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Once the home of one of the most important empires in the world, Rome is indeed a place to visit if you want to see history first-hand. The city by itself is already a must-visit in the list of any traveler and keeps centuries of history preserve in its walls and streets.
Colosseum, the Roman Forum and the Palatine Hills are definitely the most famous ruins in Rome, however there many more ancient Roman ruins that adorn the city and its outskirts, but here in this post, we will highlight the must-see monuments in Rome, those that you should not miss!
Monuments in Rome: A must-see list of Roman ruins in Rome
As the saying goes “Rome wasn’t built in a day”, and since day one, Rome has experienced different people, cultures, and events.
Which one of them, left their own marks in the Italian Capital that can still be seen nowadays, turning Rome into a special place for history lovers who wants to learn more about the history of the civilization.
Early Rome to Roman Empire
The history of Rome begins around 753 BC with its foundation by Romulus. Accordingly, to the famous legend, Romulus was one of the twin brothers, descendants of Aeneas, who were suckled by the Capitoline Wolf, a she-wolf who found the boys abandoned on the banks of the Tiber river.
The boys were then found and cared for by two shepherds.
Years later, during a disagreement on where would be the perfect hill to start their city, Romulus ended up killing his own brother Remus and fixing settlement in Palatine Hill, where he founded Rome and became the first king of the Roman Kingdom.
Romulus was the first king of Rome and after his death, or disappearance, as some claim, six other kings ruled the kingdom, been replaced in 509BC when Rome became a Republic and was ruled by elected senators.
It was in this period that Rome started to expand, dominating the Italian peninsula entirely spreading all the way over the Mediterranean.
After the death of Julius Caesar in 44BC and the victory of his adopted son Octavian over Mark Antony and Cleopatra, the Roman Senate granted him overarching power, turning him into the first Roman Emperor, and giving him the title “Augustus”.
Monuments in Rome
Palatine Hill is one of the sevens hills in Rome, associated with the myth of Romulus and Remus and considered to be the cradle of the Roma. Palatine Hill was the most desired neighborhood in Ancient Rome, home of aristocrats and emperors. Nowadays it is one of the most important archaeological sites in Rome.
Right next to the Colosseum, the Palatine Hill keeps the ruins of the House of Augustus and the House of Livia, as well as the Flavian Palace and Stadium of Domitian.
It is necessary to buy a ticket to visit the ruins of the Palatine Hill, but the good news is that the same ticket gives you entrance to the Colosseum and the Roman Forum, they are located next to each other and can totally be visited on the same day, to help you build your itinerary, have a look in the 3 days guide to Rome.
Located next to Palatine Hill, it is definitely one of the most iconic buildings in the world. Also known as Flavian Amphitheater, its construction began in 70 AD and was completed in 80 AD. During the rule of the emperor Titus.
The Colosseum has a capacity for more than 50,000 and was used as an entertainment place where people had the chance to see exotic animals, prisoners executions, gladiator battles, etc. The complete personification of the Bread and Circus policy.
Titus inaugurated the Colosseum with a 100 days game that took the life of around 2,000 gladiators. It is estimated that during the 390 years that the Amphitheater were used for battles, around 400,000 died inside, and about 1,000,000 were killed.
In fact, the Colosseum was the reason of the complete disappearance of some species in North Africa, Hippos were completely wiped from the Nile river banks and North African Elephants were extinct, in order to entertain the Roman population.
The ticket for the Colosseum, is the same as the one mention above (see Palatine Hill), to buy the ticket, click here!
Located directly east of the Colosseum, there are a group of ruins that Rome is restoring at the moment, where it used to be one of the three most important gladiatorial schools of the Roman Empire.
Gladiators from all over the Empire used to come here to live, practice and prepare themselves for the games held in the Colosseum next door.
Nowadays it is still possible to recognize the barracks used by the gladiators and the areas where they used to practice. It is believed that there was an underground passage that linked the gladiatorial school with the Colosseum.
Today you can visit the ruins for free by walking alongside them on the streets, there is no much information in the place, however as Rome is investing in a restoration of the gladiatorial school, I believe soon it will be way easier to recognize the buildings.
Back in the Roman Empire times, forums were the heart of the city and daily life of its citizens. They were big rectangular plazas surrounded by important buildings such as government buildings, temples, and markets. It was here that people used to buy goods, watch public speeches, criminal trials and gossip around.
Inside the complex you will be able to see countless ruins, some of them are into pieces, but others are relatively well preserved, as it is the case of the Temple of Saturn, the Roman god associated with wealth, it was built in 497 BC and where the reserve of gold and silver of Rome were stored; The House of Vestals, located behind a circular building known as the Temple of Vestals, the house used to be the residence of the Vestals Virgins, venerated priestess; and Arch of Titus, built after the death of Emperor Titus to commemorate the victory over Jerusalem.
Another point of interest is the famous Via Sacra, that used to be the main street in Ancient Rome, linking Colosseum to Piazza del Campidoglio.
It is hard to understand nowadays the importance of the Roman Forum back in ancient Rome, but bear in mind that it was here that the citizens of Rome witnessed the funeral of Julius Cesar and the execution of Ciceros, to have an idea of the historical weight of this plaza.
The tickets for the Roman Forum is the same as for Palatine Hill and Colosseum, buy it here!
Located nowadays in the Via dei Fori Imperiali, the avenue that links the Colosseum to the Piazza Venezia, it is a complex of buildings known as the Trajan’s Market. It is a well-preserved ruin that despite the name, it was not limited to shops only.
The construction includes a covered market, front shops, and a residential apartment block. The products sold in the market would have come from all parts of the empire and would include fruits, vegetables, fish, wine, etc.
Although there is no much to see nowadays in this ruins, it is really beautiful and worths a short visit.
The complex also had gardens and an open area for exercises and games.
Another famous ancient Hippodrome was the Stadio di Domiziano, located in today’s Piazza Navona, it was smaller than the Circus Maximus, however similar in architecture.
The stadium received its name due to the fact it was a gift from Emperor Domitianus. Nowadays, nothing is left from the Hippodrome but the oval shape of the plaza.
It had a capacity for around 30.000 spectators and after fire damage to the Colosseum, the Stadio di Domiziano held gladiator shows for a few years.
Another famous landmark in Rome is the Pantheon, the best-preserved ancient building in the city. The Pantheon was originally built in 27 – 25 BCE by Marcus Agrippa, however, the building was destroyed by a fire.
Two other buildings were erected in this same site and the one that resisted until today was built in 125 CE during the reign of emperor Hadrian. Although we can’t assure the real function of the building, it is believed that the Pantheon was used as a sort of temple.
Accordingly to Pliny, a famous Roman author in the 1st century, inside the Pantheon, there were statues of the many Roman gods and famous Roman figures, including a statue of Venus wearing a pearl that was once owned by Cleopatra, Mars and Julius Cesar.
One of the reasons why the Pantheon might have survived in such a perfect state until our days is the fact that in an early period, around 608 CE, it was converted in the church of St. Mary of the Martyrs.
Famous for being the refuge for popes in times of difficulties, as well as a prison and military base, Castel Sant Angelo is nowadays a museum of military history.
What most people don’t know is that the Castel Sant Angelo was actually built much earlier than the Catholic Roman period. It is also known as Hadrianeum and was erected to e the mausoleum of the emperor Hadrian, later it was used as the burial place for the Antonine emperors and then turned into a fortress.
