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Travel guide - Rome

From the top of the Colosseum, Rome proudly flaunts the passage of time, all while keeping the vibrant spirit of a modern Italian city alive. A mix of ancient ruins, artistic masterpieces and a bustling urban centre, the eternal city is a symbol of time passing, giving Roman life a unique intensity. Artists, popes and emperors have all left their marks here. Now it’s time for you to learn more about their lives and history.

A stroll through 3,000 years of history

During your stay in Rome, you will be treated to a moving spectacle filled with the intensity of the city’s past. The many varied buildings remind us that this city was once the “capital of the world”, and remains the centre of the Catholic church today. The Colosseum, the Pantheon with its dome, and the Roman Forum are a testimony to an era when emperors ruled this part of the world. St. Peter’s Basilica attests to the importance of the Vatican and religion in the city’s history. At the heart of this city marked by different historical periods and artistic styles from the Renaissance to the Baroque, the chapels, squares and fountains tell the story of Rome’s past.

Rome, a city of grand masters

A haven for geniuses of the western art world for many centuries, Rome is a top destination for lovers of the fine arts. The city’s streets and chapels, once the workshops of some of the world’s most famous artists, are so many museums today. Concentrated in this capital city, these artists created some of their best works, leaving them in the care of the city. Bernini’s sculptures and fountains mingle with masterpieces by Caravaggio, transporting you into scenes from classical mythology and the Bible. The Sistine Chapel is a testimony to the Renaissance, when Michelangelo left his mark on Rome forever with his famous fresco “The Creation of Adam”.

Italian gastronomy: classic comfort food

Choosing a restaurant in Rome is an adventure, one that always ends in a generous meal paired with a local wine, enjoyed on a romantic terrace or a retro cafe, in a relaxed, casual ambiance. Each establishment, whether it’s a Michelin-starred restaurant or a generous family trattoria, has its speciality. Simply ask a friendly local for advice if you want to be sure to order the best dish. Try the authentic pizza with its thin, crunchy crust or the classic spaghetti carbonara, both of which originated in this region. During the day, take a break, treating yourself to a ricotta and Morello cherry tart and a cappuccino before heading back out to explore the city.

A unique way of life: tranquility and turbulence

Rome whirls you around in a surprising dance. When visiting this city, you can’t escape the weight of its past, but your days will still maintain a certain lightness. Enjoy moments of Dolce Vita seated at cafes in the city’s beautiful squares. Watch people go by, coming out of the narrow streets to gather on the Piazza del Popolo. Once night falls, art and culture fade away, giving way to celebrations in the Testaccio and Ostiense neighbourhoods. In the calmer bars of Trastevere, you can enjoy a more intimate aperitivo. Chapels and arenas are transformed into surprising gathering places, concert venues and party spots. Romans know how to enjoy themselves, and the streets become a playground for night owls keeping the flame of the eternal city alight.
You will constantly be amazed as you walk through Rome, a city whose inhabitants have deep souls and a striking ability to live life to the fullest. It takes time to get to know the streets of this “capital of the world”. Over the course of your stay, it will become apparent that Rome is not a city that is simply visited - it is lived.

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