Rome is filled with icons of antiquity and the Christian faith with nearly 3,000 years of globally influential art, architecture and culture on display. Landmarks such as the Colosseum and the Pantheon are almost obligatory. The tourist icons - the Spanish Steps and that place where all tourists must go to toss in their coin, the Trevi Fountain will make you fall in love with the city. Rome will seduce you and it will hardly leave you indifferent. It will surprise you at its every corner. The city offers its own unique culinary delights and exquisite experience. Rome is overwhelming in every way and justifies the nickname "Eternal City".
It is hard to know where to go first when you are in a city so filled with icons of antiquity and the Christian faith. Of course your choices will be govern by your interests but there are few sites which are almost mandatory landmarks of Rome. Try to explore Rome with an open mind and plan your trips wisely or you might end up visiting too many of the ancient sites or churches in a row. Few of the serious tourist attractions and icons are listed below.
- The Colosseum and the Arch of Constantine
- Vatican City
- Roman Forum
- Trevi Fountain
- The Pantheon
- San Giovanni in Laterano (Basilica of St. John Lateran)
- The Spanish Steps
- The Catacombs and Via Appia Antica (Appian Way)
- Terme di Diocleziano (Baths of Diocletian National Museum)
- Palatine Hill
- Vittoriano (Monument to Victor Emmanuel II)
- Piazza Navona
- Foro di Traiano (Forum of Trajan)
- Baths of Caracalla
"When in Rome, do as the Romans" is a famous saying when it comes to The Food of Romans. Roman cuisine is the food of the people: it is flavored by lard and olive oil, perfumed by sage, rosemary, cinnamon, marjoram and mint. The Pizza and the pasta rules in Rome but there are so many other dishes that you should surely sample. Roman cuisine incorporates its ancient past and is based on heavier use of meats of veal and lamb, fresh vegetables, deep-fried methods and the use of Lazio’s famous sheep’s milk cheese, Pecorino Romano.
Italy is home to some of the best wines in the world. Have no fear or doubts while picking up a bottle of Italian wine as it is surely going to taste amazing.
Rome is an expensive city, so you will not find too many bargains there but window shopping won't cost a thing and is fun at the same time. Leather goods and certain decorative items like lamps and glassware are value for money. Larger and lively markets are to be found in the center of Rome and they are worth a visit. Collectors, professional or amateur, will be intimidated by Rome's secondhands and antique shops, or in art galleries. The famed Porta Portese flea market which is held in Rome's Trastevere district is a must visit however, real bargains are hard to come by. So, grab our all-inclusive Rome Holiday packages to make your experience more mesmerizing.