Could there be anything more eternal than the city of Rome, which has captured the imaginations of historians, artists, and casual travelers for nearly 2,000 years? There’s the centuries-old Colosseum, the Trevi Fountain endowed with wish-granting powers, the immaculately-restored Palazzo delle Esposizioni with its 100,000-square-foot gallery space, and the still-free Roman Forum. “Because I went, not merely as a traveler, but as a pilgrim [of the arts] my experience improved tenfold,” said one T+L enthusiast. “To be so [encircled by] relics and religious history was definitely a spiritual high point in my life.” Another timeless facet of the Roman itinerary? Gelato. This creamy treat gets a sophisticated upgrade at Carapina, where gelatio Simone Bonini serves flavors made with almost-black chocolate and 36-month aged Parmesan.