Looking for reasons to visit Rome? If you are wondering if Rome is for you, read these 10 reasons to come to Rome. Let me convince you!
Trevi Fountain in Rome, one of the most famous fountains in the world!
10 Reasons to Visit Rome - let me convince you!
If you're planning a trip to Italy, chances are good you will fly in or out of Rome.
And if you are wondering whether you should dedicate some time in the Eternal City, here are 10 Reasons to Visit Rome:
1. Nobody does Fountains like Rome does
One of the most famous fountains in the world, the Trevi Fountain (above), is in Rome.
But since Rome has access to so much water (you know, those Roman aqueducts?), and since popes in the Renaissance and Baroque periods tried to outdo each other building spectacular fountains all around Rome, we also have these (to name only a few!):
Bernini's Four Rivers fountain in Piazza Navona, my personal favorite!
Bernini's Tritone fountain in Piazza Barberini - spectacular!
The Spanish Steps would not be so amazing without La Barcaccia fountain at the bottom. Oh yes, another Bernini (with his dad!)
Fontana delle Tartarughe. The Turtle Fountain is hidden in the Jewish Ghetto in Piazza Mattei, and is a treat to find
The Fontana delle Rana (Frog Fountain) in the beautiful and quirky Coppedè neighborhood is worth seeing all by itself
The Fontanone on the Gianicolo is one of the biggest fountains in Rome, with gorgeous views of Rome to the other side
Need I say more? Then how about his sculpture of Christ The Redeemer in Santa Maria Sopra Minerva? And his own favorite statue that he made: Moses, which can be seen in the church Saint Peter in Chains?
Michelangelo's "Christ the Redeemer" in Santa Maria Sopra Minerva
Michelangelo's Moses is one of my favorite reasons to visit Rome
The extraordinary gardens of Tivoli in the Villa d'Este are just outside of Rome and make for an easy half-day trip
If you decide to use Rome as your base, you can easily visit Florence, Pompeii, Ostia Antica, Tivoli and many wineries, medieval hill towns (Orvieto, Assisi to name two), and beaches, most within 1.5 hours of Rome.
Rome is close to so many other regions like Tuscany. This wonderful town (and spa) in San Casciano dei Bagni is 1.5 hours from Rome.
One of the best reasons to visit Rome is that it's small enough that you can easily walk around and see a lot of things in one day, but big enough that you can always find a park, a cafe, a piazza, and even a monument or museum where there is nobody, including in peak season.
Villa Celimontana park
A quiet cafe to relax in
Trajan's Market - one of Rome's most amazing ruins and hardly anyone visits!
The Galleria Doria Pamphilj is a stunning museum and hardly ever crowded
There really is something for everyone here, from turbo-sight-seeing, to a quiet, restful vacation in one of the world's most beautiful cities!
"Rome is the world's 4th most important centre for fashion in the world, according to the 2009 Global Language Monitor after Milan, New York and Paris, and beating London"
And in the other great neighborhoods like Monti, Piazza Navona and Prati, to name only a few, you can find fantastic one-off boutique shopping for unique jewellery, fashion, and art...again all in beautiful, easy to walk around local areas.
I love this sweet jewellery shop on via del Boschetto, in the Monti neighborhood of Rome
Reasons to Visit Rome - Are you convinced?
One reason I think people skip Rome, especially when they fly in or out of it, with other Italian destinations as the goal, is they think Rome is too big, dirty, difficult to manage. And that there is just the Colosseum here, and that could be skipped so there's more time for the beach, or smaller towns, or wine country.
But Rome has it all, and if you plan it right, you can enjoy all these things right here: We have art, history and culture, but also quiet spots, gardens, and beaches. Give it a shot, you'll thank me!
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