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Rome is the center of civilization and is littered with history and ruins. But, after visiting the most obvious monuments and museums, why not try a visit to the Palazzo Barberini, one of the grandest places in Rome? On display are works by Caravaggio, El Greco, Filippo Lippi, Raphael and a drop-dead gorgeous ceiling fresco in the grand salon. Want art on a smaller scale? Housed in a frescoed villa built in 1613, the Galleria Borghese is jam packed with a stunning collection of works by Bernini, Caravaggio and Raphael. Timed tickets keep crowds to a minimum, making for a quiet, more intimate visit.
For those with a morbid curiosity, the Capuchin crypt on the via Veneto is a fascinating find. Here, the bones of over 4,000 monks are affixed to walls and ceilings in intricate designs in five different chapels under the Santa Maria della Immacolata Concezione. It’s a quirky, yet cool way to spend a few hours.
The Piazza Navona is an oval-shaped piazza that was once used as a stadium for games. Today three Bernini fountains, churches and cafes grace this lively spot. Grab a bench to people watch, listen to street musicians, admire artists at work on their next masterpiece and soak up that Roman atmosphere, day or night.
Foodies should head straight for the local market. The Testaccio neighborhood market will offer much better prices, while the larger and more touristed Campo dei Fiori market comes with higher prices due to its central location. Peruse the fresh and exotic ingredients but please don’t fondle the produce. Stall keepers much prefer to choose the best items for you.
High-end clothing can be found near the Piazza di Spagna. Via dei Condotti is a busy and fashionable street lined with famous Italian designers like Armani, Dolce & Gabbana and Prada selling exclusive fashions to wealthy customers.
Alternatively, shopping on the popular pedestrian-only Via Frattina makes for a more pleasant experience and offers fashions without the designer price tags.
Flea market lovers and bargain shoppers may find a treasure at the weekly Porta Portese market held on Sundays between 5am and 1pm. If old books, antique maps and prints are more your style, the open-air market on the picturesque Piazza Fontenella Borghese is not to be missed.
Try Roman specialties like fried zucchini blossoms, artichokes and pasta dishes like cacio e pepe and pasta carbonara. More adventurous eaters can sample tripe. Armando al Pantheon has been serving such classics in the shadow of the Pantheon since 1961. Pizza al taglio (pizza to go) is a simple snack to take along while sightseeing. It’s a focaccia-style bread, sold by weight, available plain or with toppings such as rosemary and olive oil, zucchini blossoms, sausage or thinly-sliced potatoes. Both Forno Campo dei Fiori and Roscioli have been baking it for years and are both located in the heart of the city center. Copious amounts of gelato should also be consumed daily. Classic flavors like nocciola (hazelnut) and fragola (strawberry), can be found all over the city, but the pure, organic ice cream at Fior di Luna in Trastevere is a step above the rest. Fatamorgana is another local favorite that is well-known for its creative combination of ingredients.
For a decadent death-by chocolate splurge, try a tartufo at Tre Scalini or indulge in an espresso granita con panna at Tazza d’Oro.
The crisp, refreshing local white wine, Frascati, made in the nearby town of the same name, can be enjoyed at an enoteca, like Cavour 313 or Cul de Sac. Locals and tourists alike belly up to the bar at Caffé Sant’Eustachio for an espresso, cappuccino or one of about fifteen other coffee drinks. But every neighborhood has a good caffe, so experiment and find your local haunt. For cocktails with a view, try an aperitivo on the Terrace Bramante, the Hotel Raphael’s rooftop bar.
Italy’s capital city has an overwhelming amount of accommodation options, but they can be very expensive. For those who desire a luxury experience, the Grand Hotel de la Minerve holds a prime location with views on the Pantheon. Convents like Casa di Santa Francesca Romana or Casa di San Giuseppe offer sparse, clean rooms at a good value. The Panda Hotel is a budget gem near the Spanish Steps.
Stroll along one of the oldest streets in the city, the cobbled Via Giulia, lined with the ancient palazzos of Rome’s elite. Admire facades, gated inner courtyards and the arch of Palazzo Farnese, designed by Michelangelo. Cross the Tiber River on the Ponte Sisto bridge into Trastevere and wander the narrow, charming alleyways in this neighborhood, which once belonged to the Etruscans. Prefer a walk with a view? Take the path up to the Gianicolo Hill, and at the top you’ll be rewarded with spectacular panoramic views of Rome and its rooftops. The Appian way is an important historic road that connected Rome to Brindisi. Lined with cypress and parasol pine trees and interspersed with tombs, ruins and ancient paving stones, it’s best explored on Sundays when roads are closed to car traffic. Exploring the area on bikes, which can be rented at the office at the Parco Appia Antica, is also an option.
When the hustle and bustle of the city gets to be too much, escape to the elegant Borghese Gardens. This peaceful green space encompasses 148 acres and offers something for everyone, including a museum, several villas, a zoo and lake with paddle boats. Also just a short train ride a way, Ostia Antica, Orvieto, Frascati and even the beach, make worthwhile day trips from the city.
Rome isn’t exactly known for rock, jazz or contemporary music, but one thing you can find is classical. And what could be better than a classical music concert in a Roman church? Look for fliers and posters around the city or on church bulletin boards announcing concerts, many of which are free. For a special treat, head to the Sant’Anselmo church in the Aventine to hear the Benedictine monks sing Gregorian chant at 7:15pm every Sunday evening. In the summer months, both concerts and opera performances can be enjoyed under the stars at the Baths of Caracella.
Rome in July and August is crowded and hot, so it’s best to come in Spring or Fall. And if visiting museums and historic sights, avoid long lines by purchasing advance tickets.