Rome is the fourth most populated city in Europe and the capital of Italy and Lazio.
The city is full of history everywhere you look. Without a doubt Rome is one of the most beautiful cities in the world, with millions of tourists visiting every year to admire its treasures and masterpieces of Roman art and architecture. Some of the most popular sites not to miss are The Colosseum, The Pantheon, The Roman Forum, Piazza Navona, Trevi Fountain, San Clemente Basilica, Campo de Fiori, Capioline Museums, Spanish Steps and St Peters Basilica Church. The Colosseum is one of the most impressive buildings of the Roman Empire. It was once known as the Flavian Amphitheatre. The Emperors used the Colosseum as a way to entertain the public with free games. The games would start with comical acts and end with fights to the death between gladiators.
Rome is ranked the 28th most important global city. The Historic centre of the city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Rome has a growing nightlife scene and is also known as a shopping heaven, being regarded as one of the fashion capitals of the world. When eating out in Rome you are never stuck for somewhere to enjoy a good meal. Some of Rome’s best restaurants are Fortunato al Pantheon, Ditirambo, La Tavernaccia, L’Archeologia and Toscano. Snack culture is now popular due to the recession, you will find great places where you can grab a decent stand up or carry out meal for around 10 Euros. If you are looking for a cheap sit down meal then Bar de Benito is a great bar/restaurant that offers delicious food at a bargain price.
Shopping in Rome is a real delight. You can’t help but fall in love with its many excellent shopping venues. For those of you on a smaller budget there are plenty of Rome shops that sell beautiful Italian products at affordable prices. Rome’s most famous shopping street is Via Condotti, where you will find boutiques from famous designers such as Cartier and Giorgio Armani. If you are looking for a bargain then the discount store offers end labelled goods at discount prices. If you love markets then the Porta Portese is a very popular Sunday market with a large number of stalls selling second hand items. If you are looking to buy delicious Italian food then the famous Campo de Fiori market is a great place to visit, the good thing about this market is that there are a number of small bars and restaurants nearby so getting a bite to eat or having a cool drink is rather easy.
Rome’s nightlife starts late. It’s not unusual for locals to meet up for dinner around 9 or even 10. If New York is the city that never sleeps then Rome is the party that never ends. Clubs don’t get going till after midnight. If you are looking for a relaxed and intimate atmosphere then 360 is the bar to be in. The first floor has a café setting for great conversations. Head downstairs and you’ll be able to get your groove on with a live band playing each night. The area around Piazza Navona and Via della Pace is quite chic with wine bars and café’s. If you are looking for loud then Campo De Fiori is where tourists mix up with locals. Whatever you are looking for when it comes to nightlife in Rome, you are sure to find it.