Experience the Best of Rome

by Community Manager on ‎06-22-2015 11:43 AM - last edited on ‎06-30-2015 10:55 AM by Lithium Technologies (827 Views)

In Italy’s capital, ancient ruins vie for sidewalk space with designer boutiques, and the many-domed skyline features bell towers and cell towers alike. Out of these seeming contradictions comes a harmony that’s charming and wholly unforgettable. Here’s how to experience the city in all its glory.

 

Hungry for Italy? Rome’s history, ruins and beauty offer up a perfect combination for first-time travelers or seasoned explorers looking for more. Here’s how to make the most of your visit.

 

Key Sights
On the Tiber River, the world’s tallest dome beckons crowds of thousands to St. Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican, headquarters of the Catholic church. The highlight: Michelangelo’s fresco cycle on the Sistine Chapel’s lofty ceiling, which many consider one of the crowning achievements of Western art. For a change of pace, explore the infamous Colosseum, where 20 centuries ago gladiators crossed swords for the entertainment of the masses. Then, wend your way through the Forum, a complex of ancient temples and arches that was the beating heart of the Roman Empire.

 

Magical Experience

The Trevi Fountain did star turns in the films Roman Holiday, starring Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck, and The Da Vinci Code. It’s most dazzling at nighttime, when its chiseled marble ripples with light shining through the water. Flip a coin in and, legend has it, your return to Rome is assured.

 

Offbeat Option

Rome’s catacombs offer miles of fascinating underground passageways—and welcome relief from high temperatures.

 

Insider Tip

Thirsty? Fill your water bottle with cool, clean water from the curved spout of one of the nasone—literally, “big nose”—drinking fountains scattered throughout the city.

 

Eat Like a Local

Try the Roman dish bucatini all’Amatriciana—thick tube-like spaghetti in a tomato sauce flavored with onion, smoky guanciale bacon and a dash of hot pepper. Delizioso!

 

Italy offers experiences unique to each major city. Read more on Venice and Florence. And to discover more of the Mediterranean, view this Mediterranean immersive experience, complete with videos, slideshows and more.

 

A version of this story appears in the July/August 2015 issue of AAA Living magazine.

 

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