Rome: the city of La Dolce Vita
With 28 centuries of history to explore, Rome is a treasure trove of refinement and ‘piacere' (pleasure).
Since all roads lead here, make haste to find the one that leads straight to its heart. For Rome, the ‘Eternal City', is the city of splendours. Nestled among the seven hills that jealously guard it, under the watchful eyes of the stone lions of Piazza del Popolo and the maternal gaze of the Capitoline Wolf, it proudly and haughtily flaunts, at every viale and vicoli, and on each of its countless piazzas, its marvellous adornments and enticements. Gardens, galleries, palaces, domes, fountains… each takes us back to the Rome of the Caesars, the Rome of the popes, the Renaissance of the Borgias and the Medicis, the Baroque explosion. Rome, this beautiful, millennia-old grand dame, invites you on a journey through the centuries. Walk with her from the Colosseum to St. Peter's Basilica, through the gardens of the Villa Borghese to the Trevi Fountain. Stroll with her in this open-air museum, where the soft, golden light is reflected in the dappled water of the fountains, over the gleaming statues of Bernini and Michelangelo, and the ancient marble covering ever surface, thousands of years old.
Don't, however, make the mistake of only seeing Rome as a setting of secular splendours. A dolce vita perfume fills in the air, and you will quickly realise that here beats the heart of a lively Italy, vibrant and festive. Trastevere, the favourite area of Romans, is almost a cliché, with laundry drying in windows above small trattorias whose culinary wonders are more often to be found among the daily suggestions than on the written menus. Mixing with the cheerful locals will introduce you to the city's customs and traditions—like its white wine, Lazio. The Romans are like their city: they have a noble air about them, and fine and delicate manners, but sometimes they reveal a spicier, sharp-witted, more insolent side. Rome, the mysterious and mesmerising Prima Donna, has more than one trick for charming those who seek to discover her.