Rome wasn’t built in a day and rightly so! The picture-perfect piazzas, the cobbled lanes, the marvellous architecture, the food, the wine… it has probably taken centuries for Rome to carve a niche for itself on the global map. And today, it is buzzing with tourists’ from all over the world and it’s not a surprise at all. Why you may ask? After all, which traveller wouldn’t want to experience the magic of Italy at its best? And if it comes with the added attraction of a room in Rome in the Best Areas to Stay in Rome?
The best part about a Roman Holiday is that it has something for all. So if you are a family seeking a break from your day-to-day life, a group of friends with a love for wanderlust or a solo traveller on a backpacking mission, you can be rest assured that you won’t be disappointed with Rome attractions.
On the move
First things first – that is moving around within the city, which is the first concern for most travellers. Well, fear not because you can avail excellent train services from the Roma Termini Railway Station. From here, you can get easy access to every part of Rome and soak in all its sights and sounds like you would want to. If you prefer a quieter ride, you can opt for a licensed taxi service which is also conveniently available. Keep in mind to ignore the flurry of touts or peddlers at the Termini station.
A slice of history The historical center
Think Rome, and the first attractions that come to mind are The Vatican and the Colosseum. Most travellers wish to stay close to these places and in this regard, it is good to head to the Historic Centre. As the name suggests, the historic centre is where most prominent historical places to visit in Rome like The Vatican, the Colosseum, Piazza Novona and The Trevi Fountain are situated. And adding to the places and sights to see, if you still wish to go back further in time, then you should head to Monti, the oldest area in Rome. This quartiere plays host to the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, the National Museum of Rome, the Colle Oppio Park and the Domus Aurea.
Located on the riverside, close to The Vatican, Centro Storico, Basilica di Santa Maria, the Museo di Roma, the Botanical Garden and the Gianicolo, Trastevere is an ideal place for families too since it’s centrally located, offering wonderful Rome sightseeing alternatives as also various budget hotels that won’t burn a hole in the pocket. However, if you are looking for something more posh to stay at, Parioli, with its vibrant Villa Borghese gardens, is one of the best places in Rome and the right choice for you.
Esquilino Close to the Termini station is the Esquilino Market, which is somewhat like the Chinatowns of South East Asia in its overall feel. So if you are a foodie who wants to soak in the sights and sounds of the local bazaars, and also check out the foodstuff, you can find the entire world under a roof here. This market is a favourite among food photographers and bloggers, who head here to click ‘yummylicious’ photographs for their social media followers, Esquilino is a big hit on social media too among top things to do in Rome.
Party all night
Trastevere & Spanish Steps
Rome has amazing nightlife. Party-lovers can have the time of their lives while visiting here. Trastevere and Spanish Steps are the best places to experience the best of Rome at night. From the plush, expensive restaurants and clothing boutiques of Spanish Steps to the comparatively inexpensive street side cafes of Trastevere, these are undoubtedly two of the most happening places to visit in Rome.
A brush with the locals
If you wish to be away from the madding crowd, Testaccio is the area for you. The quaint neighbourhood stands tall on a hill created from an ancient Roman landfill and is as less touristy as it can get. Here, you can interact with the locals and experience their ways of life. And while doing so, if you still want to head over to all the places of attraction, then don’t worry. It’s within safe distance from all the main areas of the city.
Rome wouldn’t be what it is without its art. It stands tall because it showcases art and art forms like no other. It is the birthplace of some of the most famous artists in the world, a brush with the Roman art scene is a must when you are here. Picturesque galleries like the Maxxi Art Gallery located in Flaminio, transports you to a different world altogether. While you are in this area, don’t forget to visit the Stadio Flaminio, a historic stadium for rugby and football.
Well, there you go. If you were pondering over where to head for your next holiday, you now know what to do! Pack you bags and head to this dreamy city of pizzas, pastas, wine, gelato, music, art and history and make memories for life in the “City of Love.” Rome.
by Holxo Travel Specialist
by Holxo Travel Specialist
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