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About Rome

Rome is full of ancient sights that showcase the wonders of how the world existed over 2,000 years ago. Though it is no longer the capital of the world, it is the political capital of Italy and the capital of Catholicism. In Rome, the past collides with the present; the city seamlessly blends the old with the new, a lifestyle the locals have embraced.

Rome Weather: July and August are the warmest months with daily average temperatures of 30 degrees Celsius. The coldest months are January and February with daily averages of 8 degrees Celsius.

Regional Cuisine of Rome: Cod, zucchini, oxtail, gnocchi, pecorini cheese, lamb, favi, gelato, tomatoes.

Regional Wine of Rome: Frascati, Est! Est! Est!, Cesanese.

Things to do in Rome: Trevi Fountain, the Colosseo, Arch of Constantine, Romen Forum, Palatine Hill, Pantheon, Galleria Borghese, Piazza del Popolo, Spanish Steps.

Where is Rome? Rome is located in the province of Lazio in the western portion of Italy. It is 30 kilometers from the Mediterranean Sea and lies on the Tiber River.

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What is the best way for visitors to get around Rome?

Rome is accessible by metro, city bus, on foot or by taxi. The city is large, so be sure to group your touring in a logical order to spend time efficiently. The metro is fast but limited when it comes to accessing the entire city. Take the buses if the metro doesn't have a stop close to your destination.

Public transportation is very inexpensive and a great way to experience the city as a local. If the summer sun is scorching and you don't want to spend time transferring buses to reach a destination, taxis in Rome are a useful and reasonable method of transportation.

Insider Tip:Buy your tickets before boarding the bus, tram or metro and validate them as you board; just watch the locals and do as they do.

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Top 2 places to hear Gregorian Chants in Rome ​

Listening to monks sing Gregorian chants, you’ll be transported back centuries and filled with awe. Although I’m not a frequent churchgoer, I really like taking refuge from the hectic hustle and bustle of the city by immersing myself in these timeless melodies!

  • Saint Anselmo Abbey on the Aventine Hill: Stroll up the Aventine hill at Vespers (around sunset, but generally 5 PM) and be enchanted by the Gregorian Chants within this ancient Benedictine Abbey.
  • Saint Peter’s Basilica: On Sunday’s, you can often hear Gregorian Chants sung at Vespers.
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    Castel Sant'Angelo

    Originally built as a mausoleum for the emperor Hadrian, this castle now houses a huge collection of paintings, sculptures, military memorabilia and medieval firearms. The castle's upper floors are filled with Renaissance interiors. It was once the tallest building in Rome, and visitors can travel up to the terrace, which offers great views of the city.

    Address: Lungotevere Castello 50

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    Why I love Rome

    Rome is a large city, so I had to pace myself in order to fully enjoy its history.

    When I visited Italy's capital, Rome, I realized that if I wanted to have enough energy to see all the sights, I would have to take my time and savor each one.

    One of my favorite parts of the trip was visiting the Pantheon just before a religious service was about to commence. The dome is truly awe-inspiring; sitting at the base of one of the pillars outside, I pondered the architectural feat of how this grand structure was built so many years ago.

    The Trevi Fountain is always fun to visit for a picture. On my first visit, I tossed a coin over my shoulder. Sure enough, according to tradition, I was back two years later.

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    Leanne has visited Roma twice in the last three years. She loves the fast pace of the city, the amazing architecture and the shopping.

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    How many days do I need to adequately tour Rome?

    Though it is possible to see most of the major sights in Rome in a day, it is more enjoyable if you allow at least three days. The first day can be used to view the Forum, Colosseum and the Pantheon. Stroll from the stunning Piazza del Popolo to the Spanish Steps, stopping along the way for gelato.

    The next day can be spent at the Borghese Gallery, the surrounding park and the National Museum of Rome. An entire day should be devoted to St. Peter's Basilica, the Sistine Chapel and the Vatican Museum. Adding on extra days allows for further exploration of the piazzas, fine cuisine and wine, and strolling through the shops along Piazza di Spagna.

    Insider Tip: If you only have one day in Rome, the Colosseum, Forum, Pantheon, Trevi Fountain and St. Peter's Basilica should not be missed.

