A Travel Guide To Rome, The Enchanting & Ethereal Holiday Destination
Are you excited for your splendid trip to the magical and eternal city, Rome? A holiday in Rome is ideal to enjoy soul-soothing leisure time and take in breathtakingly stunning sights. Boasting a wide range of famous tourist attractions, decadent delicacies, a rich historic & cultural ambit, and exquisite locales, Rome should be on top of your holiday destination list. With United Europe Travel Services (Pty) Ltd to assist you in your memorable trip planning, getting to the Aeroporto Leonardo Da Vinci should have your anticipation soaring. Let us explore the city:
TOP ATTRACTIONS TO LOOK OUT FOR
The city of Rome is dominated by beautiful scenic locales, archaeological sites, churches, art museums, popular diners, piazzas and pavement cafes. It is a joy walking through the mesh of streets lined with nice bars and cafes. Here, you can grab some delicious snacks while you set on your sightseeing spree checking out places like the Vatican City, the Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, the Colosseum, St. Peter’s Square, the Spanish Steps and other wow-worthy historic monuments.
EXPLORE MYSTERIOUS ALLEYS ON A VESPA
What could be more thrilling than taking an adventurous ride on a Vespa to explore the secret alleys around the Colosseum? Situated away from the centre of the town, this area is ideal for exploring sites lying at the city’s outskirts. Have a guide from ‘A Friend in Rome’ take you on this fabulous tour while you relax and enjoy on the back of the Vespa. The entire tour takes about half a day but you are sure to learn a great deal about the history of the sites and the cultural heritage. You can also ride yourself but you will need an international license and some experience handling a scooter. Sounds like fun!
CHECK OUT THE HISTORIC RUINS WITH AN EXPERT GUIDE
With amazing churches, conventional courtyard settings, and intriguing backstreets, Rome is an inviting destination for all travel enthusiasts. If you are up for some adventure, take a guided tour with an expert historian to learn more about the ruins around Rome and explore the historic sites. You’ll love traversing the bucolic courtyards, the aesthetically pleasing Vatican Museums, the spellbinding Roman Churches and watching the beautiful paintings, the stunning architecture, and decor. If you have kids along, consider visiting the Ostia Antica. It offers a memorable visitor experience for families.
ALTAR OF PEACE AT NORTH CENTRO
A trip to Rome without paying a visit to the Ara Pacis is incomplete. This famous historic monument is also known as the ‘Altar of Peace’. The structure was consecrated in 9 BC to honor Augustus’ return after three years of having given up his great empire. The Roman Senate ordered to build the monument and the Ara Pacis was inaugurated after four years. The striking design elements and sheer brilliance of architectural prowess leave everyone spellbound. The Altar of Peace lies within the marble walls intricately carved with friezes expressing their gratitude for the emperor and his family. It is an absolute treat to watch. It was conserved as a special piece during the 20th century and is now on display in a museum designed by Richard Meier. The wall in the building facing Augustus’s mausoleum also houses the Res Gestae – Augustus’ “missions accomplished”, a masterpiece carved in Latin that has immense historic value and is a joy to watch.
TAKE A TOUR OF THE LAVISH DORIA-PAMPHILJ FAMILY HOME
If you are an art enthusiast, do not miss the tour of this luxurious family home in Rome. It hosts the most awe-inspiring art exhibition displaying the top works from the 18th century. The Doria-Pamphilj family house includes a magnificent palazzo containing great pieces of artwork that are famous around the world. Most of these have been labeled as prized collections. These include the portraits of the Pamphilj pontiff Innocent X designed by both Velazquez and Bernini, artwork by Raphael from the Renaissance and paintings by Caravaggio and Titian. Buy a ticket to this amazing place, which includes an audio guide featuring a narration by the half-British Prince Jonathan Doria-Pamphilj for a memorable experience.
FUN ACTIVITIES TO DO IN ROME
Besides its amazing tourist attractions, thrilling nightlife, and luscious gourmet, Rome offers plenty of opportunities for you to have fun and engage in recreational activities.
