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    Rome: Seven hills and a thousand discoveries to make

    Roma, non basta una vita! so the popular saying goes. It means, in Rome, one lifetime is not enough – there’s simply too much to see, eat and experience. Here you’ll find the great icons of the Western world: the Colosseum, the Forum, the Pantheon and St Peter’s Cathedral. Layered atop are neighbourly medieval piazzas, Renaissance palaces and baroque churches and fountains, each corner revealing priceless Bernini sculptures and haunting ruins.

    Unfazed by it all, Romans go about there daily business. Take a leaf out of their book: choose selectively and then soak up the dolce vita vibe by lingering over long, lazy lunches and romantic evening aperitivo.

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    24 hours in Ancient Rome

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    If a whole lifetime is not enough to discover Rome, what should you do if you only have one day there? Well, first, you should give up on the idea of being able to “complete” Rome – this city is best enjoyed at a leisurely pace. If you accept that you can only see a small handful of the countless ancient sites and other attractions, you will enjoy it more.

    Our advice to you? If you only have time for a short visit, you should take a walk through the old town, the Centro Storico, where you will find the famous monuments that our walking tour will take you to.

    09:00 a.m. – Hotel Art Rome

    Via Margutta 56
    00187 Rome
    Italy
    Tel.: +39-06/32 87 11
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    Hotel bookings in Rome often come down to sheer luck since hotel ratings are just one of the mysteries of the Eternal City. For those who dislike noisy night-time disruptions and want a break from the hustle and bustle of the ancient sites and artworks of Rome, this boutique hotel, with its modern and colourful interior design, is the perfect choice. The hotel offers spacious rooms and is exceptionally quiet by Roman standards. Another plus: The walking tour of the city starts (almost) at its doorstep.

    10:00 a.m. – Piazza di Spagna

    Piazza di Spagna
    00196 Rome
    Italy
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    After a short stroll from the hotel, you’ll find yourself at the Piazza di Spagna with the Scalinata delle Trinità dei Monti (English: Spanish Steps). The set of steps leads from the square and the babbling Fontana della Barcaccia to the Trinità dei Monti church. Later in the day, the steps are a popular meeting and vantage point, so much so that their beautifully curved structure is almost totally obscured.

    12:00 p.m. – View from Campidoglio (Capitoline Hill)

    Piazza del Campidoglio
    00186 Rome
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    The tour now takes you southwards by bus or on foot to the large Piazza Venezia. From this busy traffic junction, you can head either in the direction of the Piazza del Campidoglio with the town hall, the Senatorial Palace and the Musei Capitolini, or the terrace with the monumental Monumento Vittorio Emanuele II, which offers a stunning view over the Fori Imperiali.

    01:00 p.m. – Forum Romanum and Palatino (Palatine Hill)

    Piazza Santa Maria Nova
    00186 Rome
    Italy
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    On the way up the Palatine Hill you leave the Forum Romanum behind you to your left before being greeted by the view from the hill to the Forum. Take a moment to appreciate the impressive size of this location, which once formed the very heart of the Roman Empire. The hottest hours of the day can be spent quite pleasantly among the gardens and ruins of the Palatine Hill.

    03:00 p.m. – Colosseum

    Piazza del Colosseo
    00184 Rome
    Italy
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    At the Colosseum, near the entrance to the metro station, you can find one of over 2,000 Roman nasoni, public drinking fountains where any passer-by can help themselves. If you’re starting to feel hungry at this point, there are plenty of cafés to choose from in the side streets of the Via di San Giovanni in Laterano. The Colosseum, once the scene of gladiator fights, is considered the largest structure of ancient times – so to view the enormous amphitheatre, you will need to get your strength up.

    05:00 p.m. – Parco del Colle Oppio

    Viale del Monte Oppio
    00184 Rome
    Italy
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    If visiting the Colosseum is a bit too much for you, simply take a short detour to the Parco del Colle Oppio. Its location on the Monte Esquilio may not be the most beautiful in Rome, but it certainly boasts the best views of the Colosseum. In it, you will find the ruins of Emperor Nero’s Domus Aurea (Golden House), the largest and most lavish of the ancient palaces.

