When in Rome
What to see, what to do, and where to eat in the Eternal City
A fusion of ancient historical sites, artistic wonders, and modern lifestyle, Rome lives up to its nickname as the ‘Eternal City.’ Every year, Rome attracts millions of visitors thanks to its rich culture and early history. Whether you are just visiting or you’ve lived here for years, you can discover something new about the city each day.
The obvious attractions aside, like the mighty Colosseum or the breathtaking St. Peter’s Basilica, Rome is full of life. Concerts, exhibitions, theatrical plays, street art performers, food markets can be enjoyed at any time of the year. The city has a Mediterranean climate, making it pleasant to visit during all seasons, but the springtime is a local’s favorite. The days are filled with sunshine and the streets and city parks are lined with blossoming trees. It’s also the perfect time for dining alfresco.
For your first time in the Eternal City, don’t miss out on experiencing ‘Old Rome’ which includes historic sites such as the Colosseum, the Imperial Forums, the Constantine Arch, and the Pantheon. Take a stroll around Trastevere and Piazza Navona to experience life as a local. Trastevere is a charming area full of restaurants, markets, shops and pubs. It’s the perfect spot for enjoying an aperitif with friends, or a romantic dinner for two. Piazza Navona is a popular square in Rome where locals, visitors, street performers, and artists alike come together.
To get a taste of Roman nightlife, visit Testaccio. The area is filled with great osterie and pizzerie where you can have a delicious bite and, of course, a glass of Italian wine. The Porta Portese market and Macro Museum are also must-see stops in Testaccio. For more of a counter-culture experience, explore the area of San Lorenzo. Located near Sapienza University, the district is popular among students and young people. The abundance of street art and graffiti throughout the area make it feel like an outdoor gallery.
Don’t have a lot of time? Here are the top five things to do in Rome according to a local.
Top 5 When in Rome
2.) See: Parco Savello, better known as Giardino degli Aranci, is a small terrace on the Aventine Hill overlooking the Tiber River. From this corner, you can enjoy one of the most beautiful views of Rome.
3.) Visit: Pincio’s Terrace overlooks Barberini Square and is close to Villa Borghese.
4.) Shop: The Trastevere alleys are full of boutiques and little local shops. But visitors also enjoy Via del Corso and the exclusive Via Condotti.
5.) Drink: Bar del Fico, close to Navona’s Square, is a charming and picturesque place. A quite retreat for a drink from the chaos of the main roads.
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