For most Rome vacationers, world-famous sights such as the Roman Forum, the Capitol, the Sistine Chapel or St. Peter's Basilica are at the top of the must-see list. But there are numerous other highlights that make a visit to the "Eternal City" unforgettable - here we present some of them.
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Rome is considered the cradle of culture that has shaped history like no other metropolis. With an impressive variety of monuments from different eras, the "Eternal City" grants its visitors an insight into its thousands of years of cultural history. In addition to the magnificent buildings from antiquity, the Renaissance and the Baroque, modern, colorful life pulsates - an exciting synthesis that makes the capital of Italy so unique.
For museum lovers, Rome is a real paradise. If you have enough time, you can devote yourself to enjoying art and culture for days in the city steeped in history. But there is no way around Villa Borghese, even for short vacationers: The Galleria Borghese in the “green heart” of the city houses one of the most famous and impressive art collections in Italy with numerous works by great artists such as Leonardo da Vinci, Rubens, Bronzino, Caravaggio, Raffael or Tizian. In the immediate vicinity of the extensive park is the Galleria d’Arte Moderna, which exhibits the most complete collection of works by Italian artists from the 19th century onwards.
In the historic center on the banks of the Tiber is the Ara Pacis monument, a great example of the merging of ancient and modern. The building was designed by the American star architect Richard Meier with the aim of protecting the "Altar of Peace of Augustus" - once erected as a temple of gratitude for Emperor Augustus - and underlining its uniqueness. The unique complex also offers space for temporary exhibitions.
Further highlights of the Roman museum landscape are the MAXXI, which is dedicated to contemporary art of the 21st century, or the museums and exhibition areas in the Auditorium Parco della Musica - to name just a few of the many. You shouldn't miss a visit to Palazzo Barberini either: the prototypical Baroque palace was designed by the most successful architects, artists and painters of the era from 1625, and part of the National Gallery of Ancient Art can be found here.
In addition to its countless sights, Rome can also come up with a lot of glamor. Shopping in the metropolis is an adventure in which you can discover Italian designer brands as well as craftsmanship at the highest level. The most luxurious boutiques in the city can be found at the foot of the Spanish Steps between Via Condotti, Via Borgognona and Via Frattina. For smaller, specialized shops such as tailoring studios, concept stores and niche perfumeries, the area around Via della Penna and Via dell'Oca is the right address. A network of small dealers and craftsmen runs through the streets of the trendy Monti district, where once a week there is also a charming indoor market for retro fashion, accessories and designer items. Even when you are leaving the Italian capital, you can still shop: In the Tax Free Mall at Rome Fiumicino Airport, 50 shops of Italian and international top brands await you, offering the opportunity to shop without VAT of 22%.
Built on seven hills east of the Tiber River, Rome is also a city of impressive panoramas. The metropolis can be overlooked from various vantage points, many cafés and restaurants are located in such a way that you can enjoy the specialties served there together with a fantastic view. If you want to experience Rome like the locals, you will feel at home in Ostiense: The district, populated by students and hipsters, invites you to get to know the Italian capital off the beaten tourist track. Between modern restaurants, hip cafés and cool bars you will find old ice cream factories, traditional trattorias and pizzerias as well as the colorful Mercato di Testaccio, where you can taste your way through a colorful culinary variety. After sunset, the district is also the ideal starting point for exploring the vibrant nightlife of the Italian capital.
Away from the lively streets and squares, Rome is also the perfect holiday destination to relax at the highest level. For an extraordinary break, a 2000 m² pool awaits you in the Terme dei Papi, which is fed by the Bullicame spring - a soothing experience even in winter. The luxury resort Rome Cavalieri in the Waldorf Astoria Hotel offers relaxation for all the senses with a fantastic view over the city.
The magnificent gardens in Rome and the surrounding area also invite you to take a break away from the hustle and bustle of the big city. In addition to the famous Villa Borghese in the Parioli district, whose extensive park area offers both locals and tourists a picturesque resting place with shady trees, green meadows and even a small lake, there is also a special insider tip to discover in the heart of the eternal city: between the busy Piazza di Spagna and Piazza del Popolo are the gardens of the Hotel de Russie of the Rocco Forte Hotels, a hidden oasis of calm that was rebuilt according to the plans of the architect Giuseppe Valadier from the 1820s and now presents itself as an open-air stage that is surrounded by neoclassical elements such as terraces, balustrades, grottos, water basins, fountains and statues. A trip to the garden of Ninfa is also a special experience: about an hour south of Rome you will find this “green jewel”, which was named the “most beautiful and romantic garden in the world” by the New York Times, and numerous other national and international ones Won prizes and awards. The English Garden was built at the beginning of the 20th century on the remains of a medieval city and is home to plants from all over the world, which together with small watercourses and ponds create a wildly romantic, unique picture against the backdrop of the ruins.
A single vacation is not enough to even begin to grasp the many facets of Rome - but anyone who has been here once wants to come back anyway. All information and tips for your next trip to the Italian capital can be found at www.italia.it and www.turismoroma.it