The largest city in Italy offers a unique blend of old and new. Rome is a place where Vespas zip along streets lined by ancient ruins, and it’s brimming with examples of modern luxuries and historical sites that coexist on a daily basis.
Dining options offer the perfect chance to experience both sides of the city. Restaurants and cafes surround piazzas with famous fountains amid stunning architecture, such as Piazza Navona, where you can see the 17th-century basilica, Sant’Agnese in Agone. For an elegant evening, sip cocktails on the rooftop terrace of a stylish luxury hotel while looking out across memorable attractions such as the iconic dome of St. Peter’s Basilica, the magnificent church built over St. Peter’s tomb and completed in 1626.
Of course, you can grab a hot piece of pizza in favorite neighborhood spots all over Rome, including near the most renowned points of interest. For example, vacationers can relax with a slice and a view of Capitoline Hill after spending time traversing Michelangelo’s Piazza di Campidoglio, once the center of the Roman Empire.
Another great way to partake in the capital’s contemporary pleasures while viewing some of its classic attractions is on a shopping tour. The Piazza di Spagna, home of the Spanish Steps, is in an area where many high-end fashion boutiques are located -- Prada, Gucci, Valentino and Bulgari among them. If you’re looking for a unique souvenir, head over Rome’s oldest bridge, Ponte Fabricio, to the bohemian Trastevere to browse for antiques, and take time to check out the village’s medieval buildings.