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Rome
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Stand in awe of the ancient ruins, legendary artworks and breathtaking cityscapes that make Italy’s capital so alluring.

Rome is the capital and largest city in Italy, with around three million residents.

It was founded over 2,750 years ago and is one of Europe’s most ancient cities.

History and art surround you wherever you go in Rome. Whether you seek it or not, you get a real sense of its cultural heritage, simply by being there. Filled with fascinating architecture, ruins, museums, churches, and galleries; Rome was evidently not built in a day.

Rome’s religious history is world renowned. Its independent state, Vatican City, is the seat of the Catholic Church, and home of the Pope. Here you’ll find the Vatican Museums and the spectacular Sistine Chapel, with breath-taking painted ceiling and frescoes by Italy’s famous artist, Michelangelo.

Vatican City is a busy place, especially during papal appearances, on occasional Wednesdays. To avoid a lengthy wait, book an advance admission and jump the queue. The Vatican Museums are now also open at night-time on certain day, offering a quieter visit.

Take a shortcut from the back of the Sistine Chapel to St Peter’s Basilica where you can marvel at more of Christian Rome and Michelangelo’s stunning dome and marble Pietà sculpture.

For a glimpse at ancient Rome, go to the Forum area. Once the centre of all civic life, the Forum is now comprised of ruined or reconstructed temples, arches and public buildings such as the striking Arch of Septimius Severus, the Curia and Basilica of Constantine and Maxentius.

Head east from the Forum, to visit the city’s famous Colosseum, an ampitheatre where vast crowds gathered for entertainment such as gladiator fights or hunting shows with exotic animals.

The Roman Pantheon ‘temple of all the gods’ is another ancient must-see. This well preserved, 2,000 year old pagan temple has an impressive domed ceiling (oculus), unlike any of Rome’s churches. It must be seen from inside. The Pantheon is now used as a church. During the Christian Pentecost festival, a shower of rose petals falls from the oculus to the floor.

The square in front of the Panteon, Piazza della Rotonda, is the perfect place to relax after seeing the sights. Stop by one of the cafés or gelaterias to sample the city’s famous ice cream.

The best views of Rome can be enjoyed from the top of the Spanish Steps at the 16th-century Trinità dei Monti church, which sits above the Piazza di Spagna. You might recognise this area from the movie Roman Holiday. Here you’ll find some of Rome’s upmarket boutiques, charming cafés, galleries and antique shops.

Don’t leave Rome without throwing coins into the famed Trevi Fountain. Tradition has it that this act will expedite your return.

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Where to stay in Rome

UNAHOTELS Decò Roma
UNAHOTELS Decò Roma
4 out of 5
Via Giovanni Amendola, 57, Rome, RM
The price is £98 per night from 23 Jul to 23 Jul
Located in Rome Historic Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Via Nazionale, Piazza della Repubblica and Teatro dell'Opera di Roma. Via Marsala and ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (988 reviews)
"Excellent choice if you are traveling and need to be close to the train station and the Fiumicino Airport. If you can, try the Hotel restaurant for Dinner. The food was phenomenal and the ambience warm and elegant. Highly recommended to solo travelers. Great room and really amazing food at the restaurant. ..."

Reviewed on 9 Jun 2021

UNAHOTELS Decò Roma
Albergo Del Senato
Albergo Del Senato
3 out of 5
Piazza Della Rotonda 73, Rome, RM
The price is £157 per night from 21 Jul to 21 Jul
Located in Rome Historic Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Pantheon and Piazza Navona. Trevi Fountain and Piazza di Spagna are also within 15 minutes. ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (991 reviews)
"Spotless hotel in the absolute best location! Staff was incredibly helpful and kind!"

Reviewed on 10 Jun 2021

Albergo Del Senato
Hilton Rome Airport
Hilton Rome Airport
4 out of 5
Via Arturo Ferrarin 2, Fiumicino
The price is £127 per night from 16 Jul to 16 Jul
This family-friendly Fiumicino hotel is located in the shopping district, within 3 mi (5 km) of Area Archeologica del Porto di Traiano and Necropoli di Porto ...
3.8/5Good! (1,494 reviews)
"Amazing staff! Mimma in the restaurant provides a 5 ⭐️ service and so does Melania at the front desk. Many thanks!"

Reviewed on 14 Jun 2021

Hilton Rome Airport
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