The Colosseum, originally known as the Flavian Amphitheater, is one of the most recognizable buildings on Earth. Built in the late 1st century A.D., it was a gift to the Roman people by a Flavian family emperor. This marvel of clever engineering is the model for nearly every large sports arena today. Historians estimate that it could hold over 50,000 people, which is more or less the same size as most modern stadiums. But instead of watching football, Roman spectators enjoyed wild animal hunts, executions, and gladiatorial combats. It’s a must see when in Rome!
Another influential architectural phenomenon found in Rome is the Pantheon. Built approximately 50-60 years after the Colosseum, it acts as the principal inspiration for countless monumental public buildings across the world, such as city halls, libraries, and museums. Think of the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C. or St. Peter’s Basilica outside of — you guessed it — Rome. Even more impressive is the fact that the Pantheon was built using only concrete (no reinforcement of any kind).
It’s not Rome. It’s not Italy either. Vatican City is an independent city-state ruled by the Pope. Through entrance fees to its grounds, sales of stamps, and various contributions, Vatican City has enjoyed its absolute monarchy since the late 1920s. Vatican City is, of course, home to St. Peter’s Basilica, the Vatican Museums, and the Sistine Chapel. And within each of these sites exist some of the most remarkable objects in the world. Just don’t get caught taking a photo in the Sistine Chapel. ;)
But enough with history! How does one even begin to describe a place like Rome? There are countless infamous sites that will take your breath away. And yes, they are all impressive and worth every minute of your time when visiting Italy’s capital city. But getting lost within Rome’s cobbled streets brings with it every bit as much charm as the main attractions do. So be sure to put your map away and enjoy finding your own little piece of Rome.
When travelling, eating delicious food is a must. In Italy and in Rome, it’s quite easy to do just that. Cacio e pepe, carbonara, Roman artichokes, burrata, gelato, tiramisu … we think you get the point. Stay away from the touristy restaurants, do your research ahead of time, and enjoy eating the simple, delicate cuisine that has spread to every corner of the world. And when in doubt, just order the cacio e pepe. Check out our recommendations for restaurants in Rome >>
The Negroni cocktail is one of our all-time favorites. Rumor has it that Count Camillo Negroni of Italy inspired this drink after asking his bartender to strengthen his Americano by adding gin. This classic drink is made of equal parts gin, Campari, and sweet vermouth with a twist of orange. The best one we had during our time in Rome was at the amazing Sorpasso in the hip district of Prati. If you enjoy great ambiance, stellar food, and perfect cocktails, be sure to visit this spot on your next trip to Rome.