“I’ve never been seduced before, to lying on the bare rocks.”
Admittedly, there is nothing new about that statement, it has always been a part of the beauty of the city. But Rome is amongst the beautiful cities of the world and you have to admit, a city by design and architecture, the Romans certainly had some skills in that area.
Thanks to the establishment of the Roman Empire in 300BC, Rome has experienced a formidable power and influence in the years leading up to the Renaissance. But it was the Nobles who finally gave the city its due importance and global recognition.
The center of the city is still very much in evidence and can be assumed if you are brave enough to climb the 2500 steps to the top of the Ca’ da Mosto. I did. It was worth it.
There are a number of good and interesting restaurants in the area, starting with the Taverna del Campiello, a mountain-top restaurant offering a panoramic view of the city. Next, try the Tavernavantimosa, built on the site of a 13th century Franciscan monastery. If you prefer a little more comfort, you can rest assured that there are many hotels with swimming pools.
The main draw of the city is The Vatican. It is the most important Catholic pilgrimage site in the world, but if you are not a great devotee of religion, it is also a great place to put your photographic camera.
The old city is a maze of narrow winding streets that can be difficult to navigate yourself, so hiring a guide is advisable. There are a number of good guides and sites catering to tourists, with many reputable, comfortable and well-owned accommodation venues.
Between Classical ruins, museums, catacombs and villas, with over 1000 years of history, it is no wonder that Rome has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site many times over. It is a city that has to be seen to be believed. You will be surprised at how many things there are to see and do.
Much has been made of the famous coffee shops in Rome, the importance of which can not be overstated. For coffee lovers, there are few finer experiences available. Hotter cafes are relatively empty, but it is always fun to wander along and see where the latte art comes from.
If you want to be a little adventurous, there is a great lookout called the Piazza Venezia featuring the Temple of Trajan. This has statues of famous Romans from classical times as well as modern day.
Of course, there are shops of all kinds, chains and souvenir shops. You can even get your Britney Spears on.
For a first time experience, many of the Roman theatres are worth going to. If you see one of the English language productions here, you will find that the normal tourists are there as well, enjoying the glamorous spectacle.
There are many other splendid places to visit here, but the above should give you a good insight. Most of all, enjoy the warm weather and the friendly people of Rome.