From Amsterdam to Rome(direct)
1 hour(s) 49 min
Rome, nicknamed the Eternal City, is the capital of Italy. Although its streets might at times mislead you into thinking you’re in a medieval village in rural Tuscany, it is in fact the fourth largest city in the European Union just outscoring Paris. The city is famed for its role as the cradle of one of world’s greatest civilizations in history; The Roman Empire. As if that’s not significant enough, it is also home to the highest governing body of the Catholic Church, commonly known as the Vatican. Under the influence of the papacy the epicenter of the Italian renaissance was shifted from Florence to Rome, leaving the city today with an incredible artistic heritage both in museums and in the streets.
Due to its variety of attractions, first time visitors to Rome need at least three days to see all the major sights of the city. Ancient Rome alone has several days’ worth of sights to see. Most prominently the Colosseum, which has been named one of the New 7 Wonders of the World. Next to the Colosseum you’ll find the Roman Forum which basically was downtown Rome until the middle ages. The entire site is now an open air museum. Beyond the opposite end of the forum, Roman remains such as the Pantheon are still scattered throughout the modern city amidst buildings from several other ages.
The modern city is where you’ll find most of the famous landmarks of the city. The Trevi fountain, Piazza Navona, the Spanish Steps and Piazza del Popolo for example. Just walking around will lead you from high end shopping streets to medieval alleys and everything in between. Be sure not to miss Campo de’ Fiori for a small market during the day, or for drinks at night. If there’s a game on you might catch some Serie A football here as well.
Across the Tiber river sits Castel Sant’Angelo, which links downtown Rome to the Vatican. Walking up to Saint Peter’s Basilica and the adjacent eponymous square, coffee prices dramatically increase. Saint Peter’s Basilica is the absolute center of the Catholic world, and it shows. Every square inch of its interior is decorated in marble and gold. It’s also the largest church in the world. The entire Statue of Liberty, including its pedestal, fits under the basilica’s dome. The Vatican Museum, located on the north side of the Vatican, is the only way to access other parts of the Vatican. Queues can be long, very long, but once inside the Museum does offer access to the Sistine Chapel. Unless, of course, it’s sede vacante, during which the chapel is sealed indefinitely. The inside of the chapel is completely covered in frescos. Most famously Michelangelo’s ‘The Creation of Adam’ and ‘The Last Judgment’.
Rome has a Mediterranean climate with hot summers, especially in July and August. Winters are mild due to the city’s proximity to the sea. But once every 50 years or so, there is some snow.
The city has two international airports. Fiumicino is a large hub with many intercontinental connections. The other, Ciampino, is a low cost carrier airport serving Europe and northern Africa only.
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