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Famed the world over for its art and architecture, the capital of Italy perfectly combines the ancient and the modern to guarantee a truly memorable city-break.

Rome, the capital of Italy, is one of Europe’s most visited cities, and it is easy to see why. The magnificent architecture of its countless monuments charts its rich culture history, spanning over two and a half thousand years from its founding in 753 BC. Combine this with the renowned vibrancy and hospitality of its residents, and you will be guaranteed the holiday of a lifetime.

Discover the origins of the city when you explore the many ancient edifices still standing today. A visit to the Roman Forum will show you the political and cultural hub of the classical capital. Step back in time and imagine yourself facing gladiatorial combat when you tour the awe-inspiring Colosseum. Look out for the live archaeological excavations, as ever more historical treasures are unearthed.

Many enjoyable hours can be spent wandering through the narrow cobbled streets. At almost every turn you will stumble upon a beautiful view or fascinating example of art and design. Many of the city’s most famous attractions are simply an integral part of the cityscape, and free to view. For example, you can spend an evening sitting on the Spanish Steps, soaking up the relaxed atmosphere, or marvel at the magnificent Trevi Fountain, with its masterfully carved statues of Roman sea gods.

Once you have worked up an appetite, you will be treated to some of the finest of Italian dishes. Whilst the whole of Italy is famous for its cuisine, that of the capital is possibly the best. Whether you chose spaghetti “ajo e ojo”, with olive oil, garlic and chilli, or a dish based on the widely-used artichoke, you will be sure to be tasting delicious local produce.

Religion is inextricably intertwined with the history of Rome. The Vatican City, the heart of the Catholic Church, lies within the city limits. Visitors are welcome to explore this walled enclave, the smallest independent state in the world. Do bear in mind the dress code when planning your visit. Shoulders and knees must be covered, otherwise you will be denied entry. Once inside, you will discover a wealth of art and treasures within some of the most iconic buildings in the western hemisphere. St Peter’s Basilica, the largest church in the world, houses masterpieces by artists such as Michelangelo and Raphael. You must not miss the world-famous frescoes adorning the Sistine Chapel.

If you plan to explore this wonderful city on foot, equip yourself with a detailed map, and make sure you plan many refreshment breaks at the charming cafés in the city’s piazzas. Alternatively, the city is well-served by both bus and Metro routes.

Where to stay in Rome

Via del Corso featuring a square or plaza, heritage elements and street scenes

Rome City Centre

4.5/5Wonderful!(1,362 area reviews)

Piazza Venezia and Pantheon are a few top attractions in Rome City Centre. Hop around the city on the metro at Spagna Station or Barberini Station and check out the area's fascinating museums, stunning cathedral and stunning river views.

Rome City Centre
Rome showing heritage architecture and signage

Vatican

4/5Very Good!(295 area reviews)

Known for its fascinating museums and stunning cathedral, there's plenty to explore in Vatican. Check out top attractions like Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, and jump on the metro at Ottaviano - San Pietro - Musei Vaticani Station or Cipro Station to see more of the city.

Vatican
Trastevere, Rome, Lazio, Italy

Trastevere

4.5/5Wonderful!(99 area reviews)

Trastevere is known for its picturesque gardens, and you can make a stop by Santa Maria in Trastevere and Ponte Sisto while in the area.

Trastevere
Prati featuring heritage architecture, street scenes and religious aspects

Prati

4.5/5Wonderful!(464 area reviews)

Prati is popular for its popular shops. Explore top sights like Via Cola di Rienzo and Palace of Justice, and you can get around town on the metro at Ottaviano - San Pietro - Musei Vaticani Station.

Prati
Piazza Navona showing a monument, art and a city

Navona

4.5/5Wonderful!(537 area reviews)

Travellers come to Navona for its cosy cafes, and you can see top attractions like Piazza Navona and Campo de' Fiori while you're in town.

