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CENTRAL STATION: SPEND LESS, DO MORE

Also known as the Rome Termini, the central station is the largest transport hub in the city. While it is not generally known as a tourist hotspot it is very close to many of the main attractions in the city and a great place to stay due to the convenience of transport to some of Rome’s greatest attractions.

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The iconic 85 foot tall Trevi Fountain is known worldwide as a Baroque work of art at the end of the Aqua Virgo, constructed in 19 BC. As one of the oldest water sources in Rome, at the centre of the fountain is Neptune, god of the sea, and the fountain also features statues of Abundance and Salubrity. According to legend if you turn your back to the future and toss a coin with one hand over your opposite shoulder, you will be ensure your return to Rome in the future.

A lesser known place to stop by if you happen to be on a walking tour of the area is The Magic Door. Guarded by two Egyptian deities, this example of alchemy in the 1600s is located in Piazza Vittorio Emanuele which in itself a peaceful park to walk through during the day. The door represents a period of Roman alchemy and esoteric sciences. While the original building which, was likely a venue for secret meetings and alchemic experiments, has since been destroyed the door remains as a representation of the laboratory and the mysterious rituals that once went on inside.

You can’t visit Rome without…

Visiting the imposing Colosseum, located at piazza del Colosseo, near to Central Station. Gladiator contests are an important feature of Roman history and this venue was considered to be home to some of the largest and most popular combat battles and public executions, and held up to seventy thousand spectators. Dating back to AD 80, the historic architecture is enough to make this a notable monument to Roman history. While in the region, be sure to visit the Arch of Constantine which commemorates Emperor Constantine’s victory at the battle of Milvian Bridge, over the tyrant Maxentius.

Also well worth a visit is Piazza Navona, famous example of Baroque architecture and one of the liveliest piazzas in Rome. Here you will find great food at open air cafés and seasonal fairs as well as festivals which involve the creative works of many painters as well as buskers, musicians, entertainers, fortune tellers and caricaturists. It’s a great place experience the cultural aspects of Rome or just relax with a gelato in a family friendly area if you’ve had a long day travelling around the city.

If you are looking to do something off the beaten path, head to San Lorenzo district which is slightly south of Central Station. It’s a vibrant and buzzing place where hip locals and students can be found at inexpensive cafés and bars. Away from the typical tourist hotspots, here you can mingle with local residents and explore the culture of the city for first hand.

Spend Less, Do More

Your Cheaperthanhotels Team

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