Rome is the perfect destination for a historic urban getaway with Urban District Apartments. Loose yourself in the ancient streets, breath in the scent of freshly ground coffee, stumble across hidden Roman treasures or marvel at the Colosseum
Rome is the perfect destination for a historic urban getaway with Urban District. Lose yourself in the ancient streets, breathe in the scent of freshly ground coffee, stumble across hidden Roman treasures or marvel at the Colosseum. In Rome you have it all. And all this while enjoying the city’s year-round warm temperatures. There are infinite reasons to visit the Eternal City. As a rental destination, it is a veritable delight for historians and food enthusiasts alike. Italy’s capital is steeped in history (layers and layers of it). While Roman mythology dates the founding of Rome back to 753 BC, the earliest signs of human settlement date back 14,000 years. A city within a city, Rome also houses an independent country within its boundaries: the Vatican City. As if that weren’t enough, as a cultural destination, Rome is almost unrivalled. It is a major centre of Italian Renaissance art and architecture, and it is of course the birthplace of Italian Baroque and Neoclassicism, which will be reflected everywhere you look during your stay in the Eternal City.
Rome makes an excellent spot for business travellers too. Even if, it is not reputed to be as business-oriented as Milan, Rome is nonetheless a highly important destination within Italy and Europe more generally for international commerce. Ernst & Young placed Rome at number 10 in its European attractiveness survey in 2016 for Foreign Direct Investment (FDI), which would suggest that things are really on the up in the Italian capital on the business front. If this trend of increased interest and investment in Rome is to continue, this can only mean that international business travellers will find themselves increasingly likely to end up there for conferences and/or meetings in the years to come. And Rome caters for this with aplomb. Whilst there, the comfort and premium services of an Urban District serviced apartment rental are sure to meet with your executive expectations and allow you to work in the most comfortable environment.
When you rent an apartment in Rome, for business or pleasure, there are some places you simply cannot miss. Inaugurated in 80 AD, the Colosseum formerly housed a 50,000-seat Roman gladiator arena. It is a truly spectacular sight to behold in all its ancient glory. The Roman Forum, the Pantheon and the Palatino are also life-changing visits to Antiquity, which make Rome an unmatchable historic destination. For some inspiring artwork, head over to the "Museo e Galleria Borghese", which houses the ‘queen of all private art collections’, from Ancient Rome and the old masters right through to the modern era, all amassed by the Borghese family over the years. In the Capitoline Museums you can enjoy the iconic Lupa Capitolina, a sculpture depicting a she-wolf suckling Romulus and Remus, as well as an amazing art gallery with works by the likes of Tintoretto. The streets of Rome are themselves a work of art, with secrets hidden all around, from the catacombs to clandestine churches. Finally, no trip to Rome would be complete without an outing to the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican City, where one can gaze at Michelangelo’s famous ceiling.
Rome is a favourable destination for business meetings and conferences because of its ample venues and infrastructure in this regard. There is wide variety of international events, conventions, seminars and trade fairs taking place in the city annually, and the choices of location are rich and varied, from large-scale conference venues in historic locations, to small-scale options for smaller businesses congregations.
What to eat?
When in Rome, do as the Romans do. When you rent a place to stay in Rome, it’s important to eat like a Roman too. Pizza is an obvious must in this foremost gastronomic destination. Join locals during your stay by sampling authentic varieties, and relax with friends and family over some chilled white wine from nearby terroirs. Try simple, delicious local pasta dishes and take part in typical al fresco (open air) dining. For more reasonably priced dining, check out places like Alle Fratte di Trastevere, and for a more generous budget, Alberto Ciarla offers exquisite traditional dishes such as sea bass with herbs, with the chef’s innovative interpretation of traditional Italian fare striking an intriguing balance between creative and authentic. Pizzeria Loffredo is our number one choice for pizza (although there are countless contenders), boasting consistently excellent reviews.
Where to go out?
In the evening, take a stroll through one of Rome’s many piazzas in the city’s charming districts, such as the Piazza del Popolo, the awe-inspiring 16th century entrance to Rome’s old northern gateway. You can enjoy stunning views of the square from Rosati, a bar once frequented by left-wing intellectuals, or alternatively, you can head over to Canova, situated just across the square, formerly known for its clientele of prominent right-wing figures. Most bars in the city’s diverse neighbourhoods remain open until 2am, while clubs continue to regale late-night revelers until around 4am. For a truly unique nocturnal experience over the course of your holiday or at the end of your business trip, head over to the exclusive Jerry Thomas Speakeasy, a 1920’s US prohibition-style speakeasy named after the famous American bartender. Membership, booking ahead and a password are all requirements however. Another hidden gem is Club Derriere, a secret jazz bar tucked away behind the Osteria delle Coppelle restaurant. For lovers of literature, you can’t go wrong with the eccentric Rivendita Libri Cioccolate e Vino. One of this place’s two rooms is dedicated to book readings, while the other is centred around the concept of shots served in chocolate glasses. Quirky and eccentric. Many Roman neighbourhoods lay claim to such interesting places.
When to go?
Rome is another destination where each season offers something different. Spring and Autumn are comfortably warm and have moderate levels of tourism compared to peak season, making them ideal for apartment rentals. Winter temperatures average at about 8 degrees Celsius, so it never becomes excessively cold in the Eternal City. Weekends tend to be the busiest times and shops tend to close on Sundays, save for the most touristy districts in the city. The best time to come to Rome is mid-week, when shops, restaurants and museums are open and there are fewer tourists.
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