When in Rome...

We have travelled a lot, we have seen cities, tasted different dishes and visited monuments... but if someone asks which is our most beloved city, the answer is definitely: Rome.
Every time we can we go and spend a few days in the capital of art, good food, shopping and history.

Usually, we start our long tour from the majestic Piazza San Pietro.
It amazes you with its grandeur and the magnificent of four-row colonnades that frames it and designed by Gian Lorenzo Bernini. But it is when you enter the Basilica of St. Peter that you are really blinded by the imposing and richness of the largest church in the world.

In the Vatican Museums are preserved the timeless works of the most distinguished masters of all the times. You can't miss the Sistine Chapel, which houses the Last Judgement by Michelangelo.

Along via della Conciliazione, on the right there is S. Pius X bridge from where you can admire Castel Sant'Angelo. Continuing on Corso Vittorio Emanuele II we will get to Piazza Navona where there are three fountains, the Moor, Neptune and finally the most famous, the Four Rivers (Nile, Ganges, Danube and Rio de la Plata) designed by Gian Lorenzo Bernini. During the holiday season, the square is occupied by stalls selling sweets and toys.
It's almost 2 pm and in this part of the city we can't miss to eat a pasta Cacio e pepe or an Amatriciana or a Carbonara at Navona Notte restaurant.

After a great "magnata" we are ready for a walk towards the Colosseum only after passing next to the Pantheon, the most beautiful rest of the Ancient Rome, where inside you can find various tombs of famous personalities including the one of Raphael.

Walking along Via del Corso we arrive in Piazza Venezia located next to Milite Ignoto, or Altare della Patria.
Time to walk along Via dei Fori Imperiali which consists of a series of monumental ruins built over a century and a half (between 46 BC and 113 AD). The Roman Forum is the most important archaeological area of ​​Rome.

But now we open our eyes to enjoy the real symbol of Rome: the Colosseum.

It was built during the period of the Flavian dynasty between 72-80 AD.

The construction took place in the area occupied by the huge palace of Nero's: Domus Aurea, built after the huge fire of Rome in 64. With open eyes you can imagine the 70,000 spectators who could watch the fights between gladiators, the hunting of wild animals and, in the early days, the naval battles, where the arena was flooded transforming it into an artificial lake.

Well, we arrive in the evening so after returning to the center there will be no better way to end the day than eating something good in the area of Campo dei Fiori, here you can enjoy the most delicious fried cod of Rome surrounded by the classic chicory with anchovies!

And of course before going to sleep you can't miss the best ice cream at Pasticceria Giolitti next to Montecitorio.

So, now you'll be really tired and it's time to go to rest a bit in your hotel in Rome.

Our choice undoubtedly falls on Abitart Hotel, excellent location, close to the suggestive Cestia pyramid and not far from the beating heart of the eternal city! What more... after a day spent grinding miles between the beauties of the Italian capital you absolutely need a proper rest... large colorful rooms, themed suites, (we prefer the photographic one ... :-)) pieces of antiques and real works of art characterize the Abitart Hotel, a very picturesque and, certainly, not standard hotel ... The excellent breakfast at Estrobar restaurant, a real oasis of peace, will give you the right charge to start a new day to discover Rome!

Have you slept well? I'm sure so, because today you will walk a lot!
Wherever you are, you can take the metro at Piazza di Spagna to live the second day in the most beautiful city in the world!
Piazza di Spagna is certainly the most famous square in Rome, dominated by the majestic stairway of Trinità de 'Monti, built in the eighteenth century, made famous by the movie "Roman Holiday". In spring, the staircase provides a feast for the eyes, in fact, they are all covered with flowers. In front you can see the Fountain of Four Rivers.

Going up the stairs you can reach Villa Borghese, the green lung of the city where you can rest in the shade of the beautiful vegetation and then visiting the Galleria Borghese and the extraordinary sculptures by Bernini.

 Moving to the city center we can stop at Birreria Peroni for some Straccetti alla Romana near the Trevi Fountain, one of the most beautiful in the world. Here you can throw a coin into the tank, which according to a legend, tourists are guaranteed to return to Rome in their lifetime.

But back to reality and especially to the Spanish Steps where we pick Via dei Condotti, the road of shopping and great Malls w cross Via del Corso and we let ourselves guided by the senses, we turn aimlessly and we are amazed to discover that any corner, even the most hidden ones, a marvel to watch and photograph can hide...

For the sunset there is no better place than the view from the Pincio near Piazza del Popolo ... here you will be rewarded with a breathtaking view! Believe me it is really worth it!

For dinner, head to Trastevere, there are so many romantic cafes to end a such interesting day!

I’m sure that you will come back ... even without having thrown a coin in the Trevi Fountain!


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