Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Rome, the Italian capital that lives between the past and future

Have you ever been to Rome?
If you've never had the opportunity to visit this wonderful city then I suggest you add it to the list of the upcoming holiday destinations, because the Italian capital, often called the Eternal City for its very old history that in the past had reigned in nearly every corner of Europe, is certainly worth a visit.

Among these, certainly the Basilica of St. Peter is a "must see", the historic centre of the Catholic religion, whose artistic value and importance is comparable to its religious significance. In addition to the interior of the Basilica, which is visited by thousands of visitors around the world, the square in front of the Vatican is worth spending time in just for the atmosphere and view of the spectacular colonnade which was designed by Gian Lorenzo Bernini.

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The St. Peter's Basilica was built between the sixteenth and seventeenth century, and is located in the Vatican city which is a separate state from Italy. Nearby there are also other places of great cultural interest such as the Vatican Museums, whose spearhead is perhaps formed from the Sistine Chapel, famous for its frescoes painted by the great Michelangelo. For those who intend to visit the Vatican Museums, opening hours are from Monday to Saturday from 9am to 4pm, and on the last Sunday of every month you can access free of charge between 9 am to 12:30 pm. In summer, due to the long amount of visitors, it is advisable to arrive early.

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Moving away from the Vatican City, there are truly countless places to visit in Rome, just think of all the Roman buildings, churches, museums and squares. Although it is not easy to give an order of priority to the various tourist attractions of the city, first time visitors should not fail to visit the "Flavian Amphitheatre", better known as the Colosseum, surely one of the symbols of the capital: this monument is right along Via dei Fori Imperiali, with its ruins located in testimony to the greatness of the ancient Roman Empire. To avoid the long lines during the summer, I recommend visiting the nearby Palatine Hill which is much less popular than the Colosseum. When you purchase a ticket to visit the Palatine Hill, the ticket is also valid for the Colosseum whereby you can skip the line and save more than 1 hour of waiting.

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Concerning accommodation options if you want to stay close to the Vatican there is the Mocenigo Vatican suites which is only 50 metres away, the Vatican City guest house which is only 5 mins from the Vatican Museums and finally for a touch of class at very competitive prices the Excel St Peter is a 3 star luxury hotel very close to the Vatican.

If you want to enjoy the beautiful sights of Rome, but are visiting Rome with say an hire car, then you could consider booking your accommodation in a more decentralized area of the city like the EUR district, among the various offers is the Hotel American Palace EUR in Via Laurentina, the Hotel Eur suite 4 star hotel in Via G.Prezzolini, the Hotel Dei Congressi in Viale Shakespeare, the Hotel All Time Relais & sport in Via Domenico Jachino and finally the Attico dei Pini in Via Novacella.

Staying in this area of Rome you will still have the opportunity to visit the main attractions of the capital, but at the same time experience this particular neighbourhood, whose original design dates back to the 30s of the last century, although some buildings were added later, for example for the Olympic games in 1960.

In virtue of its tourist vocation, the Eternal City provides travellers with a large assortment of options. Here you can view a long list of hotels in Rome that can suit your needs.

That's all for now Hotelclickers!

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