After Sicily, we now head to Rome. It may be a cliché, but there is no better advice for visitors to the Eternal City than the old saying, “When in Rome, do like the Romans.”
This is where la dolce vita was born, after all. Of course, after more than 2000 years of existence, there is enough to do, see and explore to keep you occupied for years to come, including exquisite pasta, ice cream, espresso and pizza to savor. You are spoiled for choice: places to shop for everything, from crafts to haute couture, archaeological sites, baroque churches, villas turned into museums and above all a lot of art to nourish your senses. If you've never visited Rome, or come back often, here are some tips on must-see places.
The best addresses for shopping
There are countless places for shopping. According to Maxime Fontaine, founder of the site reviewbox.fr : To start your shopping, head to Via del Corso, one of Rome's main shopping streets, where you will find stores like Zara, United Colors of Benetton and Intimissimi, which sells Italian lingerie. The Galleria Alberto Sordi, which dates from 1922 and features stained glass skylights and mosaic floors, is one of Europe's most beautiful places to shop. You will discover stores like Massimo Dutti and the Italian mega bookstore La Feltrinelli. ”
Still according to him, Rinascente (Italy's main department store) is nearby on Via del Tritone. For designer boutiques, stroll along Via Condotti and the surrounding streets. For national brands and vintage and Italian clothing, take a stroll through Campo Marzio.
Visit the ancient ruins of the Roman Forum
According to the travel expert and founder of Hello Rome site Thibaut Packiry, “… upon entering the immense archaeological site of the Roman Forum, and walking through these ruins, you can almost imagine the citizens of ancient Rome walking the cobbled streets in togas and bringing sacrifices to the temples. Of course, it helps to have a guide who can bring the stories to life, as you might confuse Augustus' house with Livia's, as there is no sign in the complex indicating what. " he tells us.
The site dates back to around 500 BC, but it was enlarged by Julius Caesar, Augustus Caesar, Domitian and Trajan. You'll see remains of Imperial Rome stretching beyond the Forum's boundaries to include Trajan's Column, Arch of Titus, and Circus Maximus, to name a few.
After visiting the Forum, try your luck with the Bocca della Verità, an ancient stone carving of the face of a bearded man. According to the myth, he will bite the hand of anyone who is not telling the truth.
Discover the baroque side of Rome
It is one of the most popular public spaces in Rome - and especially where it is wonderful tourist video. The magnificent, oval-shaped Piazza Navona is lined with restaurants, gelaterias, souvenir shops and the Museo di Roma inside the Renaissance Palazzo Braschi. The baroque art of the city is fully displayed here. Bernini's Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi features beautifully carved figures representing the four great rivers of the world, and legend has it that the figure with outstretched arms recoils in horror from the Church of Sant'Agnese in Agone by rival Borromini from Bernini.
Take a stroll down the small street next to the church and head towards Via della Pace, one of the most picturesque streets in the city. At the end stands the Church of Santa Maria della Pace, its white portico shining in the sun. Take the time to stop for lunch or dinner at Ristorante Santa Lucia, where you can enjoy fresh salads, pasta and other Roman specialties on the charming terrace surrounded by greenery.