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RomeItaly

Epic architecture, classic art and sunny piazzas set the scene in Italy’s revered capital.

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."

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Where to stay in Rome

Prati which includes street scenes, a church or cathedral and heritage architecture

Prati

4.5/5Wonderful!(163 area reviews)

Prati is popular for its popular shops. Explore top sights like Via Cola di Rienzo and Palace of Justice, and you can get around town on the metro at Ottaviano - San Pietro - Musei Vaticani Station.

Prati
Monti showing building ruins, heritage architecture and heritage elements

Monti

4.5/5Wonderful!(274 area reviews)

Known for its cozy cafés and churches, there's plenty to explore in Monti. Top attractions like Via Nazionale and Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore are major draws, and you can catch the metro at Cavour Station or Colosseo Station to see more of the city.

Monti
San Giovanni which includes a city

San Giovanni

4/5Very Good!(34 area reviews)

Noted for its churches and museums, there's plenty to explore in San Giovanni. Top attractions like Basilica di San Giovanni in Laterano and Via Appia Nuova Shopping District are major draws, and you can hop on the metro at Ponte Lungo Station or Re di Roma Station to see more of the city.

San Giovanni
Aurelio, Rome, Lazio, Italy

Aurelio

4/5Very Good!(49 area reviews)

Churches and museums are just a few features Aurelio is known for, and you can get around the area by hopping on the metro at Cornelia Station or Battistini Station.

Aurelio
Cassia, Rome, Lazio, Italy

Cassia

You'll enjoy the cafés and live music in Cassia. You might want to make time for a stop at Nature Reserve dell'Insugherata or Parco di Roma Golf Club.

Cassia

Top Hotels in Rome

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hilton Rome Airport
Hilton Rome Airport
4 out of 5
Via Arturo Ferrarin 2, Fiumicino, RM
The price is CA $234 per night

Situated in the shopping district, this hotel is 1.8 mi (2.9 km) from Area Archeologica del Porto di Traiano and 2.7 mi (4.4 km) from Necropoli di Porto Isola ...

3.8/5Good! (4,278 reviews)

"It was attached to the airport - accessible by a covered walkway which ran through the airport parking garages."…"

Reviewed on Mar. 15, 2020

Hilton Rome Airport
Air Rooms Rome Airport by HelloSky
Air Rooms Rome Airport by HelloSky
4 out of 5
Via Generale Felice Santini, 1023, Aeroporto Inter. Leonardo da Vinci, Fiumicino
The price is CA $196 per night

Situated in Fiumicino, this hotel is 1.9 mi (3 km) from Area Archeologica del Porto di Traiano, and within 9 mi (15 km) of Baths of Neptune and Castelfusano. ...

4.2/5Excellent! (781 reviews)

"Very convenient for airport stay over. Small rooms but I would be back again."…"

Reviewed on May 27, 2020

Air Rooms Rome Airport by HelloSky
Best Western Hotel Rome Airport
Best Western Hotel Rome Airport
4 out of 5
Via Portuense, 2465, Fiumicino, RM
The price is CA $103 per night

Situated near the airport, this hotel is 1.7 mi (2.7 km) from Necropoli di Porto Isola Sacra, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Parco Leonardo and Castello di Giulio ...

3.8/5Good! (1,524 reviews)

"easy and good ,will be better with a better service"…"

Reviewed on Mar. 11, 2020

Best Western Hotel Rome Airport

Popular places to visit in Rome

Colosseum
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Colosseum

4.5/5(1,283 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(1,227 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(1,067 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(1,102 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(724 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(652 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 things to do 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
CA $102
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
CA $50
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
CA $94
Per adult
Skip-the-Line Pompeii & Vesuvius Tour: Day Trip Back in Time
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Skip-the-Line Pompeii & Vesuvius Tour: Day Trip Back in Time

94% of travellers recommend
CA $182
Per adult
Skip the Line: Colosseum, Forum & Palatine Hill Guided Tour
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Skip the Line: Colosseum, Forum & Palatine Hill Guided Tour

92% of travellers recommend
CA $92
Per adult
Tuscany Taster Tour: Round-trip from Rome with Lunch & Wine
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Tuscany Taster Tour: Round-trip from Rome with Lunch & Wine

96% of travellers recommend
CA $198
Per adult

Reviews of Rome

4.5

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
1185
5 - Excellent 61.71875%
4 - Good
604
4 - Good 31.458333333333332%
3 - Okay
105
3 - Okay 5.46875%
2 - Disappointing
19
2 - Disappointing 0.9895833333333334%
1 - Terrible
7
1 - Terrible 0.3645833333333333%

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Apr 13, 2020

Rome is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Everyone was very friendly and helpful! The food and wine were second to none.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Mar 24, 2020

We have been to Rome about 5 times now and try to see different things each time but still go back and see the famous sights as well

4/5 - Good

MarkChambers

Mar 2, 2020

Amazing history, very busy however more like controlled chaos.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Feb 27, 2020

Amazing. Will return again.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Feb 26, 2020

This is my second visit to Rome and l will most likely return. Enjoyed walking along Via Coronari with its quaint streets and little shops. Just around the corner from the Napoleon Hotel is Roscioli Pietre, a pizzeria/bakery, that is worth visiting.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Feb 26, 2020

Watch your wallet!!!

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