Our friends at Dealchecker.co.uk lead us through some romantic highlights of the Eternal City.

Rome is arguably the most romantic capitals in the world. As a centre of power, culture and religion for the past 2,500 years, Rome and the Romans have been a force to reckon with. Rome has a fascinating history and a vibrant urban life that has been going on strong for several millennia, plus gorgeous temperate weather that is amenable to zipping across town on a scooter with the wind in the hair. Rome is a sprawling city that is best taken in a piecemeal fashion over several days or several weeks in the same way as an archaeologist would uncover an ancient city- slowly. Summer is the best time to go fly to Rome, with a busy calendar of summer events and festivals to enjoy.

Ancient Rome

The central ancient district of Rome is a UNESCO World Heritage Site; check out romantic and dramatic homages to ancient gods, millennium-old basilicas and cathedrals and opulent ruins. On arriving at the Piazza Venezia walk to the Piazza del Campidoglio and the Roman Forum, Colosseum and Palatine Hill. This is an illuminating trip through the beginnings of western civilisation as we know it today.

Nightlife

Trastevere is centre of the vibrant night life in Rome and where all of the pretty young things come out to play after dark. There is a selection of excellent restaurants open very late cooking a succulent array of Italian food in gigantic proportions. A good selection of Italian wine and beer plus imported beer can be purchased and enjoyed al fresco along the street. Campo de’Fiori square is located a short distance away from the Trastevere; check out clubs with pumping music and intimate jazz bars for more relaxed and quiet nights amongst friends.

Shopping

A lot of the night-time party districts transform into old-fashioned market districts during the day. Campo de’Fiori is the oldest market in Rome, having been in existence since 1478. Porta Portese is open on Sundays in the early morning until 1 pm and located on the left bank of the Tiber River, specialising in new and used clothes. Uncovering Rome is as exhilarating as uncovering ancient treasures, so what are you waiting for?

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