I love Roma. 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 Roma, I make my home in the beautiful neighborhood of Colline 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, Acqualina, 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 Roma.
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 mater how many times you walk down them, or at least that’s the way that it seems to me.
The Galleria Sordi is a covered shopping mall, right in the middle of Roma!
Even the doors in Roma 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’s kind of like having art inside of art, and that makes the whole experience all the more exciting.
One of my favorite spots in Roma is Piazza del Rotonda, the square in front of the Pantheon. I make it a point to visit this piazza every time that I travel to Roma, and I also make a quick trip inside of the ancient church. This is certainly something that everyone traveling to Roma should see. Inside of the Pantheon it is possible to visit the tombs of Raphael, Vittorio Emanuel II, Umberto I, and Queen Margherita. The ceiling of the building, with it’s open hole, makes for a very dramatic experience, especially on rainy days.
Piazza Navona is another of Roma’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 truly memorable experience.
Roma 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 is another beautiful building, or a fountain, or view that takes one’s breath away.
The Museo Barracco is a wonderful museum within a five minutes walk from Piazza Navona. This is the where Giovanni Barracco kept his collection of antique sculpture, which was donated to the city of Roma. It is free to enter this museum, and I highly recommend it!
Even dogs dress well in Roma!
Next up: More from Roma
Note: this blog is written in English, and the author takes no responsibility for the quality of any translations that may appear.