Lonely Planet Rome (Travel Guide)
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Lonely Planet Rome is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Stare in awe at the Sistine Chapel, sip a cappuccino on a cobbled piazza (square) or walk in the footsteps of gladiators at the Colosseum; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Rome and begin your journey now!
Inside Lonely Planet Rome Travel Guide:
- Full-colour maps and images throughout
- Highlights and itineraries help you tailor your trip to your personal needs and interests
- Insider tips to save time and money and get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots
- Essential info at your fingertips - hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, prices
- Honest reviews for all budgets - eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, hidden gems that most guidebooks miss
- Cultural insights give you a richer, more rewarding travel experience - including history, art, architecture, literature, cinema, music, cuisine, wine and the Roman way of life
- Free, convenient pull-out Rome map (included in print version), plus over 36 colour maps
- Covers Ancient Rome, Centro Storico, Tridente, Trevi, Vatican City, Monti, Esquilino, Trastevere, Gianicolo, Testaccio, Villa Borghese, highlights of Lazio, and more
The Perfect Choice: Lonely Planet Rome, our most comprehensive guide to Rome, is perfect for both exploring top sights and taking roads less travelled.
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easy-to-eat snack, the pizza bianca (plain white pizza) is excellent. CinecaffèCAFE€ ( MAP GOOGLE MAP ; www.cinecaffe.it; Casina delle Rose, Largo Marcello Mastroianni 1; meals €15-25; h8.30am-8.30pm; gPorta Pinciana) Part of the Casa del Cinema complex, this modern cafe is one of the few places to get a decent bite in Villa Borghese. Stop by for a morning coffee or claim a table on the sunny deck and tuck into an ample lunch buffet (€15 for one plate, €25 for no-limits access). Caffè
Elsewhere, ornate piazzas and elaborate churches add a baroque flourish to the city's historic streets. Artistic Riches Few cities can rival Rome's astonishing artistic heritage. Throughout history, the city has starred in the great upheavals of Western art, drawing the top artists of the day and inspiring them to push the boundaries of creative achievement. The result is a city awash with priceless treasures. Ancient statues adorn world-class museums, Byzantine mosaics and Renaissance
frescoes dazzle in the city's art-rich churches, baroque facades flank medieval piazzas. Walk around the centre and without even trying you’ll come across masterpieces by the giants of the artistic pantheon – sculptures by Michelangelo, canvases by Caravaggio, Raphael frescoes and fountains by Bernini. Living the Lifestyle A trip to Rome is as much about lapping up the dolce vita (sweet life) lifestyle as gorging on art and culture. It's about relaxing into the city's Mediterranean rhythms
district of Pigneto. If you want to keep it real, head down to grungy San Lorenzo, the student district, with alternative bars and clubs, and some surprisingly chic restaurants. 6Monti oAi Tre ScaliniWINE BAR ( MAP GOOGLE MAP ; Via Panisperna 251; h12.30pm-1am; mCavour) The 'Three Steps' is always packed, with crowds spilling out into the street. Apart from a tasty choice of wines, it sells the damn fine Menabrea beer, brewed in northern Italy. You can also tuck into a heart-warming
Rome’s multi-layered past: a 12th-century basilica built atop a 4th-century church, which, in turn, stands over a 2nd-century pagan temple and a 1st-century Roman house. Beneath everything are foundations dating to the Roman Republic. The ground-floor basilica superiore contains some glorious works of medieval art. These include a golden 12th-century apse mosaic, the Trionfo della Croce (Triumph of the Cross), showing the Madonna and St John the Baptist standing by a cross on which Christ is