More Sights, Fewer Sightseers
“High season is getting busier and busier in Rome,” says Robert Allyn, Rome resident and founder of Through Eternity Tours. “Visiting in winter means fewer and shorter lines, the chance to see the Vatican Museums without thousands of other people, and visiting limited-access sights like the underground area of the Colosseum, or the Borghese Gallery, even at the last minute.” Allyn also suggests checking out lesser known gems like the Galleria Doria Pamphilj, housed in a private palace, “where you can view the works of masters like Caravaggio, Velázquez, and Bernini with-out the crowds” (www.turismoroma.it).
“There is a strong relationship between seasonality and traditional Roman cuisine,” says Chef Fundim Gjepali of renowned restaurant Antico Arco, open every day of the year. His dishes showcase specialty ingredients from the Lazio region such as winter chicory, artichokes, lamb, and cheeses. But if you have to choose just one dish, order the spaghetti carbonara with seasonal black truffle (www.anticoarco.it).
G-Rough, a 1500s-era townhouse near the Piazza Navona, has 10 suites with mid-century-style decor, and the staff helps tailor experiences such as Vespa tours and the chance to design a handbag at the Accademia di Costume e di Moda (www.g-rough.com). Sleep like an emperor at the recently renovated Hotel Eden, which opened in 1889 and has hosted heads of state and royalty for over 100 years (www.dorchestercollection.com).
Alitalia and Air India offer non-stop flights from New Delhi to Rome. From other major Indian cities, there are regular flights to Rome with one or more stops at a Middle Eastern or European gateway like Kuwait, Istanbul, Jeddah, London, Amsterdam, Brussels or Paris. Indian travellers to Rome need a Schengen visa and can apply for one at any of the VFS centres around the country (vfs-italy.co.in).
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