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Rome
Travel Guide

St. Peter\'s Basilica featuring interior views, heritage architecture and a church or cathedral

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

Mercure Rome Leonardo da Vinci Airport
Mercure Rome Leonardo da Vinci Airport
4 out of 5
Via Portuense 2470, Fiumicino-Rome, Fiumicino, RM
The price is CA $82 per night from Apr 18 to Apr 19
Situated near the airport, this eco-friendly hotel is 1.7 mi (2.7 km) from Area Archeologica del Porto di Traiano and 1.7 mi (2.7 km) from Necropoli di Porto ...
3.7/5Good! (979 reviews)
Convenient and very close to the airport
"Very convenient hotel, very close the Fiumicino Airport. Despite the Covid restrictions, breakfast was excellent, very kind staff and helpful. I stayed just one night but it could taken in consoderation also fo visiting Rome."

Reviewed on Oct. 17, 2020

Mercure Rome Leonardo da Vinci Airport
Hilton Rome Airport
Hilton Rome Airport
4 out of 5
Via Arturo Ferrarin 2, Fiumicino
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $190 per night from Apr 17 to Apr 18
This family-friendly Fiumicino hotel is located in a shopping district, within 3 mi (5 km) of Area Archeologica del Porto di Traiano and Necropoli di Porto Isola ...
3.8/5Good! (1,581 reviews)
"If you are flying in the predawn hours and live far from Rome, a night at the FCO Hilton is a good option. The hotel is literally in the airport, and an easy 10-minute stroll from the lobby to Terminal 3 along a covered walkway. Lovely staff, clean rooms, impressive soundproofing."

Reviewed on Apr. 15, 2021

Hilton Rome Airport
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 CA $72 per night from May 16 to May 17
This family-friendly Rome hotel is located in the historical district, steps from Via del Tritone, Via Veneto, and Piazza Barberini. Piazza di Spagna and Trevi ...
4.1/5Very Good! (797 reviews)
"Hotel location is excellent, rooms on the small size and"

Reviewed on Oct. 5, 2020

Hotel 87 Eighty-Seven - Maison D'Art Collection
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.
MGPgroup Suites&Apartments
MGPgroup Suites&Apartments
Via dell'orso 43, Rome
Located in Navona, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Piazza Navona, Via del Corso, and Pantheon. Castel Sant'Angelo and Via Condotti are ...
4.2/5Very Good! (121 reviews)
"Very close to restaurants, buses and shopping. Would definitely come back!"

Reviewed on Jan. 11, 2020

MGPgroup Suites&Apartments
Al civico 7
Al civico 7
Via del Forno 7, Rome, Lazio
The price is CA $237 per night from Apr 17 to Apr 18
Located in Ostia Antica, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Castello di Giulio II and Ostia Antica. Basilica of Sant'Aurea and Baths of Neptune ...
5/5Exceptional! (17 reviews)
"I wish we had more time to stay here because it was just so charming and comforable! Veronica was very easy to deal with and helpful. Would definitely recommend and it's close to the airport."

Reviewed on Oct. 15, 2019

Al civico 7
Aparthotel Adagio Rome Vatican
Aparthotel Adagio Rome Vatican
4 out of 5
Via Damiano Chiesa, 8, Rome, RM
The price is CA $98 per night from Apr 21 to Apr 22
Located in Trionfale, this residence is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) from Gemelli Polyclinic and within 3 mi (5 km) of Vatican Museums and St. Peter's Basilica. Villa Borghese ...
4.2/5Very Good! (346 reviews)
Excellent Stay
"The Staff are very kind and helpful, we had to change room and it was no trouble at all , we need a new coffee maker again no trouble at all , we ordered a taxi again no trouble at all very nice people and efficient service , please God i will be back."

Reviewed on Aug. 2, 2020

Aparthotel Adagio Rome Vatican
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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Reviews of Rome

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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

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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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