    06:00 p.m. – Visit to a gelateria

    Via Principe Eugenio 65-67
    00185 Rome
    Italy
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    It’s now finally time to treat yourself to some real Italian gelato. Near the impressive Piazza Vittorio Emanuele, you will find what is reported to be the oldest ice cream parlour in Rome, Gelateria Fassi. One thing is certain: it is one of the most popular in the city. The gelateria was founded in 1880 and is still under family ownership. All its products are homemade, just as they were back then.

    08:00 p.m. – La Cena (Dinner)

    Via di Monte Testaccio 30
    00153 Rome
    Italy
    Tel.: +39-06/57 43 816
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    You’ll be hard-pressed to find a restaurant in Rome serving dinner before 8 pm. In fact, most people dine even later. Early birds, however, will have better chances finding a table, for example at Checchino dal 1887, one of the most well-known venues for classic, local cuisine. This traditional restaurant, still owned by its founding family, serves dishes just as they were in the late 19th century, when the old abattoir next door was still in operation. Since then, the menu has been diversified with modern and vegetarian dishes; and the wine list is as excellent as ever.

    11:00 p.m. – Nightlife in Monte Testaccio

    Monte Testaccio
    00153 Rom
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    A practical tip: The restaurant, Checchino dal 1887, is located in one of Rome’s most prominent nightlife districts. The classic amongst the clubs there is Radio Londra in Via di Monte Testaccio 67, and is particularly popular with the younger crowd. If you are not in the mood for enclosed spaces, do as the Romans do and go for an evening passeggiata. This leisurely stroll for both seeing and being seen might even take you to the Circo Massimo metro station, from which you can return to the Piazza di Spagna.

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    The magnificence of Rome’s hills is best appreciated from the banks of the Tiber, from where you can also see the city’s wonderful bridges, here Ponte Vittorio Emanuele II

    Città del Vaticano (Vatican City)

    Piazza San Pietro
    00120 Vatican City
    Italy
    Tel: +39-06/69 88 46 76
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    Built above the tomb of A-list apostle St Peter is Rome’s iconic basilica, forming the epicentre of the Vatican complex that incorporates Michelangelo’s world-famous Sistine Chapel frescoes and an exhausting feast of art in its adjoining museums.

    Museo e Galleria Borghese

    Piazzale del Museo Borghese
    00197 Rome
    Italy
    Tel: +39-06/ 84 13 979
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Sun 0830-1930

    If you only have time for one art museum make it this one, housing the heavenly private collection of bon vivant Cardinal Scipione Borghese (1577-1633).

    Musei Capitolini

    Piazza del Campidoglio 1
    00186 Rome
    Italy
    Tel: +39-06/06 08
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Sun 0900-2000

    The world’s oldest public museum, the Capitoline is crammed with Rome’s finest classical statuary as well as paintings by Titian, Tintoretto and Rubens. The iconic She Wolf, depicting the city’s suckling twins Romulus and Remus, is shown in the Palazzo di Conservatori.

    Galleria Doria Pamphilj

    Via del Corso 305
    00186 Rome
    Italy
    Tel: +39-06/67 97 323
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0900-1900

    Still home to the aristocratic Pamphilj family, this 15th-century palace is lined with masterpieces, which you can tour with a free audio guide narrated by resident Jonathan Pamphilj, who will fill you in on all the palace scandal.

    Palazzo Massimo alle Terme

    Largo di Villa Peretti 1
    00187 Rome
    Italy
    Tel: 06 3996 7700
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    Wander amid a painted garden of climbing roses and pomegranates and sample the good taste of Roman burghers Augustus and his wife Livia Drusilla who commissioned these outstanding frescos.

    Palatine Hill

    Via di San Gregorio 30
    00186 Rome
    Italy
    Tel: +39-06/39 96 77 00
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    This gorgeous hillside shaded by towering pines was the Beverly Hills of ancient Rome. The chosen suburb of emperors and celebrities, its ruined villas and gardens make for a wonderful wander with atmospheric views over the Forum.

    Via Appia Antica

    Via Appia Antica
    Rome
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    This cobblestone highway, which once linked Rome with the Adriatic port of Brindisi, is lined with creepy Christian catacombs. Tour them to see the graves of 16 pontiffs and faded frescos of saints Peter and Paul dating back 1,600 years.

