you chose Rome and Italy for your holidays, you probably did it also for its food and drink. Roman cuisine can seduce your palate and even your heart.

Here you find 5 top tips to enjoy Rome’s foodie scene at its most.

 

Try the famous gelato

Italy has the best gelato in the world and Rome has a lot of famous and good gelaterie (ice-cream parlours) like Giolitti (close to via del Corso) and Gelateria del Teatro (close to Castel Sant’Angelo). Walking around the Eternal City with a good artisanal ice-cream is a must.

Giolitti gelato TreasureRome

 

Go to a “panetteria”

When in Rome, search for a “panetteria” or “forno” (bakery). You can find them almost everywhere. Don’t miss the great opportunity to try some of its delicacies: different kinds of bread, pizza, cakes and biscuits. You will be spoilt for choice and you will eat something that Italians bring to their table everyday.

Pizza bianca TreasureRome blog

 

Don’t miss the fabolous aperitivo

Have you ever heard about the Italian aperitivo? It’s the event not to be missed when in Rome. In many bars and pubs you can have a drink -cocktails, wine or beer-  together with pasta, pizza, sandwiches or finger food starting from 6 pm until about 9 pm. It’s trendy and really cool.

Aperitivo Roma Treasurerome blog

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Cappuccino and cornetto for breakfast

Forget eggs and bacon. If you want to feel like a local, ask for a cappuccino and a cornetto for breakfast. Ask for an espresso after lunch and taste a good liquor at the end of your dinner. Please don’t have a cappuccino during your lunch: Romans never do it!

Credits: @azzurra_ciba-Instagram

 

Eat like a local

Roman cuisine is known as “the food of people”: all its dishes tell a story and they’re delicious. You must try them because their flavours are simply unique. Starters, First and second courses, desserts: get ready for a food experience you’ll probably miss!

Cacio e pepe (Credits:@paulinevergara-Instagram)

 

The Garden of Ninfa, where history meets nature

The Garden of Ninfa is a place that looks like it’s been taken out of a fairy-tale. An amazing park that tells the story of a ghost city and a noble family who decided to bring it to life.

Garden on Ninfa TR

Ninfa was once a prosperous town on the Appian Way, property of the Caetani family: in the XIV century it was probably populated by 2000 people. Its names comes from the little temple dedicated to the nymphs during the Roman period built in this area, at the foot of the Lepini Hills. There were various churches-Santa Maria Maggiore was the primary one- mills and bridges, a castle and a town hall. It was defended by a double-walled fortification. The town was destroyed in 1382 due to politics and family events. It remained abandoned until the 20th century, when the estate was renovated and the garden was transformed by Gelasio Caetani.

Ninfa is now an English-style romantic garden with a river and a lake, where ruins and nature coexist harmoniously. There are trees and plants, which come from all over the world, together with ancient contrunctions, that show how the city used to be. It’s an open-air museum and a magic place surrounded by mountains and at about 20 kilometers from the sea.

Garden of Ninfa

Ninfa is located in the province of Latina, at 80 kilometers from Rome, and it is definitely worth a visit: it’s an experience you won’t forget. There’s a really strange atmosphere there: you can listen to nature and enjoy its beauty and sounds. If you have time, you can also visit the 17th-century “Hortus conclusus”, an Italian- style garden a the end of the Garden of Ninfa route, and the nearby towns Norma and Sermoneta.

Garden of Ninfa

The site is run by the Italian Foundation Roffredo Caetani and it is open to the public at set times from April to November.  Visitors are accompanied by a guide and entrance tickets must be purchased online. Don’t miss this jewel of Italy’s history and magnificence.

Meraviglia e terrore: è il Parco dei Mostri di Bomarzo

Un luogo suggestivo, che racchiude volti spaventosi e animali mitologici, e che racconta una storia di terrore e meraviglia. Il Sacro Bosco di Bomarzo, conosciuto anche come Parco dei Mostri, si trova a circa un’ora di macchina da Roma, nella provincia di Viterbo, ed è assolutamente unico nel suo genere.

