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10 Things You Need To Know About Rome

Find out hidden attractions in Rome, where to go at night, what not to miss and more.

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1. This is one of the most history-steeped cities in the world
Rome dates back to the 9th century BC, making it one of the most history-steeped cities in the world. The best preserved archaeological site is the Pantheon, while others include Largo di Torre Argentina off Corso Vittorio Emmanuale, and Foro di Triano beside Piazza Venezia. It is most evident how old it really is in the Roman Forum beside the Roman Forum.
2. Rome is built on seven ancient hills
These are Quirinal Hill, Palatine Hill, Esquiline Hill, Aventine Hill, Caelian Hill, Viminale Hill, and Capitoline Hill. Ironically though, it isn’t from one of these seven hills that you’ll find the best view. Instead you’ll get this from Piazzale Giuseppe Garibaldi on Gianicolo Hill on the west side of the River Tiber.
3. There is an independent state within the city
Located on the west side of the River Tiber is the Vatican City, a completely independent sovereign state. This walled state has its own pharmacy, telephone system, post office and more. When visiting St Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican Museum, the two main sites, you must have your shoulders and knees covered. If not you will be refused entry. Also, the Vatican Museum is closed every Sunday apart from the last Sunday of the month. On this day entry is free.
4. It’s home to some of the world’s most instantly recognisable landmarks
Rome has some of the world’s best known landmarks. This includes the Roman Forum, the Roman Colosseum and St Peter’s Basilica. Another is the Trevi Fountain. And it is said that if you throw a coin over your shoulder into the fountain when facing the other way it will ensure you return to Roma.
5. There are metro stops at many of the main sites
Rome has two metro lines that crisscross the city – Linea A and Linea B. There are stops near many main sites, like the Trevi Fountain, the Vatican City and, the closest of all, the Roman Colosseum.
6. You should try to visit some of its less visited attractions
Along with all the main attractions, try to less visited ones too. Ones featured in the video are:
  1. Basilica de San Pietro in Vincoli: This church off Via Cavour is famous for being the home of Michelangelo's magnificent statue of Moses.
  2. Piramide di Caio Cestio: Rome’s very own pyramid that can be found at ‘Piramide’ metro station.
  3. Chiesa di Santa Maria della Concezione: This church beside Piazza Barberini is well-known for its interior that is partly made of bones!
  4. Ostia Antica: Located 20 minutes outside Rome, this is the Italian capital’s answer to Pompeii dates back to the 4th Century BC.
7. Everywhere you look there’s another square or fountain to take a picture of
There literally are squares and fountains everywhere in Rome. Ones to look out for include Piazza della Republica, Piazza della Rotunda and Fontanone del Gianicolo at Gianicolo Hill. The video also states that, to save yourself a few euro, hold on to your water bottles and fill them up at the water fountains dotted throughout the city.
8. Romans like to shop
Naturally, shopping is a popular past time in Rome. Main shopping streets are Via Nazionale, Via del Corso and Via dei Condotti (the most exclusive street in Rome). A good city centre market can be found on Via Cesare Balbo.
9. You need to know where to go when eating out
Many restaurants in Rome are quite touristy, so when eating out you need to know where to go. In the video we single out our choice of restaurants that are the best of the bunch:
  1. Aristo Campo (Campo dei Fiori): A great place to go for a panini as they’re made fresh instead of pre-made in so many of Rome’s other places.
  2. Formula Uno (Via degli Equi 13): Possibly the best pizza in Rome. Located in the San Lorenzo neighbourhood.
  3. L’Insalata Ricca (Largo dei Chiavari, 85-86): Found just off Corso Vittorio Emmanuelle II. Always packed and great for salads.
  4. Al Picchio (Via del Lavatore 39-40): Just steps from the Trevi Fountain and one of the best choices in this extremely touristy area.
  5. Trattoria dell’Omo (Via Vicenza 18): A great family-run ‘trattoria’ on the east side of Termini Station. Open since 1962.
10. These are the best areas when it comes to nightlife...
Different areas in Rome are well known for their nightlife. These include:
  1. San Lorenzo: Rome’s student neighbourhood. Watch out for bars like Dalhu and Rive Gauche.
  2. Campo dei Fiori:This square in the centre of Rome is famously lively at night. Watch out for The Drunken Ship and I Gigante Delle Notte.
  3. Trastevere: In particular around Piazza Santa Maria in Travestere. Bar S. Calisto is a favourite.
  4. Testaccio: This is the club capital of Rome. Along Via di Monte Testaccio is where all the bars and clubs are. Caruso and L’Alibi are featured in the video.
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