    Basilica di San Giovanni in Laterano

    Piazza di San Giovanni in Laterano 4
    00184 Rome
    Italy
    Tel: +39-06/69 88 64 33
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0700-1830

    Despite its bombastic baroque makeover, this gleaming cathedral is Rome’s oldest basilica, founded by Constantine in the 4th century. It’s full of surprising treasures including a fabulous Cosmati tiled floor.

    Museo d’Arte Contemporanea di Roma (MACRO)

    Via Nizza 138
    00198 Rome
    Italy
    Tel: +39-06/06 08
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Sun 1030-1900

    MACRO’s combination of industrial and contemporary architecture provides the perfect showcase for post-war Italian and international modern art.

    Trastevere

    Piazza di Santa Maria, Trastevere
    00153 Rome
    Italy
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    Hop over the Tiber to sample Rome’s ‘left bank’ counter culture amid the cobbled alleys, galleries and bars of Trastevere. It’s less about blockbuster sights here and more about soaking up the vibe.

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    Italy / Country Information

    Country overview

    Despite incessant praise, travelling in Italy remains one of those rare experiences in life – like a perfect spring day or the power of first love – that cannot be overrated. In few places do history, art, fashion, food and la dolce vita (the good life) intermingle so effortlessly.

    There are sunny isles and electric blue surf, glacial northern lakes and fiery southern volcanoes, rolling vineyards and an urban landscape that harbours more UNESCO World Heritage sites than any other country in the world. Few places offer such variety and few visitors leave without a fervent desire to return.

    Geography

    Italy is situated in Europe, with a long coastline of approximately 7,600km (4,720 miles) stretching into the Mediterranean Sea and a mountainous northern border adjoining France, Switzerland, Austria and Slovenia. This northern Alpine region contains some of the highest peaks in Europe and is a good area for winter sports.

    In central Italy, Tuscany has a diverse landscape composed of fertile rolling hills, lush river valleys, minor mountain ranges and a long sandy coastline. To the east is Umbria, known as the ‘green heart of Italy’; hilly with broad plains, olive groves and pines, and Le Marche – a region of gentle mountains, rivers and small fertile plains.

    Further south lies Rome, Italy’s capital city. Within its precincts is the Vatican City. The south of the country is hotter, wilder and much, much drier than the north, characterised by dry sierras, rocky mountain ranges and volcanic outcrops, including three of Europe’s most active volcanoes: Vesuvius, Etna and Stromboli. Puglia, the ‘heel of the boot’, is a mixed landscape of fertile plateaus, expansive olive groves and flat, ochre-coloured plains. The islands of Sicily and Sardinia lie offshore to the southwest and west respectively.

    General knowledge

    Key facts

    Area: 301340 sq km (116348 sq miles).

    Population: 60.5 million (2015).

    Population density: 204.0 per sq km.

    Capital: Rome.

    Language

    The state language is Italian. South Tyrol is officially a bilingual province, where German is the language mainly spoken. In Trentino, Ladin is taught in some schools.

    Currency

    Euro (EUR; symbol €) = 100 cents. Notes are in denominations of €500, 200, 100, 50, 20, 10 and 5. Coins are in denominations of €2 and 1, and 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 cents.

    Electricity

    230 volts AC, 50Hz. Plugs are of the two round-pin type.

    Public holidays

    In addition to public holidays, local feast days are held in honour of town patron saints, generally without closure of shops and offices. These include:

    Turin/Genoa/Florence: 24. Jun (St John the Baptist)
    Milan: 7. Dec (St Ambrose)
    Venice: 25. Apr (St Mark)
    Bologna: 4. Oct (St Petronius)
    Naples: 19. Sep (St Gennaro)
    Bari: 6. Dec (St Nichola)
    Palermo: 15. Jul (St Rosalia)
    Rome: 29. Jun (St Peter)
    Siena: 2. Jul + 16. Aug (Palio)
    Trieste: 3. Nov (St Giusto)

    Below are listed Public Holidays for the January 2017 – December 2018 period.

