Rome is a completely unique city not only in Europe but the world. You’d be hard pushed to find anywhere with such a perfect combination of history, culture, art and cuisine. It is truly extraordinary to be able to experience both the stunning monoliths of an ancient civilization as well as its modern metropolis that is so full of life.
Any Woody Allen fan will no doubt have seen ‘To Rome with Love’ released in 2006. But for those who haven’t, the movie is simply a love letter to the Italian capital, showing how you will inevitably fall in love with this city. All of Rome’s charm and iconic landmarks are wonderfully shown off throughout the feature and we can guarantee once you’ve watched it you will want to experience Rome first hand in all of its glory.
It is important however, that if you are planning a European getaway that you have a valid European Health Insurance Card. These cards replaced the old E111 forms, so make sure if you haven’t yet replaced the E111, by applying at https://www.europeanhealthcard.org.uk/e111/, you do so well in advance of your holiday. For a small fee we can help with your application by making sure all the details are correct which can help speed up the application process. These little blue cards are the best way to stay covered should you need medical care in the event of an accident or if you fall ill whilst abroad.
For anyone exploring Rome, the Sabatini restaurant, the Vicolo Santa Maria that is featured in the film, is a must. The Sabatini brothers opened two restaurants back in 1958 and over the last 50 years they have offered the finest, traditional Roman dishes in the city as well as a menu of delicious fresh fish. Not only is the cuisine absolutely divine but they also offer over 350 wines from all across Italy.
Villa of the Quintilii
This ancient villa was commissioned by Prince del Drago, designed by architect Busiri Vici and built by brothers Sextus Quintilius Maximus and Sextus Quintilius Condianus during the 2nd century. Many of its features are symbolic of the relationship between the del Drogo family and Spanish Royalty. Today the villa is very popular for weddings and other events due to its beautiful architecture and surrounding four-hectare park.
Scalinata della Trinita dei Monti
Perhaps better known as The Spanish Steps, this is a monumental staircase of a total of 135 steps. They ascend from the base of the Piazza di Spagna up to the Piazza Trinita dei Monti. It really is worth taking your time to admire the surroundings from these iconic stairs and viewing the magnificent Piazza dei Monti church at the top. The chances are you will have seen this charming landmark as it features heavily within cinema. Not only is it in Allen’s ‘To Rome With Love’, the steps are also prominently featured in other classic movies such as ‘Roman Holiday’ and ‘The Talented Mr. Ripley’, a must see for any movie fan.