Rome is one of the oldest cities in the world, capital of Italy, and sunk into oblivion the Roman Empire. Even in ancient times it was called the Eternal City, and he still completely lives up its nickname.
In Rome, there are a huge number of attractions, so you can spend here weeks without a break. This is really the eternal city where all roads lead to, and during one vacation you can live a whole era, discovering new aspects of Roman culture and history every day.
Rome is very different from any other city in Italy. He is both very ancient and infinitely young, over the millennia, he saw how born and fall civilizations but at the same time continues to keep its majestic and playful nature and a romantic atmosphere. It is always full of life, even though all of his historical appearance and included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.
There are always very warm and dry summers and mild winters with a lot of rainfall in Rome. The ideal time for a trip to Rome is spring and beginning of the summer. Early autumn is also good suitable for sightseeing tours in Rome.
Territorially Rome is divided into a large number of districts, municipalities, neighborhoods, so for tourists is hard to understand fully all the intricacies of administrative system. In each of them you can see a variety of monuments of culture, architecture and history, but better to begin an acquaintance with Rome with historic districts.
Termini - one of the first areas that meets the tourists. There is a station of the same name, near which there are plenty of cheap hotels. Here is convenient and interesting to live if you come to Rome for a few days, in addition, the prices of the hotels here are quite loyal.
In the west from the Termini is a chain of old neighborhood quarters: Monti, Celio, Campitelli, Ripa. There is always crowded and noisy, because it's the most "delicious" for tourists places of the city.
Just above the Coliseum are located areas of Trevi, Regola, Pina and Parione. There are beautiful churches, temples, and a lot of squares, souvenir shops and well-tended gardens. It is also the most popular areas of the city from shoppers.
In the north of the right bank of Rome there are districts Colonna, Kampo-Marzio and Ponte. All of them are well-suited for hiking along the embankment and inexpensive shopping.
On left bank the biggest area of Rome takes Trastevere district. If you want to discover the real one, not a tourist Rome, you can see how ordinary Romans live. Of course, there are some sights, but there are not so many tourist shops and other “highlights” for guests, which is so full of the right bank.
To the north of Trastevere is a district of Borgo, the legendary state within the Italian capital - the Vatican. Here are more pilgrims than tourists, although if you search well, you will be able to find inexpensive accommodation here.
The cheapest areas of Rome, located far from the center, but still offer good living conditions - Montevedre and Eur. For nightlife and loud parties go to the Testaccio district, here local youth really knows how to have fun.
In regard of opportunities for shopping Rome is very similar to Milan, but the prices are a little cheaper. There are also a lot of boutiques and showrooms of famous brands, where you can buy clothes from famous Italian designers, leather goods, beautiful clothes, jewelry.
The main shopping streets of the city are Via del Korso, Via del Triton, Via Natsionale. Also there are a lot of boutiques and shops in the area of Piazza di Spagna. If you want to buy branded items from Italy at the best price, it is best to arrive in mid-January. At this time, many stores offer discounts up to 70%.
Of course, the story about the sights of Rome should start with the Colosseum - really indestructible symbol of Rome and throughout Italy. It is an ancient amphitheater, built at the beginning of the I century, and to this day one of the biggest in Italy, and at that time it was the main facility for events and entertainment throughout the Roman Empire.
Pantheon – ancient Roman temple, which during its history were used both by the Gentiles, Christians, and all the Roman gods. It was built in pre-Christian era, but still excites the imagination with its greatness.
Forum - in the Roman Empire it was one of the major markets of the country, and today it is square occupied almost the entire historical center of Rome. Here is focused public and political life of the Romans to the present day. The term "forum" originated from the name of this square.
Appian Way is the first road in the Roman Empire which at one time served as a connection between Rome and the Apennine Peninsula. It is one of the most famous sights in Italy.
Baths of Caracalla - one of the few Roman baths, which has been preserved to our times. Looking at the impressive ruins at first it may seem it is the ruins of a temple or a Roman basilica, but the Romans came here just for the purpose to be washed in hot water.
Arch of Titus - an ancient triumphal arch, which in its beauty and architectural performance could even compete with the most famous triumphal arch of peace in Paris. Located on the Forum square, built in honor of victory of the Emperor Titus in Jerusalem war in the I century.
Forum of Caesar - is considered the first imperial forum built in the Roman Empire. On its territory there are ruins of ancient shops and workshops during the reign of Emperor Hadrian.
Palatine - one of the seven hills of Rome, where according to legend wolf suckled brothers Romulus and Remus. According to archaeological excavations, from that hill began the history of one of the greatest cities in the world.