Rome is a lot to take in. It’s a busy city, where modern Romans live and work surrounded by the remnants of the civilization that put the city on the map more than two thousand years ago. Even if Rome has been on your wish list for years, it’s hard to absorb without a break from all the hustle and history. Getting into the countryside is a good way to reset – especially if you can soar over the landscape and see Rome from above.
Italy is always an attractive destination for those looking for a culture high. Italy’s most culturally and historically rich city is arguably Rome, so, a tour of Rome’s most attractive sites had to be on the to-do list. More importantly, to avoid the heat and crowds of daytime, we chose to take the tour in the evening. Over the course of the evening, we visited most of the greatest sites Rome had to offer, with a knowledgeable guide to tell us the stories and facts about each of our stops, an immersive experience of the Roman and Ancient Roman culture, history and architecture.
It’s a lucky city that’s got a river running through its center, but not every city embraces its riverfront. The Tiber River had once been an important trade route for the ancient Romans, only to be walled off and essentially forgotten. Today, however, Rome has once again recognized the significance of its river – although this time it’s more about tourism and leisure activities than commerce.
We’ve all heard about walking tours through Italian cities, and the popularity of biking tours is rising. You can even hop on one of those Segways to glide around many cities. But if you’d like to get some exercise at the same time that you’re sightseeing in the Italian capital, then consider taking a Rome running tour.
In Rome, there are multiple public parks and piazzas occupying the sites of former Roman structures. One of the largest is the Parco degli Acquedotti, which also showcases ancient Roman engineering prowess.
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Rome has plenty of ancient Roman monuments to see, but the ancient Romans were also good plunderers. Evidence of their spoils of war can be found in piazzas all over the city – specifically, the 13 ancient Egyptian obelisks that stand proudly throughout Rome.
Nothing says Italy quite like the sweeter side of the country famous for their culinary delights. With the assistance of our local guide we walked around the city eating and drinking like a Roman. With so many options in a city the size of Rome it’s best to go with someone who knows.
Rome has enough above-ground sights and attractions to keep the intrepid tourist occupied for weeks, if not months. But this is a city with a past, much of which lies beneath the modern pavement. To get a fuller picture of the history of Rome, you’ve got to go underground.