- Use a two-wheeling service, the Bici & Baci, to explore the city and its mesmerizing surroundings. Bask in the dazzling ambiance of Rome by taking a guided tour using a two-wheeler and pedal power. Explore the city and learn more about it.
- In Rome, you will notice the Tiber is crowded with tourists and locals jogging along the wide street dominated by artwork along the route. Jog along the Tiber and marvel at the street art with the rest of the Romans.
- Have Circo Massimo guide you on a blissful morning visit to the historic chariot racetrack. Take a leisure stroll around the track or run it out for the joy of a Roman holiday at the splendid ancient racetrack.
The City of Rome is home to a plethora of luxurious 5-star hotels, budget and boutique hotels. The choices are endless and normally within close proximity to public transport, iconic landmarks, restaurants, major shopping areas and the vibrant nightlife.
EATING & DINING
Apart from its rich historic elements, Rome also has many street cafes and pavement outlets. Located in the Centro Storico, the Pianostrada Urban bistro is a fantastic diner providing quality food. For penny pinchers, the Panella is a better option as you can benefit from discounted meals at any time of the day. The Sbanco is also a great choice for pizza lovers.
If pizza is your favourite food, do visit Rome’s best pizzamaker, the Pizzarium Scissor. Here, you can cut your own slices of pizza. The place buzzes with tourists & locals and is the best place to dine in with kids who can have some fun here. The La Ciambella Hybrid restaurant-bar offers a wide assortment of snacks and local beverages. The place is not very expensive and is ideal for nightlife lovers.
You can get to Rome through flights to the main airport of Fiumicino also referred to as Aeroporto Leonardo da Vinci. This airport has flights scheduled for tourists flocking in from different places across the globe including Johannesburg. With the direct Alitalia flight from Johannesburg, it is now easier to get to Rome. The Aeroporto Leonardo da Vinci is located 32 kilometres south-west from Rome and from here you get a cab or shuttle/private car transfer. The cheaper option is by train, The Leonardo Express which runs directly from the airport to Roma Termini train station every 30 minutes. It is about a 35 minutes ride. Depending on which hotel you are staying at, you can get a cab, take the metro or bus, or walk to your hotel from Roma Termini Train station.
You can avail a taxi service for inner-city travel, but that said, it is wise to take the super easy to use Metro system to save some money. Operated by the municipal transport agency ATAC, Rome’s bus network is extensive and highly efficient. With two primary lines ‘A’ and ‘B’, the metro offers convenient and comfortable transport. Use line ‘A’ if you are travelling to the Vatican toward Battistini to get off at Ottaviano and line ‘B’ for the Colosseum toward Laurentina to get off at Colosseo. The Single Bus tickets cost around €1.50 and will get you 100 minutes of travel on any bus. You can also opt for a 24-hour ticket (€7.00); 48-hour ticket (€12.50); 72-hour ticket (€18.00) or a weekly, 7-day ticket (€24.00) as per your requirements. Public transportation is free for children under 10 years old.
Hop-on / Hop-off Open Top Bus Tours
For an inexpensive way to spend time city sightseeing, it is highly recommended to embark on a hop-on hop-off open-top bus tour, travelling past attractions such as the Colosseum, the Vatican City, Trevi Fountain and the Pantheon. Relax aboard the double-decker tour bus, listen to the audio commentary and hop on and off at any of the stops. You can select a sightseeing ticket that’s valid for 24 or 48 hours, or pick an upgrade option to include entry to the Vatican, Sistine Chapel, Roman Forum and more. This is a great orientation tour for your 1st day in Rome.
Walk On / Walk Off Tours
Explore Rome’s most iconic landmarks with complete flexibility and zero commitment. Every day, choose between 10 tours in total – including a ghost tour, food tour with tastings and much more. Most run every day but some tours every second day, each 60 minutes long. With no need to book in advance, you just show up 10 minutes before the tour starts. Learn from expert guides rather than wandering around aimlessly, some of the walk on / walk off tour options include the Roma pass or skip the line Vatican Tickets.
Rome is for everyone, so be prepared to step into the world’s biggest open-air museum.
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