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Top Three Reasons to Visit Rome by Mark Hazard
Rome is inarguably one of
the greatest cities of all time. For centuries, it stood as the center
of the known world and remains a culturally epicenter to this very day.
People do not usually need an excuse to visit Rome, but if you are considering
it, here are the top three reasons you most definitely should visit Rome.
First, there is the architecture.
Unlike many of the great cities of Europe, Rome came through World War
II relatively unscathed. As a result, the city's ancient architecture remains
|When you step into the city,
the Renaissance and Baroque era architecture, not to mention the ancient
wonders of the Colosseum, Pantheon, and Roman Forum, immediately awe you.
Though everyone who visits Rome knows to visit the Vatican, you must also
not forget to see the other ancient basilicas and churches of the city.
Another must-see is the Piazza del Campidoglio, one of Michelangelo's greatest
Dig a bit further and you
find the beautiful art of Rome. Although the architecture of the buildings
Rome is art, you can find even more treasures inside. In addition to the
famous artwork of the Sistine Chapel, you can visit the Santa Maria Maggiore
and San Paolo Fuori la Mura, two basilicas which both house mosaics dating
from the fourth century AD. Also check out the churches of Santa Maria
in Trastavere, Santa Prassede, and Santi Quattro Coronati for more great
religious medival murals and frescoes.
There are also an assortment
of Roman galleries and museums that are definitely a must for any art lover,
including the Borghese Gallery, the Capitoline Museums, the Museum of Castel
Sant'Angelo, the Museum of Roman Civilization, the National Museum of Rome,
the National Gallery of Modern Art, and the Villa Giulia National Etruscan
|If you needed another reason
to visit Rome, there is the food and the shopping, two things which often
go hand and hand. You will definitely build up an appetite browsing all
the shops of Rome. If you are interested in the latest Prada fashions,
check out the lanes around Via Condotti near the Spanish Steps, and near
the Via del Corso and the Via del Babuino. For a bit more affordable shopping
look around the Via dei Coronari, the Porta Portese, the Trevi Fountain,
the Largo del Tritone, and the Via Nazionale. As far as the food goes,
take your pick--there is enough pizza and pasta places in Rome to satisfy
any budget. Don't forget to try some fine Italian wine with your meal!
From capital of the Roman
Empire to seat of the Roman Catholic Church, Rome has always been a city
that people flocked to in droves over the centuries.
If you can make it happen,
you most definitely must make time to see this great city with the short
amount of time we all have in this world. One could argue that the
entire city of Rome is work of art that everyone needs to see. Regardless,
Rome remains on of humanity's greatest architectural and artistic achievements
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HOTELS IN ROME, LAZIO, ITALY
Albani Hotel Rome is in
the midst of Parioli-Salario, a quiet and elegant residential area. Villa
Borghese, Galleria Borghese, Pincio and Via Veneto are just one block from
the hotel. All the main attractions of the city are very well connected
by the public transportation. The 154 rooms, suites and junior suites
facing the surrounding noble palaces or the ancient Villa Albani Park have
terraces on which guests can enjoy the full pleasure of the "dolce vita
Romana". The walls are all painted with bright colours and most of them
display modern decorations. The bright restaurant La Villa, with its crystal
chandelier, original windows and mirrors, features dishes of typical Mediterranean
cuisine. The American Bar La Cupola is strategically located in the lounge
area and offers cocktails, drinks, espresso, cappuccino and American coffee.
Garden Hotel Rome
The Astoria Garden Hotel
is conveniently located in a safe, quiet street, close to Termini rail
station, Air Terminal, Via Veneto, Opera House, Santa Maria Maggiore Basilica,
Trevi Fountain, Trinita dei Monti, Colosseum, Roman Forum and the Pantheon.
Awake refreshed and enjoy a lovely moment with a delicious breakfast served
at the breakfast room. The in-house restaurant offers its guests the best
service with a wide choice of menus, from traditional dishes to the most
refined, special attention for quality products. The bar offers a wide
selection of beverages, rich American buffet that will satisfy the most
Star Hotel Rome
Experience the pleasure
of a true hospitality at the Atlante Star Hotel, where even a business
trip seems like a pleasant Roman holiday. The Atlante Star is an
unique hotel, strategically located in the heart of historical Rome, just
two blocks from St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican Museums and St. Angel's Castle.
For your leisure or business trip to Rome, discover the pleasure of the
guestrooms and suites, all personalised and decorated with fine fabrics,
soft colours and classical furniture. Relaxing in the guestrooms and discover
the pleasure of being unique in the realm of hospitality. Guests can dine
on the delicious dishes served at the two onsite restaurants, Les Etoiles
and La Terrazza Paradiso offering breathtaking panoramic views of the whole
The hotel's strategic location
makes an excellent starting point for day tours in Rome. Bled Hotel
is a classic style villa in the centre of Rome, near Santa Maria Maggiore
and many other historical sites. The hotel is located just a few steps
away from all the important monuments of Rome such as the Imperial Roman
Forum and the Colosseum. The shopping and business areas, such as Via Veneto,
Via Condotti and the Spanish Steps are easily reachable on foot from the
hotel. The Bled Hotel offers a rich continental breakfast in cosy
breakfast room, which is an ideal place where you can start you day in
Rome. At the top floor, the hotel has a nice terrace where you can relax
and have a drink while admiring the beautiful view.
