Rome, The Eternal City. Built upon ages and Empires. One of the most visited cities in Europe and with good reason. Buildings from Ancient Rome combine with Renaissance art and structures mixing serenely into a modern Mediterranean way of life.
A walk through the streets is like walking through a grand museum. The Colosseum, The Pantheon, The Spanish Steps, The Trevi Fountain to name only a few. Magnificent buildings of the ages to be seen before your very own eyes all in one place. The Vatican and St Peter’s Square too brings lasting memories to those with historic or grand curiosity or not.
The city of Rome is a mix of large avenues with architecturally grand building combined with beautiful small piazzas and tiny cobbled alleyways. Known to be one of the most photogenic cities, ancient churches, artistic fountains and history are around every corner. Art appears everywhere in every form. Statues adorn the streets and building tops. Spectacular paintings found on ceilings and in many of the museums.
It is also a shopping haven. Rome is one of the fashion capitals of the world and is the oldest producer of Italian jewellery. Leather bags and designer goods in abundance makes for a great bout of window shopping.
For the lovers of food Rome provides. It amounts, of course, to lots more than pasta and pizza, but having fresh, locally handmade pasta in the city provides a taste like no other. Meats, artichoke, cheeses and very fine wines. Whatever type of food your tastebuds fancy you will never go wrong in Rome.
For nightlife all is catered for. To the east of the Tiber the cobbled streets of the Trastevere provides a quaint calm. To watch the world pass by with a wine or coffee then you will never have trouble finding a spot together with views of the ancient monuments. There is the university area full of pubs and pizzerias. Clubs adorn all parts too.
So much in one place. Rome, a place to see, learn and do.
By Paul Steele