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It was once considered the centre of the universe, when all roads lead there. Now the Italian capital is a living museum, with all the trimmings of a cosmopolitan city.

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

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 £60 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! (750 reviews)

"Brilliant hotel. Made our stay excellent. Very clean. Friendly staff."…"

Reviewed on 2 Mar 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 £81 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! (400 reviews)

"Great Hotel! Great Location! I’ll be back next time when I am in Rome!"…"

Reviewed on 6 Jul 2020

Otivm Hotel
Hotel Pineta Palace
Hotel Pineta Palace
4 out of 5
Via San Lino Papa 35, Rome, Rome
The price is £53 per night

Located in Quartiere XXVII Primavalle, this hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Gemelli Polyclinic, Vatican Museums and Monte Mario. Vatican Gardens and Via Cola ...

3.7/5Good! (970 reviews)

"We had a beautiful vacation at Pineta Palace Hotel. I will recommend to all my friends and family. Amazing breakfast ."…"

Reviewed on 1 Dec 2019

Hotel Pineta Palace

Popular places to visit in Rome

Colosseum
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Colosseum

4.5/5(1,980 reviews)

One of Rome's most famous landmarks, and one of the world's most notable monuments, no visitor to Rome should miss the opportunity to visit this iconic structure.

Trevi Fountain
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Trevi Fountain

4.5/5(1,879 reviews)

Rome is a city abundant in world-class water features, but none more stunning, or more famous, than the Trevi Fountain.

Piazza Navona
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Piazza Navona

4.5/5(1,461 reviews)

The old papal buildings have altered little over the centuries, but still act as an open-air hub for cafés and street entertainers. 

Pantheon
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Pantheon

4.5/5(1,593 reviews)

One of ancient Rome’s greatest achievements combines momentous history and inspired architecture.

Spanish Steps
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Spanish Steps

4.5/5(1,627 reviews)

A monumental stairway with a monumental past, the Spanish Steps are literally and figuratively at the heart of Rome.

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.

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Faster Than Skip-the-Line: Vatican, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Tour
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Faster Than Skip-the-Line: Vatican, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Tour

£87
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
Skip the Line: Colosseum, Forum & Palatine Hill Guided Tour
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Skip the Line: Colosseum, Forum & Palatine Hill Guided Tour

£54
Per adult
92% of travellers recommend
Skip-the-line: Colosseum & Forum Tour with Special Gladiator’s Gate & Arena Floor Access
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Skip-the-line: Colosseum & Forum Tour with Special Gladiator’s Gate & Arena Floor Access

£56
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend

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