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It has millennia of history behind it, which can still be traced in every sanpietrino, the characteristic black stone used to pave Roman streets. It is cradled by the Tiber and is home to some of the most picturesque and fascinating places in the world. With its great beauty, Rome is one of the most visited cities in the world: tourists flock to explore its striking ancient ruins and be inspired by its radiant modernity.
On the trail of eternity
There is no better time of day to glimpse the timeless charm of the "capital of the world", than at the first light of dawn. There are places in the city where the sun seems to settle like a veil over buildings and monuments from every era.
You can admire a breathtaking view from the Janiculum Hill, the summit of which pulsates with the power of the “Fontanone”, the monumental Fontana dell’Acqua Paola designed by Giovanni Fontana. Meanwhile, from the Orange Garden of the Priory of the Order of the Knights of Malta on the Aventine Hill, you can see the "divine" dome of St. Peter's Basilica in all its glory.
Let yourself be enchanted by the fascinating power of dreamlike legacies of the past including the Imperial Forums, the Baths of Caracalla, the Pantheon, the Colosseum and the stately Parco degli Acquedotti, which forms part of the Appian Way Regional Park.
Lose yourself in the alleys and restaurants of Trastevere and in the heart of the city center, a World Heritage Site, discover the works of art in the Palazzo Barberini, Galleria Borghese and Capitoline Museums.
3 things you must do!
A horse-drawn tour of the city
There are so many monuments and sites to visit in Rome that you will need help to complete your mission: let a coachman take you on a tour of the city; the sound of hooves on the old cobbled streets and the experience of feeling like an old emperor traveling by horse-drawn carriage are priceless.
Shopping in Via dei Condotti
There's one Roman street where you will find crowds at any hour of the day and any time of the year: Via dei Condotti. The street that connects Via del Corso, where you can find every kind of store, and the radiant Piazza di Spagna is the ultimate destination for any follower of fashion. Only here will you find the top Italian labels and the glossiest brands.
O Captain! My Captain!
Don't miss the chance to see a soccer match at the Olympic Stadium. It is worth being swept along by the lively Roman fans cheering for their favorite team. And, if you are lucky, you might be able to attend the Roma-Lazio derby and find out how the stands come to life during a heated challenge on the field between Totti and Klose.
Gladiators constantly thirsty
You cannot organize a trip to Rome without resisting the temptation to throw a lucky coin over your shoulder into the famous Trevi Fountain! If the capital's most spectacular attraction is not enough for you, just look around and you will find fountains in every corner of the city. Rome actually plays host to over one hundred fountains of all sizes: from the 3rd to the 16th centuries, from the Baroque period to the 18th century, water gushes forth like a joyful oasis and its sound can be heard everywhere, day and night. From the oldest, like the fountain in Piazza Santa Maria in Trastevere, to the most striking, like the Barcaccia in Piazza di Spagna, the work of Pietro Bernini, the Fountain of the Four Rivers in the center of Piazza Navona, the Triton Fountain in Piazza Barberini, the Naiad Fountain in Piazza della Repubblica and the Fountain of Moses in Piazza San Bernardo, and from the most spectacular, like the Fountain at the Ara Pacis, crowded with tourists seeking relief on scorching hot summer days, to the most modern, like the Fountain at the Palazzo dello Sport, which boasts a futuristic sculpture by Pomodoro at the center of its jets.
All mouths lead to Rome
Tonnarelli with cheese and pepper, bucatini all'amatriciana or alla gricia, carbonara, tripe in all kinds of sauces, coda alla vaccinara (oxtail stew), artichokes and maritozzi (sweet buns) with cream: traditional Roman dishes are simply tasty, genuine and gutsy, with the authentic aroma found only in home kitchens.
Although it is true that Roman cooking comes from humble beginnings, based on ingredients "discarded" over the Papal walls, in recent years it has made way for the creativity of younger chefs, who are ready to reinvent and refine it in a modern style, even in the sacred locations of the trattorias: from the heart of Trastevere to Prati, the district in the shadow of the Vatican, and from Via Vittorio Veneto, the street featured in La Dolce Vita, to nearby Piazza Trinità dei Monti, the stars are shining in Roman restaurants.
But for palates in search of more honest pleasures, a glass of white Frascati wine will be enough to bring you back down to earth.
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