With more than 14,000 years of civilisation, Rome is a hotbed of living history. As home to one of the world’s great marauding civilisations, the Ancient Romans, Rome has so much significant history that it is impossible to dig up any free land without stumbling upon a slice of the past. To this day, Rome has remained one of the world’s most fascinating and most visited cities – thanks to its beautiful architecture, unique culture and bustling ambience.
Vatican City and its papal seat may be an independent country, but its position within the city limits of Rome proves to be a big draw for visitors from all around the world. The incredible architecture of the churches, chapels and museums within Vatican City has captivated visitors for hundreds of years, regardless of their religious leanings.
It is impossible to fit all the interesting sights into a one night stay in Rome, so you’ve really got to prioritise and head for the highest concentration of stunning locations. With a total area of 110 acres, it is possible to enjoy all the highlights of Vatican City in a one-day whirlwind tour. St Peter’s Basilica, the Sistine Chapel and the Vatican Museums are absolute must visits, for the beauty of the buildings and the world-famous paintings and sculptures they house.
If you are lucky enough to visit Vatican City on a day of a Papal Audience, you may be able to catch a glimpse of the Pope addressing his faithful following. Click here for a list of the dates when the pope is holding audiences, celebrations and pastoral visits.
Like all Italian cities, there is no shortage of good food in Rome. All the hearty Italian favourites are present and sure to satisfy the palates of even the most sophisticated gourmets. Whilst some of the city centre restaurants are quite touristy, there are some genuine Italian restaurants serving the very best in traditional grub.
A little out the centre is the Flavio Al Velavevodetto, which has rightly earned a reputation of producing some of the finest pasta dishes in Rome. Built into a hillside, the restaurant offers beautiful Roman favourites such as rigatoni with oxtail sauce and codfish spaghetti in a stunning setting.
Located in a quiet corner of the trendy Pigneto district, Necci dal 1924 is a stylish bar with a beautiful wrap-around garden. With a cool 1970s theme running throughout the bar, it’s the perfect spot to enjoy a cocktail or a well-earned digestif after a long day exploring the city and enjoying the culinary highlights Rome has to offer.
Additionally, if you are searching for a few home comforts on your travels, the bar’s kitchen is headed up by a Brit who sometimes whips up fish and chips and other British favourites.
With genuine Roman ruins dotted around the place, The Inn At The Roman Forum offers perhaps the most genuine Roman experience of any hotel in the city. Combining a historically-significant setting with five star service and unparalleled levels of luxury, the hotel offers stunning views over imperial Rome.
The hotel offers a staggering roof garden which provides the perfect setting for watching the sun go down on a beautiful night in Rome.
The only way to start a Roman day is with a strong cup of freshly produced espresso and a delicate, delicious pastry. Babette, just off the Piazza del Popolo is one of Rome’s finest proponents of everything pastry – producing a continuous stream of beautiful doughnuts and croissants which will ensure your day starts the right way.
The elegant décor of the little eatery provides a light and airy space to enjoy the first meal of the day.
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