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Roma

One of the most visited destinations in Italy, and indeed Europe, Rome is home to some of the most awe-inspiring historical monuments and art work. It is, after all, Italy’s capital and one of the most romantic and inspiring destinations one could hope to visit. 

Known as the Eternal City, it’s glorious history lives and breathes in every corner yet mixes with modern culture, producing a special mix of both past and present.

 It is a cosmopolitan city with nearly 3,000 years of global influence.

Scroll down to find out information regarding Italy’s currency, customs, and national holidays. We also have you covered on the best times to visit, visa requirements and, of course, the weather.

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Important dates in Italy

January 1 – Capodano/New Years Day

January 6 – the end of Italy’s Christmas season

March/April- Easter Sunday and Monday, date may vary

April 25 – Festa della Liberazione/Liberation day

May 1 – Labour day

June 2 – Festa della Repubblica/ Republic Day

August 15 – Ferragosto/Assumption Day

November 1 – Ognissanti/All Saint’s Day

December 8 – Immaculate Conception

December 25 – Christmas Day

December 26 – Santo Stefano/Saint Stephan’s Day

On the days listed above you will find banks and most shops closed, however in main tourist destinations some shops may be open.
 Public transport runs on the holiday schedules on Sundays.

Interesting facts

  • Rome currently has 280 fountains and more than 900 churches.
  • Italy has 50 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the most of any country in the world.
  • The use of pasta can be traced back as far as the 4th century.
  • The name Italy comes from the Greek word, ‘Italos’.

Good to know

As a visitor, you will require a short stay visa, also known as “C” visa or “Schengen” visa.

The Schengen visa is the standard visa that is valid for all the 26 countries in the Schengen Area, including Italy. This short stay visa is issued for 90 days within a 180 day period from the date of first entry to the Schengen Area. The visa is issued for single entry or multiple entries. 

 Please check the official Schengen websites for more up to date information here

Culture and Etiquette in Italy

When walking around town, smart casual is the best way to go. A more laid-back, shorts and sandals are perfectly fine for the beach and coasts. 

Practice modesty when visiting religious sites by ensuring your clothing covers shoulders and thighs.


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With the abundance of historical and cultural sites to visit in Rome, it is hard to pinpoint just a few! The ancient city is packed with exciting sights and activities beyond the ruins and beautiful holy buildings in the capital of the roman empire

We have researched and reviewed the best places to visit and the top things to do in Rome. Whether you are a fan of the cobbled streets and city life or prefer to head toward the surrounding nature, we have you covered. Read on for a guide of excellent things to do in Rome.

 

The Colosseum

It’s probably not enough a question if you are visiting The Colosseum, but rather when. The site of Rome’s bloodthirsty entertainment and one of the seven wonders of the world, it really is a must see. In the summer months the attraction is saturated with tourists. Make sure to plan accordingly and be cautious of peddlers outside the arena looking to offer non-authentic tours.

Roman Forum

In ancient Rome, the Forum was the center of city life, playing host to festivals, celebrations, funerals and rituals. From the early 19th century to current, it stands as a space to marvel at the structures and arches or join a tour group for a more detailed history of the area. End the visit by climbing to the top of Palatine Hill for sweeping views of the city.

Pantheon

The Pantheon’s architecture has inspired architects around the globe with its tall columns, expansive interior and impressive dome. The Pantheon, whose name comes from the Greek for ‘temple of every God’ has also been designated to hold the tombs for some of the city’s artists and elite including the former kings of Italy.

Piazza Novana

Rome is known for it’s beautiful squares and Novana is the loveliest of them all. This piazza was once the site of sporting events, but now contains 3 fountains including the Fountain of the Four Rivers with each statues representing a river from different continents.

 

Trevi Fountain

At this world famous fountain you can master the art of coin-throwing and wish for your most prized outcome. Take some time to explore this Baroque masterpiece showing the god Neptune riding in a shell-shaped chariot led by seahorses. You can leave feeling good about where you coins went, as all daily collections are donated to charity.

Castel Sant’Angelo

Today it is a national museum, but from 123 AD until 139 AD it served as a mausoleum for Emperor Hadrian. There is a statue at the top of the castle which according to legend appeared on the top of the fortress and ended the plague in Rome.