    2017

    Capodanno (New Year’s Day): 1 January 2017
    Epifania (Epiphany): 6 January 2017
    Pasqua (Easter Sunday): 16 April 2017
    Lunedì dell’Angelo (Easter Monday): 17 April 2017
    Festa della Liberazione (Liberation Day): 25 April 2017
    Festa del Lavoro (Labour Day): 1 May 2017
    Festa della Repubblica (Republic Day): 2 June 2017
    Assunzione di Maria Vergine (Assumption):
    15 August 2017
    Tutti i santi (All Saints’ Day): 1 November 2017
    Immacolata Concezione (Immaculate Conception): 8 December 2017
    Natale (Christmas Day): 25 December 2017
    Santo Stefano (St. Stephen’s Day): 26 December 2017

    2018

    Capodanno (New Year’s Day): 1 January 2018
    Epifania (Epiphany): 6 January 2018
    Pasqua (Easter Sunday): 1 April 2018
    Lunedì dell’Angelo (Easter Monday): 2 April 2018
    Festa della Liberazione (Liberation Day): 25 April 2018
    Festa del Lavoro (Labour Day): 1 May 2018
    Festa della Repubblica (Republic Day): 2 June 2018
    Assunzione di Maria Vergine (Assumption):
    15 August 2018
    Tutti i santi (All Saints’ Day): 1 November 2018
    Immacolata Concezione (Immaculate Conception): 8 December 2018
    Natale (Christmas Day): 25 December 2018
    Santo Stefano (St. Stephen’s Day): 26 December 2018

    All information subject to change.

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    Discover Rome in a Fiat 500

    Whenever Alvise di Giulio brings his colorful Fiat 500s out of the basement garage, he gleans envious glances from locals and tourists alike: The Italian entrepreneur offers city tours in his small vintage cars (rome500exp.com). His guests take the wheel and drive past the city’s famous attractions while Alvise explains via walkie-talkie what can be seen to right and left, although most drivers are busy enough simply coping with Rome’s traffic. The highlight of the tour is when the drivers come to circle the Colosseum. For those who prefer to travel on two wheels rather than four, a similar tour but on vintage Vespas, also run by Alvise, is also an option.

    Via Ostilia 48
    00184 Roma
    Italy

    Tel.: +39-06/70 49 49 83
    and +39-36/63 06 29 06

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    Getting around

    Public Transport

    Rome’s two-line metro system is of limited use to travellers. It’s easier to get around on foot, or use the city’s extensive bus and tram system, which is operated by ATAC (tel: +39-6/57 003; www.atac.roma.it). Single tickets are valid for one metro ride or 75 minutes. Daily and three-day passes are better value. Tickets are purchased from vending machines and newsstands and need to be validated at the metro gate or in the machines onboard buses and trams.

    Taxis

    Pick up cabs at designated ranks. Taxis can be booked over the phone, and are metered as soon as you book. Try Radio Taxi (tel: +39-6/35 70) or La Capitale (tel: +39-6/49 94). Tipping isn’t necessary.

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    Nightlife in Rome

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    Rome’s drinking dens range from dressy lounge bars to grungy counter-culture hangouts. Between 6pm and 9pm most of them offer aperitivo (drinks accompanied by a free buffet food bar).

    Later, the scene moves on to clubs in Trastevere, Testaccio and Ostiense.

    Stravinskij Bar

    Via del Babuino 9
    00187 Rome
    Italy
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    Impossibly romantic cocktail bar in the celeb-magnate Hotel de Russie.

    Lettere Caffè

    Vicolo di San Francesco a Ripa 100-101
    00153 Rome
    Italy
    Tel: +39 06 97 27 09 91
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    A bookshop, bar and gallery hosting live gigs, jazz, comedy and new wave DJ sets.

    Circolo degli Artisti

    Via Casilina Vecchia 42
    00182 Rome
    Italy
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    Rome’s best club offering top gigs and DJ sets as well as a cool garden bar.

    Conte Staccio

    Via di Monte Testaccio 65b
    00153 Rome
    Italy
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    Under-the-stars dancing and gigs featuring emerging groups.

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    Restaurants in Rome

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    Roman cuisine is rustic and earthy, and the city teams with small, family-run trattorias, wine bars and pizza take-outs.

    But while old-school flavours still dominate, new-school chefs are sexing them up with increasingly creative twists.

    Glass Hostaria

    Vicolo del Cinque 58
    00153 Rome
    Italy
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    Price: Luxurious

    Trastevere’s foremost dining address combines modern décor and inventive cooking.

    Open Colonna

    Via Milano 9
    00184 Rome
    Italy
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    Price: Luxurious

    New Roman cooking in a stunning glass-roofed dining room in the Palazzo delle Esposizioni.

