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Rome from A to Z: Part I

Aperitivo: The Italians know how to live well, and one of the best things about Italian cuisine is the aperitivo, or aperitif. It’s an alcoholic drink (like a Negroni, for example) to whet your appetite that is accompanied by something light to nibble on such as olives or sausage. And if you can enjoy it on a sunny terrace in the Eternal City, all the better.

Bernini : This Italian artist is the creator of many of the sculptures that featured in the Roman piazzas. Gian Lorenzo Bernini is responsible for the stunning Trevi Fountain and Fountain of the Four Rivers in the Piazza Navona. The works of this Baroque artist are highly realistic and impressive if they are lighted at night.

Colosseum: Perhaps the best known Roman monument, the Colosseum was the Roman amphitheater where gladiator fights and other barbaric activities were held to entertain the people. It is one of the most important architectural works of the Roman period and was able to seat up to 80,000 people. Impressive.


Dolce Vita: Nobodyy represents Italian society better than Italian filmmaker Federico Fellini, and his 1960 masterpiece La Dolce Vita depicts postwar Italian society in the form of both comedy and drama. A must-see for any lover of film and of Rome.

Espresso: This coffee gets its name because of the way it is drunk. There are still cafés in Rome where you can go in, pay for the coffee, take one of the many prepared at the bar and then leave, all in a few seconds.

Fontana di Trevi: For many this is the most impressive in all of Rome. This Baroque fountain is located in a small square in the center of Rome. It is advisable to go at night and arrive by way of the Via delle Muratte, from which you will suddenly emerge on it, confronted by all of its majesty. They say if you throw a coin over your back into the water and make a wish, it will come true .

Gelato: Typically Italian and something you won’t want to miss. Italian ice cream tastes better than ice cream you can eat anywhere else. There are many ice cream shops that cater to tourists, but if you find an one off the beaten path, indulge yourself.

History: If anything characterizes Rome, it’s history. From Roman times to neoclassicism and on through the Renaissance and Baroque periods, in Rome you can find works of all kinds quite close to one another.

Iglesias: There are over 900 churches throughout Rome and some of the lesser known are truly amazing. Do not miss the San Giovanni in Laterano, Santa Maria in Trastevere, Santa Maria Maggiore and Sant´Andrea della Valle.

June: In this month you’ll encounter the best parties. June 2 is the Italian national holiday, the Festa della Repubblica, and there’s a parade in the Via dei Fori Imperiali that’s full of color and music. The 24th is the day of San Giovanni, patron saint of the city, and a great feast is given in front of the church of San Giovanni in Laterano. The 29th is dedicated to San Pedro and San Pablo and concludes with a Mass in the Basilica of San Pedro.

Keats: The Romantic poets John Keats and Percy Shelley lived in Rome, near the Piazza di Spagna, during the 19th century. In this house/museum you can see an exhibition of objects, letters, manuscripts and paintings from these British authors.

Lazio: This is the region in Italy where Rome is located. It’s also the name of one of the soccer teams in the city, (rival of the other Roman team, AS Roma). If you have the opportunity to attend a Roman match, it will be one of the best sports experiences you can have.

Michelangelo: Perhaps the most brilliant Renaissance artist of all time, he is responsible for one of the most stunning spots in the entire city: the Sistine Chapel in St. Peter´s Basilica at the Vatican, where you can view his fresco of the Last Judgment, a work of art that you should not miss seeing.

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