Creato nel 1552 dal Principe Vicino Orsini e dall’architetto Pirro Ligorio, questo giardino incantato è un labirinto di simboli che non segue un ordine logico, ma intende sorprendere, stupire o spaventare i suoi visitatori. Fortemente voluto dal Principe- che decise di dedicarlo a sua moglie Giulia Farnese- divenne uno dei più importanti e apprezzati dell’epoca. Dopo la sua morte fu però abbandonato: riscoperto dopo secoli e rivalutato da intellettuali del calibro di Goethe, Salvador Dalì e Mario Praz, nella seconda metà del Novecento venne restaurato e poi aperto al pubblico.

Circondati da alberi e piante, le sculture si ergono maestose: all’ingresso del parco, e probabilmente a custodirlo, troviamo due sfingi di ispirazione classica ed egizia. A poca distanza il primo “mostro”: un mascherone con la bocca aperta. È Proteo Glauco.

Proteo Glauco

Il percorso continua tra i due giganti– la statua più grande del Bosco Sacro-, la tartaruga e la balena che affiora dalla terra, la fontana da cui emerge Pegaso. E poi ancora la casa pendente– straordinaria-, l’elefante che porta su di sé una torre e un legionario, un drago impegnato in una lotta. E che dire poi di Echidna, la donna con due code di serpente al posto delle gambe e Furia, la donna con ali e coda di drago?

La casa pendente

 

L’orrore è sempre in agguato e qui prende le sembianze di un orco con la bocca spalancata, la figura più famosa dell’intero Giardino, che sembra quasi voler divorare le sue prede.  Grazie ad alcuni scalini è possibile entrare al suo interno (risulta in realtà una piccola stanza scavata nel tufo): un’esperienza sicuramente da provare.

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L’orco

Probabilmente nel corso degli anni alcune sculture sono andate perse e ancora oggi alcune hanno delle parti poco riconoscibili: misteriosi sono rimasti anche i criteri di realizzazione dell’intero giardino, che gli studiosi non sono riusciti a spiegare. Tutti questi particolari, uniti alle originali statue, fanno del Parco dei Mostri un piccolo gioiello che emoziona e colpisce. Un posto da visitare per trascorrere qualche ora circondati dalla natura, immaginando che le sculture possano prendere vita al calare della notte, rendendo onore a chi le ha ideate e tramandate.   

La tartaruga

 

A Roman food experience you must try

Rome seduces everyone, not only thanks to its wonderful places, but also with its great food.

Roman cuisine is the food of the people. It is also described as “poor kitchen” because the food was made with simple and available ingredients. It has always been full of flavors and perfumes. These dishes hold the history of Roman people and they are simply delicious: pasta, pig, lamb, artichokes, puntarelle, chicory. When in Rome, you must experience a traditional “osteria romana” and try this famous Roman cuisine, drinking wine or beer, as many Romans love to do.

These are the 6 Roman dishes not to be missed!

Amatriciana 

Tomatoes, guanciale (pig’s cheek), bucatini-thick spaghetti with a hole running through the center-and pecorino romano (a kind of salty and hard cheese): the “amatriciana” is one of those Roman dishes which always win. Don’t forget a large bib!

Credits: @azzurrawella

Cacio e Pepe

It’s a simple dish with spaghetti and three ingredients- pecorino romano cheese (cacio), black pepper (pepe) and leftover pasta water, that create a creamy sauce- but it is absolutely exquisite. Once you try it, you will always dream about it!

Carbonara

You can ask for different kinds of pasta- like mezze maniche, spaghetti or rigatoni- but the result is always great. Raw egg yolk, guanciale, pepper and greated pecorino romano: we bet you are already craving!

Trippa alla romana

Stewing tripe in a delicious tomato sauce with the addition of garlic, onions and various chopped herbs such as “menta romana”: a delicate taste that you can only find in this Roman recipe. A dish that you can only eat in the Eternal City, which is considered a real delicacy.

