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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."

Rome Travel Guide Video

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 Golden House of Nero (Domus Aurea) are major draws, and you can catch the metro at Cavour Station or Colosseo Station to see more of the city.

Monti
San Giovanni, Rome, Lazio, Italy

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
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 $84 per night from Sep 29 to Sep 30

This family-friendly Rome hotel is located in the historical district, steps away from Via del Tritone, Via Veneto and Piazza Barberini. Piazza di Spagna and ...

4.2/5Very Good! (754 reviews)

"The location was amazing, it was so convenient. A taxi bay is near the hotel too so we used that to get to further places like the Vatican. Hotel was very clean and most of the staff were very nice. In my opinion, those who worked the front desk were not friendly."…"

Reviewed on Aug. 6, 2020

Hotel 87 Eighty-Seven - Maison D'Art Collection
Otivm Hotel
Otivm Hotel
4 out of 5
Via D'Aracoeli, 11, Rome
The price is CA $132 per night from Oct 11 to Oct 12

Located in Navona, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Piazza Venezia, Via del Corso and Roman Forum. National Monument to Victor Emmanuel II and Capitoline ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (406 reviews)

"Great hotel with perfect location to explore Rome. Good breakfast and helpful staff. Thank you."…"

Reviewed on Jul. 31, 2020

Otivm Hotel
La Maison D'Art Spagna - Maison d'Art Collection
La Maison D'Art Spagna - Maison d'Art Collection
3 out of 5
Via del Corso 112, Spagna, Rome
The price is CA $84 per night from Oct 4 to Oct 5

Located in Rome City Centre, this hotel is steps away from Via del Tritone, Via del Corso and Via Condotti. Trevi Fountain and Piazza di Spagna are also within ...

4.2/5Very Good! (70 reviews)

"Great place to stay, amazing staff and very friendly."…"

Reviewed on Jan. 10, 2020

La Maison D'Art Spagna - Maison d'Art Collection

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.

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. 

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.

Villa Borghese
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Villa Borghese

4.5/5(277 reviews)

Take a break from the busy city center and explore this vast network of pretty gardens and enthralling museums.

Top things to do in Rome

Colosseum & Forum Tour with Gladiator’s Gate & Arena Floor
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Colosseum & Forum Tour with Gladiator’s Gate & Arena Floor

CA $84
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
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

CA $81
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
The Vatican & Rome Pass with Hop-on, Hop-off Bus Tour
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The Vatican & Rome Pass with Hop-on, Hop-off Bus Tour

CA $202
Per adult
82% of travellers recommend
Skip the Line: Vatican Museums Tickets with Hosted Entry
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Skip the Line: Vatican Museums Tickets with Hosted Entry

CA $43
Per adult
86% of travellers recommend
Small-Group Skip-the-Line to Pompeii with Amalfi Coast Tour
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Small-Group Skip-the-Line to Pompeii with Amalfi Coast Tour

CA $349
Per adult
96% of travellers recommend
Private Arrival Transfer from Fiumicino or Ciampino Airport
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Private Arrival Transfer from Fiumicino or Ciampino Airport

CA $132
Per adult
74% of travellers recommend

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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