Roman culture is a hotbed of influences, from the longstanding traditions of ancient Rome to today’s cultural attractions.
Stay at the Jumeirah Grand Hotel Via Veneto to enjoy sumptuous accommodation in the heart of upmarket Rome, near its ancient sights and modern cultural venues.
Culture of Ancient Rome
Culture in Ancient Rome was strongly influenced by the Ancient Greeks, and performances of classic plays and mythologies took place in amphitheatres across the Empire. Painting and sculpture was a lively form of artistic expression and was influenced by the Etruscans, a pre-Roman civilisation. Many of the wonders of Roman art can now be seen at the Capitoline Museums in Rome.
However, one of the most important facets of Ancient Roman culture was architecture. A quick walk around Old Rome will reveal the majestic ruins of the old Empire, with buildings like the Colosseum, the Roman Forum and the Pantheon attracting visitors in droves. To see a model of Ancient Rome in all its glory, a trip to the Museum of Rome’s Civilisation is essential.
Today, Rome has a strong culture that fuses its ancient values and later Baroque heritage with a modern outlook. It’s also a strongly Catholic culture, and attracts pilgrims from all over the world. Visit the Vatican, an independent state nestled within Rome, to explore the holiest building in Catholicism and see the famous Sistine Chapel.
Back in the city, explore many galleries in Rome where you’ll find works by famous Italian artists like Leonardo da Vinci and Raphael. When the sun goes down, there’s no better way to enjoy the city’s culture at night than with a glass of exquisite Italian wine and a plate of authentic Roman food in one of its many hip restaurants.