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City Breaks in Rome – Why Do it
- Roam the streets of one of the most important historical metropolises in the world!
- Marvel at some of the most famous and beautiful emblems of humanity.
Rome is a “City Break must”
Rome is one of the most significant historic and cultural metropolises of the world. Now the capital of the local regione as well as of Italy, Rome dominates the centre of the Italian Peninsula, communicating with the sea through the Tiber River.
Serving as the capital of an ancient republic and of the most long lasting ancient European empire, Rome used its mighty armies to expand and conquer all the lands surrounding the Mediterranean Sea, as well as the territories of modern-day central Europe, the Balkans, the Iberian Peninsula, north Africa and the near east. It has also served as the beating heart of the Roman Catholic Church. It has been described as the “Eternal City” and ranks among the 10 most important historical, cultural and religious centers of humanity.
Best Time to visit Rome
Rome feature a typical Mediterranean climate: hot, dry summers, with temperatures that usually exceed the 24 °C. The only relief comes from a west sea wind. Snow is not so common during the winter, with the temperature falling usually to 10 °C. Rain is typical during the spring and fall, but seldom does it last more than a couple of hours.
The high season in Rome is always the summer. The weather is simply idea for roaming around the city and sightseeing, as well as tasting the famous Italian ice-cream. Still, if you don’t feel comfortable with many people around, avoid planning your short city break to Rome during the summer. Because of the August holiday of Ferragosto, which marks the beginning of summer holidays for locals, several hotels offer lower rates after the middle of August.
Rome is also quite crowded during the spring. The weather is simply great, shinny but not so hot. Thousands of devout Christians flood the city to celebrate the Easter, so be careful, because hotel rates are higher than any other season.
Fall is the least popular period to visit Rome, basically because of the frequent rains and the low temperatures. If that doesn’t bother you, then during fall you will find the best possible hotel prices.
Surprisingly, Christmas gather much less crowds of visitors in Rome. Of course the weather is not the best possible for sightseeing but the city is attired with a romantic, mystical charm. The period between Christmas and New Year’s Eve also features extremely high hotel rates.
The Shoulder Season
Many short city break visitors prefer the so called “shoulder season” to visit Rome. It’s actually the period from April to June and from September to October. Weather is rather mild and appealing and due to lower hotel rates more and more visitors choose these periods for their short city breaks.
Rome central core is situated on a series of 7 hills beside the Tiber River, known as the Palatine, the Capitoline, the Quirinal, the Viminal, the Esquiline, the Caelian and the Aventine. As centuries past, the city expanded to all directions.
Rome’s traditional centre is divided into 22 districts, engulfed by 35 urban sectors. As part of the city are also considered the 6 suburbs. A huge highway rings the city, connecting Rome’s traditional roads, such as the Via Appia, the Via Aurelia, and the Via Flaminia, the most famous routes to the ancient city.
The city’s traditional centre is surrounded by the renowned Servian Wall. A second wall, built much later, during the 3rd century AD surrounds almost square km of Rome and is in almost pristine condition.
The City’s character
Rome is interwoven with its prolific history and that is its dominating feature. Its air of superiority after holding the scepters of the world is breathed in every corner, being for centuries a place of charm, lore of learning, and a metropolis of the arts.
Rome’s more recent history mirrors the old clash between the papacy and the cosmic power. Being the last Italian city to become part of the unified state in 1870 and ever since the pope took shelter in the Vatican. Rome finally took the designation of the state’s capital from Florence and was instantly filled with public buildings and ministries. The fascist regime, in its ludicrous effort to re-establish the city’s former glory, erected numerous buildings but nothing could surpass the marvels of the ancient times and Renaissance.
Rome suffers from problems similar to those of the other European metropolises, of which the most serious is traffic congestion.
Unique City Break Feature: seldom can you find in one place so much beauty and history.