Whenever you let your imagination drift to what it might have been like to live in ancient Rome during the era of gladiator games, do you picture yourself as a fearless warrior battling it out in the arena, or as a spectator cheering from the stands? In modern Rome, you still have that choice, with Gladiator School or a Gladiator Show.
The old saying says that “all roads lead to Rome,” and there are still places in Rome where you can see those ancient roads that gave rise to the saying in the first place. Perhaps the most famous of these is the Appian Way, which you can visit on a bike ride.
One could argue Rome was well on its way to earning the nickname of The Eternal City at least 2,000 years ago. This worldly city has gone on to create many more historic moments over the millennia, while also being very much in the present. In the second episode of the PBS series, “Dream of Italy,” we get to see both time-honored traditions and departures from them.
A quick look at a map will tell you that Rome is not on the coast of Italy. That doesn’t mean you can’t get to the coast for a beach getaway while you’re in Rome, however, especially if you just need a break from the hustle and bustle of the city. In fact, you can easily relax like the ancient Romans did with a day trip to Sperlonga from Rome.
With so many ancient ruins in Rome, it’s tempting to overlook the small church at the heart of the Trastevere neighborhood as new enough to not be worth visiting. The Basilica of Santa Maria in Trastevere is, however, one of Rome’s oldest churches.
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Many cities had defensive walls built around them, and in some cases you can still see parts of (or entire) walls. Few are as old or famous as the Aurelian Walls that once surrounded the ancient city of Rome, however.
In this guide, we’ve handpicked the very best of what makes Rome so special — both on and off the beaten path — so you can travel like an insider in Rome!
Rome’s historic monuments are so plentiful that it’s hard to take it all in during one trip. There’s just so much to see, and everywhere you look there’s something ancient, so it’s easy to see why you might overlook Rome’s oldest bridge – a relic from ancient Rome.
No doubt you’ve heard about how Rome was famously “built on seven hills,” hills which still exist today. Those aren’t the only hills in present-day Rome, however. One of the hills you should check out while you’re in the Eternal City is Janiculum – or Gianicolo – Hill, renowned for its excellent views over the historic city.