Posted December 23, 2010 by BookingBuddy
Holidays in Italy are incomplete without a few days in Rome, the Eternal City. From ancient ruins to modern fashion, eye-catching architecture to palette-pleasing cuisine, Rome truly is a feast for the senses. Crane your neck to witness Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel masterpiece ceiling, channel your inner Audrey Hepburn with a run down the Spanish Steps, or pretend you're a gladiator at the Colosseum. Finally, to ensure a return visit (as the legend says), don't forget to toss a coin into the Trevi Fountain before you leave this spectacular city.
Campo dei Fiori, a marketplace in the heart of Old Rome, offers delights for chefs and diners alike. If you prefer to cook for yourself, this market and the piazza's surrounding shops offer no shortage of fresh produce, baked goods, meats, spices, and more. However, if you just want to sample the wares, the square is also packed with trattorias, forni (pizza and bread bakeries), cafes, and gelaterias (ice cream shops). It's a perfect one-stop location to discover all of Rome's gastronomic treats while on holiday.
As a tourist's haven, there is no shortage of option for hotels in Rome. Overlook some of Rome's most famous monuments by staying at The Hotel Navona, an accommodation situated between the Pantheon and Piazza Navona. Antique furnishings, frescoes, and fresh flowers are featured throughout the hotel; rooms have mini-fridges, air conditioning, and private baths. Rates start at €80 and include daily breakfast.
Rinascente, the first department store to open in Rome, offers a little something for everyone. A grand dame among the shops along Via del Corso, Rinascente sells fashion, jewelry, housewares, cosmetics, gifts, and more, all under one roof. If you have a favorite designer, you'll be sure to find his or her collections here. Giorgio Armani got his start here (designing store windows), so even if you're just browsing, you'll still find plenty to catch your eye.