Living in Rome: A Real Estate and Lifestyle Guide to Rome, Italy
Rome—The Eternal City
The ancient Romans believed that no matter what happened to the rest of the world, the city of Rome would always remain standing. This is why Rome was called the “Eternal City.” Rome’s historic center is an open-air museum, and in every corner art or history enthusiasts can find an element of interest. Rome has more museums (from ancient to contemporary), churches, squares, fountains, and ancient ruins per square foot than just about anywhere else in the world. The Colosseum, Roman Forum, the Pantheon, and other ancient architectural treasures are a testament to the city’ golden age as caput mundi (capital of the world), while monumental basilicas tell of its history as seat of the Catholic Church. The historic center is divided in 22 rioni (districts), most of them are still named as from Classical times. These are surrounded by 35 urban sectors. Rome is one of the greenest cities in Europe. Rome’s famous Seven Hills and numerous parks and gardens (including the magnificent Villa Borghese) are within a few minutes’ walk from major monuments. With a history dating back more than 2,000 years, Rome has grown organically. Its multitude of alleys, small squares, and side streets are a joy to explore. For once, you will love losing yourself.
Some of the best designer boutiques can be found in Rome. Most of them are on the streets surrounding Piazza di Spagna, such as Via dei Condotti, where you’ll find Prada, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Bulgari, and Armani. If you prefer one-of-a-kind boutiques and vintage stores, you’ll find hundreds of little shops scattered throughout the historic center. Well worth a visit is the luxury department store La Rinascente, which opened in 2017. Located in a 19th-century building, just steps from the Trevi Fountain and Piazza di Spagna, it has four restaurants, a designer supermarket, and two breathtaking panoramic terraces where you can sip a drink and enjoy the sunset views over the city.
Italians are used to having a late dinner, and staying up even later, and so the restaurants, bars, and cafés are open until late at night. Eating out is one of the great pleasures of Rome, and it can range from refined, five-star contemporary cuisine to a more informal place, such as a trattoria or pizzeria, where you can enjoy a huge variety of pasta or delicious thin-crust pizza. In any area of Rome, you will find a multitude of restaurants, but some of the best places to eat are the traditional Italian restaurants on the streets surrounding Trastevere, or on Piazza Navona, Campo dei Fiori, and the Pantheon, which offer a combination of romantic alfresco settings and outstanding food to ensure a good time.
Situated in the central-western portion of the Italian Peninsula, on the Tiber river and only about 15.5 miles (25 kilometers) from the sea, Rome experiences a Mediterranean climate, with hot and dry summers and mild and humid winters. July is the hottest month, with an average temperature of 25.5 degrees Celsius (78 degrees Fahrenheit), while the coldest is January, with an average of 8 degrees Celsius (46 degrees Fahrenheit). This mild weather makes it the ideal year-round travel destination.
The capital city of Rome, with its 2.8 million inhabitants, is Italy’s most populous city. With over 15 million visitors each year, Rome is one of the most visited art cities in the world.