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Follow in the footsteps of ancient Romans when you tour the Eternal City's most well-known historical sites and see where it started almost 3,000 years ago.

Rome City Centre is also known as the historic center and was once the capital of the Western world. This was an ancient megacity of architectural splendor and engineering accomplishments that today encompasses most of Rome’s famous attractions. See evidence of the past glories of a once-great civilization when you visit temples, palaces and the place where Rome was founded.

The best way to get around Rome City Centre is on foot. Not only will it save you from waiting in line for buses, but you’ll find it easier to discover lesser known hidden gems such as the 16th-century Villa Medici and the Rome Rose Garden.

Head to the Colosseum, the well-preserved ancient Roman arena where up to 50,000 spectators at a time would watch gladiatorial combats, mass crucifixions and animal hunts.

Next door to the Colosseum is the Roman Forum, the center of public life in ancient Rome. Discover the remains of temples, monuments, shrines and government buildings. Go inside the Curia, where the senate convened. This is one of the few ancient Roman structures to have survived the centuries virtually intact.

Then go for a stroll up the adjacent Palatine Hill where the city was founded. Inspect the ruins of grand Roman palaces, including the House of Livia, which belonged to the wife of Augustus, the first Roman emperor. From the hill, take in spectacular views of the forum, the Colosseum, the Circus Maximus and other landmarks.

One of the best-preserved ancient Roman buildings is the Pantheon, about a 25-minute walk from Palatine Hill . Marvel at the impressive domed ceiling and the mostly intact marble interior.

Leave ancient Rome behind for some of the city center’s other attractions such as the Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps and the Papal Basilica of Saint Mary Major. Inside this early Christian church are 5th-century mosaics and the tombs of six popes.

Rome City Centre is easy to get to by car and public transportation from the capital’s two international airports. Lines for many attractions can be long, so if you can, book tickets in advance.


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Napoleon Hotel
Napoleon Hotel
4 out of 5
Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II 105, Rome, RM
The price is $51 per night from Feb 25 to Feb 26

Located in Esquilino, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Santa Prassede and Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore. Basilica di San Giovanni in Laterano and ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (1,049 reviews)

"Great Location, easily accessible from Termini Station and Underground."…"

Reviewed on Oct 11, 2020

Napoleon Hotel
47 Boutique Hotel
47 Boutique Hotel
4 out of 5
Via Luigi Petroselli 47, Rome, RM
The price is $166 per night from Feb 28 to Mar 1

This family-friendly Rome hotel is located in the historical district, within a 5-minute walk of Mouth of Truth and Tiber Island. Imperial Fora and Colosseum ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (985 reviews)

"Staff was terrific . Alina and Stephani were both very helpful . I heard that the hotel now is closef for the virus pandemic . We hope to stay there again sometime soon ."…"

Reviewed on Mar 26, 2020

47 Boutique Hotel
Valadier Hotel
Valadier Hotel
4 out of 5
Via Della Fontanella 15, Rome, RM
The price is $131 per night from Mar 1 to Mar 2

This family-friendly Rome hotel is located in the historical district, steps from Via del Babuino, Via del Corso, and Piazza del Popolo. Piazza di Spagna and ...

4.1/5Very Good! (984 reviews)

"Great restaurant and service. Very particular hotel, with a flavour of the great Roman past"…"

Reviewed on Jan 20, 2021

Valadier Hotel
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 $65 per night from Feb 25 to Feb 26

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! (794 reviews)

"Hotel location is excellent, rooms on the small size and"…"

Reviewed on Oct 5, 2020

Hotel 87 Eighty-Seven - Maison D'Art Collection
Hotel Savoy
Hotel Savoy
4 out of 5
Via Ludovisi 15, Rome, RM
The price is $158 per night from Mar 22 to Mar 23

Located in Rome City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Museum and Crypt of the Capuchin Friars, Villa Borghese, and Spanish Steps. Borghese Gallery ...

4.2/5Very Good! (982 reviews)

"Reception noticed we had a big birthday and sent a f.o.c bottle of champagne to the room within minutes of arrival, staff were fantastic, but extremely disappointed in the pizza ordered at the roof top bar, when in Italy you expect a nice pizza , we were served a cheap supermarket pizza heat up in ..."…"

Reviewed on Mar 8, 2020

Hotel Savoy
Vatican Style
Vatican Style
Via del Mascherino 46, Rome
The price is $80 per night from Mar 1 to Mar 2

Located in Vatican, this bed & breakfast is within a 5-minute walk of Via Cola di Rienzo and St. Peter's Square. St. Peter's Basilica and Sistine Chapel are ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (132 reviews)

"Good i lovd it i highly recommend this place very beautiduk and clean place"…"

Reviewed on Feb 14, 2020

Vatican Style
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