Rome – Eternal City
|Type||City, Capital of Italy|
|Getting there||Car, plane, train|
|When to visit||Anytime|
Get a Roma Pass
- First day in Rome? Get a Roma Pass (72 h or 48 H). This Pass will give you some important benefits: free entry to one or two museums of your choice, free transportation, discounts, and a Roma MAP. Get it from here: www.romapass.it/
- Take a Rome hop-on hop-off tour by open-top bus, and spend time city sightseeing. This is a great way to get around the city and orient yourself. It is also a great way to take an amazing picture from the top of the bus. After, it will be much simpler to choose the attractions that you want to visit inside.
Rome Travel Tips
- Rome is a crowded destination. Prepare yourself for this!
- Get cash with you. There are places that only accept cash.
- Ciampino Airport is 16 km away from Rome. Take the bus from the airport to Termini Station. Ciampino – Termini
- It’s very hot in the summer. Choose to visit Rome in months less warm.
- If you go in summer you need to have: light clothing and light colors, sunhats, sunscreen, comfortable shoes.
- Take empty bottles with you and recharge with fresh and cold water from the many fountains around the city.
- Visit the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, and the Capitoline Museums with Rome Pass.
- Buy tickets online at the Vatican (queues are very long). See here the post about Vatican Museums.
- At Borghese Galleries, you have to buy your ticket online to get in.
- Avoid Eating in the Centre of Rome. Eat at small restaurants or coffee shops.
- Avoid buying souvenirs from the center or near tourist attractions. They are more expensive than in less popular places.
- Eat ice cream. It’s delicious.
- The only museums I recommend are the Vatican Museums and Vila Borghese. Otherwise, visit archaeological sites, basilicas, and great buildings all around the city. There are too many places to visit in the open air to lose your time inside the museums.
- I recommend you to have accommodation close to a metro station. The center is quite expensive, but you can find acceptable accommodation far from the center. I stood next to Libya Metro Station. The neighborhood is quite quiet and there are places where you can eat in the surroundings.
- If you want to visit Basilicas, the outfit needs to be decent (your knees and shoulders covered) – this includes St. Peter’s Basilica
- In restaurants, you can expect to see a service charge added to the bill. Check the footer of the menu to see the percentage.
- Rome was founded in 753 BC by Romulus. Roman legend says that Romulus had a twin brother called Remus. As babies, they were abandoned in the area which later became Rome. A she-wolf found and raised them, but when they grew up Romulus fought and killed Remus and became the first ruler of Rome!
- The population of the city is around 2.7 million. The entire metropolitan area has an estimated 3.7 million people.
- By the early fourth century, the Romans had built a road network of 53,000 miles throughout the empire. Each Roman mile was about 1,000 paces (about 4,800 feet) and was marked by a milestone. Hence the proverb “All roads lead to Rome.”
- The word “palace” comes from the Palatine Hill, where Augustus established the emperors’ tradition of building their palaces.
- Every night at the Trevi Fountain about 3,000 Euros are swept up from the bottom of the basin. The money is donated to Caritas, a catholic charity, who uses the money to provide services for needy families in Rome.
- The modern city has 280 fountains and more than 900 churches.
- Rome is known as the “Eternal City” and also “Caput Mundi,” coming from Latin and meaning capital of the world.
- Rome’s mascot is a she-wolf that cared for the brothers Romulus and Remus, the legendary founders of Rome.
- Trajan’s Column is 128 feet high. The sculptural frieze that wraps around the column is approximately 655 feet in length.
- Rome became the capital city of a unified Italy in 1870 after taking the title from Florence.
- Concrete was a Roman invention used on many structures such as the Pantheon, the Colosseum and the Roman Forum, which are still standing today thanks to the development of Roman cement and concrete. The Romans first began building with concrete over 2,100 years ago and used it throughout the Mediterranean basin in everything from aqueducts and buildings to bridges and monuments.
- SPQR stands for “Senatus Populusque Romanus” and means “The senate and the people of Rome.” The symbol is still seen all over the city today.
- When the Roman Empire reached its territorial peak in 117 AD it spanned 2.5 million square miles.
- The Greeks thought that when non-Greeks spoke, they were mumbling words that sounded like an indeterminate “barbar,” which led to the Roman word “barbarian.”
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