Tuesday, 30 June 2009

Rome City Guide

Chic, cultured and immersed in ancient history, Rome is where is the art is...

RomeExplore Rome from: Rome Historic Centre, Colosseo, Vatican, Villa Borghese Park, Trastevere and Janiculum Hill, Piazza Navona, The Vatican Museums, Pantheon, Porta Portese Flea Market, the churches, etc.

Rome's historic centre is compact and sight-packed, making catching culture between appointments so much easier.

The real city centre of Rome is the centro storico, or historic centre, which makes up the greater part of the roughly triangular knob of land that bulges into a bend in the Tiber, above and below Corso Vittorio Emanuele, to the west of Via del Corso, Rome’s main street. This area, known in Roman times as the Campus Martius, was outside the ancient city centre, a low-lying area that was mostly given over to barracks and sporting arenas, together with several temples, including the Pantheon. Later it became the heart of the Renaissance city, and nowadays it’s the part of the town that is densest in interest, an unruly knot of narrow streets and alleys that holds some of the best of Rome’s classical and Baroque heritage and its most vivacious street - and nightlife.

The main square (piazza) and transport hub of Piazza Venezia is a good orientation point: to its north lies the main body of the old centre of Rome, with the graceful oval of Piazza Navona and the great dome of the Pantheon at the heart of its tangle of streets and churches; to its west is more of the same, focusing on the busy squares of Campo de’ Fiori and Largo Argentina, and fading as you move towards the river into Rome’s ancient Jewish Ghetto. To the south is the Capitoline Hill and its museums, on the edge of Rome’s ancient centre.

Where to stay: at the top of the Spanish Steps, the Hassler Roma (Piazza Trinita') has been owned by the Wirth family since 1939 and has personal touches that big chains find hare do privide. The 95 bedrooms are individually decorated, the public areas elegantly welcoming. The sixth-floor restaurant received its first Michelin star this year and offers simply spectacular views. Doubles from €300.
Otherwise, you can refer to Rome Hotels on Booking.com.


  1. Hi there, any tip for a good restaurant in Roma? Seafood or meat? We love Pizza and Pasta but here not clear what is the main course?

  2. Hi Juliet,

    The Best Restaurants in Roma:

    1, ANTICA PESA, located in the heart of Roma, Via Garibaldi 18, near Trastevere. Here you'll taste the typical Italian food like pasta, meat, spaghetti, etc.

    2, Seafood Restaurant: QUINZI & GABRIELI,
    it is situated on a small street near the Pantheon in the heart of Rome.
    Address: Via delle Coppelle 5

    3, Pizza: MONTECARLO, located near the Piazza Navona.
    Address: Vicolo Savelli, 13

    Key web page with all best Roman restaurants, with reviews, address, phone etc: http://www.tripvinz.com/viaggi/europa/italia/roma/ristoranti.shtml

    Last recommendation: don't miss to taste the Italian fantastic gelato (ice cream), visiting FASSI.
    Address: Via Principe Eugenio, 67 (about 15 minutes walk from the central railway station, Termini).