Sistine Chapel

Visited by 5 million people every year, it would be a crime not to carve out some time to visit this mastepiece. Located in the Apostolic Palace in Vatican City, this precious work of art had so many famous Italian artists had work on it and is famous for its frescos or interiors that adorn the inside, most notably Michelangelo’s ceiling.

The Vatican

Located within Rome, The Vatican is an independent state city with the pope as it’s monarch – the smallest in the world with around 1000 residents. Visit here to simply enjoy the beauty of your surroundings – St. Peter’s Basilica, St. Peter’s Square and the obelisk in the middle, that was constructed more than 3000 years ago.

The Ruins of Villa Aldobrandini

Located on a hill overlooking the forum and column of Trajan, the ruins of a once-grand renaissance villa are now a park. Take a nice stroll, or bring your pup for some company and relax.

Parco Regionale dell’Appia Antica

Gorgeous place with gorgeous views along the way. Some of the sites and attractions are quite tricky to find but the catacombs are a must at €8 each. Rent a bike and enjoy the line of fountains along the route.

Bioparco

At the north of Rome lies a beautiful park with great views across the city. Within the park is the bioparco, a small zoo with a variety of animals.

Circus Maximus

Today what’s left of the ancient chariot racing stadium is a green open field where the City of Rome puts on free concerts, art exhibitions and other cultural events.

Villa Borghese Park

Labeled the central park of Rome, Villa Borghese is a favorite for tourists and the locals alike due to its central location and beautiful scenery. Villa Borghese is also famous for its historical buildings and world-class museums such as the Galleria Borghese, a children’s cinema, and a place where you can rent bikes. Enjoy any of the attractions, or just chill out and have a picnic.

Campo De’ Fiori Market

Take a stroll through this open air market to get a glimpse of real Italian culture. With vendors a plenty, the Campo de’ Fiori market sells all types of fresh fruit and vegetables, cheese, meats and even fish.

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A mecca for foodies, Italy is famed for its simple yet delicious ingredients, fresh fruits and olive oil. Our recommendations below combine the fine dining of Italy with stunning views and relaxed pace the nation’s food culture is world famous for.

The nation’s capital is home to some of the best traditional and contemporary eateries and restaurants in all of Europe. But it doesn’t have to be just pizza, pasta and gelato, to keep with our healthy yogi philosophy, we’ve included restaurants that source food locally and that cater for vegetarians and vegans. So peruse the list, get inspired, and hit the streets to find your next meal, bon apetito!

ll Margutta

Open for over 30 years, il Margutta is a vegetarian restaurant that offers a variety of vegan dishes. The wooden tables, hanging garden and art adorned walls create the perfect atmosphere to enjoy some healthy organic yogi food!

 

 

La Capra Campa

This bio natural vegetarian and vegan restaurant is one of the finest in the city, serving traditional italian and mederteranian food with a healthy empathsis. Try their risotto with radicchio lettuce and almond butter!

L’Arcangelo

Run by one of Rome’s most beloved chefs, Arcangelo Dandini . This famous restaurant breathes life into the seasonal, traditional recipes of the Italian capital. Dishes are equally as inspired by family meals as the elite and experiemental cuisine of the cities restaurants and also seek to recreate specialties of the Roman Renaissance and even ancient delicacies.

Gelato Giulivo

One of many vegan gelatarie popping up all over Rome, Gelato Giulivo uses all natural ingredients and has some of the finest flavours around including fig, walnut and (our pick) mango.

Bio’s Cafe

Italy’s first official organic cafe and one offering an array of gluten free versions of italian classics, this restaurant offers an excellent lunch and dinner buffet.

Pizza Florida

One of the most famous pizza stops in the city, Pizza Florida serves up the most delicious and authentic Italian pizza by the weight! Perfect after a long day stretching and sightseeing.

Ciao Checca

Nestled right in the heart of the city, the health concious (all ingredients are sourced locally and the owners wayled the slow food movement in Rome) Ciao Checca is always busy for good reason! This pasta restaurant speciallises in la checca, a pasta made of only basil, tomatoes and mozzarella. Truely simplicity at its finest. Gluten free options are also available.

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