If you are looking for a weekend getaway that is located in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains at the confluence of two rivers, then I have the place for you. Founded in 1834 the city is built on seven hills, like it’s namesake Rome, Italy, with the Etowah and the Oostanaula Rivers flowing through it. Rome, Georgia is located an hour and a half from Atlanta and Chattanooga, and two hours from Birmingham.
With a rich history, downtown Rome is filled with shopping and restaurants. Take a stroll with me through Georgia’s largest Victorian Era district and one of the state’s most vibrant downtowns.
The best place to start is Broad Street. Broad Street is Rome’s main street and is where the majority of the shops and restaurants are located. Satisfy your sweet tooth in one of Rome’s many bakeries or ice cream shops. This revitalized downtown and main thoroughfare of Rome shares a glimpse of what this city looked like during its heyday.
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As you stroll the streets, be sure to look at all the different types of architecture that line the streets. These buildings have been through a lot of changes, but they still show off their beauty. Read the plaques on the sides of the buildings to learn a little about the building.
Don’t miss one of the state’s first “Rails to Trails” projects, The Robert Redden Footbridge crosses over the Oostanaula River and is located where the Oostanaula and the Etowah come together to form the Coosa River. This bridge is known for it’s “Locks of Love” and is a special place for marriage proposals.
Enjoy a little history with an overnight stay in a renovated 1800s warehouse with stunning views of the rivers.