Credits: @noce_moscata_food_blog

Coda alla vaccinara

The butcher-style oxtail (coda) is one of the most famous of Roman variety meat-based recipes. It is made by stewing oxtail, onions, garlic, guanciale or lard, cinammon and other herbs. Eat it with your hands, you’ll enjoy it more.

Carciofi

The artichoke is the real star of the Roman cuisine. The two Roman ways to prepare it are “alla romana” (Roman-style, stuffed with bread crumbs, garlic, mint, and parsley) or “alla giudea” (Jewish-style, deep fried). Try both and decide which one you like more!

Get ready for this unique food experience!

 

Where to buy bus tickets in Rome

Rome is definitely a city to explore by foot. You can discover hidden gems getting yourself lost in its streets, but it is a pretty big city as well. So if you need to see different places and you don’t have enough time to wander around, you can take the metro (lines A, B and C) or you can catch the bus or the tram.

How to buy tickets Rome-TreasureRome blog Ticket cost €1,50 and are active for 100 minutes from validation, or for one metro ride (but you can use it also for buses after the metro within that time period) on urban routes. Thy cal also valid on regional trains: Trenitalia (2nd class only), Roma-Lido, Termini-Centocelle and Roma-Viterbo (urban route).They must be validated: on buses and trams there are machines close to the doors; if you take the metro, you use it to go through the turnstile.

There are self service machines at every metro station, but you can’t buy a ticket on the bus. Actually it could be possible, but only in some buses and you don’t know which ones. Don’t ask the driver, he can’t help you! So where you can purchase them?

  • At a Tabaccheria (Tobacco shops). You can easily find a tabaccheria everywhere in Rome. They sell differents things like cigarettes, sweets, souvenirs, stamps and tickets.Here you can buy a single ticket or multiple single tickets: you can also reload a monthly pass (abbonamento).
  • At an Edicola (kiosk). Here you can buy newspapers and tickets. As the tabaccheria, it’s easy to find it around the city.
  • How to buy tickets Rome-TreasureRome blog On an app: there’s a good one called “MyCicero” to use with a credit card. It’s really  useful because you don’t need to find a shop or change your money.
  • At Atac –the Rome public transportation company- ticket offices (you can also check its site for further information on routes).

If you are planning to experience all that Rome can offer, you can also get a 24, 48 and 72 hours passes.

How to buy tickets Rome-TreasureRome blog

Tickets and passes

Enjoy Rome and don’t forget to buy your tickets!

 

The Seven Hills of Rome

Have you ever heard about the Seven hills of Rome? Probably you have, because they are related with the history of Rome’s foundation and development. Today it’s difficult to recognize them due to constructions and changes over the centuries, and they are more like land ridges than hills. But all of them have something special to tell.

Palatine

According to Roman mythology, the Palatine Hill is where the city of Rome has been founded by Romulus. It is also the most ancient area of Rome: it stands above the Roman Forum on one side and upon the Circus Maximus on the other. Today the whole hill is an archaelogical site, with the ruins of ancient imperial palaces, a “hyppodrome” and landscaped gardens.

Palatine TreasureRome

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Capitoline

In ancient times many important buildings were located here, like the Temple of Jupiter. Today the Capitoline Hill hosts Rome’s City Hall (Campidoglio) and it is dominated by the Altare della Patria and two staircases. One leads to the famous church of Santa Maria in Aracoeli; the other one was designed by Michelangelo and leads up to Piazza del Campidoglio, where also the Capitoline Museums are situated.

Aventine  

According to the legend, the Aventine Hill is where Remus chose to establish his empire while Romulus decided to stay on the Palatine hill. Today it is a famous and visited place thanks to its main attractions like the Garden of Oranges, the church of Santa Sabina and the keyhole of Villa del Priorato di Malta.

Garden of Oranges

Esquiline

It is the largest of the seven Hills of Rome and today it hosts the beautiful Santa Maria Maggiore, one of the four Papal churches, as well as other churches, and it is close to Termini station.  

