Rome was once the largest city in the world, but it is now quite compact. This is great news for visitors as the majority of its famous sites are within walking distance of each other. There was a time, not long ago at all, when there wasn’t much more to Rome than its distant past. Many of its historical sites were once closed off, but now they’re open to the public.
Rome is now a far more accessible, liveable city than ever before. It’s also a more organised city, as the efficient welcome extended to the millions who flocked here after the death of Pope John Paul II has proven. Known as the ‘Eternal City’ there’s really only one way to find out why, and that’s to visit this amazing city for yourself. It’s fascinating and captivating; if it’s history and religion that you’re interested in or shopping and food, or even just an escape away from it all, Rome has something that will suit everyone.
Rome has a large variety of places to dine, as there are wine bars, salad bars, gastro pubs, designer restaurants and deli-diners. The traditional categories have been broadened with posh restaurants now going minimalist, and new trattorias that are creative rather than humble. The usually unchanging pizzeria has been shaken up and given a new lease of life.
Eating in Rome used to be a bargain; however, inflation and opportunism in general have ensured an end to this, though the bill will still be better when compared with a similar dining experience in Dublin.
If you’re looking for recommendations on where to eat, we would definitely recommend Osteria Ponte Sisto, Dar Poeta and Luzzi. They’re some of the best in the city.
The bar life is quite active in Rome, though it does differ from here in Ireland. If you’re looking for somewhere to enjoy a few drinks, then you have to visit Druid’s Glen, Finnegan Pub and Fluid. The Irish pubs in Rome are perfect if you get a little homesick and just want a night out to enjoy the craic.
If you’re looking for expensive chic merchandise head for Via Borgognona and Via Condotti, both of which are close to Piazza di Spagna. Via del Corso is where you’ll find threads and styles aimed at the younger consumer while close-by on Via Francesco Crispi you should find unusual and less expensive gifts for those who don’t want to spend a fortune. Between these two streets is Via Frattina where part of the street is closed to traffic and the concentration of shops is densest. If you’re shopping in Rome then you have no choice than to visit Via Frattina.
When in Rome…
Make sure that you visit the Colosseum, the Capitoline museum, St. Peter’s Church, Porta Portese market, Trevi Fountain and Piazza San Pietro square!