Rome may not be “caput mundi”,
the capital of the world, any more, but it is still the capital of Italy.
Bathed by the Tiber River, the city stands on the famous seven hills
, characterized by centuries of history in which it was the material and spiritual center of the world. It is a city that never fails to surprise its visitors
, because its historical buildings and monuments are so harmonious they even seem to fit in with its busy daily life, giving the impression that history and art go “almost” unnoticed by the Romans themselves.
With its museums, monuments and its 900 churches, Rome offers the loveliest itineraries for every type of visit
. Even the most experience tourists will have to be very well-organised
not to miss something on a list of musts like the Sistine Chapel, the Vatican Museums, the Roman Forum, the Colisseum, the Palatine, and all the other beauties of the city
. Some might think the poor tourists must never relax, and have to run from place to place in order to see as much as possible. In short, that it is not a restful vacation. But that, luckily, is not true! Rome is a city where it is easy to get around on foot
, the entire downtown area is a real open-air museum
. The freer-spirited tourist can enjoy the splendor of the city calmly, simply taking a stroll through history.
And to get the most out of Rome by night or know what’s happening in the world of Roman culture, there is the weekly magazine Roma C'è
(on the newsstands every Wednesday and also visible on the website www.romace.it
). For a different evening from what you’ll find at the crowded tourist spots, there are the picturesque districts of Trastevere or San Lorenzo
, the latter livened by great masses of students, where the atmosphere is that of another era.
In the land of pizza and pasta you might think there is no room for a good “gluten-free” meal. But you’d be wrong! For those who have to follow a gluten-free diet it won’t be a problem at all to enjoy the various local specialties, from the appetizers, based on seafood, to the risottos, all prepared without wheat.
It should be noted, also, that Italy is one of the European countries with a high rate of gluten-intolerance, so that you will have no difficulty finding gluten-free foods.
You can even buy gluten-free bread and other foods in the pharmacies. The website of the Associazione Italiana Celiachia* has a complete list of restaurants and stores offering gluten-free foods. And don’t forget the DS Pizza Point network: www.dspizzapoint.com