Weekend in Rome to experience the Dolce Vita
One thousand lives would not be enough to know Rome. You can visit the eternal town as many times as you wish and you will always find a new place, another baroque church, Roman temple or marble fountain that you have never seen before. But you only need to see Rome once on a burning sunset evening on Roman Forum from Campidoglio hill to understand why British poet John Keats came here to live and to die. Stand in wonder in front of the sun setting Roman ruins on fire and let Keats’ words speak for you: “Beauty is truth, truth beauty. That is all ye know on earth, and all ye need to know”. Vacation rentals in Rome are available both in the heart of baroque Rome and by the Colosseum and Roman Forum and you will have no trouble to find a suitable accommodation for your holiday in Rome. If you are looking for a low-cost holiday and a cheap apartment, remember that there are also many rooms for rent in Rome as well as a number of cosy guesthouses where you can stay without paying huge bills for expensive hotels.
Discover the Imperial Rome
Rome would not be the same without that mighty civilization which all along one thousand years traced the borders of Europe within its own conquered territories. A breathtaking walk in the Roman Forum, center of commercial, religious and political life of Rome, among temple ruins, roman columns, myths and legends of its kings, emperors and warriors will put you immediately in the atmosphere of the eternal town. Visit the temples of Caesar, Vespasian and Titus and the marble arch of Septimius Severus, all these monuments still speak of the glory of republican and imperial Rome. Reach the Palatino hill where Rome legend started with the birth of the twin brothers Romulus and Remus, sons of a virgin and of Mars, the god of war. Abandoned by their mother the twins were fed by a female wolf and funded Rome on the Palatino hill. Visit the Colosseum where gladiators used to fight each other in front of the Emperor and the plebeians. Along the Via Appia visit the Catacombs, a vast system of underground hidden galleries, corridors and passages where first Christians used to hide from roman emperors’ police and meet. These underground excavated corridors were carved through a soft volcanic rock called “tufo” and were lately burials for all Christian martyrs slaughtered by persecutions. Visit the mysterious circular Temple of Vesta, dedicated to a local Roman female goddess whose cult and powers are very similar to those of Egyptian goddess Isis and Middle East goddess Ishtar. By the Temple of Vesta are the ruins of Portico di Ottavia and Teatro di Marcello a romantic landscape made of ancient stones and wild nature cherished by Goethe and Byron just aside the jewish district Ghetto and the ancient Synagogue. For your holiday, rent an apartment in Rome or book a last minute sublet, as you will not regret having your own private accommodation in Rome.
Walk through baroque and classical Rome
Rome is not only the town of Caesars and warriors, it is also the town of noble Italian princes and of their patrician baroque residences. Experience this aspect of Rome on a one day itinerary starting your visit from Villa Borghese and its wonderful collections of masterpieces which include Caravaggio paintings and Canova statue of Pauline Borghese. Get a ticket for a horse carriage tour in Piazza di Spagna and visit Rome as a true Roman prince. If you wish to come back to Rome after your trip, just toss a coin into the waters of the Trevi Fountain. Nobody can forget the mythical sequence of Federico Fellini’s masterpiece “La Dolce Vita”, with actress Anita Ekberg bathing sensually at midnight in the Trevi fountain inviting Marcello Mastroianni to reach her. This peculiar and somewhat narrow roman square is wholly occupied by a huge baroque fountain and its statues for a very scenic final effect. From the terraces of Villa Medici overlooking the town, get to Piazza di Spagna through the Spanish steps, the most beautiful staircases of the world, designed in a baroque style on the shape of a butterfly, true masterpiece of elegance and architectural wonder. Walk along the Via Margutta where all artists live among galleries, models and stunning attico ateliers, before reaching the scenic Piazza del Popolo where your carriage will collect you after the visit of Caravaggio masterpieces in Santa Maria del Popolo. All along the elegant Via del Corso you will only meet baroque palaces, residences and buildings open on internal gardens and patios with curvy and complicated fountains and marble statues. Let your horse drive you to Piazza Venezia and to the internal historical centre up to Pantheon square and Piazza Navona, true celebrations of the Baroque style. Piazza Navona was built on the ruins of a roman stadium and has three magnificent fountains at the center of its long and oval shape. Wherever you are within the perimeter of Piazza Navona, you will feel a very strong concentric perspective increased by the curvy shapes of the churches façades overlooking the fountains. This scenic square is the masterpiece of two rival architects, Lorenzo Bernini and Francesco Borromini, the eternal enemies who both designed and shaped baroque Rome in its magnificent streets and squares. Your carriage tour will take you to the elegant Via Veneto where all exclusive shops and hotels are, crowded with vip and beautiful people from all over the world. Stop for a Martini drink at the ancient Caffé Greco in Via dei Condotti and enjoy sitting aside writers, artists and politicians in this historical roman café near Piazza di Spagna. You will need a full day to visit the Vatican, St Peter’s Basilica, the Colonnato del Bernini magnificent square and the Vatican Musems with their impressive art collections. On your way out of the Vatican Museums you will enter the Sistine Chapel painted by Michelangelo, get ready to keep your eyes wide open on its ceilings and walls, Michelangelo has painted all the history of manhood in his chapel, from Adam and Eve to the final judgment. To visit the Vatican and assist the Pope’s mass, the best way is to book an apartment in Rome, not far from Saint Peter’s square.
An evening romance in Trastevere
Have dinner in the very popular district of Trastevere, across the river Tevere. Fashionable and popular at the time, this lively area is full of restaurants, ancient taverns and locandas where street musicians go from one table to the other playing Italian popular music for the guests. Trastevere used to be an ill repute area crowded with gamblers, thieves and prostitutes, but, after the end of Second World War, it became a very fashionable district for nights out in Rome. Nothing is more pleasant than spending an evening in Trastevere sitting at a restaurant and enjoying music, good food and fine Castelli Romani wines. Taste a wonderful risotto ai frutti di mare or a serving of some typical romans “pastasciutta” dishes such as bucatini all’amatriciana and spaghetti alla carbonara. Try the typical roman fried cheese and rice snacks mozzarella in carrozza and suppli’ al telefono, or the carciofi alla giudia, the blockbuster serving of Jewish roman community. A house rental in Rome or an apartment in the area of Trastevere will allow you to be in the very center of roman nightlife by your own residence. After a wonderful dinner, do not go back in your vacation home immediately. Just walk in the roman night without any precise destination, follow your instinct and your feelings like Lord Byron used to do here, as he was convinced that his former lives had taken place in the eternal town and he wanted to discover more about his karma. Feel the magic of the town possess you progressively and get lost in the narrow streets of baroque Rome. You will never want to find your way back, and then you would come back again for a week-end in Rome.
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