Rome. August. 10 things you must do in Rome
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Rome. August. 10 things you must do in Rome
Elena Estate ” 22 Sep 2015, 16:35
For two trips to Rome – in April and in August, I made a list of 10 things that, well, just have to do while in Rome! This list will not leave anyone indifferent:)
We came to Rome spontaneously: a) in a couple of weeks we bought tickets, booked an apartment, and now our dream has come true: my girlfriend and I were in a hot sultry Rome! By the way, August is not a good time to visit Rome, because: a) it’s hot, b) all Italians are going to the sea, and therefore many restaurants, stores, etc. are just closed for a month! But that didn’t stop us))
So, here is my list of 10 must-do things to do in Rome!
1) Stay in a real Italian apartment in the center of Rome. You can easily find one on airbnb. We did not use any transportation (except for the transfer to/from the airport, of course), and it was so nice to get to all attractions in 20 minutes maximum. We stayed at an Airbnb, right by Campo dei Fiori, and this is the next item on my list!
2) Campo dei Fiori is a square where the local colorful market opens in the morning with all sorts of goodies, and in the evening the square turns into a bar and restaurant:) In April they sell amazing real sun-dried tomatoes, in August we didn’t see any, but we tried different sauces, from classic pesto to truffle flavors, sold here different spices, all kinds of spaghetti and, of course, fruits and vegetables! Nearby on the square, check out the Letteria and try the different kinds of mozerella, of which there are about 20! My favorites are burattine – with a liquid center inside, and mozzarella buffalo – this is unparalleled! You can only eat this in Italy! They also sell prosciutto crudo (ham) by weight! You know, the food is 100 percent masthev in Rome!
3) Continuing the theme of food, I want to confidently declare that the best ice cream in Italy is at Grom Café! It’s a chain, and it’s all over the city and country and it’s something! Ice cream is specially whipped before serving, and the flavors! Oh my gods! Thick, stretchy like caramel, I will definitely be dreaming about that taste! And the unparalleled berry sorbents! Oooh. bring me back!
4) Taste the real pizza on a thin dough in a real Italian pizzeria, where in the evening there is a live line to get in, where the tables are so tiny and stand right next to each other, where you can see the chef juggling the dough and spinning a long circle on his finger! In this place you will see a lot of Italians, you will be pleasantly surprised at the prices, and the taste will be remembered for a long time! Pizzeria Ai Marmi (Viale Trastevere 53, 00153 Rome, Italy) is in the Trastevere area. And pizza with anchovies! This restaurant is a godsend! Found it in April, and in August, alas, it was closed!
5) One of the alternative options for sightseeing is to ride the famous Vespa motorcycle! Guided tours are widely available on the internet! Here it is, the romance of Rome!
6) Well, the easiest and most proven way to see all the sights at once – is a sightseeing tour by bus. This is, I think, an unchangeable masthev item in any new city. What could be better than sitting on the open 2nd floor, dangling your feet, listening to the audio guide and looking around while the bus takes you to all the most interesting places. The best part is that you can get off at any stop and then get on again. These buses are called hope on/hope off.
7) Be sure to visit at least one of Rome’s panoramas: the Villa Borghese, the Orange Garden on the Aventine Hill, and of course the colonnade of St. Peter’s Cathedral in the Vatican. It’s the most amazing panoramic view I’ve ever seen, the view from here is so breathtaking! Immediately you realize how ancient and rich history of Rome!
Speaking of history, of course, the Colosseum and the Antica Forum are the places you can’t miss. They are the symbols of Rome! And it’s so great to take an individual guide and enjoy the atmosphere of ancient Rome!
9) At 5 pm, when the sun begins to sink to the horizon and the heat dies down, all the tables begin to play with orange drink – it’s nothing short of Spritz! Light aperitif on the basis of aperol, sparkling Prosecco and soda, with a bittersweet taste – just what you need to take a breath, refresh yourself and smoothly move into the evening, by the way, it’s purely Italian drink!