Like many other cities, Rome had its own defensive wall, known as the Aurelian Walls, which is considered one of the oldest defensive walls still standing in the World. It was build in the 3rd century by Emperor Aurelian of Rome, in order to defend the city from the Germanic tribes.
The Aurelian Walls surrounded the entire ancient city of Rome, stretching across12 miles. All the famous tourist point in Rome nowadays are located inside these walls, including all the seven hills and famous neighborhoods like Trastevere.
The Appian Way
This can be considered Europe’s first highway and one of the oldest roads in the world. Built by the censor of Rome, Appius Claudius Caecus, in 312 B.C., the Appian Way used to link Rome to Brindisi, a city in the southern part of Italy, covering over 300 miles (563 km).
A great part of the road are well preserved and can be visited. Alongside the road, it is possible to see many tombs and beautiful ancient buildings. Most of the tombs, belongs to important aka rich people from ancient Rome, being most of the merchants.
Their tombs were elaborated and decored with paintings and beautiful architecture, there are tours that offer a visit to some of the most relevant ones.
The capital of Saudi Arabia has always been a mystery for most of the travelers, we all love to get in touch with different cultures and discovering new places, however, the closed policy of Saudi Arabia made quite hard (or almost impossible) to visit the country. To get inside you had to have a Business Visa or a Pilgrimage Visa (for Muslims performing Hajj) otherwise, you wouldn’t be able to visit Saudi Arabia.
Things changed in 2018 though, on April the government released for the first time the emission of the Tourism Visa, giving tourists around the world, the possibility of spending 30 days wandering through the country, seeing what most of the outsiders around the glove never had the chance to see, isn’t it exciting?!
Home to more than six million people, Riyadh is the most populated city is Saudi Arabia, and considered the Economic heart of the country, it’s here that you will find the most important royal buildings and headquarters of famous companies.
Officially launched in 2010, Nesma airlines is Saudi Arabian company that operated domestic (within Saudi Arabia) and international flights, including Bosnia and Herzegovina and Egypt.
On domestic flights, Nesma airlines operate all-Economy class, however, Business class is available for International flights.
If you are traveling through the Middle East or visiting Egypt at some point, you should not miss the opportunity to finally see Saudi Arabia with your own eyes, and be one of the first tourists to enter the country with a Tourism Visa!
Nesma airlines also offer online check-ins to make things easier, and you can book your ticket through Cleartrip to make sure you will find the best deal.
Top 5 places to visit
Probably the most iconic symbol of Riyadh is its modern building with a hole. The architecture is really futurist and reminds us of the buildings in Dubai. The Kingdom center is the fifth-tallest skyscrapers in the country and incorporates the Four Season Hotel, luxury apartments, and a large shopping mall. From the top of it, known as the Sky Bridge you can have a beautiful view of the city, it opened to the public and you can buy a ticket in the Gallery Level.
Built in the 19th century, the Masmak fort is one of the oldest buildings in Riyadh, made of clay and mud-brick, just like the other ancient buildings in the city, the fort is one of the few that survived without deteriorating. The fort was taken by the forces of Abdulaziz al Saud forced when he conquered the city in 1902, after living in exile in Kuwait. He made the fort his new home until his palace was constructed in 1938. From here he unified the different kingdoms and provinces, turning the area into what we know today was the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Nowadays the for is a museum exhibiting maps and photographs from 1912 to 1937.
Source: Petrovic-Njegos / Wikipedia
Located just outside the city of Riyadh, around 16 miles northwest is one of Saudi Arabia’s UNESCO World Heritage Site, the city of Ad Diriyah. It was once the home of the Saudi Royal family and the capital of the Emirate of Diriyah. Nowadays it is possible to visit the ruins of the ancient palace and the old city.
National Museum of Saudi Arabia
Definitely, one of the finest museums in the Middle East, the National Museum of Saudi Arabia has a collection that documents all aspects of the Kingdom throughout the time, starting from prehistory, history, culture, and art. The building is very modern and offers interactive displays that include 180-degree screens and virtual tours to historical sites. It is necessary to pay a fee for entry.
Al Murabba Palace
Built by orders of King Abdulaziz, the palace replaced the Masmak Fort as the royal family’s official house in 1938. Al Murabba Palace is situated just 2 kilometers north of the old city of Riyadh. The palace is now a museum where the public can have an idea of how life used to be in the palace back when it was first used by the royal family. The museum also includes a memorial hall to King Abdulaziz.
The most magical time of year arrives, Christmas and New year eve. The cities are dressed in lights, families feel more union and love, with friends everything is joy and travel becomes a unique experience, so, if you are thinking of visiting Rome at Christmas, here we tell you 3 things you must do if you are visiting Rome.
Always remember to plan the arrival so that it does not represent a chaos, we recommend you to book in advance the Rome airport to city transfer through Uptransfer a safe, fast and reliable way to get to your hotel and start the fun. The travel from the main Rome Airport (Fiumicino) to city center takes approx. 30km and takes 50 minutes.
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Christmas in Rome: Top 3 Things to Do in Rome during Christmas Time
From December 2 to January 6, the Piazza Navona is filled with stalls selling Christmas decorations, handicrafts, typical sweets and the socks that Befana, a witch, takes to Italian children on January 6. They can be full of candy or charcoal, depending on how the child has behaved. The very Befana arrives on the day of Reyes in the plaza distributing sweets and gifts to the children. This tradition lives in the hearts of Italians and it is very funny that you can also enjoy it.
In the center of Rome there are other Christmas markets, such as Plaza Mazzini and Plaza Verdi, both from early December to December 31.
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Manger and Christmas tree in St. Peter’s Square
For Catholics, Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Jesus, so the Catholic church in its main headquarters dresses up during December.
However, even if your religion is different or you do not have a particular belief it is worth visiting the main churches of Rome to see the mangers (The scene of the birth of Jesus). Undoubtedly, that of the St. Peter’s Square is the favorite and it´s open between December 7 and January 6.
For the Christmas trees, the most famous ones can be seen in the Plaza San Pedro, in the Plaza Venecia and in the Coliseo area.
New Year in Italian style
The main dish of New Year’s Eve is the lenticchie with zampone, which means lentils with a special pork sausage wrapped in its own leg. Lentils are a dinner dish, and it is said that they bring money for the coming year.
After dinner, the most typical New Year’s Eve in Rome is to attend one of the free concerts in the capital and see the fireworks. The most remarkable free concerts are the Circus Massimo and the Fori Imperiali but there are many more meeting points in the capital on New Year’s Eve. In the Plaza del Quirinale, as every year, the classical music concert counts with the presence of the President of the Italian Republic himself.
There is much more to discover at this time in Rome, so pack your suitcase, book your tours and live an unforgettable experience.
You will surely be without energy at the end of this trip, so remember to plan the Rome Airport Transfer through Uptransfers in your trip back to the airport.
Travelling is one of the best things you can do for self-discovery, it’s one of the most fun things to do and will provide you with memories that you will never forget. However, you need to be safe while travelling, and just by practising a little bit of caution can be the key to having the best time.
Top Tips For Staying Safe On Your Travels
Travel insurance is essential when you’re away in case anything happens to you. Although we like to think that nothing bad will ever happen to us, it is important to bear in mind that it is impossible to control everything, and we never know when something will happen.
