Visiting Rome

(Rome, Italy)

Rome is one of the world's most historic and intriguing cities, boasting an incredibly rich heritage contrasting with its modern infrastructure.

Home to many truly wondrous ruins and cultural attractions, the city is brimming with ancient monuments, street cafés, world-class restaurants and charming cobbled back streets, making it is easy to see why Rome is one of Europe's most visited cities.

The city's accommodation scene is thriving and hotels, youth hostels and guest houses (pensioni) are in good supply, with budget options being based around the Stazione Termini. To fully immerse yourself in the city, Rome apartment rentals within the Centro Storico are hard to better, while the Vatican area combines beauty with quieter surroundings. Further accommodation resides to the east of the Via del Corso, on the northern and southern sides of the city, and within the districts of Borgo and Trastevere.

Visiting Rome: Places to Visit

  • Mouth of Truth, famous in Rome for its mythical powers, known locally as the Bocca della Verità and located at St. Mary's in Cosmedin church
  • Capitoline Hill (Campidoglio), including Michelangelo's 16th-century Piazza del Campidoglio and two notable museums
  • Trevi Fountain, Rome's Fontana di Trevi, a stunning fountain with an impressive marble centrepiece and majestic statues
  • Spanish Steps, a Baroque-style staircase dating back almost 300 years, known in Rome as the Scalinata di Spagna
  • Piazza Navona, a spacious public square containing four spectacular fountains
  • Castel Sant' Angelo, an important 6th-century building connected to the Vatican palaces by a network of underground tunnels, providing a safe and secret fortress for the pope
  • Colosseum (Colosseo), a particularly important ruined structure in Rome, commissioned almost 2,000 years ago when it hosted spectacular events, with a capacity of over 50,000
  • Palazzo Farnese, one of Rome's most impressive palaces, completed at the beginning of the 17th century and featuring magnificent Renaissance-style architecture and painted ceilings
  • Forum (Foro Romano), a spectacular structure situated along Rome's Via Sacre and constructed more than 900 years ago, with superb views of the ruined Circus Maximus
  • Domus Aurea (Golden House), the official site of Roman emperor Nero's magnificent palace, built following the great fire of 64 AD, with the ruins rediscovered many years later, during the 15th century
  • Pantheon, an ancient monument remaining in remarkable condition considering its age, with a vast dome and cavernous interior

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