In the days of the Roman Empire Gaius Octavius, Caesar’s adopted son, divided Rome into 14 subdivisions called Rione (Latin for region) which are synonymous with modern-day neighbourhoods. This guide will walk you around the boundaries of one such district.
Wherever you are in Europe, it is safe to say that you are no more than a stone’s throw away from the location of some key historical event. Rome is no different and while the ruins of the old Empire are obvious, there are many more recent stories to be told.
It was the first time I’d done this, sitting at a cafe, watching. Just watching. Not talking and letting my sight wander while trying to follow some conversation with whomever I’m with. I mean just watching.
Imagine what life must have been like in Ancient Rome. The hustle and bustle of the metropolis of the city-state that ruled the known world must have been awe-inspiring to anyone, particularly a recently freed slave.
There are many considerations that come to mind when choosing a restaurant – location, style, quality, parking maybe – but I’ve never found myself in a situation where I said to myself, “I wonder which places stand up to the mafia”