Rome is one of the most illustrious cities in the world, and perhaps the most popular, at least as far as tourists are concerned. Let's take a brief tour through its streets - a tour through history and local culture!
It’s a fact that Rome seems to have two populations: the Romans, of course, and the tourists, who populate the Eternal City all year round. In the summer, a never-ending stream of sightseers converges on Rome (while many of the locals flee the summer heat and crowds), guidebooks and cameras in hand. Every one of them - Americans, Europeans, Japanese and others - is given a warm welcome as Rome extends its hand, inviting them to come wine, dine and enjoy all that the city has to offer in true Roman style.
Rome is a city to be cherished - from its sights to its sounds. Take in the view of the city's profile from Janiculum Hill at first light, or the broken marble columns and ruins at the Roman Forum. Marvel at St. Peter's dome against a pink-and-red sunset, crowning the magnificently ornamented basilica. In the early morning, the ringing of church bells calls the faithful to Mass. As the city awakens and comes to life, the sounds swell and merge into a crescendo. Rather than disturbing the peace, the urban symphony contributes to the delightful ambiance that characterizes Rome.
Despite the chaos, or perhaps because of it, Romans really know how to enjoy themselves. Once you’ve finished wandering through the Colosseum and gawking at the Pantheon, after you've made your way through St. Peter's Basilica and thrown a coin in the Trevi Fountain, it’s time to experience the charisma of a Roman evening. Find a cafe at twilight and watch the shades of pink turn to gold and copper before night falls.
This is when a completely different Rome emerges: restaurants and cafes become the focal point, especially the ones hidden in ancient piazzas or along narrow alleys in Trastevere. After dinner, enjoy an espresso and then stroll through the city with a gelato, past fountains and Piazza Navona, or anywhere that Rome beckons.