Rome is a melting pot of culture, but it’s certainly not just for those who love archaeology. From traditional Italian architecture and quaint restaurants, to the arts and entertainment scene that make this one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world, there’s something for everyone here. If you still need convincing though, here are just a few reasons why it would make the perfect holiday for you and your family.
Perfect for foodies
Italians are hugely proud of their cuisine, and in Rome, you’ll find unique twists on some classic dishes. Make sure you try the pizza, as locals here prefer a thicker, more rustic base than you’ll find in the likes of Naples. Be sure to stop by one of the hundreds of gelato bars too – will it be pistachio, lemon sorbet or triple chocolate flavour that takes your fancy?
There are plenty of food tours in the area too, that will take you down all the back alleys that you wouldn’t necessarily venture down yourself, but which hold the true taste of Italy. If you prefer to be a little more hands-on though and want to try out your Italian patter, head for the most popular market in Rome: Campo de’ Fiori. From recipe inspiration to the freshest produce in the city, you’ll be in good company here as a foodie.
Most people who love travel want to enjoy the sights, sounds and smells that a new culture offers. If you love learning about new cities and lifestyles, but the museums just aren’t for you, there’s still plenty here to enjoy. If you’re into architecture, take a stroll around the ancient Colosseum or awe-inspiring Pantheon. If it’s horticulture that’s your area of expertise, don’t miss out on the beautifully landscaped gardens at the Villa Doria Pamphili or at the Villa Borghese Gardens – the two largest public parks in Rome, home to many exotic plant species.
If you’re more into arts and entertainment, you couldn’t be in a better place! Grab yourself some Rome opera tickets and head for the luxurious surroundings of local operahouse, Teatro Costanz, previously only admired by Italy’s elite. Or instead, you could be at one with nature in the magical, romantic setting of the Terme di Caracalla, Rome’s open-air amphitheatre.
Don’t forget the festivals
If you’d rather pack as much action into your stay in Rome as possible, don’t forget the huge number of festivals celebrated here throughout the year. Music lovers can enjoy the much-anticipated Roma Incontra il Mondo, held from mid-June to early August each year, where artists from across the globe congregate by the Villa Ada lakeside to serenade the locals.
Or for a taste of tradition this summer, why not stop by for the Estate Romana (Roman Summer) held from June to September? From every piazza to parkland, Rome comes alive with street performers, market stalls, musicians, outdoor cinemas and culinary events to celebrate the season.
Are you heading to Rome this year?