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the “Eternal City”, the “Head of the world” (caput mundi) has always inspired wonder and awe in its visitors. Its ruined but still imposing monuments represent a point of reference for a city that through the Imperial, Medieval, Reinassence, Baroque periods and beyond has undergone many trasformations and which has produced an archeological archive of all Western culture.
The best times to go:
Avoid the suffocantingly hot and humid weather in July and August and be warned that whenever you visit Rome you’ll always find a chaotic city. Here are the special events: during the Holy Week takes place the famous long procession of the cross; on 21th April it is celebrated Roma’s birthday; during April-May it is held the Spring Festival around the Spanish Steps(Piazza di Spagna); in mid-April takes place the Italian Cultural Heritage Week: many museums, galleries etc. can be visited free. The Estate Romana (Roman Summer) includes a diverse series of concerts, performances and events throughout the summer; among them ceck the Festa di Noantri on July. During the autumn are held the Roma Jazz and Romaeuropa Festivals.
Food & wine:
Typical dishes are: bucatini all’amatriciana, with a very salty sauce of tomato and pancetta (cured bacon)topped with pecorino romano(matured sheep’s cheese); penne all’arrabbiata with a spicy sauce; spaghetti alla carbonara with pancetta, eggs and cheese; saltimbocca alla romana (slices of veal and ham); abbacchio (roast lamb with rosemary); carciofi (artichokes) alla romana, stuffed with mint or parsley and garlic.
Roma by night:
Rome offers something for everyone, wheter it’s opera or football, dance or drinking, either in the day and in the night. Near Piazza Navona hide some interesting late-night hang-outs. Trastevere, Monti and Equiline hills are also full of bars, pubs and clubs. In summer catch one of the many performances under the stars in parks, gardens and church courtyards.
Places to see: (see also visit rome, an historical city)
Piazza del Campidoglio; Musei Capitolini; Piazza Venezia; Basilica di San Marco; Palazzo Doria Pamphili; Fori Imperiali; Foro Romano;the Palatino; the Colosseo; Arco di Costantino; Domus Aurea; Esquilino; Basilica di San Giovanni in Laterano; the Celio; Terme di Caracalla; the Aventino; Piazza Mattei and the Fontana delle Tartarughe; Trastevere; Piazza di Campo de’Fiori; Piazza Navona; the Pantheon; Chiesa di Santa Maria sopra Minerva; Fontana di Trevi; Piazza di Spagna; Piazza del Popolo; Ara Pacis; Villa Borghese; Terme di Diocleziano; Via Appia antica and the catacombs; the Vatican; San Pietro; Fontana della Barcaccia.