Off the beaten track…Rome

shutterstock_146065310The capital of Italy, Rome is renowned for being one of the most beautiful cities in the world. With plenty of culture to sink your teeth into, all you need to enjoy this city is a good map and some comfortable shoes.

It goes without saying that Rome has some outstanding tourist attractions, including – but of course not limited to – the likes of the Colosseum and Ancient Rome, Vatican City or the Trevi Fountain. For those who fancy going a little off the beaten track, Rome has some truly breath-taking Basilicas and churches to explore – Basilica di San Clemente al Laterano, Santa Maria in Trastevere and Basilica of St Augustine in Campo Marzio, to name but a few.

For a true taste of authentic Italian food, Trastevere has an abundance of restaurants to experience. Just south of Vatican City, there’s something happening around every corner in this lively Rione of Rome. Whilst sat outside one of the many authentic restaurants, you can soak up the atmosphere and watch the talented buskers as they venture through the streets. The food served is often seasonal, along with classic, authentic pasta and pizza dishes.

If you’re looking for somewhere a little more leisurely than the centre of Rome, Campo dè Fiori is a great place to visit. On the mornings of Monday to Saturday, the square is home to a bustling food market, with fresh fish, fruit and vegetables on offer. The square is also surrounded by incredible restaurants where if the weather’s fine, you can rest a while whilst sampling some of the finest pasta dishes.

One final great place to explore whilst visiting the city is the Roma dal Cielo Terrazza delle Quadrighe. While it is a great museum to spend some time in, for a small fee you can take an elevator to the roof of the building to see Rome from a completely different angle. On a clear day the views are incredible, with the Colosseum and Ancient Rome on one side, and Vatican City and the Pantheon on the other.


Katharina is PR Manager at Rosetta Stone Europe. She is from Austria and loves languages. She lived in Italy and is now based in London. She speaks German, English, Italian, Spanish and some French and is now immersing into Greek. Do you want to learn a language, too? Try a free Rosetta Stone demo.

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