In this case, it is always good to know you are somehow covered, that’s why travel insurance is so important. It will definitely make you feel safer and more secure.
Besides protecting you from any expenses abroad related to health, it also covers your belongings, so in case your luggage has been delayed by the air company, or in case your bag be stolen, you can contact your travel insurance company.
Be Careful What You Take
Don’t flash your valuables in public. Forget your expensive jewellery, leave that at home. The beautiful camera around your neck might also make you a target, so make sure you keep it safe and only bring it out when you need to take a photo.
The less attention you call the better. Of course, there are countries that are safer than others, but even in places like London, you will see cases of pickpockets, and tourists are always easy targets.
It is important to check prior to your travel if the country you are visiting requires any vaccination. In some countries, it is necessary to show the vaccination certificate during the Immigration process. Others are not mandatory, however, they are a form of prevention.
Check what kind of diseases are common in the area you are visiting and what you can do to prevent them.
Learn the basics
It is a good idea to learn some common phrases and words in the local language, words like yes, no, water, toilet; are never useless. It is also important to learn how to ask basic questions in case you need. Nowadays English is almost a worldly language, however, there are some countries where only a few people speak and understand it, that’s why it is important to make some research to see how easy it is to communicate in English in the country you are visiting.
Places like South America and Asia are hard to find English speakers, so it is interesting to learn some simple sentences in the local languages.
But also make sure to bring copies of your documents to leave it in your luggage back in the hotel, in case something happen, remember that the original must be always with you.
About the money and the card, you will use the most during your day, you can put in your wallet, but keep the rest in the money belt. I normally calculate around $60 to $80 local currency per day, so I leave this amount on my wallet, and the rest I keep safe inside my money belt.
Beware Alert To Scams
Again, bear in mind that there is no 100% secure country in the world. Of course, some are more dangerous than others, but you must always pay attention to your surroundings and watch your belonging.
Perhaps one country may feel safe, and not violent, but there are always people playing smart around. So before leaving to your trip, check online what kind of scams is practised in the place you are going.
Stay in a group
I’m not against solo travels, on the contrary! However if you are going by yourself and you want to enjoy a night out, or go to a party, avoid going alone. Make sure you bring a friend with you, or if possible, stay in a group, as the chances of something bad happening is smaller, and if you need help, you will have someone at your side.
Not being alone is a good way to keep yourself safe.
Keep your drinks safe
It’s easy to relax while you’re away and forget the basics, but never accept drinks from strangers in a nightclub, this is a big no-no in the travel safety rule book. Order your drink and watch it being made before you and avoid anything being slipped into it.
Keep a list of emergency numbers handy
Keep your embassy numbers and any other significant numbers, like family member’s contact or friend’s contact, always! You never know when you will need it.
Personal safety apps are a must
There are some excellent ‘Follow me’ apps, SOS alerts, and safety countdowns which you should utilize while you’re away.
When possible, always share your location with your friends and family, even if they are miles away. Besides being able to track your phone, if something happens, hopefully, nothing will happen though, it is good if they can trace you at any moment.
So share your location via apps, and always tell others where you are going and what you are doing next. This way you will feel safer and will let your friends and family back home feeling secure as well.
Secure Your Tech
Make sure that you have your phone and any other devices secure; they contain so much information about you that it’s important that no one gets their hands on them while you’re away. However, it is a good idea to turn off two-factor authentication for Apple ID – Setapp so that you don’t risk getting locked out of your phone as this can be equally as painful as losing it.
Being healthy is a good way you can stay safe abroad. Besides your vaccinations, make sure you are bringing all the medicines you need, if you have pills you take every day, or just preventive ones like medicine for headaches or nausea.
Also, make sure to drink a lot of water during your travels as you dehydrate faster-doing exercises, sometimes we don’t even notice the dehydration, and bear in mind that not all countries offer treated tap water.
Sometimes as an attempt to save money, we stop eating healthy food or enough food for the proper functioning of our body, and this is a huge no-no, perhaps you feel ok now, but in few days you will start feeling tired, so do stop to eat a decent meal.
Stay In Touch
Chat to someone back at home daily, sharing your location and your updated travel plans with a loved one back at home. It will make then feel better receiving news from you and will make you feel safer as well.
Trust Your Instincts.
When you’re out there by yourself or even with a group, it is better to pay heed to that feeling in the back of your mind about a person or a place, rather than ignoring it altogether. If you feel something weird, just trust your instincts, they hardly disappoint.
Texto por Darcy do Plan Read Go Blog. Post original aqui.
Paris é uma linda cidade, cheia de lugares incríveis e muita história. É fácil gastar bastante dinheiro enquanto você conhece os vários pontos turísticos em Paris, porém, também há muitos lugares para conhecer que você não precisar gastar um centavo! Por isso, nesse roteiro de um dia em Paris, nós listamos pra vocês os principais pontos turisticos para visitar de graça em Paris.
Vamos começar nosso dia de passeios gratuitos em Paris no Memorial dos Mártires da Deportação, na Île de la Cité.
Roteiro de um dia em Paris: O que fazer de graça em Paris
Memorial dos Mártires da Deportação
Para quem estiver usando o metrô em Paris, a estação mais próxima do Memorial dos Mátires da Deportação é Cité na linha 4. A entrada da estação Cité é um ótimo exemplo das entradas de art nouveau do início do século 20 que você ainda pode encontrar em vários lugares ao redor de Paris.
Mesmo se você não usar o metrô para chegar ao memorial, eu recomendaria parar pela Cité para dar uma olhada.
O Memorial dos Mártires da Deportação homenageia todos aqueles que foram deportados de Paris para campos de concentração na Segunda Guerra Mundial. Você encontrará o Memorial na Praça de 7 Quai de l’Archevêché, em Île-de-France, Île de la Cité (uma ilha no Sena). Essencialmente, está atrás de Notre-Dame e do outro lado da rua.
A entrada para o memorial é sempre gratuita e normalmente é fechada às segundas e feriados.
De todas as coisas gratuitas para fazer em Paris, esta é definitivamente uma das mais solenes. É um lugar maravilhoso para passar alguns minutos de contemplação silenciosa sobre aqueles cujas vidas foram roubadas deles durante o regime nazista.
Bouquinistes na margem to Sena
Depois de sair do Memorial de Deportação, vire à esquerda, sairemos da Île de la Cité e caminharemos pela margem esquerda do rio Sena.
À medida que você segue o rio para o oeste, longe do memorial, você passa por várias barracas verdes que oferecem de tudo, desde imãs de geladeira e cartões-postais a pôsteres vintage, revistas e livros usados.
Estes são os bouquinistes, e eles estão vendendo suas mercadorias nas margens do Sena por literalmente centenas de anos.
Existem mais de 200 barracas em ambos os lados do rio. As barracas são altamente reguladas pela lei de Paris (cor, altura, etc.) e há uma lista de espera de um ano para conseguir um dos pontos cobiçados. Você certamente encontrará algum item para levar de lembrança parisiense aqui.
Pátio do Louvre e a Pirâmide
Você chegará ao final das bancas de bouquineses em Quai Voltaire. Vire à direita e atravesse o Sena em Pont du Carrousel. Vamos parar no pátio do Louvre para ver uma das estruturas mais reconhecidas da cidade … a Pirâmide.
