Rome at Christmas, 3 things to do

Rome is a really fascinating city, but during the Christmas holidays it becomes even magical. The city lights up and you can breathe a very special atmosphere. You can feel something different in the air. But what to do in the Eternal City at Christmas? Here is our top three!

Visit Christmas Markets in Rome

Decorations, sweets of all kinds – including nougats and candies- toys and many gift ideas: a visit to Christmas markets is a must. The most famous one is definitely in Piazza Navona, which this year returns traditionally from 2 December to 6 January after a few years of absence, where you can also find music and children’s rides. But it is not the only one: there is also a Christmas market in Piazza Re di  Roma, in the San Giovanni district and in the Auditorium of Rome. In the Castle of Lunghezza, a few miles from Rome, there is Santa Claus waiting for all the children.

Have a walk in the historic center of Rome

A beautiful Christmas tree and a wonderful crib make St. Peter’s Square even more impressive. But also Piazza Venezia and the Spanish Steps host two different Christmas trees every year. What about the fully illuminated via del Corso and all the well-groomed boutiques in via Condotti? Strolling in the historic center of Rome becomes a real experience and even shopping is more enjoyable: all the shops extend their opening hours (and then they close on 25 and 26 December).

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Try the Roman Christmas traditions

December 24th and 25th are days dedicated to the family. On Christmas Eve you eat fish, while the Christmas Day is dedicated to delicious dishes such as lasagna, baked oak or fried potatoes, Roman artichokes and, of course, nougats, panettone and pandoro! Restaurants offer traditional dishes or re-interpreted ones, but the Christmas atmosphere remains intact: it is a beloved holiday in Rome as well as in Italy and you can notice it on the table!

Spending Christmas in Rome is an adventure full of beauty, events and traditional dishes: an experience to try!

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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.

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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.

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)

5 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.

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.

Credits: @tellastory1967

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.

 

10 cose (insolite) da fare a Roma

“Tutte le strade portano a Roma” recita un famosissimo proverbio. E anche il proprio cammino personale, prima o poi, incrocia la Città Eterna: una delle più amate, fotografate e visitate del mondo. Che sia una volta, o magari anche più di una: spesso anche i romani ammettono di avere ancora qualcosa da scoprire nella città in cui sono nati e continuano ad abitare. Se restate a Roma per più di tre giorni, o non l’avete vissuta a fondo la prima volta in ci siete stati, queste sono 10 cose da fare al di fuori dei soliti “giri turistici”, per poter davvero dire di “esserci stati“.

  • Andare alla scoperta di Passetto di Borgo, il tratto che collega il Vaticano e Castel sant’Angelo: zona pedonale con molti bar e ristorantini.

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  • Passeggiare immersi nel verde sull’Appia Antica, a piedi o in bici, per respirare aria di storia e autenticità.

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  • Girare in lungo e largo Trastevere, perdendosi tra i suoi vicoli, per poi concedersi un caffè al Bar san Calisto, uno dei più conosciuti del quartiere.
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Credits: @martinrueg-Instagram

  • Prendere un aperitivo in uno dei locali tra via della Pace e via Anima, a due passi dalla suggestiva piazza Navona.

Piazza Navona

  • Visitare i Musei Capitolini, per comprendere meglio la storia e il mito della Città Eterna.

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Parco degli acquedotti

  • Assaggiare i piatti della cucina tradizionale romana, dalla cacio e pepe alla coda alla vaccinara, in una delle osterie del quartiere Testaccio.
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Credits:@paulinevergara-Instagram

  • Provare la grattachecca, tipica di Roma, in estate: per esempio quella della famosa Sora Maria in via Trionfale.
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Credits: @avalabrega-Instagram

  • Visitare il parco archeologico di Ostia Antica e fare poi un salto al lungomare di Ostia.

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  • Attraversare il Ponte della Musica, dopo una passeggiata sul Lungotevere.

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Emozioni e ricordi: ecco ciò che vi lascerà Roma una volta a casa.