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10 reasons to visit Rome
Rome, the Eternal City, has just about the richest, fullest history of any town on earth, thanks to its unique position in the world's greatest Empire, its significance as a religious and cultural centre, its turbulent centuries of aristocratic and papal rivalries and upheaval... and along the way acquiring some of the finest art and architecture to survive from the last two thousand years. Few cities can rival Rome's astonishing artistic heritage. Throughout history, the city has starred in the great upheavals of Western art, drawing the top artists of the day and inspiring them to push the boundaries of creative achievement. The result is a city awash with priceless treasures.
A trip to Rome is as much about lapping up the dolce vita lifestyle as gorging on art and culture.
To admire the ancient ruins
To admire the ancient ruins
Rome is a city built on layers: Cascading ivy wrapped around ancient columns, ruins incorporated into modern structures, piazzas filled with remnants of 2,000-year-old temples, cobblestones that date back thousands of years. Rome is filled to the brim with visual records of its diverse time periods, and its an incredible sight to behold. The cultural heritage is so integrated in the present city, that you will experience the breadth of its history at every turn.
To enjoy the wonderful architectural pieces
To enjoy the wonderful architectural pieces
For thousands of years, Rome has been the capital to some of the most important empires and nations in history. And with those, it has received a healthy dosage of breathtaking architecture that the entire city almost poses of. Rome houses 12 of Italy’s 45 UNCESCO heritage sites including the Pantheon, the Coliseum, the Spanish steps, St. Peter’s Square, Navona Square, etc. The architecture is probably the thing about this city that will last the longest in your memories.
To admire masterpieces of world art
To admire masterpieces of world art
Rome is one of the most popular destinations in the world for art appreciators. Masterpieces of architecture, painting, sculptures, pieces are actually present here. Works of famous artists like Michelangelo, Salvi, Sangallo, Maderno, Bernini, etc. call Rome their home. There are numerous museums and galleries around the city displaying brilliant artworks, the most popular amongst them being the Villa Borghese Gallery and Museum of Contemporary Art.
To visit the seat of the Papacy
To visit the seat of the Papacy
Vatican City, the world’s smallest state and the center of the Roman Catholic Church, is one of the most sacred places in Christendom and is a big draw for tourists and pilgrims visiting Rome. Vatican City is located within Rome, and contains important religious and culture sights, including St. Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican Museums. It has been the seat of the Papacy since the 14th century, and the Pope holds an audience in St. Peter’s Square each Wednesday morning.
To admire the Sistine Chapel
To admire the Sistine Chapel
The Vatican Museums are famous for their priceless sculptures, frescoes, tapestries and paintings, but the uncontested main attraction is the Sistine Chapel. Located within the Apostolic Palace, the residence of the Pope, the Sistine Chapel is named for Pope Sixtus IV who restored it at the end of the 15th century. Michelangelo painted the cycle of frescoes on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel between 1508 and 1512, and it is considered one of the greatest works of art in the world and an important landmark of High Renaissance art.
To fit into Roman culture
To fit into Roman culture
Italians host one of the oldest and richest cultures of Europe. Throughout history they have been well known for their many festivals and parties. And the modern Romans hold on to this legacy with much pride and commitment. The capital city of Italy hosts numerous festivals every year that never fail to fascinate its visitors. Being the center of western civilization for thousands of years has definitely left the Romans a bit of cultural legacy.
To go fashion shopping
To go fashion shopping
There are many streets in Rome that are lined with stores of Italian and European clothing brands, such as Zara, Armani, Gucci, Benetton, Sermoneta. There are plenty of shopping areas in the city, each with its own specialty and flavor. One thing for certain, whether it’s clothes or bags or shoes or what not that’s a part of your fashion sense, Rome will provide you all you need. Most of these things tend to be expensive, but the prices are no match for the quality, design and seer magnificence of these products.
To experience La dolce vita
To experience La dolce vita
Rome is famous for its dolce vita lifestyle where everything is seen through rose-colored glasses and real life appears to be a never-ending vacation. A visit to the city will have you seeing its beauty and charms rather than its downsides. As you stroll through Rome’s elegant piazzas basking in the city’s plentiful sunshine with a gelato in hand, only to bump into magnificent sights such as the Trevi Fountain and the Spanish Steps, you will feel like Marcello Mastroianni and Anita Ekberg in the famous Fellini movie.
To enjoy the welcoming character of the Romans
To enjoy the welcoming character of the Romans
Rome is said to have one of the nicest urban populations in Europe; and by nice, it means downright friendly, uncharacteristic of most European cities. Italians are known for being hospitable and those in their capital city are no exceptions. From the young to the old, the actual residents of the city are extremely helpful and polite. Maybe it’s their culture or style of living that is just welcoming of new people. Anyway be it romance, intellectual exchanges, or just a jolly good laugh, you’ll find plenty of those in Rome.
To taste the Roman cuisine
To taste the Roman cuisine
Italian cuisine is beloved throughout the world but few people realize that each region of Italy has its own unique dishes. To taste Rome’s famous “cucina povera” dishes, you have to eat a traditional trattoria in the Eternal City. Rome is lauded for its pastas, including amatriciana, carbonara, gricia and cacio e pepe as well as its thin Roman-style pizza and pizza al taglio, or pizza by-the-slice – a favorite street food. There is also a heavy Jewish influence in the cuisine, so you’ll find lots of artichokes, zucchini flowers and anchovies incorporated into the dishes. Be sure to try the city’s delicious fried artichokes during your time in Rome.