Victoria Guthrie explores this fascinating city…

 

Let the beauty of Rome seep into your skin and soak up the grandeur with your eyes. The best way to see this city, like many others, is by foot, but beware of the cobbled streets (flat shoes are essential) which are throughout most of the city.

One of the incredible things about Rome is that you can be walking down a quiet street, lined with iconic orange coloured buildings, turn the corner and suddenly be faced with the most incredible ancient monument and architecture.

Don’t leave without experiencing the imposing yet iconic amphitheatre, the Colosseum. Simply step out of the metro station to have your vision filled with the sight of this majestic creation right in front of you. Just a few steps from the Colosseum enjoy a stroll through Pallatine Hill, one of the oldest parts of the city, and bask in the history.

Soak up some artistic talent with a visit to the Borghese Gallery to enjoy one of the world’s greatest art collections.

 The Trevi Fountain is not to be missed at sunset, nor is Piazza di Novana. Visit this large square for people watching and enjoy seeing artists painting in the open air.

 Catch a two hour walking tour from the foot of the Spanish Steps (I recommend heading there for the early evening to enjoy the buzzing atmosphere). You can take a detour here for a spot of retail therapy and visit the likes of Chanel, Dior and Valentino around this famous shopping area. Or for more local (but no less fabulous) designers, visit Via del Governo Vecchio. Don’t come away without an authentic Italian leather handbag! For fresh food and flower markets head to Campo dei Fiori.

 On your travels you’re sure to pass one of the most influential and best preserved buildings in Rome – The Pantheon; but this merits a special visit in itself. Head across the square to enjoy some of Rome’s finest coffee in La Casa Del Caffe Tazza d’Oro.

 Take a relaxing stroll through the Baths of Caracalla, an atmospheric thermal bath complex from ancient times. If you go in the summer you might be lucky enough to catch open-air opera in the venue.

Don’t forget the Vatican City, where you can visit the Saint Peter’s Basilica, Sistine Chapel and Vatican Museum.

 Arguably the best gelato in town is Giolitti’s, nestled right next to Italian parliament. Here you can enjoy a huge selection of different flavours (though we recommend the pistachio, chocolate and amaretto). If you’re feeling flush go for the champagne sorbet! Savour every mouthful indoors or on a bistro table just outside.

 

What’s a visit to Rome without having tasted an authentic Italian pizza or having sampled a cold, crisp glass 
of Frascati?