It all started a couple of years ago when I watched Sorrentino’s melancholic film La grande bellezza (The Great Beauty) and became fascinated by Rome. This year when I visited the city I almost felt like the movie’s playlist accompanied me through the streets of Rome.
This isn’t a regular tutorial of top 10 things you must visit in Rome, but the things I think you should do besides the common list:
1. The sights of other famous cities might be mapped out by a few subway stops, unlike Rome, where you can rely on good weather and unreliable transportation and you’re best off traveling by foot. Let your guard down and let your feet take you wherever they feel like it- don’t be scared to get lost in the city because that’s the way you’ll discover the warm aroma of a bakery, the handmade leather of a local craftsman, the tucked-away piazza that seems stuck in the 16th century.
2. Taste the amazing ice-cream, if not everyday, at least once and I assure you, even if you’re not an ice-cream fan you’ll crave the experience (places with great ice-cream and pasticceria: Hedera, Il Gelato di San Crispino, Gelateria del Teatro).
3. Visit the catacombs- we went to S. Domitilla Catacombe and it was a unique experience.
4. It is mandatory to have a drink after the sunset in one of Rome’s squares. By night the city metamorphoses.
5. Even if Rome is known as the city of seven hills, actually has more than that. The Gianicolo (or Janiculum) is the hill from where you have the best breathtaking view of Rome. It is located west of the Tiber and outside the ancient city, above the Vatican and the Trastevere neighborhood.
Your visit in Rome is all about your state of mind. Make every second count and breath in the timeless splendour and charm of the place. Pay attention to the little things that aren’t on any list, the hidden gems and shades of this ancient city.