Ao entrar no pátio, a pirâmide ficará à direita. Você não pode perder a estrutura de vidro e metal projetada por I.M. Pei. Foi concluído em 1989 e serve como entrada principal do Museu do Louvre.
O Louvre oferece entrada gratuita das 18:00 h às 21:45 h. no primeiro sábado de cada mês e no dia da Bastilha (14 de julho). Eu recomendo adicionar este importante museu ao seu itinerário, se possível, especialmente se você estiver por perto quando tiver acesso gratuito.
Jardin des Tuileries
Diretamente em frente à pirâmide está o que parece ser uma miniatura do Arco do Triunfo. Na verdade, é o Arco do Triunfo do Carrossel, e atras dele fica o incrível Jardim das Tulherias. Originalmente criado por Catherine de ‘Medici no século 16 para o Palácio das Tulherias (que infelizmente não existe mais), agora é um parque público que se estende do Louvre à Place de la Concorde.
Dê um passeio pelo grande parque e puxe uma das cadeiras verdes ao redor do Grand Bassin Rond ou do Bassin Octagonal e faça uma pausa. O Jardim é, na minha opinião, o parque mais bonito da região, perfeito para observar as pessoas e a atmosfera parisiense. É uma das atividades mais relaxantes para se fazer em Paris.
Quando estiver pronto para ir, saia do parque para a Place de la Concorde.
Place de la Concorde
Você está agora em pé na Place de la Concorde, a maior das praças públicas de Paris e o local da execução de Luís XVI em 1793. A praça foi originalmente nomeada Praça Luís XV até a Revolução Francesa, quando se tornou lar de uma grande guilhotina. foi assim renomeado Place de la Révolution.
Após a violência da Revolução Francesa, a praça foi batizada de Place de la Concorde … e depois rebatizada de Place Louis XV … em seguida, a Place Louis XVI … e depois novamente para a Place de la Concorde. A Place de la Concorde também é conhecida pelo Obelisk du Luxour e as duas Fontaines de la Concorde que ficam uma em cada extremidade da praça.
Passeio opcional: Se você tiver tempo e disposição para pagar a tarifa de metrô, neste ponto do seu dia você pode fazer uma excursão para Montmartre para ver a Basilique du Sacré-Coeur. É um passeio fácil na linha 12 do metrô de Concorde a Abbesses.
Basilique du Sacré-Coeur
Depois de sair da estação de metrô em Abbesses e antes de ir para Montmartre, dê uma olhada na entrada da estação. É outro grande exemplo de estilo art nouveau projetadas por Hector Guimard. Este foi originalmente projetado para a estação Hotel de Ville e foi transferido para Abbesses em 1974.
Da estação de Abbesses, caminhe alguns quarteirões até a Basilique du Sacré-Coeur, na Rue du Chevalier de la Barre, 35. A basílica fica no ponto mais alto de Paris, no topo de uma colina muito íngreme, Butte Montmartre. Você pode comprar um bilhete de metrô e pegar o trem funicular até o topo da colina ou subir os cerca de 270 degraus.
Você passará por uma pequena verificação de segurança antes de poder entrar na basílica, onde não há uma política de fotografia. É um lugar maravilhoso para passar alguns minutos refletindo. Depois de sair da igreja, aproveite a incrível vista da cidade para descer o funicular ou descer as escadas.
Avenue des Champs-Élysées
Agora vamos conhecer uma das ruas mais famosas do mundo – a Champs-Élysées. Da Place de la Concorde, suba o lado norte (superior) dos Champs-Élysées em direção ao Arco do Triunfo. A Champs-Élysées tem quase 2 kilometros de comprimento, por isso no seu tempo, sem pressa, explore e faça pausas para café, conforme necessário.
A ampla avenida é repleta de lojas de varejo, restaurantes, teatros e muitas lojas de souvenirs que atendem aos milhões de turistas que vêm a Paris todos os anos. Se você estiver interessado em moda de luxo, em seu caminho de volta para a parte baixa da Champs-Élysées, você pode fazer um desvio pelo Triângulo Dourado entre a Avenue George V e a Avenue Montaigne.
Esta área do 8º Arrondissement é conhecida pelos seus hotéis de luxo, preços altíssimos dos imóveis e casas de moda de alta costura, como Chanel, Valentino, Louis Vuitton, Chloé e Dior.
Arc de Triomphe
No topo da Champs-Élysées fica um dos monumentos mais conhecidos do mundo – o Arco do Triunfo. Foi Napoleão quem ordenou a construção do arco triunfal, mas só foi finalizado em 1836 pelo rei francês Louis Philippe, 15 anos após a morte de Napoleão.
Enquanto você precisará pagar € 12 para subir até o terraço no Arco, é absolutamente livre para chegar perto do monumento e até mesmo embaixo. E tão impressionante quanto à distância, é absolutamente impressionante de perto. De baixo, especialmente, você pode realmente ver a beleza do design do Arco.
Para ver de perto o Arco do Triunfo, use a passagem de pedestres subterrânea do topo da Champs-Élysées. Não tente atravessar o tráfego louco circulando em torno do arco na Place Charles de Gaulle.
Aprecie o pôr do sol e as luzes da Torre Eiffel no Champ de Mars
Não consigo pensar em uma maneira melhor de encerrar seu dia de visitas gratuitas em Paris do que na Torre Eiffel para o pôr do sol e as luzes cintilantes.
Há uma série de lugares em Paris com boas vistas da Torre Eiffel, mas depois de um longo dia de passeios, você pode desfrutar de uma grama no Champs de Mars, o grande espaço verde público que se estende a leste a partir da base da Torre Eiffel. a Torre Eiffel para a École Militaire.
Depois que o sol se põe, a torre Eiffel se ilumina e, depois, toda Paris recebe um show de luzes cintilantes de hora em hora, do pôr-do-sol à uma da manhã.
Paris é realmente uma cidade maravilhosa, com muito a oferecer àqueles que querem conhecê-la melhor, e que você pode ver tanto de graça que a torna muito melhor. Apreciar!
Darcy Vierow is a travel blogger based in South Carolina, USA. When she’s not traveling with her husband, she can usually be found at home drinking coffee. A self-described anxious traveler, she owns the website planreadygo.com where she primarily writes about travel planning for those who want to travel better in spite of their anxiety.
Paris is a beautiful city full of so many amazing sites and so much history. While you can easily spend a lot of money on sightseeing activities in Paris, there are also a lot of wonderful things to do and see that won’t cost you a penny. In this post, I’ve laid out a one day in Paris of free sightseeing, but you can modify this to fit however you like to tour a city.
We’re going to start off our day of free sightseeing in Paris at the Deportation Martyrs Memorial on Île de la Cité.
24 hours in Paris: Free Sightseeing in Paris
Mémorial des Martyrs de la Déportation (Deportation Martyrs Memorial)
If you’re using the metro to get around Paris, the closest station to the Deportation Martyrs Memorial is Cité on line 4. The Cité station is a great example of the art nouveau station entrances from the early 20th century that you can still find in several places around Paris.
Even if you don’t use the metro to get to the memorial, I’d recommend stopping by Cité to take a look.
