Whatâ€™s better than taking a short break from all your sightseeing on your trip to Rome? How about a little table in the sun where you can rest your legs, sip a cappuccino and enjoy the view. What if the viewâ€™s like this?
Truthfully, the cafÃ© is a little farther up the path, but you get the idea. The Colle Oppio cafÃ© is a wonderful place to relax, drink a coffee or – depending on the hour â€“ an aperativo and enjoy the fabulous view.
Colle Oppio is a small park just next to the Colosseum and, on nice days, it provides a welcome respite from busy tourist itineraries. Itâ€™s a favoured spot for locals as well. If youâ€™re travelling with children, thereâ€™s a tiny playground toward the back of the park.
From Colle Oppio there are also pretty views over the imposing medieval Santi Quattro Coronati abbey-fortress.
Colle Oppio is most famous for its stunning Domus Aurea (Golden Palace), which is , sadly, closed to the public while it undergoes major renovation following a partial collapse.
The Domus Aurea was the opulent Ancient Roman Palace of Emperor Nero. It was built in 64 AD, following the great fire of Rome that destroyed all of the previous buildings in the area. The complex of buildings that made up the Domus Aurea was enormous, spanning from the Palatine Hill to the Esquiline and Celian Hills. A great lake and surrounding forest land was built on the ancient site.
The complex was largely destroyed by subsequent Emperors. The lake was drained in order to construct the Colosseum in its place. The segment in Colle Oppio was built over rather than destroyed. It was only in the 15th century that the sole surviving segment of the Domus Aurea was â€œrediscoveredâ€. Famous artists like Raphael visited and were influenced by the stunning frescoes.
There is no news yet as to when the site will once again be open to visitors. I reckon that theÂ Colle Oppio is one of the best Rome cafes where you can enjoy your cappuccino with aÂ view on your next visit to Rome.
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