Rome

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Roman Forum showing a monument, heritage architecture and a temple or place of worship

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.

Where to stay in Rome

Hilton Rome Airport
Hilton Rome Airport
4 out of 5
Via Arturo Ferrarin 2, Fiumicino, 00054
The price is £146 per night from 3 Jun to 4 Jun
Stay at this 4-star family-friendly hotel in Fiumicino. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 restaurants and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
3.9/5 Good! (1,168 reviews)
"Excellent customer service"

Reviewed on 17 May 2022

Hilton Rome Airport
UNAHOTELS Decò Roma
UNAHOTELS Decò Roma
4 out of 5
Via Giovanni Amendola, 57, Rome, RM, 185
The price is £180 per night from 5 Jun to 6 Jun
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Rome. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and on-site parking. Our guests praise the bar and the clean rooms in their reviews. ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (961 reviews)
"Very close to Termini station, less than 5 minutes walk. Love my room in the fifth floor. 20 minutes walk to the Parthenon. Highly recommend. Very courteous and efficient staff."

Reviewed on 13 May 2022

UNAHOTELS Decò Roma
Best Western Plus Hotel Universo
Best Western Plus Hotel Universo
4 out of 5
Via Principe Amedeo 5/B, Rome, RM, 185
The price is £163 per night from 12 Jun to 13 Jun
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Rome. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and 24-hour room service. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (979 reviews)
"Really convenient location for travellers arriving from Ciampino. Most tourists locations in walking distance and plenty of good restaurants. All the staff we met were very friendly and helpful and the room was superb. Would highly recommend."

Reviewed on 16 May 2022

Best Western Plus Hotel Universo
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Fabulous Village
Fabulous Village
Via Di Malafede 225, Rome, RM, 00125
The price is £59 per night from 7 Jun to 8 Jun
Stay at this family-friendly campsite in Rome. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and an outdoor pool. Our guests praise the comfy rooms in their reviews. Popular ...
4/5 Very Good! (819 reviews)
"Really nice and comfortable"

Reviewed on 17 Apr 2022

Fabulous Village
Trianon Borgo Pio
Trianon Borgo Pio
4 out of 5
Piazza delle Vaschette n 13, Rome, RM, 193
The price is £211 per night from 30 May to 31 May
Stay at this 4-star residence in Rome. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi and a rooftop terrace. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy rooms in their ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (1,093 reviews)
"The perfect place and location, the staff is very nice, the rooftop for breakfast is wonderful, the neighborhood is very nice and so close to the Vatican. So happy we found this hotel."

Reviewed on 16 May 2022

Trianon Borgo Pio
Navona Palace Luxury Inn
Navona Palace Luxury Inn
Via della Pace 36/36a, Rome, RM, 186
The price is £189 per night from 29 May to 30 May
Stay at this spa apartment in Rome. Enjoy free WiFi, a full-service spa and room service. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in their reviews. ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (304 reviews)
"Beautiful location! Will definitely be back!"

Reviewed on 28 Apr 2022

Navona Palace Luxury Inn
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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