If there ever was a place where you come face to face with history on every corner, it is Rome. The Eternal City’s collision of modern and ancient never ceases to amaze. Even in the summer heat, the atmosphere is magical and a gelateria or shady piazza is never far away.
Nor are its green spaces, including the 150-acre Villa Borghese and Villa Pamphili, Rome’s largest public park. Most property searches begin in Rome’s Centro Storico, a UNESCO World Heritage Site whose tangle of backstreets offers an endless array of trattorias, boutiques and eye-catching ruins.
But when looking for a home, the leafier and less hurried residential districts such as Pinciano, Nomentano and Trieste offer respite from the vibrant city centre and are still within striking distance of Rome’s indefatigable energy and its famous sights. As Italy’s capital city and one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations, Rome is more likely to attract property buyers who already have a link with the city, whether through family, business or education.
One thing is certain: no matter how many times you return, it’s the city that never stops giving.
History of the area
Rome's history is too long and varied to list in detail, from Etruscan origins to bloody wars, emperors, and religion dominating the lives and architecture of Italy's capital city. In looking for a property in Rome and Lazio, one is constantly reminded of the immense history of the place as one famous landmark or building turning into another on the very next corner with the Colosseum, Pantheon, the Roman Forum, Trajan's column, Trajan's market, Vatican City - St. Peter's Basilica, the Trevi fountain and numerous other icons of Rome past and present. Literary, cuisine, political and religious giants dominate the landscape of Rome's history and one cannot fail to be filled with a sense of awe and wonder.
The culture of Rome is entwined with its history. Property in Rome embodies the numerous landmarks and cultural centres that one finds with every building a monument to its past. Rome - the Colossum, Pantheon, the Roman Forum, Trajan's column, Trajan's market, Vatican City - St. Peter's Basilica, the Sistine Chapel & Vatican Museums must all be visited, while outside Rome in the surrounding areas one finds at Tivoli - Villa Adriana & Villa d'Este, and at Cerveteri the Etruscan tombs.
For food and wine lovers, Frascati and the Castelli Romani are famous for wine, particularly white, while the Sabina area is well known for its olive oil. Lazio draws upon the rich culinary delights of both Northern and Southern Italy for many well known Italian dishes.
Types of property available
Over the years and due to the increasing lack of space, most of Rome's beautiful 'palazzos' have gradually been converted into apartments, though some remain in the surrounding hills. In most demand are apartments with balconies or terraces and access via a lift. Parking is also highly desirable. Outside Rome there is a choice of houses, villas and farmhouses for sale across the countryside and around the many charming medieval towns and villages.
Rome has two major airports to the South-east and South-west of the city: Leonardo da Vinci International Airport also known as Fiumicino to the west of the citry and Ciampino to the east.
From the centre of Rome, the old Roman roads (Appian Way, Cassia, Flaminia) all lead on to the GRA (Gran Raccordo Anulare), which is Rome’s ring road. This in turn leads on to the various highways, or ‘autostrade’, going in all directions, the main one being the A1, better known as the ‘Autostrada del Sole’, which links Milan in the north to Naples in the south.
Rome's central station is 'Termini', with strong links both north and south across Italy.
Lazio stretches from the coast on the western side of Italy’s leg, right into the mountainous region of the Appenines to the east. It borders with Tuscany & Umbria to the north, Abruzzo to the east and Campania to the south. There are three main lakes, which have formed in the craters of extinct volcanoes to the northwest of the capital, Rome: Bracciano, Vico and Bolsena. Due southwest, in the area known as the Castelli Romani are the lakes of Albano and Nemi. The main river is the Tiber, which flows right through the centre of Rome’s historic centre (Centro Storico).
This varies according to the area: coastal, Rome & central Lazio, northern Lazio, southern Lazio & the Pontine Marshes and the hills/mountains of Eastern Lazio. Rome enjoys a typical Mediterranean climate. It is at its most comfortable between April and June and from mid-September to October. By August, the temperature often exceeds 32 degrees.
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