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It was not constructed in a single working days - and it will take much more than a single working days to conquer this ageless town. It is a true colage of squares, fairs and amazing historical places. Flip a token into the Trevi Fountain, look at the Colosseum and the Pantheon and try a delicious coffee or ice cream before you spend an evening at Campo de'Fiori or in Via Veneto.
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See ancient ruins in the Forum Romanum
This may be a cliche, but there is no better counsel to the Eternal City visitor than the old adage: "When you are in Rome, do what the Romans do. "After all, this is where la dolce was born. After more than 2,000 years, there's plenty to discover to keep you occupied for years, with decade old pastas and ice cream to pamper, handicraft and high fashion shopping, archaeological places, bars, baroque churches, villas, museum and enough arts to overwhelm your mind.
If you have never been to Rome or come back often, here are twenty-five things you must do. When you enter the Roman Forum's vast archaeological site and stroll through the remains, you can almost see the ancient Roman inhabitants walk through the cobblestone roads in tasas and make offerings to the shrines.
Indeed, you will see remains of Imperial Rome that extend beyond the borders of the Forum and comprise Trajan's Column, the Titus Arc and the Circus Maximus, to name but a few. Now that you have visited the forum, try your hand at the Bocca of the Verità, an old carved piece of wood by a man with a beard.
Colosseum, the most famous international icon of Rome, has a long and bloodied tradition. The amphitheatre was the biggest amphitheatre of the Roman Empire and is said to have accommodated up to 50,000 souls. Combination tickets for the Forum Romanum, the Colosseum and the Palatinate Hill give entry to all three locations and allow you to jump over the line at the Colosseum.
It was the biggest cupola in the whole wide range until today, was described as the only architectonically flawless edifice in the whole wide range and is the best conserved memorial of the imperial Rome. Piazza Navona is one of Rome's most famous squares, surrounded by bars, boutiques, souvenir stores and the Museo di Roma in the Renaissance palace of Braschi.
You can see the full range of the town' s unique artistic style here. Bernini's Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi shows exquisite carvings of the four great streams of the earth, and according to tradition, the statue jumps back from the Sant'Agnese in Agone by Borromini, Bernini's rivals, with her hands outstretched in awe.
Walk along the small road next to the cathedral and make your way to Via del Pace, one of the most scenic in town. In the end there is the Santa Maria of the Pace parish whose whit porticus shimmers in the day. Take your pick for a drink at Antico coffee of the Pace, a 19th c. legend meeting place that is still as elegant as ever and one of the best places for a classical aperitif in Italy.
Begin in Piazza di San Pietro, which Bernini has made to look like an arm in a hug. It was demolished to make way for the present 18,000 sq. m. large building that has stood here since 1626. Piazza di Spagna is a place full of fascination for its contrasts, yet at the same time it is a place of democracy and is home to the city's most beautiful shops in Via dei Condotti, Rome's famous mall.
Take the stairs to the Trinità of the Monti to see from above the square and the nave-shaped well of Bernini. It' simple to walk around and find one you like, but a good starting point is the restaurant with a great aperitif and a cocktail of fruits.
Every journey to Rome would be complete without a tour of the Trevi Well. Impressive Nicola Salvis shows a Neptune sculpture in the middle, encircled by tritones. According to tradition, anyone who tosses a penny into the well will go back to Rome. Perhaps you will have a magic time like in La Dolce Vita when Marcello Mastroianni wads into the well after Anita Ekberg.
There is nowhere else in Rome - or let us dare say the whole wide globe - you will find such a great selection of fine work. Walk southwards towards Piazza del Popolo. From Piazza del Popolo, three major thoroughfares make up a triangle that leads to Piazza Venezia and the Colosseum. Innumerable alleys and alleys with gothic church buildings, shops with wood carvings and valuable jewellery, secluded inner courts where the richest Romans lived, tempting gelataria, cafes and restuarants invite you to linger.
Spend your free moment and do what the Romans do - that is what la dolce voita is all about. In Rome, you have to have coffee. It is not unusual for the Romans to have three or more coffees a days, and there are some implicit regulations if you don't want to look like a visitor when you order.
Then order un caffé ( "a dash of espresso") or un cafè macchiato with a spoonful of stewed powder. During the hottest month ask for un coffee frddo (cold coffee with lots of sugars sweetened) or cream di caffé ( "the Rome frappuccino equivalent"). Tazza d'Oro and Caffé Sant'Eustachio, two of the most popular cafes, are in intense competition and only a few steps apart.
The Romans like to get together after work for an aperitif, the Italien happilyour. The Aperol Spritz is the classical aperitif from Rome, but Fragolino - a champagne that smells of strawberry - comes immediately. Here you can find out more about the ten best pubs in Rome for a classical aperitif. For many Romans, buying groceries and fruits at Mercat is a way of living.
There is no lack of exquisite gelataria in Rome, and many Romans are faithful to their favourites. So much astonishing antique and gothic artwork, it is easily forgotten that there are also some marvellous contemporary arts galleries in Rome. It is situated on seven mounds, and although Gianicolo (or Janiculum) is not one of them from a technical point of view, it is the highest overlooking view.
The twilight is the place where the Romans meet (it is a notorious meeting place) and hawkers can try to buy you red-hot cakes. This charming ghetto is a small area between Campo de' Fiori and Piazza Venezia. There is a very local cooking, and although you can find food like Bologna style rice (the traditional Bologna style gravy ) on the menu of the restaurants, you will still find it in the menu of the Romans.
Traditional called la caccina bovera, it is a rather basic type of speciality, with a few seasoned and proven method. Some of the most classical of Rome's pasta are buccatini all'amatriciana, a savoury potato dressing with peppers, ricotta and ricotta; potato pasta, which is a smooth blend of raspberry yellow, raspberry, black peppers, raspberry and raspberry; and tagnatelle capcio and peppers, a successful blend of raspberry peppers and raspberry.
In order to taste these meals in a traditional local restaurant without any bells and whistles, go to La Carbonara in Monti. It belonged to Alberico II, who reigned from 932-954 Rome, a Benedictine convent and seat of the Knights Templar, before it came into the possession of the Knights of Malta.
Trip into almost any of the churches and you'll probably see stunning arts and architectur. However, there are a few with Caravaggio and other Renaissance and Baroque chancelors that will put you in awe. In Piazza del Popolo, the Santa Maria del Popolo Cathedral houses two of Caravaggio's masterpieces: the Crucifixion of Saint Peter and the conversion of Saint Paul.
In Piazza Navona, the small, modest San Luigi dei Francesi parish hall shows three of Caravaggio's greatest works: the vocation of St. Matthew, St. Matthew and the Angel and the martyrdom of St. Matthew. Several of the great classic movies were shot here, among them Fellini's La Dolce Vita (most of Fellini's films), novel Holiday (you can also see where Gregory Peck used to live in Via Margutta) and Cleopatra with Elizabeth Taylor.
The Romans know how to celebrate, as can be seen in movies like La Dolce Vita and the newer La Grande Bellezza. It is not directly on the Mediterranean, but you don't have to go far to find great sands. When you have one more days to get away from the town, an excursion to one of the coastal cities around Rome is worthwhile.
Favourite places among the natives are Ostia Antica (on the way by trains you will see ancient aquaeducts ), Frégene and Cerveteri.