When in Rome

by Niki Kefala

I visited Rome few days ago for a winter escape from Greece. Too much cold, as you might expect (it had snowed a week before I go there). A trip to Rome is as much about living the dolce vita lifestyle and also the culture, as the whole city is like an open museum. Stroll around the center and without even trying, you’ll come across masterpieces like sculptures by Michelangelo, canvases by Caravaggio, Raphael frescoes and fountains by Bernini. Moreover, picturesque streets, pretty piazzas, fashionable men and women are an integral part of the Roman experience.

Ancient icons such as the Colosseum and Pantheon recall Rome’s time as the ultimate Roman Empire. It’s not only the Rome, but also the Vatican City. The St Peter’s Basilica is the greatest of the city’s monumental basilicas (and the most amazing church I have ever seen), a towering masterpiece of Renaissance architecture.

view of san peter basilica, rome

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Yummy: Eating out is one of Rome’s great pleasures. For contemporary fine dining and five-star wine there are many number of refined restaurants, but for a truly Roman meal search out the city’s lovely pizzerias and neighborhood trattorias that serving delicious pasta and of course pizza (the thin one). These are where the locals go to dine with friends.

Like home: I stayed in Dharma Hotel at via Torino. Good location and walkable distance to most of the sightseeing places in Rome. Newly renovated rooms, very stylish and clean and also very very warm. With the snow outside was great!

Dress up: If you travel to the Eternal City in winter, I would say that, what you mostly need, is a very warm coat, leather gloves, wool hat and thick sole boots for many many walks.

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Almost famous: If you like to feel like a movie star, then you must visit cinecitta. By metro is very easy to go there. It is a large film studio, very important for the Italian cinema. The studios were constructed during the Fascist era as part of a scheme to revive the Italian film industry. The movie sets are great and go us back in time.

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The three Italian words you must learn before visit Rome:

Buongiorno: means good morning and you will hear it everywhere.

Passeggiata: means a leisurely walk or stroll, especially one taken in the evening for the purpose of socializing. You must do many of those. 

Bella ragazza: means beautiful girl and because you are in Rome, you must know that Italian guys are very flirty.

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