City trip to Rome
The Vatican is the smallest independent state in the world and is located in the centre of Rome. It is of course best known as the principal seat of the Roman-Catholic church. It is also renowned for the impressive Saint Peter's Basilica in Saint Peter's Square and the Sistine Chapel. The Pope normally gives his blessing to the crowds on Sundays at 12.00 noon.
A visit to the world-famous Colosseum amphitheatre is a must. You’re taken back in time to the world of the famous gladiators. Walk through the arena and discover where the gladiators and wild animals were once held. Combine a visit here with nearby Forum Romanum, where the ruins of the old centre of Rome can be found.
Via del Corso
One of the most famous and longest shopping streets in Rome. On this 1.5km street you can find well-known stores such as Benetton, Zara and Sisley to mention but a few. You can combine your shopping with cultural sightseeing, visit the nearby 'Corso' area where you will find several churches. Here you will also find the house where Goethe once lived, it is now a museum.
Some tips about eating and drinking in Rome:
- Try to avoid restaurants in the tourist parts of the city. Prices there can be very high and the food quality is not always the best. Look out for places where the locals eat, it’s always a good tip.
- Romans normally start to eat as soon as their meal is served, no need to wait for everyone else as this may spoil the taste of your own meal and annoy the chef!
- Keep in mind that the standard coffee after dinner is nearly always an espresso. Cappuccinos are normally taken at breakfast time.