I love Rome! Yes, it can be chaotic, and crowded. The traffic in the streets can be daunting for visitors who have chosen to drive around town, and even for those who attempt to cross a street. But, even with all of that, the city is wonderful, and filled with amazing things to see, and fantastic restaurants in which to dine, which I will talk about in future blogs.
Whenever I am in Rome, I make my home in the beautiful neighborhood of Collina Fleming, an area in the north of the city. This is an area that is mainly residential. That said, one can find anything one wants without leaving the area. There are plenty of shops, selling everything from clothing to furniture, to all kinds of food. There is even a Michelin-starred restaurant, Acquolina, in the neighborhood, and a famous cooking school.
A short walk over the Ponte Milvio takes you to Piazza Mancini, where it is possible to catch either, trams or local buses, to go almost anywhere in the city.
If you take the local tram, the last stop from Piazza Mancini is directly behind Piazza del Popolo, which is a must-see when in Rome.
There is always something happening in this large, public square.
Via del Corso is one of the city’s main shopping streets, and it is always crowded with people, tourists, and Romans alike.
I never tire of walking these streets. There is always something new to notice, no matter how many times you walk down them, or at least that is the way it seems to me.
The Galleria Sordi is a covered shopping mall, right in the middle of Rome!
Even the doors in Rome are wonderful!
At different times, various churches in the city will host art exhibitions. These can be a lot of fun to see, as the churches themselves are works of art. It is kind of like having art inside of art, and that makes the whole experience all the more exciting.
One of my favorite spots in Rome is Piazza della Rotonda, the square in front of the Pantheon. I make it a point to visit this piazza every time I travel to Rome, and I also make a quick trip inside of the ancient church. This is certainly something that everyone traveling to this city should see!
Inside of the Pantheon, it is possible to visit the tombs of Raphael, Vittorio Emanuele II, Umberto I, and Queen Margherita. The ceiling of the building, with its open hole, makes for a very dramatic experience, especially on rainy days.
Piazza Navona is another of Rome’s beautiful squares. It is a fun place to sit and people-watch, or to browse the art that the local painters have displayed at the stalls around the square. The three beautiful fountains that adorn the space make for a truly memorable experience.
Rome is a city that is best when one discards the map, and wanders aimlessly. I love getting lost in this city! It seems as if around every single corner, there is another beautiful building, a fountain, or a view that takes one’s breath away.
The Museo Barracco is a wonderful museum within a five-minute walk from Piazza Navona. This is the where Giovanni Barracco kept his collection of antique sculptures, which was donated to the city of Rome. It is free to enter this museum, and I highly recommend it!
Even dogs dress well in Rome!
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