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City trip to Rome

City trip to Rome

 

A tour of Rome is like a taking a walk through history. You could easily spend several days discovering this great city. There are countless museums, monuments, historical buildings and churches to see. Rome is also a great city for shopping, not to mention the famous Italian cuisine. In summer the temperatures can be very high, you can then do as the Romans do and relax in one of the many parks that are spread all over Rome. Just sit in the shade, have a bite to eat and watch the world go by.

Travel information for Rome

 

To save time, the best option is to fly to Rome. There are two airports: Leonardo da Vinci Fiumicino, which is the biggest airport situated 30km from the city, and airport Ciampino 15km from the city. Many budget airlines fly to the latter one, which makes it popular for city breaks. From Ciampino, a taxi to campsite Fabulous will take about 30 minutes.  Renting a car or using public transport are also good alternatives.

 

 

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Vatican

The Vatican is the smallest independent state in the world and is located in the centre of Rome. It is of course best known as the principal seat of the Roman-Catholic church. It is also renowned for the impressive Saint Peter's Basilica in Saint Peter's Square and the Sistine Chapel. The Pope normally gives his blessing to the crowds on Sundays at 12.00 noon.

 

 

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Colosseum

A visit to the world-famous Colosseum amphitheatre is a must. You’re taken back in time to the world of the famous gladiators. Walk through the arena and discover where the gladiators and wild animals were once held. Combine a visit here with nearby Forum Romanum, where the ruins of the old centre of Rome can be found.

 

 

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Via del Corso

One of the most famous and longest shopping streets in Rome. On this 1.5km street you can find well-known stores such as Benetton, Zara and Sisley to mention but a few. You can combine your shopping with cultural sightseeing, visit the nearby 'Corso' area where you will find several churches. Here you will also find the house where Goethe once lived, it is now a museum.

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Eating with children

Most children are really happy with a pizza or a plate of pasta, so this won't give you much trouble in Rome. And the ice-cream, of course! Numerous gelaterias offer the best and most unusual tastes that home-made Italian ice-cream has to offer!

Some tips about eating and drinking in Rome:

  • Try to avoid restaurants in the tourist parts of the city. Prices there can be very high and the food quality is not always the best. Look out for places where the locals eat, it’s always a good tip.
  • Romans normally start to eat as soon as their meal is served, no need to wait for everyone else as this may spoil the taste of your own meal and annoy the chef!
  • Keep in mind that the standard coffee after dinner is nearly always an espresso. Cappuccinos are normally taken at breakfast time.

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