Rome, Italy’s seductive eternal city
When in Rome, do as the Romans do. After all, enjoying the sumptuous pleasures of life is as important here as indulging in the art and history. Taking one of the flights into Da Vinci airport is always just the beginning of a lifelong love affair with Italy’s eternal city.
The most iconic of Rome’s ancient sites, the Colosseum is a 50,000-seat arena once used to stage spectacular battles between gladiators, slaves, prisoners and wild animals in front of roaring, bloodthirsty crowds. Today, just standing beneath its grandeur is enough to give anyone goose bumps.
Legend has it that tossing a coin into the Trevi Fountain ensures a return visit to Rome. Judging by the carpet of change in the basin, most tourists would be glad to have their wish come true.
Founded by Pope Julius II in the 16th century, the Vatican Museums house one of the world’s greatest art collections. Visitors can feast their eyes on Caravaggio, Raphael and Giotto before entering the final and most anticipated sala—Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel.
Young Italians are flocking in droves to book bars, Rome’s trendiest new hotspots. Caffè Letterario started the trend of nights out drinking and discussing literature. The largest in the Trastevere neighbourhood is Bibli, where readers can sip wine and mingle with their favourite authors.
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Eating in Rome
For the best gelato in a gelato-crazy town, tourists and locals alike head to San Crispino, where flavours are dictated by the seasons and cones are scorned because they interfere with taste.
Named after a Roman classic, La Carbonara has been serving locals since 1906, including the notorious Ragazzi di Via Panisperna, the group of young physicists who had a hand in building the first atomic bomb.