Rome is one of the oldest, continuously occupied cities in Europe, and as such, provides a captivating insight into the history of civilisation. Read more.
Rome is one of the oldest, continuously occupied cities in Europe, and as such, provides a captivating insight into the history of civilisation.The Vatican, the epicentre of Catholicism, lies at the heart of Rome and draws both religious and secular visitors from all corners of the globe. The richness of Italian culture is evident in every nook of this energetic and awe-inspiring city.
A work of art in the shape of a city
Deciding where to start is an almost impossible task in this amazing city, but taking one of the recommended walking tours can help you get your bearings above and below ground. Some of the most intriguing sights are hidden in the subterranean levels below the city streets, and much of it is still being excavated. Above ground, tourist attractions such as the Colosseum, The Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica, The Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, Roman Forum and The Spanish Steps, while generally crowded, are an essential part of any itinerary. A traditional gelato in Piazza Navona, Piazza del Popolo or one of the other communal squares provides a delicious accompaniment to relaxing and absorb the never-ending motion of Rome.
Navigating the tremendous offering of museums and galleries in Rome is as delightful as it is time-consuming. The Vatican Museum, the Capitoline Museums, Maxxi, the Museo d’Arte Contemporanea and the Borghese Gallery are considered some of the best, but are by no means the only venues worth a look. Putting some time aside to just wander is the best way to truly experience Rome at its finest. Stroll through antiques markets, try some authentic pizza over a glass of wine in the hip Il Pigneto area, then while away the twilight hours at the opera, a geeky book bar, or over a classic Italian cocktail.
Hotels fit for the Roman Empire
Hotels in Rome often book out in advance so it pays to be well prepared and make your booking early. Staying in the vicinity of the Colosseum and Roman Forum will place you within walking distance of a feast of archeological sights and just a short distance from the Metro, above ground trains, and buses. This is also a convenient location for shopping lovers wishing to visit the high-end boutiques along Via del Corso. Even closer to Via del Corso, however, are hotels around the Spanish Steps. This area is truly a shopaholic’s paradise. The Centro Storico, or historic centre, is a luscious, medieval sector packed with romantic fountains, piazzas, restaurants and bars, and while further from the Metro, is easily accessible by taxi. For quick stopovers, the area around Termini, the central train station, contains hundreds of hotels at various price points, but lacks the atmosphere and charm of other, inner-city neighbourhoods.
Neighbourhoods in Rome
- Municipio IX - EUR (46)
- Municipio I - Historical Center-Prati (3863)
- Municipio II - Parioli/Nomentano-San Lorenzo (398)
- Municipio III - Monte Sacro (61)
- Municipio IV - Tiburtina (85)
- Municipio V - Prenestino/Centocelle (81)
- Municipio VI - Roma Delle Torri (33)
- Municipio VII - San Giovanni/Cinecittà (349)
- Municipio VIII - Appia Antica (119)
- Municipio X - Ostia (2)
- Municipio XI - Arvalia Portuense (63)
- Municipio XII - Monte Verde (230)
- Municipio XIII - Aurelia (425)
- Municipio XIV - Monte Mario (119)
- Municipio XV - Cassia Flaminia (72)
Landmarks in Rome
- Stazione Termini (1931)
- Vatican (1478)
- Roman Forum (1862)
- Spanish Steps (1768)
- Piazza Navona (1818)
- Trevi Fountain (2005)
- Pantheon (1830)
- Via Veneto (2200)
- Piazza di Spagna (1788)
- Coliseum (1522)
- Stazione Tiburtina (152)
- Circus Maximus (1026)
- Sapienza University of Rome (1193)
- Basilica of St. John Lateran (1136)