Fodor's Rome 2000 : Expert Advice and Smart Choices, Completely Updated Every Year, Plus a Full-Size Map
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Rome is like a big layer cake that can be pried open to get a feel for each of the layers. You'll find pieces of Ancient Rome casually strewn about, topped by Medieval and Renaissance Rome, topped by Fascist Rome, and finally today's Rome, where decades of political and civic apathy are giving way to a revitalized city.
Rome's layers are manifest everywhere. But some aspects of the city cut right through all the layers. Rome is romantic and unforgettable, just as it was for Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday. It's a perfect city for honeymooners. Just take an evening stroll through Piazza Navona, and you'll feel the inexplicable, indescribable thrill that has beguiled many visitors to Rome over the centuries into staying forever.
The Passeggiata (Strolling)
A favorite pastime of Romans (and most Italians) is the passeggiata, literally, the promenade. In the late afternoon, especially on weekends, couples, family groups, and packs of teenagers stroll in the main streets and piazzas. The passeggiata usually includes some café-sitting and window-shopping as well. Your own version of the passeggiata, different from all that purposeful walking you have to do to see the sights, could take you on an aimless stroll into Rome's byways. As you amble down the narrow streets, take time to peek into courtyards and look up at open windows as dusk falls to see lights go on, illuminating carved or frescoed ceilings on upper floors. The perfect accompaniment to a passeggiata is a gelato, or ice cream, either cone or cup, to be enjoyed as you ramble through Rome.
The city's most famous shopping district is conveniently compact, fanning out at the foot of the Spanish Steps in a galaxy of boutiques offering gorgeous wares with glamorous labels. Here you can ricochet from Gucci to Prada to Valentino to Versace with less effort than it takes to pull out your platinum credit card. Even if your budget is designed for lower altitudes, you can find great clothes and accessories at prices you can afford. But buying is not necessarily the point. The greatest pleasure is in browsing, admiring window displays that are works of art, imagining you or yours in a little red dress by Valentino or a lean Armani suit, and dreaming that all this could be yours -- if your name were Bill Gates.
Café-sitting is the most popular leisure-time activity in Rome, practiced by all and involving nothing more strenuous than gesturing to catch the waiter's eye. Cafés are meant for relaxing, chatting with a companion, and/or eyeing the passing parade, possibly within view of one of the city's spectacular fountains or churches, in a square that would seem naked without a fringe of bright cafè umbrellas or awnings. For tourists and shoppers, part of this particular pleasure is resting tired feet. You will never be rushed, no matter how long you sit, and not even when café tables are crowded at aperitif times, just before lunch and, especially, supper.
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