5 good reasons to go to Rome
To see / do
Culture and history
A colossal Colosseum
The Colosseum is an impressive building and the largest colosseum in the Roman Empire. It was constructed in 80 BC and is still in a remarkable condition considering the earthquakes it has endured over the years. Archaeologists reckon it could have held around 50,000 people in Roman times. The Colosseum hosted mock battles, gladiator contests, executions and more.
The catacombs in deepest Rome
You’ll experience something quite unique when you explore the deep, dark, ancient catacombs of Rome. These underground cemeteries on the outskirts of the city are like mazes. And some of them stretch out around 10 kilometres. They were used until the 5th century AD and you can still see thousands of alcoves where the deceased were laid to rest.
A trip to the Vatican
Get a plane ticket to Rome and head to the Vatican. This small city-state is the Pope’s place of residence and is a treasure trove of historical sights. From St. Peter’s Square, you can see the impressive Basilica. And you can’t visit the Vatican without touring the museums, including the Sistine Chapel where you can admire Michelangelo’s famous frescoes.
Campo de’ Fiori market
Campo de’ Fiori market is held in a pretty square near Farnese Palace. It’s on every morning except Sunday. The market stalls sell fruit, veg, meat and fish. It’s the perfect place to stock up on Italian produce and sample some local food and drink.
Stop over in Trastevere
On the opposite side of the Tiber river, you’ll find the stunning Trastevere district. It’s the perfect place to relax after a day’s site-seeing in Rome. If you fancy trying some antipasti or going for a meal, Trastevere has a very relaxed atmosphere and some lovely green spaces. Take a well-deserved break!
Special Roman Gnocchi
You can’t visit Rome without trying the Gnocchi alla romana. It’s different to potato gnocchi as it’s made with semolina and the gnocchi are flat and circular. The gnocchi often has grilled cheese on top, but it can also be served with a tomato sauce.
Apparently, the best tiramisu in the Italian capital is sold at the Pompi cake shop. They make a traditional coffee tiramisu which is really velvety. At Pompi, the chefs are particularly creative. They make lots of different flavour tiramisu using a variety of different fruits and alcohol. And there’s even an ice cream version. Head to one of their four shops now!
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