Rome is one of the most popular destinations for a city trip and Italy a beloved leisure and business trip destination for many years. Yes, we all think we know Rome: the city of the Vatican, the Trevi fountain, Michelangelo and St. Peter’s Cathedral. And of course, Italy is about pasta, Tuscany, ice cream and cypress hills. But do you know where to find the best pizza in town? Or the best ‘hidden gems’ to stay? Let’s take you on a short tour through Italy and Rome and show you where to find these local treasures. Andiamo!
Best pizza in town
The word ‘pizza’ was first documented in 997 AD, in Gaeta Italy. The typical Italian flat bread focaccia turned into the pizza when the people of Naples decided to add tomato sauce as a topping: the pizza as we still know it today. The two most popular ones are the ‘Marinara’ and the ‘Margherita’ (named after Queen Margherita of Savoy who enjoyed this mozzarella-basil-tomato treat at Pizzeria di Pietro in 1889). One of the best places to eat a freshly baked pizza in Rome is definitely Sforno where you can eat the classic pizza. Make sure you will try a Napolitan pizza at Pizza Forum and a sophisticated one at Pizzerium (Via della Melodia 43).
Michelangelo and Rome
Michelangelo is one of the most famous artists of the Italian Renaissance; as a painter, a sculptor, architect and poet. Did you know that he was born in Tuscany (March 6th 1475) in a little village called Caprese, near Arezzo? In 1496 he moved to Rome where he created the ‘Bacchus’ and ‘Pietà’ statues. The famous ‘David’ followed when he turned back to Florence: ‘must see’s’ when traveling to Rome and Tuscany. The best places to see Michelangelo’s work in Rome are St. Peter’s Basilica (Pièta, frescos of Capella Sistina and the Last Judgement) and the tomb of Julius II in St. Peter’s Church in Vincoli. Visiting Florence? Make sure you go to the Gallery of the Academy of Florence, the Medici Chapel, Palazzo Vecchio and the Bargello Museum.
Hotels and coolest bars
Enjoying a city trip in Rome is like walking in one big open air museum. A nice hotel is the perfect add-on to keep this extraordinary experience alive 24 hours a day. Some of our favourites: Hotel de Russie, a pearl in the historic centre of Rome. Palazzo Montemartini, a mix of classic and contemporary style and one of the best terraces with a view over Rome.
There is a lot to see, to explore and to enjoy in Rome. From the museums and historical squares to the shopping streets and parks. The city if full of hidden gems when it comes to restaurants, gelaterias and… bars! Not always that easy to find though, but a great evening guaranteed. Enjoy a drink, a cosy dinner or the best gelato in town at one of the coolest places in Rome, like the Romans do: at Bar Sant’Eustachio – an institution and famous for their coffee – the Antico Caffè Greco – a classic – or The Stravinsky Bar in the Hotel de Russie – a very exclusive place.
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