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La Dolce Vita: Discover Rome Like Audrey Hepburn

by | Jul 9, 2017

Rome isn’t just a destination; it’s an experience, a sensation that sweeps you off your feet and transports you to a world of ancient wonders and modern delights. Picture yourself cruising through cobblestone streets on a vintage Vespa, the aroma of fresh espresso in the air, and the sight of architectural marvels at every turn. It’s time to channel your inner Audrey Hepburn and make Rome your next big holiday adventure.

Why Rome, you ask? This city is a living museum, an open book of history, and a playground for those who crave both culture and excitement. From the grandeur of the Coliseum to the chic boutiques and vibrant nightlife, Rome has something for everyone. It’s not just about pizza and pasta (though those are spectacular); it’s about immersing yourself in a place where every corner tells a story.

Get ready to explore Rome like never before. We’re talking about must-see landmarks, hidden gems, and the best spots to eat, drink, and soak in the Italian charm. Whether you’re sipping cocktails with a view of an ancient wonder or tossing a coin into the Trevi Fountain for good luck, Rome is calling. Pack your bags, put on your best outfit, and let’s dive into this unforgettable Roman holiday.

Start with the Coliseum

Begin your Roman adventure at the heart of ancient glory: the Coliseum. This iconic amphitheater, built between 72-80 AD, is a testament to the engineering genius of Imperial Rome. As the largest amphitheater ever constructed, it once hosted gladiator battles and grand spectacles. Standing amidst its ancient walls, you can almost hear the echoes of the roaring crowds. Right across the street, you’ll find Coming Out, a gay bar where you can enjoy a cocktail while gazing at this monumental wonder. It’s a unique spot that blends the past with the vibrant present, offering great drinks, good food, and a lively atmosphere.

Inside the Coliseum, in Rome, Italy.

Explore Palatine Hill

Just a stone’s throw from the Coliseum lies Palatine Hill, the oldest part of Rome and a treasure trove of ancient ruins. This area was once reserved for emperors and is home to the remains of magnificent imperial palaces. Stroll through this archeological site and imagine the opulence of ancient Roman royalty. It’s a peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle, providing stunning views over the city and a deep dive into Rome’s rich history.

A view of the ancient Roman ruins from Palatine Hill in Rome, Italy.

Visit the Altare della Patria

Another must-see landmark is the Altare della Patria, also known as the Monumento Nazionale a Vittorio Emanuele II. This imposing white marble monument was built to honor Italy’s first king and houses the Museum of Italian Unification and the tomb of the unknown soldier. Visible from almost anywhere in Rome, it’s a striking symbol of national pride and a perfect spot for panoramic city views.

Altare della Patria, Rome, Italy.

Marvel at the Pantheon

The Pantheon is a marvel of ancient architecture, visited by nearly 6 million people annually. This former Roman temple, now a church, has stood the test of time thanks to its continuous use over the past 2,000 years. Its most striking feature is the largest unsupported domed roof in the world, which crowns this circular building with a grand façade and classic Roman columns. Step inside and feel the awe of standing beneath a structure that has witnessed centuries of history.

The Pantheon, Rome, Italy.

Stroll Through Piazza Navona

Take a leisurely walk through Piazza Navona, one of Rome’s most famous and picturesque thoroughfares. This pedestrian-only avenue is lined with stunning fountains, including the famous Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi, an Egyptian obelisk, and Baroque-style buildings. The square has been a gathering place since the 1400s, built upon the site of the ancient Stadium of Domitian. Enjoy the lively atmosphere, street performers, and charming cafes as you soak in the vibrant energy of Rome.

A sculpture on the fountain in Piazza Navona, Rome, Italy.

Toss a Coin in the Trevi Fountain

No visit to Rome is complete without a stop at the Trevi Fountain. This baroque masterpiece, finished in 1752, stands at the intersection of ancient aqueducts and is famed for bringing good luck. Toss a coin over your left shoulder into the fountain’s clear blue waters and make a wish. The estimated $1.5 million thrown into the fountain each year is used to feed and shelter the homeless in Rome, making it a place where wishes turn into acts of kindness.

Trevi Fountain, Rome, Italy.

Relax on the Spanish Steps

Head to the Spanish Steps for a quintessential Roman experience. This iconic staircase, immortalized by Audrey Hepburn in “Roman Holiday,” is the perfect place to grab an espresso or gelato and watch the world go by. The steps offer fantastic views of the city from the top and are a great spot for people-watching. Sitting on the steps and soaking in the atmosphere is a rite of passage for any visitor to Rome.

Explore the Vatican City

Inside the Vatican.

Feeling adventurous? Pay a visit to the smallest country on earth: Vatican City. This autonomous nation, entirely surrounded by Rome, is the epicenter of the Catholic Church and the Pope’s residence. Wander through St. Peter’s Square, marvel at the grandeur of St. Peter’s Basilica, and be awestruck by Michelangelo’s stunning ceiling in the Sistine Chapel. Whether you’re religious or not, the Vatican’s art, history, and architecture are truly breathtaking.

Inside Vatican City.

Indulge in Roman Cuisine

Living La Dolce Vita means indulging in the delicious flavors of Rome. In the Termini area, you’ll find a variety of excellent ethnic eateries along Via Napoleone, offering a global culinary adventure. Don’t miss out on the oldest gelato establishment in Rome, 1820, or treat yourself to the tastiest gelato at Il Gelato. Enjoying Rome’s food is as much about the experience as it is about the taste, so take your time to savor every bite.

Traditional Italian fare and white wine for daytime dining at a piazza in Rome, Italy.

Take in the Views from Gianicolo Hill

For some of the best views of Rome, head to Gianicolo Hill. This spot offers a panoramic vista of the city’s skyline, with its domes and spires stretching out before you. It’s a perfect place for a romantic evening or a peaceful retreat from the city’s hustle and bustle. Bring a bottle of wine, some snacks, and enjoy a relaxing evening watching the sun set over Rome.

Embrace the Nightlife

Rome’s nightlife is as diverse as the city itself. From chic cocktail bars to lively clubs, there’s something for every taste. Start your evening at Coming Out, with its great drinks and vibrant crowd, then explore the nearby bars and clubs. Whether you’re looking to dance the night away or enjoy a quiet drink with a view, Rome’s nightlife won’t disappoint.

Share Your Roman Experience

Rome is a city that never ceases to amaze, offering a blend of ancient history and modern vibrancy that’s hard to resist. From its iconic landmarks to its hidden gems, every corner of Rome has a story to tell. So, pack your bags, embrace your inner Audrey Hepburn, and get ready for an unforgettable Roman holiday. And when you return, don’t forget to share your experiences, thoughts, and suggestions in the comments below. We’d love to hear your Roman adventures!

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Brian Webb

Brian Webb

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Brian Webb is the founder and editor-in-chief of HomoCulture, a celebrated content creator, and winner of the prestigious Mr. Gay Canada – People’s Choice award.An avid traveler, Brian attends Pride events, festivals, street fairs, and LGBTQ friendly destinations through the HomoCulture Tour. He has developed a passion for discovering and sharing authentic lived experiences, educating about the LGBTQ community, and using both his photography and storytelling to produce inspiring content.Originally from the beautiful Okanagan Valley in the southern interior of British Columbia, Brian now lives in Vancouver, British Columbia. His personal interests include travel, photography, physical fitness, mixology, drag shows.
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