Rome

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

Rome is divided intoneighbourhoods, most of which are named after the main attraction containedwithin 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 cobbledstreets and boulevards leading to ornate bridges. Remember to take a map withyou when you explore, especially if you want to visit some of the olderneighbourhoods where winding streets and can cause confusion. With so much tosee, the narrow winding streets and many historical sites are best experiencedon foot, while public transport such as buses are the most practical option forcovering longer distances.

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

No visit to Rome iscomplete 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 outbaroque masterpieces, such as the magnificent St. Peter's Basilica, the SpanishSteps 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 inone 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 andarchitecture, the Romans are also famous lovers of food and wine, and you canalso easily carve an unforgettable culinary journey through the Italian capital.Everywhere in Rome you’ll find fine Italian foodand 'vino' in abundance. The classic dish is Spaghetti Carbonara, but Romancuisine extends far beyond just pasta, with fresh vegetables, meat and cheesetaking centre stage. Simple and tasty dishes based on what is available inseason.

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

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Where to stay in Rome

Prati featuring street scenes, religious elements and a city

Prati

4.5/5Wonderful!(454 area reviews)

Prati
Rione Monti which includes building ruins, heritage elements and heritage architecture

Monti

4.5/5Wonderful!(636 area reviews)

Monti
San Giovanni which includes a city

San Giovanni

4/5Very Good!(63 area reviews)

San Giovanni
Sallustiano showing heritage architecture, religious aspects and heritage elements

Sallustiano

4.5/5Wonderful!(75 area reviews)

Sallustiano

Top hotels in Rome

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hotel Quirinale
Hotel Quirinale
4 out of 5
Via Nazionale 7, Rome, RM
€84
per night
Feb 23 - Feb 24

Located in Repubblica, this family-friendly Rome hotel is steps away from Teatro dell'Opera di Roma, Via Nazionale and Via XX Settembre. Via Veneto and Piazza ...

4.2/5Very Good! (4,459 reviews)

"The wiring of the table lamp in room 208 was doubtful. The socket was loose so we left it unplugged. As I said in the satisfaction survey, the disabled persons' bathroom looked awful, and it was difficult, or even impossible, to shower without water getting all over the floor, which then became ..."…"

Reviewed on 18 Feb 2020

Hotel Quirinale
Hilton Rome Airport
Hilton Rome Airport
4 out of 5
Via Arturo Ferrarin 2, Fiumicino, RM
€162
per night
Feb 25 - Feb 26

Situated near the airport, this hotel is 2.7 mi (4.4 km) from Necropoli di Porto Isola Sacra and within 6 miles (10 km) of Ostia Antica and Parco Leonardo. Area ...

3.8/5Good! (4,150 reviews)

"The location was perfect as it was at the Airport and we did not need to worry about transportation for an early morning departure. The downside was there were no shops/restaurants other than the single restaurant at the hotel. No gift shop to purchase drinks or snacks unless you wanted to walk back ..."…"

Reviewed on 19 Feb 2020

Hilton Rome Airport
iQ Hotel Roma
iQ Hotel Roma
4 out of 5
Via Firenze, 8, Rome, RM
€83
per night
Feb 23 - Feb 24

Located in Repubblica, this hotel is steps away from Teatro dell'Opera di Roma and Via Nazionale. Via XX Settembre and Piazza della Repubblica are also within ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (3,865 reviews)

"Very modern hotel close to the train station but on the quiet street. The room was spotless and dark curtains helped to get good sleep after a long flight"…"

Reviewed on 19 Feb 2020

iQ Hotel Roma

Popular things to do in Rome

Colosseum
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Colosseum

4.5/5(1,948 reviews)

A true architectural heavyweight, the 2,000-year-old Colosseum is often considered one of the seven “modern” wonders of the world.

Trevi Fountain
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Trevi Fountain

4.5/5(1,843 reviews)

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

Pantheon
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Pantheon

4.5/5(1,562 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(1,599 reviews)

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

Piazza Navona
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Piazza Navona

4.5/5(1,432 reviews)

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

Vatican Museums
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Vatican Museums

4.5/5(1,304 reviews)

Forget the Louvre, the Met or the Hermitage, some of the world’s greatest collections of art can be found in the Vatican Museums.

Top activities in Rome

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

90% of travellers recommend
€63
Per adult
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

94% of travellers recommend
€62
Per adult
Rome Hop-On Hop-Off Big Bus Tour
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Rome Hop-On Hop-Off Big Bus Tour

84% of travellers recommend
€29
Per adult
Skip the Line: Vatican Museums Tickets with Hosted Entry
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Skip the Line: Vatican Museums Tickets with Hosted Entry

86% of travellers recommend
€28
Per adult
Skip-the-Line: Colosseum, Palatine Hill & Roman Forum Ticket
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Skip-the-Line: Colosseum, Palatine Hill & Roman Forum Ticket

€22
Per adult
Sistine Chapel Skip The Line Ticket
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Sistine Chapel Skip The Line Ticket

€35
Per adult

Reviews of Rome

4.7

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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4 - Good
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4 - Good 23.895689196381053%
3 - Okay
121
3 - Okay 3.2197977647684937%
2 - Disappointing
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2 - Disappointing 0.4523682810005322%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 0.23948908994145823%

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Feb 19, 2020

Recommend to everyone. A surprise around every corner.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Feb 19, 2020

See Rome in a day, see a quarter in five days, see a fraction in a lifetime...

5/5 - Excellent

Graham

Feb 19, 2020

Beautiful city full of history.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Feb 18, 2020

Its was a lovely experience, will repeat soon

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Feb 18, 2020

Recomend a sight seeing bus, they get you to where you want to be easily & cheaply.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Feb 15, 2020

Very pleasant comfortable stay at this time of the year. Not too crowded

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