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    3 ways to act like a Roman in Rome

  • Olympic Stadium: it’s home to Rome and Lazio football clubs where local emotions fly every weekend…unmissable.
  • Eat local: get out of the usual Trastevere and Testaccio to experience a real Roman “Osteria” in areas outside the city center like Appio Latino (Metro stop Furio Camillo) or Quadraro (Metro stop Numidio Quadrato).
  • Go green: Rome is home to many parks, explore history and experience relaxation in the Parco degli Acquedotti, named after the ancient aqueducts crossing it.
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    Born and raised in Rome, Rob lived abroad for several years. This mix gives him both local and foreign insights on Rome and beyond.​

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    Top 3 Places to see Caravaggio in Rome

  • Santa Maria del Popolo: Right in the Piazza del Popolo, I love popping into this church on my way to work to see 2 stunning Caravaggio paintings, the ‘Conversation of Saint Paul’ and ‘Crucifixion of Saint Peter’. They are both perfect examples of the artist’s chiaroscuro lighting technique and dramatic composition.
  • San Luigi dei Francesi: Next door to the Pantheon, this Baroque church houses a complete cycle of Caravaggio paintings, including the daring ‘Calling of Saint Mathew’.
  • Borghese Gallery: No trip to Rome would be complete without visting the private collections of one of Caravaggio’s patrons. The collection includes the shocking ‘David with Goliath's Head’, which is reputed to be a self-portrait of the tortured artist.
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    Adam is a history buff, art lover, and all-around aesthete who enjoys farming on the weekends in his olive grove in the countryside near Rome

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    Palatine Hill

    For a visitor to Rome, there's no better place to see the city in all its glory. One of Rome's seven hills and the most central among them, the Palatino was once an exclusive neighborhood and home to many emperors. Among the highlights of the ancient ruins to be seen here are the stado, ancient baths, and the palace complex.

    Address: Largo di Villa Peretti 1

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    Things worth remembering in Rome

    Fun Fact: Vatican City, the world's smallest state, is home to the Pope and some of Rome's most popular attractions, including St. Peter's Basilica, the Vatican Museum and the Sistine Chapel.

    Local Dish: Saltimbocca alla Romena, tender veal cutlets topped with prosciutto and sage, is a must-try dish when visiting Rome.

    Local Day Trip: Head to Villa d'Este to tour the fine Renaissance manor with over five hundred fountains in the garden adorned with dozens of stunning sculptures. Nearby Hadrian's villa was built in 2 A.D. and features baths, theaters and temples.

    Local Hot Spots: Locals love to sip cappuccino at the cafes lining Piazza Navona while the artists set up their easels.

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    Piazza Navona

    Once the home of Rome's primary marketplace, this piazza is among of Rome's best. Full of ornate fountains, statues, and architecture, visitors will feel like they're among the Romans in this celebrated place. The Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi fountain alone is worth the visit. Pope Innocent X commissioned most of the Baroque artwork found here during his reign in the 17th century.

    Address: 00186 Roma

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    Borghese Gallery and Museum

    Considered the best art gallery in Rome, the Borghese Gallery and Museum collection has some of the most remarkable artwork in the world, including works by Caravaggio, Botticelli and Raphael, as well as sculptures by Gian Lorenzo Bernini. It is divided into two sections: the top floor houses the picture gallery, and the ground floor is home to sculptures, mosaics, and frescoes.

    Address: Piazzale del Museo Borghese 5, 00197 Rome

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    Capitoline Museums

    This is one of the world's largest museums and home to some of Italy's best art. Highlights include the Lupa capitolina, or Capitoline Wolf; the Galata morente, which is a dying Gaul warrior; and a picture gallery showcasing the works of artists such as Titian, Tintoretto, van Dyck, Rubens and Caravaggio. In 1471, Pope Sixtus IV donated the first of the artwork.

    Address: Piazza del Campidoglio 1

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    National Roman Museum

    One of the best art galleries in Rome, this museum is set up like a villa. There are bedrooms full of various styles of art, and frescoes full of garden and natural scenes fill larger rooms. The upper floors of the museum house the mosaics, and the basement has ancient jewelry and an impressive coin collection.

    Address: Largo di Villa Peretti 1

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