A visit to Rome will be like visiting the past, definitely an ancient experience. Rome is the Capital of Italy and it is known as the Eternal City. There are 2.7 million residents in the city. Its climate during summer is hot with temperature of 35 degrees Celsius at midday and mid-winter is mild that visit the country on December. The language in Rome and throughout Italy is Italian.
Where to Go?
The Colosseum – Colosseo – It is the largest monument in existence from Imperial Romena and possesses a huge amphitheater that was home to fierce gladiators and wild animal fights. You can visit the place via dei Fori Imperiali.
The Roman Forum – “Foro Romano” is one of the city’s most important archaeological sites.
The Pantheon – Italy’s best preserved ancient building that started out as a pagan temple and then became a church. There is a nice piazza in front of it that makes a for a lovely place for an evening drink.
The Capitoline Hill – A great place to great an overview of the Roman Forum. The important site of the hill is the grand Piazza del Campidoglio designed by Michelangelo. There are two important museums that have an impressive collection of sculptures, paintings, frescoes, and mosaics.
Piazza Navona – A lively piazza surrounded by upscale cafes. At its center are three lavish fountains.
The Villa Borghese – has the Galleria Borghese, with a large collection of famous sculptures and paintings.
Saint Peter’s Basilica – Basilica di San Pietro is the largest Roman Catholic building in the world. It has important works by Michelangelo and Bernini. Although not really in Rome, Vatican City is a popular destination for travelers in Rome.
Vatican Museums – Musei Vaticani – the largest museum complex in the whole world has the art revolving for 3000 years from the Classical and modern world. Here you can see the Sistine Chapel with Michelangelo’s frescoes.
What to Eat?
There is nothing to worry about on where to eat in Rome because there nice places to eat everywhere. From family run trattorias and pizzerias, to fancier, hip restaurants, Rome knows how to quench your hunger and satisfy her visitors with her savoury specialties. Roman food is a popular, yet simple one. It is rich in flavours and character and full of many mouth-watering recipes.
The typical Roman food is based on fresh vegetables (the king is definitely the artichoke, whether deep fried, simmered in olive oil with garlic and mint, or “alla giudia”). Cheap cuts of meats (the so called “quinto quarto,” meaning mainly innards, cooked with herbs and hot chilli pepper). It also consists of deep fried, tasty appetizers (such as salted cod and filled zucchini blossoms) and sharp “pecorino cheese” (made from sheep’s milk from the nearby countryside), a very important ingredient in many recipes.
As Italy’s best food signature, the pasta which is a staple for every Italian and therefore every Roman, showcases from “carbonara” to spaghetti “ajo e ojo” (simple but very tasteful with mix of olive oil, garlic and chili pepper), from rigatoni “con pajata” to a hearty, fragrant soup such as “pasta e ceci.”
There are few Roman desserts, and they are mainly connected to festivities (Carnival, Eastern or Christmas). They are definitely worth a try, however, especially the ricotta cake, which is made with fresh ricotta cheese mixed with sugar, lemon, vanilla, candied fruits, pine nuts and raisins.