ROME AND ITS WONDERS
Rome was called the “Eternal City” by the ancient Romans because they believed that no matter what happened in the rest of the world, the city of Rome would always remain standing. Exploring the city centre by foot surrounded by glorious monuments and colossal remains takes you back in time to the “glory that was Rome”. Once the ancient republic and empire whose armies and polity defined the Western world in antiquity and left seemingly indelible imprints thereafter, the spiritual and physical seat of the Roma Catholic Church and the site of major pinnacles of artistic and intellectual achievement. Rome is today a political capital, a religious center and memorial to the creative imagination of the past.
What to see in Rome
The large amphitheatre that housed 65,000 spectators in Roman days. Gladiators battled each other as well as wild animals in the Colosseum's arena.
Trevi Fountain of Rome
The most famous fountain in Rome and perhaps even the world must be the ‘Fontana di Trevi’, or Trevi Fountain.
St. Peter’s Basilica
The St. Peter’s Basilica, or ‘Basilica di San Pietro in Vaticano’ is the spiritual centre of the Catholic Church and residence of the pope.
Spanish Steps (Piazza di Spagna)
At the foot of the French church ‘Trinita dei Monti’ lie the 135 steps of the Spanish Steps.
Originally, the 2nd-century Castel Sant’Angelo, or Castle of the Holy Angel, was a mausoleum for emperor Hadrian. After archangel Michael appeared here in 590 and ended a plague, pope Pius II had a large bronze statue of the angels placed on top of the castle
Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel
Over the centuries, the popes amassed an enormous art collection varying from Roman objects and religious relics to countless paintings. In the Vatican Museums you can visit 54 richly decorated rooms and view these art treasures of the Catholic church. The highlight for many visitors is likely to be the famous Sistine Chapel.
Eating in Rome
CARBONARA PASTA: it is one of Italy’s most famous dishes, carbonara is made with four ingredients only: guanciale, grated Italian hard cheese, egg and black pepper.
CODA ALLA VACCINARA: (ox-tail) which is cooked into a rich stew
CACIO E PEPE PASTA: cheese & pepper is a typically poor dish and one of the oldest recipes in Roman cuisine, it is simply made from black pepper and grated Pecorino Romano cheese
CARCIOFI (artichokes): are cooked chiefly in two ways, simmered in the pan with herbs to produce a tender, soft green artichoke head (carciofo alla Romana) or deep fried to a striking bronze shade for the Jewish-style artichoke (carciofi alla Giudia).
SUPPLI: Rice balls made from cooked rice with Mozzarella inside and breaded and fried.