EXPLORE VATICAN CITY
Vatican City is the heart of the Catholic religion with St. Peter’s Square being the epicenter of religious events that are of tremendous significance to the Catholic denomination. Be dazzled by the beauty of the numerous masterpieces that adorn the square and visit St. Peter’s Basilica, the Vatican Museums, and the Vatican Gardens for a day full of art and culture.
UNCOVER THE HISTORICAL CENTER OF ROME
From the Colosseum to Castel Sant’Angelo, discover some of the city’s most important sights, walk around the cobbled streets and be inspired by the sounds and breathtaking architecture of Piazza Navona that is packed with local artists and Italian bistros. If you’re here during the winter, don’t miss out on the opportunity to visit the market that takes place every year on January 6th where you can sample some local delicacies.
ENJOY SOME GREAT SHOPPING
Via del Corso is very popular among tourists as it features a variety of high-street shops. Via de Condotti is home to the most exclusive shopping in Rome, while Via del Babuino offers high-end shopping such as Chanel and Tiffany’s. For a shopping experience away from the crowds, head to Via Margutta, where you will find several local shops alongside some charming spots to enjoy a brief break. Don’t miss the beautiful Galleria Alberto Sordi that features a mixture of restored art deco and stucco ceiling decorations as well as many shops, cafes and a bookstore.
DISCOVER THE TRASTEVERE DISTRICT
Untouched by time, the Trastevere district features a beautiful square where you will find the oldest church in Rome along with several lively bars, restaurants and little local shops. Visit this picturesque part of Rome at aperitivo time, when this charming quarter trully shines, or on a Sunday morning to check out the Porta Portese, the biggest market in Rome.
CHECK OUT AUDITORIUM PARCO DELLA MUSICA
This three beetle-shaped structure primarily functions as a center for the performing arts. Located in the northern suburbs, the Auditorium Parco della Musica hosts classical and contemporary music concerts, science festivals and Rome’s annual film festival. If you’re visiting Rome during the winter season, you can also visit the on-site ice-skating rink.
VISIT THE JEWISH QUARTER
Located near Piazza Venezia and Capitoline Hill, the Jewish Quarter in Rome is the oldest Jewish settlement in Europe. It is one of Rome’s most atmospheric neighborhoods and it is an excellent place to enjoy a leisurely stroll. Explore its narrow streets, discover the beautiful synagogue, the river on Lungotevere de’ Cenci and the Museum of Jewish Culture. Don’t miss tasting some of the delicacies offered at the local kosher bakeries and Jewish-Roman trattorias.
ESCAPE THE CROWDS AT CAMPO DE FIORI
You’ll find this beautiful rectangular square to the south of Piazza Navona. During the day Campo de Fiori is brimming with life, as locals and visitors alike flock to the area to visit Rome’s most famous outdoor market. At night, the lively square transforms into a hot spot where locals gather to enjoy aperitivo time.
DISCOVER PIAZZA DEL POPOLO
Piazza del Popolo features a large pedestrian area of exquisite elegance and it is the perfect setting for the numerous concerts and political events that are hosted here annually. Built in the era of Pharaohs Ramses II and Merneptah, the 79-foot high obelisk that dominates the square was brought to Rome on the decree of Emperor Augustus in 10 BC. Visit the Basilica of Santa Maria del Popolo for some excellent examples of Renaissance art.
ESCAPE TO VILLA BORGHESE GARDENS
A naturalistic English style landscape garden stretching across 226 acres from Piazza del Poppolo to the top of Pincian Hill. Discover the third largest park in Rome, containing museums, a hippodrome, statues, a zoo (the Bio-parco), and a cinema. Look for the small island in the middle of the artificial lake where you will find the Temple of Asclepius and the Gallery Borghese, home to a splendid art collection that also includes awe-inspiring works by the acclaimed Italian sculptor, Bernini.
HEAD TO THE SPANISH STEPS
Named after the Spanish Embassy, which is housed nearby, the Spanish Steps are an elegant set of steps rising up from Piazza di Spagna to Piazza Trinita dei Monti. From the top, you can catch a breathtaking view of Rome while at the bottom you will find the delightful and quirky Boat Fountain.
TAKE A BREAK AT VILLA DORIA PAMPHILI
Villa Doria Pamphili is the largest landscaped public park in Rome. It is divided into manicured gardens, stretches of forest, and wild vegetation, making it the perfect place for romantic picnics away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Make sure to bring a map during your visit as this park is huge!
VISIT MONTI AND GIANICOLO IN THE EVENING
Gianicolo, one of the oldest neighborhoods in the city, is located halfway between the Vatican and Trastevere, and offers the most incredible views of Rome. Monti is one of the trendiest areas where you can discover stylish restaurants, interesting shops, crafts by local craftsmen and a view of the most important monuments–you won’t be disappointed!