The Deportation Martyrs Memorial honors all of those who were deported from Paris to concentration camps in World War II. You’ll find the Memorial at Square de, 7 Quai de l’Archevêché, on Ile-de-France Île de la Cité (an island in the Seine). Essentially, it’s behind Notre-Dame and across the street.
Admission to the memorial is always free and is typically closed on Mondays and major holidays.
Of all of the free things to do in Paris, this is definitely one of the most solemn. It’s a wonderful place to spend a few minutes of quiet contemplation about those whose lives were stolen from them during the Nazi regime.
The Left Bank Bouquinistes
After you leave the Deportation Memorial, turn left. While you could go either direction, we’re going to leave Île de la Cité and walk down the Left Bank of the Seine.
As you follow the river west, away from the memorial, you’ll pass numbers of green stalls offering everything from souvenir refrigerator magnets and postcards to vintage posters, magazines and used books.
These are the bouquinistes, and they’ve been selling their wares on the banks of the Seine for literally hundreds of years.
There are more than 200 stalls on both sides of the river. The stalls themselves are highly regulated by Paris law (color, height, etc.) and there is a years-long waiting list to get one of the coveted spots. You’re sure to find a good deal on a Parisian souvenir here.
The Louvre Courtyard and Pyramid
You’ll reach the end of the Left Bank bouquiniste stalls at Quai Voltaire. Turn right and cross over the Seine at Pont du Carrousel. We’re going to stop by the Louvre courtyard to see one of the most recognizable structures in the city…the Pyramid.
As you enter the courtyard, the pyramid will be on the right. You can’t miss this glass and metal structure designed by I.M. Pei. It was completed in 1989 and serves as the main entrance to the Louvre Museum.
The Louvre offers free admission from 6 to 9:45 p.m. on the first Saturday of each month and on Bastille Day (July 14). I would highly recommend adding this important museum to your itinerary if you can, especially if you’re nearby when they have free admission.
Jardin des Tuileries
Directly opposite the pyramid stands what looks like a miniature Arc de Triomphe. It’s actually the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel, and beyond it is the amazing Tuileries Garden. Originally created by Catherine de’ Medici in the 16th century for the Tuileries Palace (no longer there), it’s now a public park that stretches from the Louvre to Place de la Concorde.
Take a stroll through the large park and pull up one of the green chairs around the Grand Bassin Rond or the Bassin Octagonal and take a break. You’ve earned it. The Tuileries is a beautiful park that’s perfect for people watching and soaking up the Paris atmosphere. It’s one of the most wonderfully relaxing things to do in Paris.
Once you’re ready to move on, exit the west end of the park to Place de la Concorde.
Place de la Concorde
You’re now standing at Place de la Concorde, the largest of Paris’ public squares and the site of Louis XVI’s execution in 1793. The square had originally been named Place Louis XV until the French Revolution when it became home to a large guillotine and was thus renamed Place de la Révolution.
After the violence of the French Revolution, the square was named Place de la Concorde…then renamed Place Louis XV…then Place Louis XVI…then back to Place de la Concorde again. Place de la Concorde is also noted for the Obelisk du Luxour and the two Fontaines de la Concorde that stand one at each end of the square.
Optional side trip: If you have the time and the inclination to pay for the metro fare, at this point in your day you could take a side excursion to Montmartre to see the Basilique du Sacré-Coeur. It’s an easy ride on metro line 12 from Concorde to Abbesses.
Basilique du Sacré-Coeur
After you get off the metro at Abbesses but before you head off through Montmartre, turn around and take a look at the station entrance. It’s another great example of the art nouveau entrances designed by Hector Guimard. This one was originally designed for the Hotel de Ville station and was moved to Abbesses in 1974.
From the Abbesses station, make your way on foot a few blocks away to Basilique du Sacré-Coeur at 35 Rue du Chevalier de la Barre. This house of worship stands on the highest point in Paris, atop a very steep hill, Butte Montmartre. You can either purchase a metro ticket and take the funicular train to the top of the hill or climb the approximately 270 steps.
You’ll pass through a minor security check before you can enter the basilica where there's a no photography policy. It’s a wonderful place to spend a few minutes in quiet thought or prayer. After you leave the church, take in the amazing view of the city than either take the funicular back down the hill or use the stairs.
At this point, you can explore more of Montmartre or head back to the Abbesses metro station and
return to Place de la Concorde.
Avenue des Champs-Élysées
Now we’re going to take in one of the most famous streets in the world—the Champs-Élysées. From Place de la Concorde, head up the north (upper) side of the Champs-Élysées toward the Arc de Triomphe. The Champs-Élysées is over a mile long, so take your time, explore and take café breaks as needed.
The broad avenue is lined with retail stores, restaurants, theaters and many souvenir shops that cater to the millions of tourists that come to Paris every year. If you’re interested in luxury fashion, on your way back down the lower side of the Champs-Élysées you can take a detour through the Golden Triangle between Avenue George V and Avenue Montaigne.
This area of the 8th Arrondissement is known for its luxury hotels, sky-high real estate prices and haute couture fashion houses and like Chanel, Valentino, Louis Vuitton, Chloé and Dior.
Arc de Triomphe
At the top of the Champs-Élysées stands one of the most recognizable monuments in the world—the Arc de Triomphe. It was Napoleon who wanted the triumphal arch built, but it was not dedicated until 1836 by French King Louis Philippe, 15 years after Napoleon’s death.
While you will need to pay €12 to climb up to the terrace on the Arc, it’s absolutely free to get up close the monument and even underneath. And as impressive as it is from a distance, it’s absolutely stunning up close. From underneath especially, you can really see the beauty of the design of the Arc.
To see the Arc de Triomphe up close, use the underground pedestrian walkway from the top of the Champs-Élysées. Do not attempt to cross the crazy traffic circling around the arch on Place Charles de Gaulle.
Enjoy the sunset and the Eiffel Tower lights at Champ de Mars
I can’t think of a better way to end your amazing day of free sightseeing in Paris than at the Eiffel Tower for sunset and the sparkling lights.
There are a number of places in Paris with good views of the Eiffel Tower, but after your long day of sightseeing, you might enjoy pulling up a patch of grass at Champs de Mars, the large public green space that extends east from the base of the Eiffel Tower to École Militaire.
After the sun goes down, the Eiffel tower is lit up and then all of Paris is treated to a show of sparkling lights every hour on the hours from after sunset to 1 a.m.
Paris truly is a wonderful city with so much to offer to those who want to get to know her better, and that you can see so much for free makes it that much better. Enjoy!
Conhecida por ter cido o território de um dos impérios mais importantes do mundo, Roma é realmente um lugar para visitar se você é um amante de história como eu. A cidade por si só já é obrigatória na lista de qualquer viajante e mantém séculos de história preservada em suas paredes e ruas.
O Coliseu, o Fórum Romano e as Colinas Palatinas são definitivamente as ruínas mais famosas de Roma. No entanto, existem muitas outras ruínas romanas que adornam a cidade e seus arredores, mas aqui neste post destacaremos os principais monumentos romanos de Roma, aqueles que você não deve perder!
Monumentos em Roma: Antigas ruinas Romanas em Roma
Como diz o ditado “Roma não foi construída em um dia”, e desde o primeiro dia, Roma experienciou diferentes pessoas, culturas e eventos.
Cada um deles, deixou suas próprias marcas na capital italiana que ainda podem ser vistas hoje em dia , transformando Roma em um lugar especial para os amantes da história que querem aprender mais sobre a história da civilização.