Quirinal

This hill is dominated by Palazzo del Quirinale, where the Presidente della Repubblica italiana lives and where it is also possible to admire an amazing panorama over the Eternal City. Close to Quirinale there are also important churches and monuments like Sant’Andrea al quirinale designed by Bernini; the baroque San Carlo Alle Quattro Fontane designed by Borromini and the quattro Fontane, a crossroads between the ancient via Porta Pia and via Felice, characterized by a fountain on every angle. In the vicinity of the Quirinale there is also the Scuderie del Quirinale, where exhibitions and cultural events take place.

Piazza del Quirinale

Caelian

The Celian is probably the lesser known hill, but it hosts beautiful churches (like the Basilica of San Clemente, the Santo Stefano Rotondo and Basilica dei Quattro Coronati), a lovely park-villa Celimontana- and a military hospital.

Viminal

Situated between the Esquiline and the Quirinal Hills, the viminal is the smallest of the Seven Hills of Rome and it is famous because it is the location of the Termini station, the museum Palazzo Massimo, the Teatro dell’ Opera and the Baths of Diocletian, which worth a visit.

Baths of diocletian (Credits: @orchidearci_book-Instagram)

Le 5 domande più ricercate su Google che riguardano Roma

Cosa chiedereste a Google su Roma? Quale dettaglio o piccolo segreto vorreste che vi svelasse? Ecco quali sono le 5 domande più curiose sulla città cercate online: potrebbero essere anche le vostre!

Perché Roma si chiama Roma?

L’origine del nome della città è in realtà avvolto nel mistero, anche se sono principalmente due le ipotesi al momento più accreditate. Una è quella che fa risalire il nome all’antico nome del Tevere, ossia “Rumon” o “Rumen”: “romanus” quindi, in origine, significava “fluviale” e Roma sarebbe “la città sul fiume”. La seconda ipotesi invece identifica Roma con “rume”, ossia mammella, il nome dato al Palatino-dove venne fondata la città- per le sue due vette che venivano paragonate a un seno. Improbabile che il nome derivi da Romolo, secondo la leggenda il suo fondatore, mentre gli studiosi ritengono più probabile il contrario.

Perché Roma è la città più bella del mondo?

Per la sua storia millenaria. Per i suoi angoli che regalano sempre dettagli inaspettati. Perché il centro storico della città, insieme alle proprietà extraterritoriali della Santa Sede dentro la città e alla Basilica di San Paolo Fuori le Mura sono Patrimonio Mondiale dell’Umanità. Perché Roma ha monumenti straordinari e unici. La risposta a questa domanda può avere moltissime sfumature e nessuna di loro sarebbe errata.

 

Perché Roma è diventata capitale d’Italia?

Roma divenne capitale con la legge del 3 febbraio 1871, dopo che venne annessa al Regno d’Italia dallo Stato pontificio. Ma di questa scelta si stava già discutendo mentre si faceva più reale l’idea dell’unificazione italiana (avvenuta nel 1861). Questo perché il nuovo stato sarebbe stato considerato più grande e potente se avesse avuto un legame con la magnificenza e le indiscusse glorie dell’antico impero.

Perché Roma è detta La città Eterna?

In molti fanno risalire all’imperatore Adriano la prima definizione di Roma come “Città Eterna”. Ma questa espressione, ormai di uso comune per tutto ciò che la città ci ha tramandato, è sicuramente da attribuire anche alla cultura latina, che vedeva enorme valore nella durevolezza del tempo. Roma, anche definita “Caput Mundi”, per la sua grandezza e predominanza nel mondo antico, non poteva che esserne la più alta espressione.

Perché Roma città aperta?

L’espressione “città aperta” signfica che una città è stata ceduta alle forze nemiche senza combattimenti, in modo da risparmiarla dalla distruzione. Questo accadde anche a Roma, quando venne dichiarata tale nel 1943 durante la seconda guerra mondiale, ma solo dalle autorità italiane: una condizione che non venne però ratificata da quelle tedesche. “Roma città aperta” è inoltre il titolo del film del 1945 del regista Roberto Rossellini, con Anna Magnani e Aldo Fabrizi: un racconto corale della vita quotidiana della città occupata dai tedeschi.