The Roman Empire fell 1,546 years ago, yet leagues of modern day guys can’t stop thinking about it. In fact, Google searches for the Roman Empire are at a 10-year high. Partial credit can be given to the viral TikTok question “How often do you think about the Roman Empire?” But given that the search for “Roman Empire facts” is up 600% this week, everyone who wasn’t thinking about it before certainly seems to be now.
That’s fair! The Roman Empire was impressive. During its 1,000-year existence, there were aqueducts, Augustus’ reign, Caligula’s murder spree, the Danube army, lots of things. Plenty to think about. Whether you are the person constantly thinking about the Roman Empire or you are the person left a little slack-jawed and glossy eyed when your partner begins reciting Western Civ lessons to you, there’s a way to enjoy it more than taking deep dives on Wikipedia pages. Airbnb has pulled their top listings in Rome that evoke the ancient empire. Check them out below to turn that Roman Empire TikTok on your FYP into your next trip.
Just a few minutes away from Piazza di Spagna and the Pantheon, this one-bedroom rental is covered in original frescoes and gold detailing. The entrance to the unit is the internal courtyard of Palazzo Borghese, which is the work of Martino Longhi the Elder. You’ll need to have Roman Empire wealth if you want to spend more than a night in this rental, as it runs $649 per night.
Located centrally between Piazza Navona and Campo de’ Fiori, this huge three-bedroom apartment could probably fit a contingent of the Praetorian Guard. It even has its very own terrace, if you want to ponder the social hierarchies of the Roman Empire under the Italian sun. This rental costs $976 per night, but it sleeps six.
There isn’t more of a “Roman Empire” view than with windows looking directly into Pantheon Square. This one bedroom rental is $236 per night, and is sure to be the perfect place to wonder at the architectural prowess of emperors like Augustus and Hadrian.
If you want to cosplay as a member of the honestiores, you can check out this one bedroom located in the Roman Historical Centre. You’ll be steps away from the Vatican, Fontana di Trevi, Piazza Campo de’ Fiori, Castel Sant’Angelo and the Pantheon. This rental is $211 per night.
It’s not too big of a leap to imagine yourself as a corrupt and dramatic senator lounging around this elegant room, which is overlooking the courtyard of a 16th century patrician building. The ceilings feature 19th century frescoes, and you’re just a few minutes walk from all of Rome’s most historic attractions. This rental is $192 per night.
And if you’re on the fence about taking the trip just know: Experts say now is the best time to book cheap flights to Europe. Do as the Romans do, you know? Acta, non verba, Veni, vidi, vici, Carpe diem… all that jazz.
Mexican restaurant chain Mad Mex has dropped a new protein, and it’s one of the most popular street foods in Mexico.
Enter, Chicken Al Pastor. It’s traditionally made with pork and grilled on a spinning rotisserie with a pineapple sitting a top, but Mad Mex has put its own spin on it, serving chicken bathed in an Al Pastor marinade with a touch of juicy pineapple.
You can order the protein-packed filling in your favourite burrito, bowl, quesadilla, nachos, or in a taco.
As always, these things are here for a good time, not a long time. Pop into your local Mad Mex restaurant, order delivery or through the Mad Mex app today.