Housed in Palazzo della
Rovere, a splendid 15th century building, inside which the very latest
comforts have been installed in a harmonious manner, the Columbus Hotel
is an ideal place to reside while in Rome. Conveniently situated
in the historical centre of Rome, the Columbus hotel is placed less than
200 meters from St. Peter's Church and Vatican City. The La Veranda
is an excellent restaurant that proposes fabulous wines of the highest
standard and the very best Italian and International cuisine, which may
be savoured in the Pinturicchio frescoes interior or outside in the elegance
of the garden.
Plaza St Peters Hotel & Spa, Rome
Set in beautiful residential
area close to Villa Doria Pamphili, Crowne Plaza offers peaceful accommodation
and modern facilities. The Crowne Plaza Rome-St. Peter's is set in
a four-hectare park, close to the beautiful Villa Doria Pamphili, a few
minutes from the Vatican City. The onsite restaurant and the piano-bar
Il Palco, which has live music every evening is open for breakfast, lunch
and dinner offering Italian specialities. For those in search of
wellbeing, the Saturnia Spa Health and Fitness Centre offers a heated pool,
sauna, turkish bath, massage and jacuzzi to recreate the necessary equilibrium
between body and mind.
La Ville Inter-Continental Hotel Rome
Situated at the top of the
Spanish Steps, this property is the ideal base for shopping, sightseeing
and attending cultural events. Just few kilometres away from the hotel
are Trevi Fountain, the Colosseum, Via Condotti, Piazza di Spagna, the
Borghese Gallery and Museum. Elegantly designed, the spacious accommodation
units are gracefully appointed and come with all contemporary amenities,
enabling you to relax and have a blissful sleep after a busy day.
The celebrated on-site restaurant as well as elegant bar serves an assortment
of fantastic dishes complimented by an extensive range of drinks for you
- a Boscolo Luxury Hotel Rome
If you are planning for
a holiday in Rome, then the 19th century Exedra Boscolo, a luxury hotel
in the heart of Rome is a perfect place for you to reside. Exedra
Boscolo Hotel enjoys one of the most prestigious location on the Piazza
della Repubblica. This hotel is placed close to the Basilica Santa Maria
degli Angeli, Via Veneto, Spanish Steps and all the glory of Rome.
Half of the rooms overlook the Piazza della Repubblica, while others enjoy
views of the Monti neighbourhood. Guests can sip a cocktail or have
a quick bite at the Tazio Brasserie. The Living Bar with a shimmering swimming
pool is a perfect perch for a truly unique panorama of Rome.
Tulip Bellambriana Rome
Situated in Rome, this family-friendly
hotel is near Villa Doria Pamphili and St. Peter's Basilica. Another nearby
attraction is Vatican Gardens. Dining options at Golden Tulip Bellambriana
include a restaurant and a bar/lounge. Room service is available during
limited hours. A complimentary buffet breakfast is served daily. Recreational
amenities include an indoor pool, a children's pool, a sauna, and a fitness
facility. This 4.0-star property has a 24-hour business center and offers
small meeting rooms, secretarial services, and technology support staff.
Complimentary wireless Internet access is available in public areas. This
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Built in neo-renaissance
style, Hotel Lirico is housed in a historical late nineteenth-century palace
and is a perfect place for you to reside while in Rome. Convenient
to the Via Nazionale, the Hotel Lirico is located on Via del Viminale,
leading to the Piazza, home of the Department of the Interior and to the
Piazza dei Cinquecento, which overlooks the Roma Termini train station.
Before setting out for a day's pleasure or business, guests can enjoy the
specialties included in the Continental Buffet in the breakfast room, consisting
of delightful Italian savoury dishes and pastries. The in-house bar is
a perfect place for guests to relax with a cup of coffee or an aperitif.
Grand Hotel Flora Rome
Marriott Grand Hotel Flora
Rome is a great location in the heart of Rome, ideal for shopping, museums
and great food. On the famous Via Veneto, overlooking the Villa Borghese
Gardens, Marriott Grand Hotel Flora Rome is within walking distance from
the main attractions and monuments. The Marriott Grand Hotel Flora
offers 151 elegant rooms and suites completely restored and equipped with
all modern amenities for business as well as leisure travellers. On top
floors the rooms have a great view over the Borghese Park or famous Via
Veneto. Every day at lunch and dinner, guests can discover the tastiest
dishes of Neapolitan cuisine, traditional recipes and Mediterranean delicacies.
Situated in the centre of
the Capital city, the Starhotel Michelangelo is just a short walk from
Piazza S.Pietro. The hotel is located just a few minutes drive from the
railway station and the Air Terminal. The hotel boasts 179 air-conditioned
guestrooms that are comfortable and equipped with all the contemporary
amenities. A few of the rooms offer beautiful views of the famous Cupolone,
the dome of St. Peter's Basilica. For your dining pleasure, the onsite
restaurant offers a rich menu of local and international specialities,
in a refined setting. The warm and intimate ambience of the bar makes it
a perfect place to relax and unwind with a fine drink, after a tiring day.