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Rome is home to more than 2.8 million residents, many of whom will happily tell you about the city’s best pizzeria or their favorite soccer team. The only time the pace here slows is in the early afternoon, when some locals still take the time for a post-lunch nap.
Rome, city of seven hills, is divided into neighborhoods often named for the key attractions in each area. It’s split by the Tiber River and linked by cobbled streets and boulevards. Grab a map while exploring, especially if you’re visiting some of the older districts where addresses and streets can be confusing. Walking is the best way to get around the narrow, windy roads at many of the historical sites. Buses are the most practical option for public transportation.
Losing your way, however, is part of Rome’s charm. You may wind up at a hidden treasure like an underground bakery with cornetti fresh from the oven, or an archeological dig taking place in the center of a busy street.
No visit to Rome is complete without experiencing its architectural and artistic landmarks. There are Renaissance wonders like the Palazzo Senatorio and the Sistine Chapel within Vatican City. Baroque masterpieces, including magnificent St. Peter's Basilica, the Spanish Steps and the Trevi Fountain are also must-see destinations. Step back further in time and stroll through the history of the Roman Empire at the Roman Forum, which ends at the awe-inspiring Colosseum. In between outings, sit back and enjoy a coffee in one of the old town squares like the Piazza Navona.
Along with opera and other music, soccer and architecture, Romans adore food and wine, and you can easily eat your way around the capital. All over Rome there is Italian cuisine and "vino" aplenty. Spaghetti carbonara is a classic dish, however true Roman cuisine is much more than pasta. It’s simple, delicious food based on what’s available that season.
Once you’ve ticked off the essential landmarks each day, make like the locals do. Find a spot with your gelato and watch the late afternoon skies turn pink as you embrace the Roman ideal of "il dolce far niente," or "the sweet doing nothing."
Accommodation in Rome
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THE FIRST Luxury Art Hotel Roma at Via del Vantaggio 14, and the Palazzo Manfredi - Relais & Chateaux, at Via Labicana, 125 are among the more upscale accommodation options in Rome. If those options don't tickle your fancy, have a close look at the Hotel Eden, Via Ludovisi 49, and the Gran Melia Rome, Via del Gianicolo 3.
Roman Forum is a must-see for visitors to Rome and many choose to stay nearby. the FIRST Luxury Art Hotel Roma and the Palazzo Manfredi - Relais & Chateaux are both good options.
This family-friendly Fiumicino hotel is located on the waterfront, within 3 mi (5 km) of Ostia Antica, Ostia Antica and Castello di Giulio II. Parco Leonardo and da Vinci Market Central are also within 9 mi (15 km).
This hotel is linked by the skywalk to a moving walkway to all the airport terminals; links to the train station and a free shuttle to the city centre.
Central Rome hotel housed in a late 19th-century building retaining much Imperial grandeur, 500 metres from Quirinale Palace and one kilometre from the Colosseum.
Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Parco Leonardo, Ostia Antica, and Castello di Giulio II. Ostia Antica and da Vinci Market Central are also within 6 mi (10 km).
This Art Nouveau hotel is 1 block from Rome's Vatican Museums and 2 blocks from Saint Peter's Cathedral; it is near Via Cola di Rienzo shopping street, 1 kilometer from Castel S'Angelo and 3 kilometers from the Pantheon.
Located in Cinecitta, this hotel is 1.4 mi (2.2 km) from University of Rome Tor Vergata and within 9 mi (15 km) of Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore and Teatro dell'Opera di Roma. Baths of Caracalla and Roman Forum are also within 9 mi (15 km).
Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Parco Leonardo, Ostia Antica, and da Vinci Market Central. Parco de' Medici Golf Club is 11.2 mi (18 km) away.
Located on the waterfront, this family-friendly hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Parco Leonardo, da Vinci Market Central, and Ostia Antica. Castello di Giulio II and Ostia Antica are also within 6 mi (10 km).