Rome is possibly the most famous city in history. Throughout history, people have talked of the Roman Empire, not the Italian Empire, and how the Romans changed the world as we know it.
With such a heritage, it’s no wonder that for many people city breaks to Rome are all about history. The Empire made Rome one of the most fascinating and beautiful cities in the world and there’s much of it that you can still see and visit when in Rome today.
The Colosseum is Italy’s most visited monument and even if you’re the type of person that likes to avoid the crowds it’s a truly breathtaking sight and something you really have to see if you’re in the city just for a mini break.
Another historical and cultural treasure that can’t be missed on city breaks to Rome is the Vatican City. This is the headquarters of the Catholic Church and the home of the Pope himself. The main thing to see in the Vatican is the Sistine Chapel and its ceiling which was painted by Michelangelo, one of history’s most famous artists. One tip for visiting the Vatican is to remember that it’s a site of religious significance, so dress appropriately or you may be denied entry.
Whilst history is often the main focus of short breaks to Rome, modern Italian culture has still seeped its way into the capital. Fashion is a huge part of modern Italy and some of the world’s most beloved brands come from the country. The Via Condotti and Piazza di Spagna areas, near the Spanish Steps, are the best place in Rome for shopping. Boasting flagship stores for some of Italy’s premier brands, like Valentino and Fendi plus many other global fashion brands like Chanel.
After a full day of exploring the historical sites of Rome and shopping you will have most likely worked up a decent appetite. There are restaurants tucked into every nook and cranny on the streets of Rome, all serving delicious, authentic Italian dishes.
The best place to head for a meal on city breaks to Rome though is Trastevere. Trastevere is similar to the “Old Town” region in many of other cities, full of cobbled streets and old buildings, the only difference is the buildings found here are nowhere near the oldest in Rome! Trastevere is popular with both tourists and locals is home to some of the best restaurants in the city.
Here are some useful facts that may come in handy on short breaks to Rome:
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