    Armando al Pantheon

    Salita dei Crescenzi 31
    00186 Rome
    Italy
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    Price: Moderate

    Wood-panelled Armando has been serving traditional Roman dishes for over 50 years.

    Palatium Enoteca Regionale

    Via Frattina 94
    00187 Rome
    Italy
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    Price: Moderate

    A rich showcase of regional wines accompany artisanal cheeses and trad slow-roast pork.

    Pizzarium

    Via della Meloria 43
    00136 Rome
    Italy
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    Price: Budget

    A gourmet surprise masquerading as a simple takeaway.

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    Calendar of events

    Rome Marathon

    8 April 2018
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    Venue: Rome

    Rome and Marathons have been connected for centuries. This is a great opportunity to be a part of or simply observe a sport that’s been a tradition for ages.

    Procession of the Cross

    30 March 2018

    Venue: Colosseum

    By far the biggest event of Easter is the famous Via Crucis or ‘Way of the Cross’ procession, when the Pope leads a solemn torchlight procession from the Colosseum to the Palatine Hill to commemorate Christ’s last walk to Mt Golgotha. Along the way, the faithful stop at each of the 14 stations of the cross to say a prayer.

    Natale di Roma (Rome's birthday)

    21 April 2018

    Venue: Aventine Hill

    Not every city celebrates its birthday, but Rome does on 21 April each year. It was Romulus, suckled by a she-wolf as an infant, who went on to found the city in 753BC. Romans today celebrate the event with bands on Piazza del Campidoglio and fireworks over the River Tiber.

    Primo Maggio

    1 May 2018

    Venue: Piazza San Giovanni

    Each year on Labour Day, Rome celebrates with a free rock concert on Piazza San Giovanni. Over 700 artists line up for a turn on the stage before a huge crowd, occasionally joined by a high profile guest artist. The event began in 1989 and quickly grew into a major popular event, heavily covered by TV and the press. Get there early for a good view of the stage.

    Festa di San Giovanni

    23 June 2018

    Venue: Piazza San Giovanni

    Many celebrate the birth of St John the Baptist especially around his namesake church the monolithic, white Basilica di San Giovanni in Laterano. During the festival, stalls serving pork roasted with herbs, snails and other local specialities are set up in front of the basilica. At night, the piazza is lit by torches.

    Rome International Film Festival

    26 October – 5 November 2017
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    Venue: Auditorium Parco della Musica

    A real red-carpet event, Rome’s film festival film festival showcases a varied programme of international premieres, documentaries, retrospectives, exhibitions, concerts and live shows. Inaugurated in 2006, it draws a bevy of A-list celebrities such as Martin Scorcese, Meryl Streep and Susan Sarandon as well as local stars such as Monica Bellucci.

    RomaEuropa Festival

    October – December 2017
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    Venue: Auditorium Parco della Musica

    Dedicated to featuring the very best contemporary artistic performances in the fields of music, theatre, opera and dance, the RomaEuropa festival is a huge cultural undertaking. Performances by emerging and leading international artists are showcased is special locations throughout the city as well as the main arts centre, the Auditorium Parco della Musica.

    Christmas Mass

    25. December 2017
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    Venue: St Peter’s Basilica

    One of the largest churches in the Christian world, the 16th-century St Peter’s Basilica in Rome provides a moving setting for the celebration of Christ’s birth. Each Christmas Eve the Pope gives Midnight Mass in St Peter’s Square. Attended by a vast crowd of pilgrims, the speech is broadcast to over 40 countries.

    All information subject to change. Please check the dates on the relevant event organizer’s website.

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    Hotels in Rome

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    Rome’s outward beauty can often mask overpriced, under-serviced hotels. While five-star beauties are thick on the

    ground, you’ll need to look harder for good-value mid-range options and book early, particularly in summer.

    Lord Byron

    Via Giuseppe de Notaris 5
    00197 Rome
    Italy
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    Category: Luxurious

    An art deco beauty situated on the north side of the Borghese Park.

     

    Hotel Farnese

    Via Alessandro Farnese 30
    00192 Rome
    Italy
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    Category: Moderate

    Boutique rooms in a neoclassical villa with rooftop views of St Peter’s dome.

