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The Eternal City never sleeps, never gets boring and is one of Europe’s truest treasures of history, culture, political importance, local and national cuisine. All roads lead to Rome can be interpreted both literally as well as figuratively, as the Capital of Italy is at the centre of modern Italy and hosts one of the Western World’s most important heritages.

Rome tells the story of an almost forgotten area that still impresses people today. The mastery skills of the ancient Romanians in architecture, design, philosophy and their unique way of life is still vivid today on the city’s streets. 

Whether you choose Rome as your last destination for your Italy trip or you simply want a short getaway: The Eternal City offers everything, from foddies to fanatics of history and arts.

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The Streets of San Lorenzo in Rome
The streets of San Lorenzo in Rome (Credit: LPLT / Wikimedia Commons)

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Quartiere San Lorenzo

Although not in the spotlight of most travellers in Rome, San Lorenzo has enjoyed great popularity amongst its local residents, especially for students. No wonder since this district is home to Rome’s Sapienza University, one of the world’s oldest and largest universities. Thanks to its close proximity to the Rome Termini station, it’s a convenient walk from the train station to San Lorenzo. Underground stations can easily bring you to the top attractions of Rome as well. The district has a rich offer of nightlife, with bars and restaurants which is being preferred by most young Romans.

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Via Veneto
Via Veneto at Ludovisi in Rome (Credit: Mauro Codella / Wikimedia Commons)

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Ludovisi

Ludovisi is at the hart of Rome’s business district. Embassies, shops, offical government buildings find their place in Ludovisi. Thanks to its central location within the City of Rome, Ludovisi is a perfect choice for those who would love to explore the city by feet. Just next to the district is the world’s famous Villa Borghese. Other attractions, such as the Piazza di Spagna are a few walking minutes away from Ludovisi. From there, you can also walk to the Vatican and other places very easily. 

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Ristorante Atelier Canova Tavolini

The Canova Tadolini Museum is truly a unique combination of a gallery that tells the story of two centuries and a restaurant which serves delicious salads and pastas amid sculptures from the neoclassical, romantic, and bourgeois epoch – coexisting next to each other. Located at the Via del Babuino, it is easily reachable in the heart of Rome, between the Villa Medici and the Tiber River. 

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Cafe Colbert

When it comes to having the best rooftop eating experiences in town, then Café Colbert may be one of your choices you ought to have in mind. Located within the Villa Medici, it offers a splendid view to the Spanish Steps. Opened in 2016 to the public, Cafe Colbert serves a selection of breakfast, cafe and lunch to its visitors. 

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Spazio Niko Romito

Founded in 2013, Niko Romito is offering to local residents and travellers a unique, modern Italian cooking style. Niko Romito (check out his IG) has been making headlines frequently, for his continuous pursue to bring innovation on the plate and has been recognised as one of the world’s top chefs. Romito’s philosophy to add innovation to one of his key ingredients to enhance intrinsic flavours, combined with the contemporary architecture and design in the heart of Rome’s Spazio makes it a unique experience to dine-in or to enjoy your afternoon with truly authentic Italian coffee.

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The Sixtine Chapels inside the Vatican

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Vatican Museums

As the world’s most famous museum in the world, the Vatican Museums is a must-to-see attraction for those fanatic historian and culture lovers out there. Even locals go to the Vatican Museums frequently to immerse themselves into the arts and the paintings of more than 70,000 works in more than 50 galleries. The Borgia apartments, which have gained exposure in the entertainment industry, as well as the Sistine Chapels are amongst the areas that are open to the general public. It is recommended to book a skip-the-line in advance as long queues and waiting times are the norm.

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Inside the Archbasilica of Saint John Lateran

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Basilica di San Giovanni in Laterano

While Saint Peter’s is undoubtedly the world’s most famous Basilica in the world, there is another one which even takes a greater importance to the Catholic Church: The Basilica di San Giovanni in Laterno, or Laterano Basilica. As the world’s oldest basilica it has significant importance to the City of Rome and to the Vatican. Although, 4 kilometres apart from Saint Peter’s Square, it is part of the Holy See and hosts a number of Papal Tombs. It invites visitors to see and wander around in the halls of the Basilica to see impressive artworks. On top of that, the Basilica is less crowded, and thus, much more enjoyable than Saint Peter’s Basilica. Entrance is free of charge. 

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Baths of Caracalla

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Baths of Caracalla

As one of Rome’s oldest public baths, this place reminds visitors about the mastery skills of architecture and design of the Ancient Roman Empire. The Baths of Caracalla were founded between 212 and 217 AD and covers approx. 100,000 qm of land. It is estimated that the thermae contained a volume of approx. 8,000,000 litres bath waters. Even to this date, the remains of the baths echoe the gigantic architecture of the Roman Empire. VR tours show visitors the dimenions of how it once looked like to stand in the complex. Culture festivals are also being hosted in the Baths of Caracalla.

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Ostia Anticia

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Ostia Anticia

Ostia had played a significant role in ancient’s Rome as a seaport and is considered as Rome’s first colony which dates back to the time of Ancus Marcius, Rome’s fourth legendary King. The whole area of Ostia Anticia is well preserved and open to public. If you decide to visit Ostia to unwind from the busy attractions of Rome, don’t miss the chance to visit the antique remains of the Ancient Rome here. 

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