Italy is a country in Europe best known for its long Mediterranean shoreline, its beautiful colors, their mouthwatering dishes, and kindhearted people. It has also exerted a remarkable influence on Western culture and cuisine.
Of course, you can’t really talk about Italy without mentioning Rome, its capital. It is the place where you can find the Vatican City, the Colosseum, and many other historical sites. While that is a given, many connoisseurs also describe Rome as the city of echoes and illusions.
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The Colosseumis considered to be the most delightful ancient spot in the City of Rome. It used to be the stately arena of gladiators.
The structure was originally called Flavian, after the Vespasian family. During the medieval times, it was changed to Colosseum referring to Colosso di Nerone, a gigantic sculpture of Nero situated near this place. It used to be a crowded place where you could hear voices of god among men together with roars of the crowd watching the bloodshed fights between gladiators. Thankfully, most of its beauty has been preserved.
Nowadays, the city of Rome is trying to restore the place by carrying out around €25-million worth of clean-ups and renovations. It was projected to be fully-furnished within a year. However, the top and underground levels are still open to the public as long as it is a guided tour. The visit will cost them €9 (10$) and advance booking is required to be able to experience this spectacular place.
The Nearby City
The Vatican is a city-state within Rome, Italy. It is the center of the Roman Catholic Church, the home of the Pope and the most complex of ancient Roman structures.
Three of the most amazing places to visit in the Vatican City are the St. Peter’s Basilica, Castel Gandolfo, and the Vatican Gardens. All of them have interesting features that are bound to leave all visitors in awe as they explore the said spots.
St. Peter’s Basilica is an Italian Renaissance built on Vatican Hill across the Tiber River. This place was chosen to be the site for the fundamental sanctuary of the Catholic Church because it’s where Saint Peter, Jesus’ chief apostle, died and buried in 64 AD.
On the other hand, Castel Gandolfo is like a vast community comprised of 55-hectares of land, divided into several portions. Some parts were used for farming, while some others were made of gardens and parks for people to roam around. There are also areas converted to villages, schools, and churches.
Another site not to be ignored is the Vatican gardens. It is where the pope delights in the luxury of stillness through meditation. Maybe we can use some of that too.
The Italian Cuisine
Italian food has developed in time due to social and political changes. It is characterized by its simplicity, where dishes have only around four to eight ingredients.
Italian cuisine varies by the region. However, you’ll most probably find potatoes, tomatoes, and bell peppers in most of the dishes. Cheese and wine have been a major part of their meals as well – while coffee is an awesome complement any time of the day.
Some of the well-known restaurants and food halls in Rome are OsteriaBonelli, L’Arcangelo, and Pro Locl Dol. OsteriaBonelli is a budget-friendly restaurant. They mostly serve steaks and grilled food. On the other hand, L’Arcangelo offers Roman cuisines like potato gnocchi and fried rice balls sprinkled with mozzarella and chopped chicken gizzards. Last but not least, Pro LoclDol is known for selling gourmet deli such as cured meats, cheeses, pulses, oils and wines of Lazio.
While this guide is nothing but short and sweet, it gives you a glimpse of just how rich the culture and cuisines in Italy are. Planning a luxury vacation with Bellarome is sure to amaze you and your loved ones. After all, it will not just quench your thirst for leisure, but will also make room for history, food, culture, and traditions. Contact Bellarome for your tailor made vacation to Rome today.