10) And finally, the glorious tradition of sending yourself and your friends postcards home! Agree, it’s nice to get a postcard after a while, and relive those moments when you were there, signed it and sent it, and there it is through the kilometers again to you! There is a theory that from the main square of the Vatican mail comes faster than mail from Italian cities. There, in the square, you can buy everything you need: postcards, stamps, and put letters in the yellow mailbox:)
That’s the list:) Of course, there’s plenty more to do! Shopping-what would Rome be without shopping? In August there are maximum discounts! And walking through Trastevere, drinking water from fountains, chatting with Italians in Italian, even if you don’t know the language, but with the help of a phrasebook! And then you will surely soak in the sunny energy of Italy and keep it forever in your heart!
P.s. On this trip, I almost did not take pictures, but I made a lot of video, and here are the results! I will be very glad if in this video I was able to convey the atmosphere of Rome, and to convey all the joy and emotions of the trip!
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10 things to do in Rome
This is where Rome began. The first settlements arose precisely on this, the central of the seven Roman hills. Here Romulus quarreled with his brother Remus and killed him, here he founded the city where he himself lived and reigned (among the ruins of buildings and temples on the Palatine there is a place considered the home of Romulus), here you can see the walls of the first houses, palaces and temples of Rome.
Walking through the silent, crooked streets and looking at the remains of the ancient city, one becomes immersed in the maelstrom of time and realizes that this now lifeless quarter set the character of the city as we know it today. The museum complex on the Palatine is a kind of city within a city, Rome within Rome. The Palatine neighbors the walls of the first residential quarters (Livia House) and the oldest temples (the temple of Vesta), the ruins of the imperial palaces of Augustus, the terms of Septimius Severus and Domitian’s stadium. And from the height of the Palatine Hill there are great views of modern Rome, which is also a mix of times and architectural styles. Ancient Rome looks down from the hill and years to its heir.
2. Descend into the catacombs
In the complex of the Catacombs of St. There is an atmosphere of peace and quiet, purity and tranquility. There are burial sites of Christian martyrs, the first pontiffs and many ordinary Christians, ancient mosaics and frescoes, chapels and crypts, located 10 meters below the ground, early Christian symbols on the walls and vaults, the union of ancient times and early Christian times.
3. Check out the Colosseum arena.
The Colosseum has long been a symbol of the Italian capital. Huge for its time building even today amazes with its size and grandeur, grace and elegance, grandiose concept and history. The flow of tourists to the Colosseum dries up only at night – during the day it is as full as in its early years. The colossal structure’s three levels offer a glimpse of the surrounding neighborhoods and buildings from many different angles. The nearby Arch of Constantine seems quite small, and the Palatine Hill looks like the outskirts of the city.
Inside the Colosseum you can appreciate the level of engineering and construction thinking of the ancient Romans: excavations of the arena help to understand the complexity of the concept, well-thought-out system of entrances and exits for tens of thousands of spectators. On the second and third floors there are models of the various rooms of the Colosseum, and samples of the marble finishing of the entire structure. Going out on each level to the spectator tribunes and looking at the arena, it is quite easy to imagine oneself among the audience of ancient performances and gladiatorial fights.
4. Visit the Capitol Museum
Originally the site of the museum was an ancient Roman temple, and then the Roman Senate met here. Much later Michelangelo did a lot of work on this sacred place for every Roman. Today, to visit the halls of the Capitoline Museum one must go up the stairs designed by the genius sculptor and reach the square he created, which is framed by three palaces.
The museum halls hold a collection of ancient statues, including the world-famous Capitoline Wolf, Venus of Capitol, and the Dying Gaul. In the museum it is worth looking at household items and ancient utensils, Renaissance paintings, luxuriously decorated halls with painted Renaissance ceilings, the walls of the ancient temple of Jupiter. The balcony of the central palace of the museum offers views of the Roman Forums.
5. Visit the Pantheon and the Stone Square
The Pantheon is one of the few ancient temples that are completely intact. For almost two thousand years, this building stands on the Piazza della Rotonda, admiring the boldness of its architecture. The rotunda-shaped building is crowned by a huge cement dome with a large round oculus hole 9 meters in diameter at its center. It is the only source of natural light inside the Pantheon.
The temple, dedicated in ancient times to all the gods, was consecrated in the Middle Ages as a Christian church. Over the centuries, the Pantheon was never closed, so its marble interior is well preserved. Today services are held in the temple. Here are the tombs of Kings Victor Emmanuel II and Umberto I and the cenotaph of Raphael.
