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!
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:
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!):
Just like you can't really get New York pizza outside of New York, you can't really get Roman pizza outside of Rome.
There are certain foods that are special in Rome.
Roman artichokes, fried or braised, are a delicacy all by themselves.
And in case you didn't know, spaghetti alla carbonara was invented in Rome.
Michelangelo may be one of the most famous artists of all time. And many of his most famous works are in Rome.
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, in the church Saint Peter in Chains?
Not to mention all his architectural feats, some of which include the dome of Saint Peter's Basilica ...
and ... Capitoline Hill (Campidoglio) as we know it today.
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.
The entire city of Rome is a UNESCO World Heritage site. There may be a higher concentration of art and historical monuments in the center of Rome than in any place else in the world.
We have layers and layers of visible and visitable history going back nearly 3000 years.
We have buildings and piazzas and churches from the Renaissance and Baroque periods and plenty of history and architecture from the 19th and 20th century to boot.
And the beautiful thing is, you can just walk around and see a lot of it for free. Rome itself is a living museum!
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.
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!
You could spend your entire time in Rome just visiting churches, and you would not run out of awesome art and architecture to gaze upon.
We have ancient Roman monuments and building, turned into churches...
We have the only 4 Papal basilicas in the world, all right here...
We have churches full of Caravaggio paintings...
And so many more amazing Renaissance and Baroque churches, all filled with history, art and architectural wonders.
We do have a change in seasons, but even in the hottest days of summer, there are lots of ways to sightsee and stay cool.
Just about any time you come to Rome, you will find mild, (mostly) comfortable weather.
And in winter, you can enjoy Rome at its least crowded, and it's really not that cold.
For me, one of the best reasons to visit Rome is how amazing the views are.
Rome was founded on Seven Hills.
And from some of them, and even other spots around Rome, you will have some of the most magnificent vistas of a beautiful, ancient city living inside a modern one.
And then there are the sunset views...nobody does them like Rome!
Yes you can shop in other cities around Italy. But Rome is special for shopping. Why?
We have some of the best of the best Italian luxury brands, mostly concentrated around the historic Spanish Steps shopping area.
But in that same area, you will also find inexpensive and medium-priced shops for clothing, shoes, leather belts and bags, scarves, gloves and more.
You'll find plenty of shopping for him, her, the kids, and for your home, not to mention lots of great gifts for those back home...all in an easy, beautiful walkable area.
Did I mention Valentino is from Rome and is based here? Same with Bulgari, Fendi, Laura Biagiotti, and Brioni.
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.
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. I hope I've convinced you there are enough reasons to visit Rome. Give it a shot, you'll thank me!
One of the top reasons to visit Rome is that it's where your plane lands/takes off from...so why not stop for a few days?
I'm serious. Rome's Fiumicino international airport is one of the main airports in Italy and in Europe, and many people begin or end a vacation here. And they don't stay to see Rome.
But you're already here. So stay.
I think I've given you some great reasons to visit Rome. Visit the official website of the Rome tourist board for even more!
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