    Residenza Domiziano

    Via San Nicola da Tolentino 50
    00187 Rome
    Italy
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    Category: Moderate

    Sleek, stylish modern digs within walking distance of Piazza Navona and the Spanish Steps.

    Domus Colosseo Hotel

    Via Marco Aurelio 37A
    00184 Rome
    Italy
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    Category: Moderate

    Baroque furniture and walls dressed in yellow silk give the Romance Hotel a gilded sheen.

    Amica Roma B&B

    Via Antonio Baiamonti 2
    00195 Rome
    Italy
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    Category: Budget

    This friendly B&B provides a home from home in pretty Prati.

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    Best of modern Rome

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    Rome’s historical center is included as an ensemble among UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites. Some 25,000 places of historical and archeological interest are said to be located within this protected area. Is there even room here for contemporary architecture? It certainly isn’t easy to find, since plans for modern additions to the city center are regularly met with obstruction:

    For one thing, remnants of Roman and medieval buildings are still hidden in the ground so that any excavation work can become a costly undertaking, and for another, not only local political dramas and protests, but also construction and funding glitches can make ambitious projects quite an ordeal to realize. Obstacles notwithstanding, in the past 20 years star architects like Richard Meier and Renzo Piano have done their bit toward creating Rome’s new image. We bring you six spectacular works.

    Macro Museum for Contemporary Art

    Via Nizza, 138-140
    00198 Rome
    Italy
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    Red and black: A lipstick-red auditorium and a former brewery hall painted matte black form the core of the new exhibition rooms of the Macro Museum. Parisian architects Odile Decq and Benoît Cornette used contrasts and color to create smooth transitions between the museum’s different levels, the old substance of the industrial building and the new core, the abstract art garden on the roof and the exhibitions rooms on different floors. The permanent exhibition includes postmodern Italian art that spans the works of the Forma 1 group to those of the Nuova Scuola Romana of Piero Pizzi Cannella,  Marco Tirelli et al. The museum’s bathrooms provide an eccentric highlight with washbasins set in a central block of white plastic and equipped with motion detectors, which not only dispense water and hot air, but also produce a crazy flashing of red lights.

    Auditorium Parco della Musica

    Viale Pietro de Coubertin 30
    00196 Rome
    Italy
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    Three concert halls, their contours inspired by musical instruments, lie like giant beetles gathered around an amphitheater. Each seats between 750 and 2800 visitors. Flexibility is the key feature of the interiors, all of which are lined with cherrywood paneling to ensure good acoustics. The new auditorium designed by Renzo Piano was opened in 2002 and has a checkered history. That’s because in Rome, you cannot delve more than a couple of meters down, not even outside the historical center, without the risk of uncovering ancient walls. In 1995, when the ground was dug in preparation for the auditorium’s foundations, the remains of a Roman villa dating from the 4th century B.C. came to light – and construction promptly ground to a halt, prompting a smart reaction from architect Piano, who designed the Centre Pompidou in Paris and contributed to the creative work on Potsdam Square in Berlin: He incorporated the ruins into his design, so that today there is an archeological museum in the middle of the Parco della Musica.

    MAXXI National Museum of XXI (21st) Century Arts

    Via Guido Reni, 2
    00196 Rome
    Italy
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    Is it the art or the building in which it is housed that’s the star of the show at the MAXXI museum? Visitors to the museum are initially fascinated by the passageways, corners and loops formed by the concrete inside the building. The Romans call it “tagliatelle” because the building designed by Zaha Hadid (seemingly) features the same lack of order as a plate of pasta. Beginning in the foyer, staircases wind upward, walls curve, light channels flow along ceilings. After recovering from the impression of the foyer, visitors enter the first of the five galleries intended for architectural exhibits. Ramps and stairs lead into the other galleries, which offer ever-new spaces and corners for artworks. The high point of the museum is gallery number 5, nearly 23 meters up, which extends out over the piazza and affords fascinating views. Tip for people who enjoy a sense of vertigo: There’s a window set into the floor through which you can see down into gallery number 3.

