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Travel Guide

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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Top hotels in Rome

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
The price is £72 per night from 5 Mar to 6 Mar

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 ...

4.1/5Very Good! (794 reviews)

"Hotel location is excellent, rooms on the small size and"…"

Reviewed on 5 Oct 2020

Hotel 87 Eighty-Seven - Maison D'Art Collection
Hilton Rome Airport
Hilton Rome Airport
4 out of 5
Via Arturo Ferrarin 2, Fiumicino, RM
The price is £131 per night from 1 Mar to 2 Mar

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! (1,602 reviews)

"Easy walk directly from Terminal 3 to hotel. Easy check in and spacious room. Great food, room service and restaurant"…"

Reviewed on 31 Jan 2021

Hilton Rome Airport
Hotel Isola Sacra Rome Airport
Hotel Isola Sacra Rome Airport
4 out of 5
Via Della Scafa 416, Fiumicino, RM
The price is £54 per night from 6 Mar to 7 Mar

Situated on the waterfront, this hotel is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from Necropoli di Porto Isola Sacra and 2.6 mi (4.1 km) from Ostia Antica. Area Archeologica del Porto ...

4.2/5Very Good! (1,203 reviews)
Friendly staff and clean hotel

"Staff at check in and check out were very friendly given the circumstances of COVID19"…"

Reviewed on 21 Sep 2020

Hotel Isola Sacra Rome Airport
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.

Top Holiday Rentals in Rome

Lungotevere Suite
Lungotevere Suite
Lungotevere Degli Artigiani 20, Rome, RM
The price is £66 per night from 6 Mar to 7 Mar

Located in Quartiere XI Portuense, this apartment building is within 2 miles (3 km) of San Camillo-Forlanini Hospital, Circus Maximus and Roman Forum. Baths ...

4.3/5Excellent! (216 reviews)
Lovely Hotel.

"Hotel room was large with a very large balcony. Everything you could need. We did not use public transport whilst there as the nearest hop on hop off bus was at the Collisium which was a 50 minute walk. Fortunately the weather was good. Could not find many local restaurants open for dinner on Sunday. ..."…"

Reviewed on 14 Oct 2019

Lungotevere Suite
Villa Spalletti Trivelli
Villa Spalletti Trivelli
Via Piacenza 4, Rome, RM
The price is £301 per night from 1 Mar to 2 Mar

Located in Monti, this luxury residence is steps away from Quirinale Palace and Via Nazionale. Via Veneto and Trevi Fountain are also within 10 minutes. Barberini ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (61 reviews)

"A fantastic hotel. Best ever we do a lot of travelling and this is exceptional in every way. Felt we were visiting someone’s beautiful home and made extremely welcome. If you do not have the opportunity to stay visit for a coffee or lunch. Beautiful gardens etc Wonderful staff hope to return"…"

Reviewed on 25 Feb 2020

Villa Spalletti Trivelli
Navona Palace Luxury Inn
Navona Palace Luxury Inn
Via Della Pace 36/36a, Rome, RM
The price is £142 per night from 1 Mar to 2 Mar

Located in Navona, this spa apartment building is steps away from Piazza Navona and Corso Vittorio Emanuele II. Campo de' Fiori and Pantheon are also within ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (279 reviews)
Great Location

"Great location but overpriced for what it is."…"

Reviewed on 20 Sep 2020

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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