8 Reasons Why Rome Should Be Next on Your Destination List

photo: Willian West

Words by Rosana Beechum
September 13th, 2019

If you’re planning a short city getaway or a family holiday abroad, knowing where to go can be tricky. Whether you’re new to the travelling scene or you’ve jet-set across the globe, there are so many interesting cities to visit that are packed full of history, tasty cuisine, and stunning architecture. Known as one of the most popular and oldest cities in Europe, Rome welcomes millions of tourists from across the world every year. With plenty of history, art, and glorious views to take in, here are eight reasons why Rome should be next on your destination list.

Architecture

For thousands of years, the city of Rome has been home to some of the most important historic nations and empires, resulting in a healthy influx of stunning architecture that can be found across the city. Housing 12 of Italy’s 45 UNESCO sites such as the Spanish steps and the Pantheon, the architecture found in the city is probably one of the first things that you will notice once you step off the plane.

photo: Chad Greiter
St. Peter's Basilica
photo: Pascal Chanel

History

If you’re into your history, exploring what Rome has to offer will enable you to dig further into the city’s rich heritage and culture. There are dozens of structures and buildings that are thousands of years old, meaning that wherever you are in the city, you will be able to explore more about the rise of the Roman Empire. There are plenty of guided tours that you may be interested in booking, helping you to get a better idea of what makes the city so special, or if you’re feeling adventurous, you may want to map out your own tour.

The Colosseum

Art

Rome is arguably one of the most popular destinations on the planet for art appreciators. From the moment you arrive in the city, you can take in some of the most breath-taking sculptures, paintings, and architecture that are bound to catch your eye. There are dozens of famous artists whose work is proudly displayed across the city, including Salvi, Bernini, and Michelangelo. If you are into art, no trip to Rome is complete without a visit to one of numerous galleries and museums dotted across the city, displaying some of the most brilliant artworks known to man. Some of the most popular galleries and museums include the Villa Borghese Gallery and the Museum of Contemporary Art.

Friendly Locals

If you aren’t used to travelling, going somewhere new can be a daunting experience, however, if Rome is on the agenda, you will be happy to know that the locals are known as some of the friendliest in Europe. Italians are known for their hospitality, meaning that if you get lost and need directions, you are bound to find someone who is willing to point you in the right direction. From the young residents to the elderly, those who inhabit Rome are very helpful and polite.

Fashion Shopping

For those who love their fashion, you can shop till you drop when in Rome. There are several streets in the city that house some of the most popular European and Italian clothing brands, such as Prada, Marni, and Armani to name just a few. There are various shopping areas across the city, each of which has its own flavour and speciality. Whether you want the new ‘It’ bag or to update your wardrobe, Rome has everything you need.

photo: Faruk Kaymak

Luxury Accommodation

After a busy day of sightseeing, many of us want nothing more than somewhere peaceful, relaxing, and luxurious to relax and unwind. If you are after a touch of sophistication and elegance, you may be interested in 7boutiquehotels.com. The company has a range of boutique hotels that are located across Rome. When on their website, you can explore a range of options available, helping you to find the right accommodation for your stay.

Tasty Cuisine

For the foodies, your taste buds are sure to be explored when visiting Rome. With Italian food known worldwide, every region across Italy has its own speciality, enabling you to try out some of the tastiest local food around. A popular favourite in Rome is spaghetti a la carbonara, which is essentially pasta dressed in bacon, pecorino cheese, and eggs. There are plenty of cafes, bars, and restaurants which are located across the city, meaning you’re never too far from tucking into something delicious!

photo: Cristina Gottardi
Trevi Fountain

Wine

What better way to get a ‘taste’ for the city than sitting back and relaxing with a glass of wine? Visiting a wine tasting event in Rome will make you understand why so many people flock to the city every year. There are lots of wine shops that are dedicated to this purpose too. What’s more, Rome hosts various wine tasting ceremonies that are not to be missed.

Before you book your adventure to Rome, it’s always handy to do some research on what makes this Italian city so popular with tourists. For those into their history, there are plenty of museums to explore. If you consider yourself a fashionista, Rome is full to the brim with high street and high-end clothing stores. Whether you’re travelling solo, with friends, or as a family, Rome caters to all.