What the Eternal City Can Offer You

If you are planning a tour of Italy then you must, of course, consider Rome. Not for nothing is it known as “the Eternal City”. It has, in its time, been the centre of the Roman Kingdom, the Roman Republic, the Kingdom of Italy and (since 1946) the Italian Republic. The entire centre of the city is an UNESCO World Heritage Site, boasting diverse architecture from across Rome’s long history.

As the Eiffel Tower is to Paris and Big Ben is to London, for many people the Colosseum IS Rome. It attracts 4 million visitors each year. All those tourists will be treated to one of the greatest works of Roman architecture and engineering.

Constructed in the first century AD, the Colosseum was originally used for the Romans’ famously bloodthirsty forms of entertainment (which covered everything from gladiatorial contests to public executions to Classical dramas), though since the Middle Ages it has been a fortress, housing and a Christian shrine amongst other uses.

Back in the present, Rome has developed a very strong club scene. There is a plethora of nightclubs and bars to appeal to all tastes. Well known hotspots include Akab Cave in Testaccio. With a dance floor in a cave (hence the name) and a Japanese style garden out back, it offers the tourist a style that goes beyond the simply gimmicky. A touch of high class is brought by Brancaleone out in the suburb of Montesacro. Those making the trip will not be disappointed as, as well as a dance floor, Brancaleone also boasts an exhibition gallery, library and outdoor space. Classy. The Rock Castle Caf? is a popular venue with both locals and tourists. Located, as the name suggests, in the dungeons of the Palazzo Cenci, you can enjoy a cocktail and a dance in an uniquely medieval setting. A note of caution, unlike most London clubs, the Roman venues do not typically have a set house style of music: instead, the style of music rotates on a semi-regular basis depending on which DJ or band is playing on any particular night. If you have a particular fondness for New Wave, electro, dance or house, best to make sure which clubs are playing it that night before you set out.

Italy is known for its fashion and Rome, along with Milan, is one of the two chicest cities on the globe. Some of Italy’s oldest jewellery and clothing lines were founded in Rome and the modern tourist can still find parades of boutique fashion houses selling the very coolest in designer ware.

The sports fan will also find much to attract them in Rome. The city has hosted a number of major sporting events. It was the site of the 1960 Summer Olympic Games. A number of the city’s ancient sites were used as event venues (e.g. the gymnastics were held at the Roman Baths of Caracalla). Both the 1934 and 1990 Football World Cups were held in the city, the latter famously introducing high art to a traditionally populist sport with a performance by the Three Tenors the night before the final. Rome’s long tradition of attracting sports fans looks set to continue as the city is currently bidding to host the Summer Olympic Games for a second time, in 2020.

Whether you plan to spend an entire holiday in the city or want to make it just one stop on your wider tour of Italy, you can’t go wrong with Rome. Once the centre of the world’s mightiest civilisation, the Eternal City still shines with arts, history and culture.

Bellarome can create your perfect trip to Rome, based on your personal specifications and requirements. Their personal experience of Rome and Italy means they can make personal recommendations based on their own experience.


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