The Eternal City, as Rome is affectionately known, is the capital of Italy and home of the Roman Empire, La Dolce vita and the Vatican City with the historic centre being a UNESCO world Heritage site. Rome’s rich cultural heritage features grand old churches, wonderful palaces, ornate statues, grand museums and incredible fountains making the City one of the most visited and influential in the world.
Hop on hop off sightseeing buses are a great way to get around the city and take in all the must see attractions. With ticket durations from 24 hours up to 72 hours available, visitors can pre-plan the trip to make sure all attractions are visited with the given area.
Modern day Rome has developed into a cosmopolitan city filled with exciting nightlife and is widely known to be the worldwide shopping capital. Designer names line the streets of he shopping district alongside local, boutique brands offering something for everyone.
Rome can be seen as a few districts:
This is the main tourist area and is home to a plethora of hotels and dining outlets. Home to piazza della Repubblica, piazza Barberini, Trevi fountain and Quirinal.
Old area Rome
An area of the city containing beautiful buildings, stunning cathedrals, vast squares and the Pantheon.
A tourist mecca, the independent state of Vatican City offers endless sights and treasures with the Vatican Museums being at its heart. This area is considered a ‘must see’ offering a unique collection of relics.
Home to the Colosseum, Imperial Fora and markets of trajan.
When eating in Rome, venture outside of the historical centre to find the best locations visited by the locals to experience truly local cuisine. These areas are home to most authentic dining locations at a price which won’t break the bank. As with any city, the main tourist areas are packed with the typical dining venues often at a premium so head out a little to find the best options.
Typical food dishes:
Cornetto & cappuccino - A croissant and cappuccino (coffee and creamy milk).
Panino - Generic word for a stuffed sandwich.
Pizza al taglio - Pizza by the slice.
Fiori di zucca - Zucchini flowers, prepared in a deep fried batter.
Supplì - Fried rice balls with tomato and mozzarella.
Carciofi alla romana - Artichokes, Roman style.
Carciofi alla giudia - Artichokes, Jewish style (fried).
Puntarelle - Chicory salad with olive oil and anchovies.
Bucatini alla matriciana - A pasta dish with cheek lard, tomato and pecorino romano (Roman sheep cheese).
Spaghetti (or rigatoni) alla carbonara - A sauce made with egg and pancetta (bacon).
Abbacchio "alla scottadito" - lamb chops.
Scaloppine alla romana - Veal sautéed with fresh baby artichokes.
Coda alla vaccinara - Oxtail stew.
Trippa alla romana - Tripe; offal is a Roman tradition, e.g. osso buco (bone marrow).
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