There is certainly no shortage of art to see when you are visiting Rome. Pop into just about any church, there are over 900, and you can find sculptures by Bernini and Michelangelo and paintings by Caravaggio. The Vatican Museums are arguably one of the world’s finest collections of art and absolutely worth a visit but there are also many other world-class exhibitions in Rome.
Rome is a terrific city during the cooler times of year. Even after summer heat has faded most days will be blue-skied and sunny. On the rare day when thunder rumbles and the skies open, we have a few suggestions on how to enjoy a rainy day. Storms usually roll through fast and fierce in Rome, so be ready to dash inside if the sky turns dark. It is a good idea to carry a compact lightweight umbrella with you, but if you forget, just look around, you will see a vendor with an armful of inexpensive ones for sale and you will be prepared for a rainy day in Rome.
In a city of stunning and ancient architecture, it really says something that the fountains in Rome stand out on their own as beautiful attractions. The fountains are not only architectural marvels, but also gathering places for locals, settings for street musicians and the perfect places to relax with an after-dinner gelato. There are also little fountains scattered throughout Rome that are meant to be used for drinking water (these are called “nasone”), where travelers can fill up water bottles. So make sure to have a bottle with you as you’re wandering around.
While strolling through Rome, it’s impossible to miss the city’s elaborate and delightful Baroque architecture and art. Much like Florence is the showcase of Renaissance architecture, Rome is a jewel box of Baroque design. Of course, you’ll find a little of everything on display in the Eternal City, including buildings and ruins that span centuries and styles from 2,000 years ago to the most modern. Yet Rome’s Baroque architecture and fountains are among its most appealing sights. Continue reading Architects at War – Bernini versus Borromini