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)

The best tours to visit Rome (and skip the lines)

It’s love at first sight. Yes, we know how it happens: Rome is one of the most courted cities in the world. It’s easy to understand why: it’s beautiful, bright and offers a lot of things to do. But sometimes it’s not easy to choose where to start and what to see, because it can be crowded. And time never seems to be enough.

Here you find the three city tours we highly recommend for an exclusive visit of the Eternal City. The tours are organized by The Roman Guy, booking in advance is a must and can be done on their website.

  • Vatican Privileged Entrance Express Tour

Skip the line and get the opportunity to visit the Vatican Museums and st. Peter’s Basilica with an expert tour guide. This tour will cover the main highlights of these two symbolic attractions, from a privileged point of view, which will leave you speechless. Would you say yes to the Sistine Chapel and other priceless masterpieces without the confusing crowd? Are you willing to see “La Pietà” by Michelangelo and the Papal Tombs Crypts? Wear  a pair of comfortable shoes and get ready for this adventure.

  • Arena Floor Colosseum Tour with Roman Forum

It’s the symbol of Rome and one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern world. You can see the Colosseum from the outside, but it is definitely worth a visit on the inside. This “Gladiator’s Experience” tour will take you on a journey  into history: you skip the line and enter a restricted area as well, the reconstructed Arena Floor, which has special access requirements to the public. If you want to live a unique experience in a unique place, this is the right tour for you. Open your eyes and your heart!

  • Trastevere “Local” Food Tour

Monuments, museums, fountains are great, but food is another absolute must to add to your bucket list when in Rome. In order to avoid “tourist traps” and enjoy the real Roman cuisine, a guide will choose for you the best places in one of the most authentic neighbourhoods in Rome: Trastevere. You must be in shape and arrive with an empty stomach, because this tour will begin with an “Italian aperitivo” and finish with an artisanal ice-cream. 6 stops and 8 tastings are planned. Can you think about a better way to connect with locals?

If you don’t have enough time to try them all, there’s only one solution: visit Rome again soon!

Five little secrets of Rome’s most famous sites you probably don’t know

Rome is one of the most famous and beautiful city in the world. It can surprise everyone, thanks to its history, art and unique places. But are you sure you know every little secret of its most visited monuments? Here you find five fun facts about the Eternal City.

  • Colosseum

It’s the symbol of the city, the breathtaking proof of the greatness of Ancient Rome. Once upon a time it was covered by marble, which was used to build the Saint Peter’s Basilica and other important buildings. The missing part, which gives it its  asymmetric profile, was destroyed by an eartquake in 851 a.c.

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  • Piazza Navona

In Ancient Rome this amazing place was a oval-shaped stadium, built by the Emperor Domitian. It’s still possible to visit the ruins of the old structure. Sometimes ancient Romans would even flood the stadium and hold naval battles there: maybe that’s why now it’s called “Navona”, which means “big ship”.

  • Pantheon

The most captivating part of the Pantheon- it used to be a pagan temple, then transformed into a church- is its dome, with the hole, called oculus, in the top. Roman engineers built the dome lightening it as much as possible; its special structure doesn’t allow the rain to fall inside frequently. If it happens, the floor is slanted and drains the water.

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  • Campo De’Fiori

Now it’s a delicious square, with reasturants and shops. But during the XVII century, executions used to be held publicly here. The famous philosophy Giordano Bruno was burnt alive in this place: that’s why now we find a monument dedicated to him.

  • Trevi Fountain

According to the legend, you have to throw  a coin with your right hand over your left shoulder to return to Rome. Almost every tourist who visits the fountain does it. But what happens to all the coins into the fountain? They are collected by Caritas, a Roman Catholic charity, to fund projects for poor people.

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