    Jubilee Church Dio Padre Misericordioso

    Largo Terzo millennio 8
    00155 Rom
    Italy
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    Light comes from a divine source, but few modern buildings use it to such virtuosic effect as the Dio Padre Misericordioso church, or “Jubilee Church.” The American architect Richard Meier built it in the Tor Tre Teste district on the outskirts of Rome as one of 50 new churches in a millennium project sponsored by the Archdiocese of Rome. By day, the church’s interior is flooded with natural light that enters between three pure-white concrete sails – representing the Holy Trinity – and illuminates the altar of white Roman travertine. From the outside, the building is a magnificent sight, especially at night, when the interior is illuminated and its sculptural lines are accentuated. So whatever time of day you choose to visit, your lengthy journey will certainly be rewarded.

    Museum Ara Pacis

    Lungotevere in Augusta
    00186 Rom
    Italy
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    The new museum building designed by Richard Meier encloses the Ara Pacis Augustae, the Emperor Augustus’ altar dating from the year 9 B.C.E., which is dedicated to Pax, the Roman goddess of peace. Fragments of the altar had been scattered across the world since its discovery in the 16th century C.E. It was not until Mussolini commissioned it – for propaganda purposes – that the fragments were pieced together again and the altar was exhibited, starting in 1938, in a specially created building on Piazza Augusto. Of that structure only one wall remains. Like those of Meier’s new building, it was made of Roman travertine (a type of limestone). The building with its glass facade 13 meters high and 50 meters long and floor space of 4000 square meters was for a long time one of the most controversial construction projects in Rome. The question of whether it disfigures or enhances the historical old town sparked many a heated debate.

    Eataly Center

    Piazzale 12 Ottobre 1492
    00154 Rom
    Italy
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    When Italy was chosen to be the host country for the 1990 FIFA World Cup, a new rail connection had to be created between Fiumicino Airport and downtown Rome. Spanish architect Julio Lafuente was commissioned with the design of an extension to the terminal train station Ostiense. What he created was the Air Terminal, the name and look of which recall an airport building. But the rail link concept was not viable in the long run resulting in the station being incorporated into the subway network. The elegant terminal building stood empty for some time, but since 2012, not only has the train station has been rediscovered, for long-distance services, but also the neighboring four-story terminal building. The slow-food chain Eataly opened a gourmet temple for regional produce there, with small theme restaurants, an in-house brewery and specialty stores selling Italian delicacies. The choice is huge and the shopping convenient, especially when you consider that the Romans have always traditionally bought their groceries at small inner-city delis.

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    Climate and best time to visit Rome

    Spring and autumn are the best times to visit the Italian capital to enjoy a roster of high-profile festivities such as Easter, the feasts of Saints Peter and Paul and the Roma Europa arts festival. The weather, too, is warm but not too hot, and markets are filled with plump produce. In summer, hot and humid weather drives Romans to the country and seaside and the city becomes very quiet. Winter, conversely, is mild and often sunny and offers lots of good bargains and wonderful Christmas markets.

    Climate & best time to visit Italy

    Italy is a great destination to visit year round, particularly if taking a city break, though for the warmest and most reliable weather April to June is the prime tourist season. Most Italians take their holiday in July and August so prices, and crowds, can soar during these months, which are also the hottest of the year. If you’re keen to avoid the main scrum of peak season but still bank on mild weather, late September to October is a good choice.

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    Telephone & Internet

    Telephone
    Country code: +39

    Mobile telephony and Internet
    Since June 2017, EU citizens traveling within the EU, and also in Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein have been able to use their cell phones and surf the Net without incurring any extra charges: In other words, customers pay the same price for phone calls, text messages and data volume as they do at home. Restrictions do apply to the constant use of SIM cards abroad, however, and caps may be set on data packages. For full details, contact your mobile telephony provider in your country. Travelers using a SIM card from a non-EU state do not benefit from the new arrangement.

    Free Internet access via Wi-Fi is possible in many busy tourist spots. When using public Wi-Fi networks, it is a wise precaution to ensure encryption of all passwords, credit card details and banking TANs entered. Use of a VPN app or security software to check the safety of a hotspot is recommended.

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    The Vatican Museum

    Yet another reason to fly to Rome with Lufthansa Group thanks to the partnership with one of the world’s most famous Museums.

    Passengers flying from or to Rome with Lufthansa, Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines or SWISS who wish to visit the Vatican Museum, will be entitled, upon presenting their boarding card within seven days of the flight date, to a preferential “skip the line” entry.

