7 Reasons Why Rome Getaway Is a Great Idea

A woman drinking aperol spritz near the Colloseum

The capital city of Italy hardly needs an introduction. If the cities can be considered lucky, then the Eternal City is full-on blessed. This remarkable place is home to outstanding arts, unique sights, stunning architecture, mouthwatering cuisine, excellent wines, and incredible people. It beckons travelers worldwide, and every person has their own list of reasons to visit Rome, Italy’s most famous city. Clearly, it’s impossible to name all possibilities, but there are several universal constants that can be found on almost every list. Let’s have a look at them, shall we?

Top Reasons to Go to Rome

Take a Trip Down History Lane 

Historical Rome
Historical Rome

Once upon a time, the city was the heart of the mighty Roman Empire, enclosing the lion’s share of modern Europe. Its importance and influence are pretty impossible to exaggerate. Today, Rome is famous for its fascinating ex-political leaders, including one-and-only Julius Caesar, stunning ancient architecture, and incredible Renaissance art. The city offers you a chance to stand where brave gladiators fought for their lives, fall in love with the majestic Pantheon built over 2000 years ago (and looking just as spectacular as it did back then), and enjoy a stroll along the Piazza del Campidoglio, designed by great Michelangelo himself.  

And the best part is that you don’t even have to go to a museum to explore the historical side of Rome. The monuments of ancient times weren’t just carefully preserved to be proudly displayed as precious but soulless exhibits. No, they are still very much alive, and walking along the cobbled streets of the Eternal City is like stepping into a history book. To see a 12th-century church next to a modern shopping center is quite a common occurrence, and a high-end modern hotel housed in a 14th-century building will hardly make anyone bat an eyelid. So, make sure to pack a pair of comfortable shoes. The chances are that you will walk a lot during your Rome tour.

Admire World-Class Art

Roman Art
Roman Art

Donatello, Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino, Sandro Botticelli… All these men have several things in common. For example, all of them gave the world some of the most treasured masterpieces, displayed in the world’s best galleries. Another similarity is that all of them were born and worked in Italy. And what is a better place to get to know the artistic background of this remarkable place than the capital city?

For over 2000 years, sun-kissed Rome has been considered one of the most influential art capitals of the world. It houses dozens of art museums – from world-famous galleries to humbler local collections. Not in the mood for a museum? Not a problem. The city itself is an infinite art exhibition. Beautiful statues, ancient churches, almost-forgotten ruins, and splendid fountains are not rare gems scattered around Rome – they are an essential part of every neighborhood and an infinite source of Instagram-worthy pictures. 

Enjoy Authentic Italian Cuisine (and Wine!)

Local cuisine, Rome
Local cuisine, Rome

There is no arguing that Italy is a foodie’s paradise. Seriously, finding a person who is not at least a little bit in love with Italian cuisine is not easy, to say the least. Pizza, pasta, ravioli, tiramisu, gnocchi, risotto – pretty much every Italian classic is known and loved in every corner of the world. Even Garfield is a huge fan of lasagna! Every country region has its specialty, but stunning Rome has cheated a bit and collected them all. The city is a quintessence of the finest culinary traditions from every corner of Italy. Although the best place to try Bistecca alla Florentina is still Tuscany, Rome is undoubtedly a very close second. 

And let’s not forget about the Italian wines! Wine production in the country started in the 8th century B.C. and became an essential part of the Italian cultural heritage. The locals appreciate good wine and know how to enhance any dining experience with a glass of perfect drink. With that in mind, make sure to add a wine tasting to your Rome tour program and never forget that famous saying: “In wine, there is truth.”

Try La Dolce Vita Lifestyle

La Dolce Vita
La Dolce Vita

The core of the Italian culture, the “Sweet Life” approach, is felt most acutely in Rome. You don’t need to make a conscious decision to start following the local way of life, and the city leaves you no other chance but to embrace the spirit of Dolce Vita. 

Although there is no strict set of rules in this philosophy – the general idea is that life is too short not to live it to the fullest. They also belive everyone should take their time to enjoy the finest things however small they might be. It’s about savoring a good meal and good company, making an unplanned stop to enjoy the views, dedicating time to your passions, and concentrating on what’s really important to you. Italians don’t strive to be as productive as possible but find the perfect life/work balance. And if you feel like staying in bed all day watching Netflix, go ahead. No one is going to judge.

Explore Shopping Opportunities

Shopping in Rome

Although the title of the Italian fashion capital of the world goes to Milan, Rome has a lot to offer in this regard. If you are on the market for some high-end fashion brands like Prada and Armani, head to the Spanish Steps. The Monti neighborhood is your go-to place if you are looking for something more casual. The area is one of the oldest in Rome. its cobblestone streets are lined up with cozy cafes and charming little shops selling handcrafted and bespoke items. Bright and imposing chain shops would feel terrible out of place there. If you prefer indoor shopping, Rome boasts plenty of shopping malls for you to choose from. We recommend to have a look at  Galleria Alberto Sordi, Euroma2, and Porta di Roma.

Helpful tip: the Termini train station might not be the most obvious choice for shopping, but this is an excellent option. The railway hub houses countless shops, from luxury boutiques to wallet-friendly outlets. So, if you have a train trip planned, feel free to arrive a few hours in advance and check out the on-site venues. You won’t be disappointed. 

Meet Amazing People 

Amazing Locals, Rome

Italian culture is famous for its warmth, passion, and, to be fair, disregard for personal space. It’s like locals have a bright fire inside, fueling their passion for life and making everyone around them feel very warm. They speak with conviction and enthusiasm. They are always ready to listen to what you have to say. If you need any help during your trip, don’t hesitate to ask for help. No one will bite.   

However, all people are unique, and it would be unfair to say that all Italians possess a certain quality as a shared national trait. What can be said for sure is that having a local guide is the best way to get to know the real Italy and avoid certain tourist traps.

Set Off on a Memorable Day Trip

Day Trip from Rome
Day Trip from Rome

Of course, Rome is self-contained, and you can spend your trip to Italy not leaving the city’s borders and will never be bored. But if you feel like a change of scenery, a day trip is a fantastic choice. Luckily, the capital city boasts an excellent location, and there are more than enough travel destinations to consider for a daycation. 

For example, you can take a high-speed train to the capital of Tuscany. The cities are set within a 1.5-hour trip, leaving you plenty of time to explore Florence and get back to your hotel in time for dinner. Or you can treat yourself to a guided tour to historic Pompeii and climb the imposing Vesuvius (driving almost to the tops is also an option). And what about the city of Tivoli, home to the world-famous Villa d’Este and its breathtaking gardens? 

As you can see, the proud capital of Italy indeed has it all. Even the most spoiled traveler will find something to love about the remarkable place. Making a list of why it’s a great idea to make Rome your next holiday destination is not a difficult task. Finding a reason why one wouldn’t want to go there – that is a real challenge. Much was said about the Eternal City, so let’s get down to basics: Is Rome really worth it? Yes. Yes, it does. 

by Ksenia Zaiceva