The first time you visit Rome it will captivate you and you’ll be smitten for life. Rome is like that first love; the one you never quite get over, often think of and cherish the time you had, which leaves you with secret memories which stay with you long after she is gone. If you’ve not visited Rome, do so; you’ll fall in love with the grand old lady just as I did.
Romance isn’t dead
Take a short or long break and stay in one of the hundreds of Rome apartments located in some of the picturesque squares in this beautiful, ancient city. If you stay you have to visit the Trevi Fountain (pictured lit at night) with your loved one by your side and throw in a coin. Legend has it that if you do so you are guaranteed a return to the eternal city. Such is its appeal the fountain has inspired poets and songwriters throughout history. Perhaps the most famous of all is the 1954 movie Three Coins in the Fountain which also inspired a song of the same name.
The attraction of Rome
Wander round the streets and you’ll find coffee shops, trattoria specialising in local cuisine and ice cream parlours selling ice cream to die for. There are hundreds of Rome apartments each of which reflect the flavour of the local area and many are family run businesses. One of the favourite pastimes of Romans and Italians in general is drinking good coffee and watching the world go by from pavement cafes, and is something which tourists can easily become accustomed to.
If you visit Rome the classical architecture is something to behold. Rome is home to more fountains than any other city in the world with many of them in public piazzas or squares. The piazza Navone is one such square; dating back to the latter years of the 15th century the Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi which translates as the Fountain of the Four Rivers stands at the centre of the piazza.
It is a typical square lined with restaurants, coffee shops and bars and is a hub of nightlife activity for both locals and tourists alike. However, if you go to Rome you have to visit the Colosseum, one of Rome’s most popular tourist sites. Construction was started in 72AD and took eight years to complete and in its heyday was the centre of some of the most barbarous acts in human history.
The cityscape is the backdrop for some of the greatest sculptures known to the world. The entire city is a living museum and you can ‘feel’ history exude from every stone, every statue and every cobble on the streets – and there are hundreds of cobbled streets to explore.
There was once a saying that all roads lead to Rome and visiting the city it is easy to see how it was once the centre of a great civilisation. Getting around is easy; the metro, buses and of course trams and taxis will bring the entire city within easy reach. I guarantee exploring Rome using one of the hundreds of Rome apartments as your base will enthral and captivate.
But don’t take my word for it, you should visit as soon as you can to discover its delights for yourself, and don’t forget; save a coin for the Trevi Fountain.
Graham Green is a freelance travel writer and has stayed in many Rome apartments while travelling, exploring and writing about this ancient city.