Sometimes all it takes to turn your typical Rome vacation into something special is an after-hours tour. You can certainly have dinner in Rome and stroll through the historic city center on your own, but why not make it a night to remember with an exclusive nighttime Colosseum tour after a rooftop dinner overlooking Ancient Rome? You’ll get special after-hours access to one of Italy’s most famous monuments, and you’ll start the evening off right with a romantic dinner with a view.
There are hundreds of fountains in Rome, from the many fabulous drinking fountains to the ornately carved works of art that grace many piazzas around the city. None is more famous than the Trevi Fountain, however, thanks in part to its starring role in several films. But for all its fame, the Trevi Fountain still has some hidden little details you probably don’t know about. Here are some of the secrets and stories of the Trevi Fountain.
Visitors to Rome often have a list of the dishes they’re anxious to taste right alongside their wish list of monuments and museums they want to see. It makes sense – Italy is a country where food is taken seriously. One of the things you’ll quickly notice about eating in Italy is the importance of seasonality – and in the late winter and early spring, that means eating artichokes in Rome.
It could be argued that there’s never a bad time to be in Rome, but many will also say that April is one of the best months to visit the Italian capital. The weather is often good, and there are some not-to-be-missed festivals in April in Rome that can make your trip truly memorable. Here’s what you need to know about going to Rome in April.
Rome, the so-called Eternal City, is one of the top tourist destinations on earth – so you might think you’ve heard all the stories there are to hear about the city. But with so many hundreds of years of history just dating back to ancient Rome, and history that pre-dates even that, it’s highly unlikely that you know everything about Rome. Here, then, are 21 things you probably didn’t know about Rome.
Rome is a city that’s popular year-round, where the high season has expanded beyond just the summer months. That means the “shoulder seasons” in Rome are shorter. The spring shoulder season is really only March-April (and by late April prices are already going up) – so the best spring deals are often in March. Here’s what you need to know about visiting Rome in March.
You’ve probably heard the phrase “all roads lead to Rome,” and thought that it was more than a little bit of hyperbole. At one time, however, most roads did actually lead to what was then the center of Western civilization. Today, you can still walk on one of those roads – the famous Appian Way.
Rome is a feast for all the senses, but it’s a quite literal feast for foodies who pay a visit to the Eternal City. There are several dishes that originated in Rome, or for which the city is particularly known, but few have the cult following of “cacio e pepe.” This pasta dish sounds deceptively simple to make, and the end result is the kind of flavor you may just find addictive.
Sergio Grom shares his enthusiasm for Rome with visitors, leading tours that focus on everything from an overview of the Vatican Museums to an in-depth look at Rome’s architecture. He offers walking tours, night tours, historical tours, and more, all tailored to the group’s needs. We asked him for some inside tips on seeing the Eternal City during the cold winter months. Here’s what he had to say.
While most people will plan their trips to Rome in the summer, you can save quite a bit of money – and avoid the worst of the tourist crowds – by visiting in the off-season. In Rome, that means winter, and particularly after the holidays are over. If you’re planning to visit Rome in February, you can expect shorter lines and lower prices – and cold weather. Here is what you need to know before going to Rome in February.