    Viale Vaticano
    00165 Rome
    Italy
    Tel: +39-06/69 88 33 32

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    Shopping in Rome

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    Key Areas

    Via Condotti is Rome’s designer strip, with similarly upmarket tributaries running off Piazza di Spagna. For something more authentic, check out the independent boutiques along Via del Governo Vecchio in the historic centre and in the Monti district. Antique and art stores line Via Margutta, Via dei Banchi Vecchi and Via dei Coronari, the latter famous for its antiques fair, while high-street labels concentrate on Via del Corso and Via Nazionale.

    Markets

    Rome’s biggest and busiest markets are the enormous Porta Portese Flea Market in Trastevere, the Trionfale food market in Prati and the Testaccio covered market near MACRO. A smaller, more picturesque market is the Campo dei Fiori food market in the historic centre.

    Shopping Centres

    Shopping in Rome is all about small independent stores. Of the few shopping malls that exist, the art nouveau Galleria Alberto Sordi is the most convenient on Via del Corso. Otherwise, the enormous RomaEst (romaest.cc) is situated 20km (12 miles) east of town.

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    Social conventions

    The social structure is heavily influenced by the Roman Catholic Church and, generally speaking, family ties are stronger than in most other countries in Western Europe. Normal social courtesies should be observed. Dress is casual but smart in most places, and beachwear should be confined to the beach. Conservative clothes are expected when visiting religious buildings and smaller, traditional communities.

    Formal wear is usually indicated on invitations. Smoking is prohibited in public buildings, transport and cinemas. When visiting an Italian home for dinner, bring a small gift of sweets or chocolate, and dress well. Let your host lead when sitting and starting the meal. Take a small portion of what’s on offer as you will surely be cajoled into having another helping. If you do not want more wine, leave your glass full so it cannot be refilled.

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    Health

    Emergency telephone number: 112

    Lyme disease, TBE (tick-borne encephalitis) and leishmaniosis are all diseases which are passed on by ticks and mosquitoes and also occur in Spain. Clothing that covers the skin and insect repellents provide protection.

    Hepatitis A and hepatitis B occur all over Spain. A hepatitis A vaccination is generally recommended. Visitors planning an extended stay and close contact with the local population, and generally with children and young people, should also have a hepatitis B vaccination.

    Measles and whooping cough occur in Spain. Before traveling to Spain, visitors should definitely check whether their vaccinations are up to date and if necessary, get a booster shot.

    Epidemic outbreaks of meningococcal meningitis occur in Spain. Visitors should seek protection by getting a vaccination and avoiding large crowds. Children and young people, in particular, should be vaccinated. According to the latest recommendations, the vaccination applies as required travel vaccination for extended stays for certain groups of people (teenagers, school and university students). Visitors should consult their physician regarding the need for vaccination in the light of recommendations in the country of destination.

    Contractual physician of Lufthansa

    Dr. Heinz, Andreas
    Via della Stazione di San Pietro 45
    00165 Rome
    Italy
    Tel. +39-06-39387984

    Please note that Lufthansa accepts no responsibility for the treatment nor will it bear the cost of any treatment.

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    Visa & Immigration

    IATA Travel Centre

    The IATA Travel Centre delivers accurate passport, visa and health requirement information at a glance. It is a trusted, centralized source for the latest international travel requirements. The IATA Travel Centre is the most accurate source available because it is based on a comprehensive database used by virtually every airline, and information is gathered from official sources worldwide, such as immigration and police authorities.

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    Health

    Main emergency number: 112

    Food & Drink

    Tap water is generally safe to drink. Bottled water is available. The inscription ‘Acqua Non Potabile’ means water is not drinkable. Milk is generally pasteurised and dairy products are safe for consumption. Past outbreaks of brucellosis in southern regions means unpasteurised buffalo mozzarella is best avoided. Local meat, poultry, seafood, fruit and vegetables are considered safe to eat.

    Other Risks

    The World Health Organisation (WHO) also recommends vaccinations for measles, mumps, rubella, polio and hepatitis B.

    Contractual physician of Lufthansa

    Dr. Heinz, Andreas
    Via della Stazione di San Pietro 45
    00165 Rome
    Italy
    Tel. +39-06-39387984

    Please note that Lufthansa accepts no responsibility for the treatment nor will it bear the cost of any treatment.

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