The seven-hill city still attracts as many art and history lovers as ever: like in the 19th century, when a trip to Rome was as important as learning Greek and Latin to be considered a learned person. People nowadays also come to Rome to experience the city of thedolce vita for themselves. Some also come to Rome for a pilgrimage, whether religious or symbolic, as it is the closest city to the independent state of the Vatican (the world's smallest).
With a surface area of 496 sq mi, the Italian capital city is much smaller than London. This doesn't mean that it is a village though, far from it: historic Rome, built around its mythic hills (the most famous being Palatine Hill, Capitoline Hill, Esquiline Hill and Quirinal Hill), still gives the impression of being the city of the ancient world, with countless remains, ancient temples and basilicas that have been converted into churches, with Roman-tiled roofs, high walls surrounding private gardens and colonnaded porches.
Go and take a look at Rome from the Piazza di Porta Capena, where Via Appia ends (the first road built by the Romans which linked Rome to Capua, north of Naples, and then to Brindisi, on the Adriatic coast). Visit the Great Circus (Circo Massimo), with the Palatine Hill on one side (and the remains of ancient Republican Rome that go with it), the Aventine Hill further down, with a garden of Mediterranean scents, where ancient buildings resembling palaces stick out of the green vegetation. A Roman from the time of Julius Caesar would not feel disoriented in front of these landscapes. What has changed, however, is the nightlife districts of the Eternal city - years ago, people enjoyed the dolce vita in the taverns of the Capitol (overlooking the Forum); nowadays, people go across the nearby Tiber and wander through the Trastevere district, sure to find good food and convivial bars around one of the medieval streets.
It's easy to be swept away by the crowds at the Trevi Fountain and pale at the prospect of wading down the Spanish Steps, but just under the surface Rome hides a more tranquil side. With almost 8,000 square metres of space, the beautiful gardens at Parco Savello was built in the early 20th century. Also known as the Giardino degli aranchi (Orange garden), it is one of three viewpoints overlooking the city, together with il Pincio and il Gianicolo.
St Peter's receives up to 20,000 visitors a day but there are other basilicas in Rome that are magnificent, and yet have astoundingly little tourist traffic. For instance, take the Metro out a few stops to San Paolo Fuori le Mura (Via Ostiense 190), the third-largest church in Christendom, and you may well be the only visitor. Known in English as the Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Walls, it is one of Rome's many forgotten churches.
The Vatican Gardens are are attrction reserved to those who are organised as you'll need to book at least a week in advance in order to visit. An organised two-hour guided tour is the only way to access the gardens and, needless to say, spaces disappear fast. The gardens themselves cover over half of the entire area of Vatican City, home to sweeping lawns, orchards, grottoes and monuments to popes past.
Located in the heart of the city, not five minutes walk from Campo de' Fiori, the Palazzo Spada houses an intereseting architectural feature. Master architect Borromini was hired to refit the villa and decided to create this perspective from the internal courtyard. Though the colonade seems to stretch on for over 30 metres, in reality it is just 9 metres long and the ceiling at the end is so low that only a small child can stand up straight.
Rome's communal rose garden is free for visitors and holds over 1,000 species of botanic roses. Both old and modern, the plants have been collected from all over the world and each year the garden holds an international competition to celebrate the most beautiful new varieties of rose.
These indicators are used as a set of criteria to predict overall weather conditions in Rome . The different indicators are there to help you prepare for your trip to Rome so you can make plans based on the weather forecast, whether it be a trip to the beach, walking, visiting attractions and museums or winter sports... Here you'll find a precise, overall weather score for each week in Rome , which takes into account temperature indicators, bad weather predictions, sunshine levels and wind speeds.
Maximum temperature not to exceed 16°C, the perceived temperature is <30°.
Light showers - averaging between 10.5mm and 17.5mm per week.
Cloudy with sunny intervals (40% to 60% cloud cover).
Moderate to strong winds (between 12mph and 18mph).
Slight feeling of discomfort due air humidity registering higher than 65%.