Começo de Roma ao Império Romano
A história de Roma começa por volta de 753 aC, com a sua fundação por Romulu. Conforme a famosa lenda, Romulu era um dos irmãos gêmeos, descendentes de Enéias, que foram amamentados pela loba Capitolina, uma loba que encontrou os meninos abandonados nas margens do rio Tibre.
Os meninos foram então encontrados e cuidados por dois pastores.
Anos mais tarde, durante um desentendimento sobre onde seria a colina perfeita para iniciar sua cidade, Romulu acabou matando seu próprio irmão Remu e fixando seu assentamento no Monte Palatino, onde fundou Roma e se tornou o primeiro rei do reino romano.
Romulu foi o primeiro rei de Roma e após sua morte, ou desaparecimento, como alegam alguns, outros seis reis governaram o reino, foi substituído em 509BC, quando Roma se tornou uma república e foi governada por senadores eleitos.
Foi nesse período que Roma começou a se expandir, dominando a península italiana espalhando-se por todo o Mediterrâneo.
Após a morte de Júlio César em 44 aC e a vitória de seu filho adotivo Otávio sobre Marco Antônio e Cleópatra, o Senado romano concedeu-lhe o poder supremo, transformando-o no primeiro imperador romano e dando-lhe o título de “Augusto”.
Monumentos em Roma
Palatine Hill é uma das colinas setes de Roma, associada ao mito de Romulu e Remu e considerado o berço da cidade de Roma. O Palatino era o bairro mais desejado da Roma Antiga, lar de aristocratas e imperadores. Hoje em dia é um dos sítios arqueológicos mais importantes de Roma.
Bem ao lado do Coliseu, o Palatino mantém as ruínas da Casa de Augusto e da Casa de Lívia, assim como o Palácio Flávio e o Estádio de Domiciano.
É necessário comprar um ingresso para visitar as ruínas do Palatino, mas a boa notícia é que o mesmo ingresso lhe dá entrada no Coliseu e no Fórum Romano, eles estão localizados próximos uns dos outros e podem ser totalmente visitados no mesmo dia, para ajudá-lo a construir seu itinerário, dê uma olhada no guia de 3 dias para Roma.
Localizado ao lado do Palatino, é definitivamente um dos edifícios mais emblemáticos do mundo. Também conhecido como Anfiteatro Flaviano, sua construção começou em 70 dC e foi concluída em 80 dC. Durante o governo do imperador Tito.
O Coliseu tem capacidade para mais de 50.000 pessoas e foi usado como um local de entretenimento onde as pessoas tiveram a chance de ver animais exóticos, execuções de prisioneiros, batalhas de gladiadores, etc. A personificação completa da política do Pão e do Circo.
Tito inaugurou o Coliseu com um jogo de 100 dias que levou a vida de cerca de 2.000 gladiadores. Estima-se que durante os 390 anos em que o Anfiteatro foi usado para batalhas, cerca de 400.000 morreram no interior e cerca de 1.000.000 foram mortos.
De fato, o Coliseu foi o motivo do completo desaparecimento de algumas espécies no Norte da África, os Hipopótamos foram completamente apagados das margens do rio Nilo e os Elefantes do Norte Africano foram extintos, a fim de entreter a população romana.
O ingresso para o Coliseu, é o mesmo que a mencionada acima (veja Palatino), para comprar o ingresso, clique aqui!
Localizado diretamente a leste do Coliseu, há um grupo de ruínas que Roma está restaurando no momento, onde costumava ser uma das três escolas de gladiadores mais importantes do Império Romano.
Gladiadores de todo o Império costumavam vir aqui para viver, praticar e se preparar para os jogos realizados no Coliseu ao lado.
Hoje em dia ainda é possível reconhecer os quartéis usados pelos gladiadores e as áreas onde eles costumavam praticar. Acredita-se que havia uma passagem subterrânea que ligava a escola de gladiadores ao Coliseu.
Hoje você pode visitar as ruínas de graça caminhando ao lado delas nas ruas, não há muita informação no local, porém como Roma está investindo em uma restauração da escola de gladiadores, acredito que em breve será mais fácil reconhecer os prédios .
Nos tempos do Império Romano, os fóruns eram o coração da cidade e o cotidiano de seus cidadãos. Eram grandes praças retangulares cercadas por edifícios importantes, como prédios governamentais, templos e mercados. Foi aqui que as pessoas costumavam comprar mercadorias, assistir a discursos públicos, julgamentos criminais e fofocas por aí.
Dentro do complexo você poderá ver inúmeras ruínas, algumas delas em pedaços, mas outras relativamente bem preservadas, como é o caso do Templo de Saturno, o deus romano associado à riqueza, foi construído em 497 aC e onde a reserva de ouro e prata de Roma foi armazenada; A Casa das Vestais, localizada atrás de um edifício circular conhecido como o Templo das Vestais, a casa costumava ser a residência das virgens vestais, sacerdotisa venerada; e Arco de Tito, construído após a morte do imperador Tito para comemorar a vitória sobre Jerusalém.
Outro ponto de interesse é a famosa Via Sacra, que costumava ser a rua principal da Roma Antiga, ligando o Coliseu à Piazza del Campidoglio.
É difícil entender hoje em dia a importância do Fórum Romano na Roma antiga, mas tenha em mente que foi aqui que os cidadãos de Roma presenciaram o funeral de Júlio César e a execução de Ciceros, para se ter uma ideia do peso histórico. desta praça.
Os ingressos para o Fórum Romano são os mesmos do Palatino e do Coliseu, compre aqui!
Mercado de Trajano
Localizado atualmente na Via dei Fori Imperiali, a avenida que liga o Coliseu à Piazza Venezia, é um complexo de edifícios conhecido como o Mercado de Trajano. É uma ruína bem preservada que, apesar do nome, não se limitava apenas às lojas.
A construção inclui um mercado coberto, lojas de fachada e um bloco de apartamentos residenciais. Os produtos vendidos no mercado teriam vindo de todas as partes do império e incluiriam frutas, legumes, peixe, vinho, etc.
Embora não haja muito para ver hoje em dia nestas ruínas, é realmente bonito e merece uma visita curta.
O complexo também tinha jardins e uma área aberta para exercícios e jogos.
Outro famoso Hipódromo antigo era o Stadio di Domiziano, localizado na atual Piazza Navona, era menor que o Circus Maximus, por mais semelhante que fosse em arquitetura.
O estádio recebeu seu nome devido ao fato de que foi um presente do imperador Domitianus. Hoje em dia, nada é deixado do Hipódromo, mas a forma oval da praça.
Tinha capacidade para cerca de 30.000 espectadores e, após os danos causados por incêndios no Coliseu, o Stadio di Domiziano realizou espectáculos de gladiadores durante alguns anos.
Outro monumento famoso em Roma é o Panteão, o edifício antigo mais bem preservado da cidade. O Panteão foi originalmente construído em 27-25 AC por Marco Agripa, no entanto, o edifício foi destruído por um incêndio.
Dois outros edifícios foram erguidos neste mesmo local e o que resistiu até hoje foi construído em 125 EC durante o reinado do imperador Adriano. Embora não possamos garantir a verdadeira função do edifício, acredita-se que o Panteão foi usado como uma espécie de templo.
