It’s Always a Good Day When in Rome
Italy is one of the most-visited countries in the world, and for good reason. The land of pasta and wine, beautiful beaches, designer shopping, ancient ruins and a staggering amount of history is the ideal place to indulge. Rome, with its 2.000-plus fountains and over 900 churches, provides more things to do in Italy than anywhere else in the country. Whether you visit for a few days or a few months, you’ll already be planning your next visit.
Places to Stay in Rome
Planning a Roman holiday isn’t without its share of decision-making, and perhaps the most important decision of all is where to stay in Rome. Italy’s largest city has a neighbourhood for every type of traveller, and a hotel search on trivago can help you to find the perfect bed and breakfast. By staying at a B&B, you can receive insider local advice, easily chat with fellow travellers, and in many cases, wake up to something delicious in the morning.
One of Rome’s most popular areas for lodging is the Centro Storico (historic centre). This neighbourhood has everything that vacation dreams are made of — postcard-worthy piazzas, stunning Baroque churches, intriguing alleyways and major attractions like the Pantheon. Boutique hotels make up the majority of accommodation in this area, but you can also find a variety of unique B&B lodging.When in Rome, why not pretend to be a local for a few days? The best way to do this is to stay in a neighbourhood with less tourists, preferably at family-operated accommodation such as a bed and breakfast. Campo de’ Fiori is a great choice for a short-term stay, with an eclectic mix of cosy trattorias, funky shops, and friendly markets. If you’re more of a night owl, Trastevere might be calling your name. Outdoor patios on romantic cobblestone streets, craft beer pubs and a lively bar culture ensure a memorable night in Italy. Trastevere is also a more affordable accommodation option, and many visitors to Rome find a budget BnB here.
Unique Rome Attractions
The Eternal City is home to some of the world’s most iconic sights – think the ancient Colosseum, Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain and St. Peter’s Basilica. But when it comes to what to do in Rome, there is a whole other world of worthwhile Rome sightseeing that is off the beaten path.
Centrale Montemartini is a lesser known museum in Rome that appeals to both the architecture lover and history buff. Ancient statues sit amongst an industrial backdrop, making this not only a photo-friendly museum, but one of the more distinctive Rome attractions. When Rome weather is at its best, it might be a good time to head to the Porta Portese Market. This flea market is open every Sunday and could be a good place to get that one-of-a-kind souvenir.
If you’re looking for something different and consider yourself a friend of felines, why not pay a visit to the Roman Cat Sanctuary? It houses over 100 cats in the Torre Argentina excavation site, and you can join local volunteers to feed these four-legged Roman residents. If it’s a touch of the macabre that you’re looking for, Rome has you covered. The Museum of the Sanitary Arts has just the right amount of unusual exhibits, alongside hair-raising oddities in glass jars and a history dating back to 1741. The Capuchin Crypt is equally creepy, with the bones of over 3.000 Capuchin friars, and whether it’s Halloween or not, a visit to the Museum of Purgatory might leave you looking behind your shoulder for weeks.
When you’ve seen your share of churches, museums and ancient ruins, some of the most memorable things to do in Rome don’t involve visiting a tourist site at all. Instead, you can opt for unique experiences like signing up for gladiator school, taking a walking tour to learn about Roman gods, or joining a cooking class. When it’s time to return to your bed and breakfast, there will be plenty of things to talk about.
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