When most people plan a winter getaway, they think of snow-capped mountains and cosy wooden cabins, but city breaks can be just as enjoyable if you know where to go. One of the most popular winter destinations these days is Rome, and with so much on offer, it isn’t hard to see why. We’ve put together our top things to see and do to save you some time when you decide to head there this season.
Visit the attractions it’s famous for
All the locals say that the best time to visit places like the Colosseum, the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill are during the winter months. Why? Because there are nowhere near the number of tourists compared to the rest of the year.
There will be no waiting around in queues or getting frustrated with crowds, so try to take in as many of these sites as possible during your stay. From the Sistine Chapel and the Pantheon, to when you stop for a gelato on the Spanish Steps, you’ll be able to marvel at the beautifully preserved ancient architecture and relics in peace.
Take in an opera
With a city so rich in history and culture, it’s not surprising that one of Rome’s favourite past times is indulging in the art of music. From classical concerts and operas, to elegant ballets, you’ll be able to find a jam-packed schedule of events over the winter season.
Whether you’re heading there for New Year and you want to catch their famous annual concert, or you’re itching to watch an opera to rid you of January blues, just make sure you book your tickets before they all sell out. These are incredibly popular events, so head over to Rome Opera Tickets to reserve your seat.
Write a new recipe book
If you’re a lover of gastronomy whose favourite part about winter is the comfort food, you’ll feel right at home in Rome this season. For one thing, you’ll be surrounded by all the treats that Italy is famous for, including a pizza parlour on every corner, not to mention plenty of gelato vendors. During the winter months though, you’ll find that it’s Panettone and frappe that are the most popular sweet treats around, while you can get delicious hot bowls of Pasta e ceci (pasta and chickpeas) and minestra (vegetable and pasta soup) for lunch.
There will be plenty of food markets for you to make your way around too, where you can pick up cooking tips from the locals. Who could go to one of the most magical cities in the world at Christmastime and not sample the festive fayre, or purchase some souvenirs for the family along the way? Head for Piazza Navona for a real seasonal treat.
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