Navona
Monti which includes heritage elements, building ruins and heritage architecture

Monti

4.5/5Wonderful!(649 area reviews)

Known for its prominent churches and charming cafes, there's plenty to explore in Monti. You can visit top attractions like Via Nazionale and Golden House of Nero (Domus Aurea), and jump on the metro at Cavour Station or Colosseo Station to see more of the city.

Monti

Top hotels in Rome

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hotel 87 Eighty-Seven - Maison D'Art Collection
Hotel 87 Eighty-Seven - Maison D'Art Collection
4 out of 5
Via del Tritone 87-89, Rome, Rome
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is Rs4,865 per night

This family-friendly Rome hotel is located in the historical district, steps away from Via del Tritone, Via Veneto and Piazza Barberini. Piazza di Spagna and ...

4.2/5Very Good! (753 reviews)

"The location was amazing, it was so convenient. A taxi bay is near the hotel too so we used that to get to further places like the Vatican. Hotel was very clean and most of the staff were very nice. In my opinion, those who worked the front desk were not friendly."…"

Reviewed on 6 Aug 2020

Hotel 87 Eighty-Seven - Maison D'Art Collection
Otivm Hotel
Otivm Hotel
4 out of 5
Via D'Aracoeli, 11, Rome
The price is Rs6,995 per night

Located in Navona, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Piazza Venezia, Via del Corso and Roman Forum. National Monument to Victor Emmanuel II and Capitoline ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (403 reviews)

"Great hotel with perfect location to explore Rome. Good breakfast and helpful staff. Thank you."…"

Reviewed on 31 Jul 2020

Otivm Hotel
La Maison D'Art Spagna - Maison d'Art Collection
La Maison D'Art Spagna - Maison d'Art Collection
3 out of 5
Via del Corso 112, Spagna, Rome
The price is Rs4,985 per night

Located in Rome City Centre, this hotel is steps away from Via del Tritone, Via del Corso and Via Condotti. Trevi Fountain and Piazza di Spagna are also within ...

4.2/5Very Good! (70 reviews)

"Great place to stay, amazing staff and very friendly."…"

Reviewed on 10 Jan 2020

La Maison D'Art Spagna - Maison d'Art Collection

Popular places to visit in Rome

Colosseum
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Colosseum

4.5/5(1,980 reviews)

Once the site of bloody battles, this awe-inspiring amphitheatre now provides visitors from all over the globe with an authentic insight into ancient Roman culture.

Trevi Fountain
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Trevi Fountain

4.5/5(1,879 reviews)

The most famous and romantic fountain in Rome is a true masterpiece of Baroque sculpture.

Piazza Navona
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Piazza Navona

4.5/5(1,461 reviews)

Soak up the relaxed atmosphere of this popular square, home to the finest Baroque architecture and design.

Pantheon
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Pantheon

4.5/5(1,593 reviews)

Marvel at the feat of architectural engineering that crowns this iconic symbol of ancient Rome.

Spanish Steps
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Spanish Steps

4.5/5(1,627 reviews)

This world-famous stairway occupies a special place in the hearts of Rome’s residents, and you’ll also fall in love with it at first sight.

Villa Borghese
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Villa Borghese

4.5/5(538 reviews)

Take a break from the busy city center and explore this vast network of pretty gardens and enthralling museums.

Reviews of Rome

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

11 May 2020

Make the most of your time here and do a vespa ride (like the Romans do!) - it is the best way to get around and see all the sights of Rome, not to mention it's super fun!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

24 Mar 2020

We benefited from the sad fact that many people had cancelled due to the coronavirus fears. Rome was quiet so we visited the Colosseum and the Vatican on organised tours which were wonderful. I’ll never go anywhere of historical significance again wi

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

14 Mar 2020

Lovely city would defintly return

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

11 Mar 2020

we will return once the corona virus is done and dusted

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

10 Mar 2020

The most beautiful of cities.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

8 Mar 2020

Great places to eat nearby reasonably priced