Rome is the capital of Italy. This amazing city has an extensive history that dates back to two and half thousand years. Rome is a hub for culture, shopping and dining. The magnificent sites from the Roman Empire are still open for tourists to visit and the historical influence of the city cannot be missed. The food and wine is absolutely fabulous and forms a significant part of the Italian culture. After a long day of sightseeing and shopping try some of Italy’s best wines at a trattoria while overlooking the city’s beautiful architecture.
The are two main airports in the region, Fiumicino airport, also called Leonardo da Vinci Airport, and Ciampino airport. When you arrive from Australia its most likely that you will arrive to the Fiumicino airport, situated approximately 30 kilometers from the city center.
Most people use taxis as transportation in the city center but remember that the system is different from Australia. You must wait at a taxi stand or call in advance, it’s almost impossible to get a taxi on the street. ATAC is the public transport company that runs buses and trams in the city. Most tourists walk or grab a bus/taxi, since the subway only operates in some parts of the city.
Italy is world renowned for its wine and food culture. Every region and city has their own specialties inspired by their history and climate. Roman specialties include the “perfect” carbonara and the Roman Pizza that is known for its thin and crispy base. When in Rome you should sit down and have a meal at a genuine Italian-style Trattoria. Piazza Navona is probably one of the best places to visit if you want to eat, drink and relax while looking at the beautiful buildings and fountains surrounding you.
The Trastevere is a popular area for both Romans and tourists and is well known for its narrow streets with its many pubs and restaurants.
Campo de’ Fiori is a large square in the heart of Rome. During the day it hosts a large market and after the sun sets, it transforms into a great place to sit down and have a drink at one of the many restaurants and bars. If you are looking for a night out dancing and clubbing, the Testaccio area is good place to go as it is dense with clubs and bars.
Most attractions in Rome offer special guided tours for children or special kids zones where children can play freely. One of the most visited sites for families is the Explora, Rome’s Children Museum (website). The museum has ample space for kids to run around and plenty of things to do. Villa Borghese Park is another great venue for the kids. It has many different activities for kids and provide a great place for the entire family.
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