De acordo com Plínio, um famoso escritor romano do século I, dentro do Panteão, havia estátuas de muitos deuses romanos e figuras romanas famosas, incluindo uma estátua de Vênus usando uma pérola que pertenceu a Cleópatra, Marte e Júlio César.
Uma das razões pelas quais o Panteão poderia ter sobrevivido em tão perfeito estado até nossos dias é o fato de que em um período inicial, por volta de 608 EC, foi convertido na igreja de Santa Maria dos Mártires.
Famoso por ser o refúgio dos papas em tempos de dificuldades, assim como uma prisão e base militar, o Castel Sant Angelo é hoje em dia um museu da história militar.
O que a maioria das pessoas não sabe é que o Castel Sant Angelo foi construído muito antes do período católico romano. É também conhecido como Hadrianeum e foi erguido para o mausoléu do imperador Adriano, mais tarde foi usado como local de sepultamento dos imperadores de Antonino e depois transformado em fortaleza.
Como muitas outras cidades, Roma tinha seu próprio muro defensivo, conhecido como as Muralhas Aurelianas, que é considerado uma das muralhas defensivas mais antigas do mundo. Foi construído no século 3 pelo imperador Aureliano de Roma, a fim de defender a cidade das tribos germânicas.
As Muralhas Aurelianas cercavam toda a antiga cidade de Roma, estendendo-se por 12 quilômetros. Todo o famoso ponto turístico de Roma hoje está localizado dentro dessas paredes, incluindo todas as sete colinas e bairros famosos como Trastevere.
Isso pode ser considerado a primeira rodovia da Europa e uma das mais antigas do mundo. Construído pelo censor de Roma, Appius Claudius Caecus, em 312 a.C., o Caminho Appian costumava ligar Roma a Brindisi, uma cidade na parte sul da Itália, cobrindo mais de 300 milhas (563 km).
Uma grande parte da estrada está bem preservada e pode ser visitada. Juntamente com a estrada, é possível ver muitos túmulos e belos edifícios antigos. A maioria dos túmulos, pertence a importantes pessoas ricas da antiga Roma, sendo a maioria dos comerciantes.
Seus túmulos foram elaborados e decorados com pinturas e arquitetura bonita, há passeios que oferecem uma visita a alguns dos mais relevantes.
Sometimes all we want is to feel the sun on our skin and the sand between our toes, especially smack bang in the middle of winter. Lanzarote can provide you with that much-needed warmth thanks to its year-round sunshine that you can experience as you relax on their an endless supply of sandy beaches. This volcanic island is a must-see if you’ve never been. Sitting just off the north coast of Africa, Lanzarote is part of a small group of Canary Islands, including Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, and Tenerife.
Lanzarote has many volcanic mountains, craters and lava tunnels, perfect for trekking around and exploring more of the island. It’s a four-hour flight from the UK, and the average temperature is around 22 degrees, so it’s no surprise this island proves popular with couples, families and solo travelers. It really is the perfect island getaway!
Areas to stay
Deciding on a place to stay on this beautiful island, will leave you spoilt for choice. Whether you want to see the sea from your bedroom and fully relax with a secluded home away from home, or are packing up the whole family to embark on an adventure. Villas in Lanzarote are the perfect base to fit your needs; you can go at your own pace and make the space your home. Want more of a busy area? Playa Blanca, Costa Teguise, and Puerto del Carmen are your best spots for the whole family. Fancy it being a little quieter? You can choose from plenty of accommodation in Tias and Yaiza so that you can relax and reset.
The breathtaking views of this volcanic island make it the perfect place to explore. Think active volcanoes, gigantic mountains, lunar-style craters, black sand, and red terrain, as well as its beautiful beaches with white sand and crystal blue seas. Just taking a walk around the island, you will see the influence of César Manrique, the visionary artist, architect, and environmentalist. It’s worth visiting the many places on the island he designed, to get an idea of what he and his vision was about. Many believe his creations accentuated the geology of the rocky island, to turn it into the popular tourist attractions they are today. You can even visit his home, which is built into boulders in a lava field; there’s nothing quite like it.
While there are plenty of activities that you should make time for, one that you can’t miss out on is Mount Timanfaya. There are hundreds of inactive volcanos on the island, but Mount Timanfaya is the only active one. It was declared a Unesco Biosphere Reserve in 1993 and was even used as a training base for Nasa’s Apollo 17 crew. Book an excursion to see the magnificence of the volcano and its surroundings; there’s even a signature restaurant at the top that cooks the food served with the park’s geothermal heat – amazing!
Sit back and relax
Bring on the beaches! Known for its beautiful collection of crystal clear waters, and sand that stretches for miles, you’re in for a real treat, whichever one you choose. Depending on where you’re staying on the island, you’ll find amazing spots to suit the sun seekers and the water sports fans. Puerto Carmen is a lively beach on the south coast of the island, that’s perfect for families. Surrounded by great restaurants, bars and facilities, it’s the perfect place for the kids to play, while you sunbathe, listen to music or read Playa Blanca translates to ‘white beach,’ and it’s easy to see why. Its white sands will make you think you’ve landed in actual paradise. You can even take a ferry from here to visit Fuerteventura. The island has a beach for everyone, plus the average water temperature is a glorious 19.5 degrees all year.
Lanzarote has become renowned for its amazing activities. Whether you want to get in the water and surf or paddleboard or stay on dry land and cycle or hike, you have the flexibility to do both. As it’s so breezy, professional cyclists come and stay here to train on the rocky terrains. If water sports are more your thing, you’ve got amazing beaches to choose from when you’re on the island. Some of the best diving schools are right in Lanzarote, so even if you’re a seasoned professional or an absolute novice, you can take lessons and become certified in no time. The island’s colourful fish and shipwrecks are worth it. Famara and La Santa beach are perfect for surfers and bodyboarders wanting to catch a wave or two. Or you can head to Costa Teguise for windsurfing with the whole family.
There are plenty of outstanding destinations throughout the United States, but there’s nowhere quite like Florida. The Sunshine State provides all the ingredients for an outstanding getaway, no matter if you’re traveling with your loved one, the whole family, or friends.
There is a reason why people from all over the world, and from all backgrounds, choose Florida as their vacation destination of choice: it provides something for everyone. No matter what you enjoy, you’ll find it well represented here! Below, we take a look at five essential tips that’ll ensure your trip is one for the memory books.
5 Essential Tips for An Awesome Florida Vacation
Pick One Area
You won’t be able to experience all of Floria during your vacation — this, after all, is a pretty large state! As such, first, you’ll want to choose an area to visit.
You’ll enjoy the state and your getaway more if your content to stay in just one part of it, rather than if you’re continually jumping around from one place to the next. Where you go will depend on who you’re traveling with and your purpose (i.e., you want to be located right next to the theme parks).
No matter where you’re staying or the primary reason for your trip to Florida, you’ll want to make sure you’re having some varied fun while you’re there. This is a state that provides a whole host of activities — try all of them, if only for a little while.
There are the beaches, nature, the park, the nightlife all waiting to be enjoyed. Even if you’re not normally into one or more of these things, keep in mind that Florida does them all exceptionally well. You might just want to give them a go!
Livin it Up
Florida is all about living the good life. How could it not be? Here, the weather is glorious, and the fun plentiful. As such, if you’re taking a trip to the state then make sure you’re living the high-life.