If you go right from the Pantheon along the narrow Via dei Pastini, after a couple of minutes you can see the tall columns of the Temple of the Divine Hadrian. The temple is located in the small Piazza di Pietra, the Piazza del Stone. The name is not accidental: Pietra means stone, Pietro means Peter. Here, antiquity and the first Christian years are intertwined – a pagan temple stands in a square whose name directly refers to the name of the apostle Peter, a disciple of Christ, the first bishop of Rome.
6. Throw a coin into the Trevi Fountain
Walking through the streets of Rome and missing the Trevi Fountain is an unacceptable thing to do. The largest and one of the most beautiful fountains in Rome, built in the Baroque style, daily gathers a huge number of tourists. Trevi Fountain is also popular with film personalities: you can admire it, for example, in Fellini’s “La Dolce Vita” and Wyler’s “Roman Holiday”. This grandiose and graceful structure brings a good income to the Roman budget. There is a belief that if you throw a coin into the fountain, you will definitely come back to Rome, two coins – you will meet your love, three coins – you will get married, four coins will bring you wealth, five coins will lead to separation. Tourists, without sparing, throw coins into the Trevi Fountain, which add up to about one and a half million euros a year.
7. Walk the Spanish Steps
The grandiose and graceful Spanish Steps connect the church of Trinita dei Monti (Holy Trinity on the mountain) at the top of Pincio Hill and the Spanish Square at its foot. According to the official version, the staircase was supposed to symbolically connect France and Spain. The church was under the patronage of the French crown, and the square was the seat of the Spanish embassy, the kings of Spain being related to the French. According to an unofficial version, it was decided to arrange an ascent to the hill in order to eradicate the unwholesome use by local youth of the bushes growing near the church. Since the beginning of XVIII century the Spanish Steps confirm both versions: it unites two royal houses (heraldic symbols of the French crown are used in decoration of the stairs), and 138 steps are used by young people for nice dates. At the foot of the staircase is one of Bernini’s masterpieces, the Barcaccia Fountain.
8. Wander around Piazza Navona
The rectangular Piazza Navona is located on the site of the ancient Stadium of Domitian. The name comes from the Greek word “agones” – “contests”. With the help of local dialects over the centuries the word has turned into the current “Navona”. The square is separated by the building from the parallel, bustling Corso del Rinascimento, so it’s quiet and comfortable. The square is overlooked by two churches and several palaces, including the beautiful Palazzo Pamphili. Three magnificent fountains by Bernini adorn the square: the Neptune, the Moor and the Four Rivers, with an Egyptian obelisk. You can visit the halls of the Museum of Rome at Palazzo Braschi, see the ruins of the ancient stadium, and simply wander around the square, gawking at the work of street artists and breathing in the fresh air by the water.
9. To admire the Castle of St. Angelus
The architecture of Castel Sant’Angelo incorporates much from the eras that have passed its walls. Built as a mausoleum for the Emperor Hadrian in the 2nd century AD, in the Middle Ages it was used by the popes as a fortress and one of the papal residences with a prison for enemies of the church, so it was rebuilt several times. Today in the halls of the castle are museum displays of Roman history, art, architecture and the castle itself.
10. Enjoy art in the Vatican
In the center of Rome, several blocks belong to one of the smallest, but also the most influential states in the world, the Vatican City. Vatican Museums have a huge number of masterpieces of art and architecture, for which a whole day is not enough to visit. Best to buy a ticket in advance on the museums website, otherwise you will have to stand in a many kilometers long line. Halls of the Vatican Museums contain a collection of ancient sculptures, paintings from the Middle Ages and Renaissance, tapestries and maps. The paintings on the walls and ceilings of the halls are recognized masterpieces of world painting. Among them, the Sistine Chapel is the pinnacle of Michelangelo’s pictorial work.
St. Peter’s Cathedral is the largest Catholic cathedral in the world. The best architects in Italy, including Michelangelo, worked on its construction. In the altar and niches of the naves you can see the works of Michelangelo, Bernini, Raphael, and other Renaissance artists. The facade of the cathedral overlooks the elegant and wonderfully decorated St. Peter’s Square designed by Bernini.