Rome was the beating heart of an empire that was forged from iconic battles and ruthless generals, but it’s beauty and majesty, thousands of years later, is still something that must be seen to be believed. From priceless relics to people, thousands of its inhabitants originate from foreign lands, so it’s no surprise that Rome is bursting with unique experiences to entertain everyone’s tastes. In today’s blog post, you’ll find just a handful of these to cover each member of the family.
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For the History Buff
Where do you start in a city that’s packed with archaeological remains, temple ruins and museums full to the brim with statues and priceless artworks? If you’re the kind of person that likes to walk in the footsteps of the ancients, you’ll feel right at home here. Start with the likes of the magnificent Colosseum, before walking around the remains of the prestigious Roman Forum.
Explore the Renaissance tombs of the Parthenon, and then make your way to the shopping district, where you’ll find the Spanish Steps and the Trevi Fountain. Don’t worry, there are plenty of cafes and gelato parlours for you to take a pit-stop.
For the Culture Vulture
If you’re more into artwork, then don’t fret, there’s still plenty for you to enjoy. An absolute must are the Vatican Museums, which house multiple art galleries with classical and Renaissance pieces, not to mention the adjoining Sistine Chapel. If you’ve always wanted to see the work of Michelangelo up close, every wall has a unique and intricate fresco for you to feast your eyes on.
Don’t forget to stop by San Luigi dei Francesi either – a beautifully decorated Baroque church, famous for its Caravaggio paintings. Then round off your day by booking yourself some Rome opera tickets, and relaxing back in one of the opera house’s plush velvet seats for the evening.
For the Foodie
If there’s someone traveling in your group who only wants to know about trying traditional cuisine, visiting food markets and taking cookery classes, then you’ll be pleased to know that Rome has it all. Pizza may have been born in Naples, but you’ll find that every Italian town has its own version, and Rome’s are served extra thin and crispy. You should be able to find plenty of samples, as Rome is packed with dozens of restaurants and cafes, but if you want the true taste of Italy, head for Campo de’ Fiori.
This weekly food market is popular with tourists and locals alike, with the freshest produce on offer, as well as a few tipples to taste too. Of course, you could always let a professional show you around, by taking one of the many food tours in the area. Some of them even host cookery classes, so you can show off your new-found skills to your friends and family.
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