Known as the ‘eternal city’, Rome is a spectacular living history sitting several miles inland
near Italy’s western coast. Although the historical center is quite small in area, the city sites are comprehensive.
It makes your travels in Rome much more meaningful if you prepare for your visit with a little research. Be sure to leave time not only to take in all there is to see and learn, but to also leave time for reflection. Emitting a thick presence of what once was, it has been said by many that taking in the experience of Rome can be so powerful that it is overwhelming.
At any given time of year in Rome, there is always an exciting festival, grand event or interesting exhibit. This is a city where you want a guide whether it be a bus tour or walking tour. Walking or driving anywhere near areas of traffic should be avoided if possible. The narrow streets are perpetually congested with traffic, and pedestrians do not have the right away as with most cities. Public transportation is highly recommended and offers convenience.
When you are ready to hang up your site-seeing hat, spend some time enjoying the myriad of shopping Rome has to offer. High fashion shops can be found in the Spanish Square. Mainstream shops can be found on the Via del Corso and Via Tritone and north of Spanish Square is an area famous for antiquing and art galleries. Every Sunday a huge flea market takes place in the area of Porta Portese.
When the sun goes down, Rome turns up the charm. Open air ballet and opera performances, symphonic concerts, live jazz and rock clubs are just a handful of fun things to partake in after dark.
In the 16th century Pope Gregory XIVs was quoted as stating “a lifetime is not enough” when discovering and exploring this magical city. This quote still rinds through today.
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