Rome City Guide

Grandiose architecture, classical art and sunny piazzas: all the ingredients that make up the acclaimed Italian capital. As the home of the Roman Empire, it’s considered by many to be the centre of civilisation – the seed that birthed the Europe we see today. With so much architecture and history spanning back centuries, it’s an ideal city for the historians amongst you.

Rome is divided into neighbourhoods, most of which are named after the main attraction contained within the area. This can prove useful when trying to pick a place to stay. Bisected by the River Tiber, the city has a network of beautiful cobbled streets and boulevards leading to ornate bridges. Remember to take a map with you when you explore, especially if you want to visit some of the older neighbourhoods where winding streets and can cause confusion. With so much to see, the narrow winding streets and many historical sites are best experienced on foot, while public transport such as buses are the most practical option for covering longer distances.

Of course, getting lost is part of the charm in Rome. You’ll find yourself stumbling over unexpected treasures such as an underground bakery with cornetti fresh from the oven, or an archaeological dig in the middle of a busy street. It’s a city full of pleasant surprises. 

No visit to Rome is complete without experiencing the numerous architectural and artistic sites. You'll find Renaissance marvels in the Vatican City, such as the Palazzo Senatorio and the Sistine Chapel. Check out baroque masterpieces, such as the magnificent St. Peter's Basilica, the Spanish Steps and the Trevi Fountain. The history goes all the way back to Roman times; be sure not to miss the Roman Forum and the magnificent Colosseum. And don’t forget to keep yourself fuelled with a delicious Italian coffee in one of the many squares such as Piazza Navona. If you're short on time, most of Rome's popular attractions are covered in the Rome in One Day tour.

In addition to opera and other music, football and architecture, the Romans are also famous lovers of food and wine, and you can also easily carve an unforgettable culinary journey through the Italian capital. Everywhere in Rome you’ll find fine Italian food and 'vino' in abundance. The classic dish is Spaghetti Carbonara, but Roman cuisine extends far beyond just pasta, with fresh vegetables, meat and cheese taking centre stage. Simple and tasty dishes based on what is available in season.

Once you’ve explored the city, do what the locals do. Find a spot to sit with a delicious gelato (Italian ice cream) and watch the afternoon sky turn pink. You know what they say, “when in Rome”.

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