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St Peter's Square | The Colosseum | Roman Forum | The Pantheon | Trevi Fountain |
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The centre of Europe for centuries, Rome is the perfect destination for lovers of history, sophistication and good food. If it’s culture, history and a healthy dose of style that you are after, then look no further than Italy’s capital Rome. The centre of the once mighty Roman Empire and the home of Roman Catholicism has more than enough impressive sights to feast your eyes on for days.
Whether it’s art and history, Italian designer shops, or some mouthwatering cuisine that takes your fancy, Rome has more than enough on offer. Known as the ‘Eternal City’, Rome has to be the world’s biggest open-air museum. This is a place where awe-inspiring Roman remains battle with Renaissance churches and opulent fountains for your attention. The architecture here is mind-blowing, with a kaleidoscope of Baroque, Renaissance and Neoclassical buildings sprinkled throughout the city centre. How about starting with the Colosseum, the Pantheon or the Roman Forum? Or perhaps the Vatican, the Trevi Fountain or the Spanish Steps?
Put aside for a minute the ancient sights, galleries full of priceless artworks and museums bursting with the heritage of the western world and you’ll find a modern city full of noisy Vespas, chic little bistros, designer shops and trendy bars and clubs. A perfect marriage of old and new, Rome will delight visitors of all ages.
Beg, borrow or steal a ticket for the Rome derby at the Olympic Stadium, as local Serie A rivals AS Roma and SS Lazio clash in the tie of the year in one of Europe's greatest footballing cities. Scheduled for 4 December, if you can't by a ticket for the stadium, the second best option is finding a pub in the centre and soaking up the atmosphere with passionate local supporters.
Every four years the Quadriennale d'Arte tries to take the temperature of the contemporary Italian art scene by bringing works from its greatest artists together in one place. This year, the 16th edition of this show is being held at Rome's Palazzo delle Esposizione, and features the work of over 100 artists in a range of disciplines, curated by a panel of contemporary art experts. Until 8 January 2017.
Testaccio's former slaughterhouse complex has been transformed over the past decade, and is now a cultural hub in a series of very atmospheric halls. Housing a contemporary art gallery, MACRO Testaccio, an outdoor space for concerts and festivals, two restaurants and an organic supermarket, architecturally it's also a fascinating, 19th century industrial space that really left its mark on this corner of Rome. Entry is free except for concerts and certain exhibitions at MACRO. Piazza Orazio Giustiniani 4, Rome
Head to the Castelli Romani district, 25 miles from Rome, for local food festivals in its hilltop towns throughout the autumn. In October, Marino hosts a chocolate festival, with stands selling artisan sweets and hot chocolate from 7-9 October, while 14-16 October sees the annual chestnut festival return to Rocca dei Papi, featuring hot roast chestnuts and food stands galore. Trains to the principal towns of Frascati, Marino and Albano Laziale depart regularly from Termini station.
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