For example, you could rent a vacation home for you and your loved ones; you’ll enjoy it much more than separate hotel rooms. To have an outstanding, quintessentially Florida day, take a look at renting a boat in Miami. It’ll make your experience of an already enchanting state all the more memorable.
Prepare to eat well
One often overlooked the aspect of Florida is the food. While many people rightly focus on the beach and all the fun activities that you can do in the Sunshine State, you’ll also want to take the time to prepare something of a culinary tour. There are food influences from all over the world, and it’s of a wonderfully high standard. Here you’ll find Cuban, Caribbean, and Spanish foods at affordable prices.
Make it Yours
Whatever you do, make sure you have a Florida experience that’s all yours. One reason why the state is such a popular destination with tourists from around the world is that it provides something for everyone. If you can dream it, you can do it!
Been the destination of more than 45% of the foreigner tourists who come to Brazil, it is more than clear that Rio de Janeiro is the favorite Brazilian destination for those coming to visit the country. Home of Brazilian postcards like Christ the Redeemer and Sugar Loaf, Rio de Janeiro is a must for any traveler or tourist. However, some security measures are necessary to make sure you will be able to visit Rio de Janeiro safely and not get a headache instead.
The first thing people ask me when I tell them I`m Brazilian is if I have been to Rio de Janeiro and if it is a safe destination. Well, if you check the news, you will probably get as scared as I did before visiting Rio for the first time. My boyfriend`s family is Carioca (it`s how we call those who were born in Rio) and they all told me not to worry about the news.
The thing is, Rio is definitely a dangerous place if you end up in the wrong area, but you can’t think of Rio as being a battlefield as a whole. Of course there are dangerous areas that should be avoided, and of course, accidents happen. However, the tourist areas in Rio (these are probably the areas you will want to visit, hopefully) are quite safe and secure, there are police everywhere and good support for tourists.
Like any place in the world, it is always good to always pay attention, nowhere is completely safe and although Rio de Janeiro can be more dangerous than other places, it is definitely not a reason to avoid a trip there. Here are some safety tips for those planning a visit to Rio de Janeiro.
Is Rio de Janeiro Safe? How to Stay Safe in Rio.
Pay attention at your sides
When walking on the streets look at your sides and back, pay attention who is around you. I’m not saying to raise doubts about every single being that comes close to you. But pay attention and watch out. If something doesn’t seem right, or if you start questioning someone’s action, try to get inside the next shop you see and wait for this person to pass or stop in the street, pretend you are just taking a break and wait for the person to pass by.
Don’t walk around holding your phone
I know it is a pretty normal thing to do, sometimes you need to call someone, or check something on your phone like a map or something like that, but avoid playing with your phone on the streets. Stealing phone from people on the street is the most common crime we have here. If you feel the need to check your phone, look for a shop, supermarket or mall to get in so you can check it.
Don’t wear jewelry/watches
Wearing jewelry or watches in the streets of Rio de Janeiro is a big NO. Don’t wear gold, gems, big watches, nothing valuable. To be honest, it is good to avoid accessories even if they are fake, after all, not everybody knows the difference between original and fake gold.
The best way to walk around Rio de Janeiro is bringing the less with you on the streets, so avoid walking around with your luggage, leave all the big bags at your hotel/hostels, try picking the smallest bag possible to use on the streets and only bring the essential, the rest you can leave with your luggage at the place you are staying. Crossbody bags are the best in this case, you won’t need to spend time worrying too much about your belonging knowing there are safe, tied to your body.
Wear discreet clothes
I recommend you not to walk around the city wearing brand clothes. Try to be discreet, wear basic color, simple clothes, don’t try to be fancy if you are not planning to lose your clothes in the middle of your trip. Pick simple shoes, don’t take your Nike shoes for a walk there. It is fine if you are going for dinner or something, but definitely, don’t take your fancy clothes as a uniform for Rio.
Admire Largo da Lapa from a safe distance
Largo da Lapa is the place in Rio de Janeiro, where you find that famous aqueduct. Really nice, from a certain distance. Unfortunately, it is not a safe zone, on one side you will find nice pubs and many policemen on the street, you can definitely sit there and have some drink. But don’t get too far from the pubs’ area. It is a dangerous place where many thieves stay.
Take the van to climb Christ the Redeemer
There are two ways to climb the Cristo. First is by the stairs or ecologic trails, second is taking a van. Although it can sound fun to climb the hill by your own, it is not the safest way, unfortunately, there are many reports of people being robbed or abducted there, so in order to avoid it. Take the van. There are many companies that offer the service to climb to the Christ the Redeemer, when I went there I took the tour by Corcovado Car Service.
Best Zones of Rio de Janeiro
The best zones in Rio are the South Zone and Central Zone, the South Zone is where you gonna find the best beaches like Ipanema, Copacabana, and Leblon. Neighborhoods like Flamengo, Botafogo, Urca are great for tourists as they are close to the main tourist attractions, these are the best areas to stay, in my opinion. Rio de Janeiro’s downtown called Centro in Portuguese, as well as Lapa are also two other good neighborhoods to stay, however, they require more attention at night. Both zones are relatively calm and safe part of the city, there are many hotels in both areas where you can stay. Not a reason to don’t have cautions though.
Neighborhoods to avoid
Of course, there are neighborhoods that you should avoid at max, although, most of them receive a lot of tourists every year. Favela da Rocinha, is one of them, this is probably the most famous slum in the world, and definitely not the safest area to walk around, however, tourists insist in going there for ‘tourism’ or for the sake of adventure. They like to picture Rosinha as the safest favela in Rio, and for a while it really us, but it is still a favela and you never know when things will warm up. Zona Norte is another area you must pay attention, it is where you will find Maracana and the Samba Schools, however, there are many dangerous areas in this region and is better avoided especially at night.
Avoid going out after 7 pm or measure where you are going at night
I know it is inevitable to don’t go out at night sometimes, as we all have to have dinner, also there are some activities that are better to be done at night, etc. But if you can avoid it, please do. During the night it tends to be more dangerous. If you do get out during the night, measure where you are going, and strongly consider taking a Uber.
In my opinion, this is the best way to visit Rio de Janeiro. Ubers are really cheap, as it is elsewhere in the world. Taxis tend to be quite expensive and sometimes they will try charging tourists more. The good thing in taking a Uber is that different from buses they can avoid some areas and choose different ways to get to a specific place, as they know the city better than us tourists, and know very well what areas to avoid.
If you are driving around Rio de Janeiro or taking a Uber, you will prefer to avoid tunnels, as there are many cases of “arrastões”, where the thieves close the tunnels and rob every car inside it. Normally the drivers already know this fact and try to avoid tunnels after a certain hour.
Avoid bringing valuable things to the beach
I know that going to the beach is about relaxing yourself, drinking some coconut water and free your mind from worries, but it is always good to take precautions to make sure you will really free your mind. Don’t bring valuable things like expensive gadgets to the beach, don’t bring a million dollars either. Try to bring the essential. If you are in a group, why bringing everybody phones and cameras? Bring one or two instead. Why bringing your whole wallet full of dollars? Bring a credit card for lunch perhaps and some few papers for water and ice cream. Also, don’t leave your belonging alone in the sand while everybody goes swimming.