Along with art and culture, Rome has great hip districts, incredible shopping streets and oases of tranquillity. Immerse yourself in this beautiful and chaotic city!
The Italians are well-known for their extraordinary fashion. In Rome, you can shop to your heart's desire and are sure to be down with the latest styles! Young people love to stroll along the 1.5 kilometre Via del Corso shopping boulevard. You'll find everything from well-known fashion chains to small boutiques for the typical "Roman" style. If you have a slightly higher budget, why not go foraging through the luxury fashion stores on the Via dei Condotii.
You can find great bargains at Rome's largest flea market, the Porta Portese in Trastevere. On Sundays from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. you can literally find anything there - a true treasure trove! The people of Rome also love the picturesque Campo dei Fiori square near the market. By the way, the name of the square means "field of flowers" because a lot of flowers used to grow there.
The affordable rosticcerie are an absolute must. A rosticceria is like a fast-food restaurant or delicatessen. Il Delfino on Piazza di Torre Argentina/corner of Corso Vittoria Emmanuele, not far from the Pantheon, is particularly popular. The best place to eat pasta is in one of the many trattorias where 'mama' herself cooks. Lunchtime is between 1 and 3 p.m., and restaurants open at around 7.30 in the evening. If you want to go out to eat later it is best to reserve a table to be on the safe side.
You also shouldn't miss out on a tasty gelato when in Rome. Gelato is the Italian word for ice cream. You can order it in a cup (coppa) or in a cone (cono). The famous Giolotti ice cream parlour was founded as long ago as 1890 and is an absolute must.
Art & culture
There are so many attractions in Rome that it's not possible to see them all in a couple of days. A tour on a hop-on hop-off bus is a perfect way to see this exuberant city. That way you can get on and off all day long, wherever you feel like it.
The Spanish Steps are also definitely worth a visit because they are beloved amongst tourists and locals alike. The English name is derived from the Piazza di Spagna, which is located at the foot of the steps. In Rome, the Spanish Steps are actually called Scalinata di Trinità dei Monti.
The Colosseum is one of Rome's most important landmarks. It is the largest amphitheatre in the world! The famous gladiatorial battles took place there in ancient Rome with up to 50,000 spectators.
Don't forget to throw a coin into the Trevi Fountain while in Rome so that, as the superstition goes, you will return again one day. But you have to do it right for it to work: stand with your back to the fountain and throw a coin with your right hand over your left shoulder into the water. Very important: don't turn and watch it! Around 3,000 Euro land in the Fontana di Trevi in this way every day. The city donates the money to charitable causes.
The top 3 most spectacular views:
Number 1: il buco – keyhole with a magical view
At the highest point on the Aventine, one of Rome's seven hills, you will find the keyhole of Rome, called il buco by the Italians.
In front of portal no. 4 on Piazza dei Cavalieri di Malta, curious visitors can enjoy a breathtaking view of the cupola of St. Peter's Basilica through the keyhole.
Number 2: the Gianicolo
Stressed locals love to find respite on the Gianicolo in the Trastevere district. It is a hill that stretches along the right bank of the Tiber to the Vatican City. The Gianicolo is not one of the seven historical hills of Rome, but it offers a great view of the old town.
Number 3: Mausoleum of Hadrian
A visit to the Mausoleum of Hadrian, the Castel Sant'Angelo, is also well worthwhile: it offers a wonderful view of the historical city centre and the Tiber. The mausoleum (a tomb in building form) was originally built for the Emperor Hadrian and his successors, then served as a fortress for Popes and is now a museum.
The Castel was named Sant'Angelo in the year 590 when the plague was raging in Rome. Pope Gregory I is said to have seen an apparition of Archangel Michael above the mausoleum who prophesied the end of the epidemic. And: a miracle, the plague was over.
The car-free zone all around the Colosseum on Sundays is perfect for skating. The square in front of the Stadio di Marmi with its polished marble floor near the Olympic park is also a popular place for skaters to show what they can do.
The parks of the Villa Borghese are popular amongst people young and old for certain outdoor sports. You can hire rollerblades or mountain bikes there. The Viale dell' Obelicsco/Viale delle Magnolie in the Villa Borghese park is a very popular meeting place for skaters and inliners.
Water fountains, called nasone (big nose) because of their shape, can be found in many central spots in Rome. There are apparently over 370 in central Rome alone! The drinking water from the nasoni is tested regularly and is of top quality.
You can even download a free app to find the nasoni. However, you shouldn't drink the water from all the fountains in Rome! "Aqua non potabile" means: not drinking water.