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Stand in awe of the ancient ruins, legendary artworks and breathtaking cityscapes that make Italy’s capital so alluring.

Some know it as the “City of Love,” others know it as the “Eternal City,” but whatever name it goes by, Rome remains one of the most special destinations in the world. Familiarity cannot tarnish the sheer magic of Italy’s capital, a city that is eternally beautiful, fascinating and romantic.

Rome is a name that is almost synonymous with history and for centuries it stood for one of the largest empires the world has ever known. Stroll around the storied streets of a city that was founded by Romulus and Remus, a pair of twins who, according to legend, were raised by wolves.

Witness the glory days of the Roman Empire in ruins such as the Roman Forum, which was once the heart of social and political activity in the city. The adjacent Colosseum is one of the city’s finest attractions, a beautifully preserved amphitheater that hosted gladiatorial games.

Walk up one of the seven hills that shaped the layout of the city. Palatine Hill, next to the Forum, contains some of the oldest ruins in Rome. The palaces of Capitoline Hill are not only spectacular buildings, they also house classical artwork in some of the oldest public museums in the world.

Religious devotees, art enthusiasts and culture vultures are all equally astonished by the Vatican Museums. The galleries, located next to the famous St. Peter’s Basilica, house masterpieces by Raphael and Donatello. Finish in the Sistine Chapel, the home of Michelangelo’s famous ceiling fresco.

Rome is the perfect city to explore on foot. Stroll around the center and seek out stunning sights such as the Spanish Steps and the impressive Trevi Fountain. Linger over a glass of Italian wine and delectable local cuisine in squares such as Piazza Navona. Return to these destinations at night to discover the romantic atmosphere of Rome after dark.

Come to Rome outside of the peak months between June and August to enjoy fewer crowds and cooler days ideal for walking the city’s historic streets. In any season of the year, however; Rome offers excesses of charm, beauty and history.

Rome Travel Guide Video

Where to stay in Rome

Via del Corso which includes heritage elements, heritage architecture and a square or plaza

Rome City Centre

4.5/5Wonderful!(3,994 area reviews)

Known for its fascinating museums, stunning cathedral, and stunning river views, there's plenty to explore in Rome City Centre. Top attractions like Piazza Venezia and Pantheon are major draws. Catch the metro at Spagna Station or Barberini Station to see more of the city.

Rome City Centre
Rome which includes heritage architecture and signage

Vatican

4.5/5Wonderful!(948 area reviews)

Known for its fascinating museums and stunning cathedral, there's plenty to explore in Vatican. Check out top attractions like Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, and jump on the metro at Ottaviano - San Pietro - Musei Vaticani Station or Cipro Station to see more of the city.

Vatican
Trastevere, Rome, Lazio, Italy

Trastevere

4.5/5Wonderful!(411 area reviews)

Trastevere is known for its picturesque gardens, and you can make a stop by Santa Maria in Trastevere and Ponte Sisto while in the area.

Trastevere
Prati showing religious elements, street scenes and a city

Prati

4.5/5Wonderful!(1,015 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
Piazza Navona showing a square or plaza, a fountain and a city

Navona

4.5/5Wonderful!(1,950 area reviews)

Navona is popular for its cozy cafés, and if you're looking for more to see and do, you might think about a trip to Piazza Navona or Campo de' Fiori.

Navona
Monti which includes heritage elements, heritage architecture and a ruin

Monti

4.5/5Wonderful!(1,380 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

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 $65 per night

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 ...

4.2/5Very Good! (753 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 $91 per night

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 ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (403 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 $69 per night

Located in Rome City Centre, this hotel is steps from Via del Tritone, Via del Corso, and Via Condotti. Trevi Fountain and Piazza di Spagna are also within 10 ...

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

Getting around Rome

Get around the center of Rome on foot, but be prepared to make frequent use of the public transportation system to get to other parts of the city, as some of the attractions are quite spaced out. The Metro covers most of the key areas that you are likely to visit, and the bus and tram networks are also comprehensive. Avoid renting a car if you can, as walking in Rome is far more pleasant than driving. Visit the Transport Company of the Municipality of Rome (ATAC) website. Browse Rome rental cars.

Best time to visit

Rome is popular year round, but you will find it at its quietest between October and April. Pack for cool evenings and make sure you bring a coat at this time of year. However, there should still be sun, at least if you are visiting in fall or spring rather than the depths of winter. Accommodations are more affordable in these months and, unlike in the summer, you won’t need to book months in advance.

Popular places to visit in Rome

Colosseum
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Colosseum

4.5/5(6,605 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(6,180 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(4,020 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(5,436 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(5,424 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(1,696 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

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

$78
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
Colosseum & Forum Tour with Gladiator’s Gate & Arena Floor
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Colosseum & Forum Tour with Gladiator’s Gate & Arena Floor

$61
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
Rome in 1 Day: Skip-the-Line Vatican, Colosseum & Ancient Rome Guided Tour
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Rome in 1 Day: Skip-the-Line Vatican, Colosseum & Ancient Rome Guided Tour

$113
Per adult
82% of travellers recommend
Skip the Line: Colosseum, Forum & Palatine Hill Guided Tour
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Skip the Line: Colosseum, Forum & Palatine Hill Guided Tour

$70
Per adult
92% of travellers recommend
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

$146
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
Private Arrival Transfer from Fiumicino or Ciampino Airport
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Private Arrival Transfer from Fiumicino or Ciampino Airport

$97
Per adult
74% of travellers recommend

Reviews of Rome

4.6

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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4 - Good
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4 - Good 27.02833850931677%
3 - Okay
496
3 - Okay 4.813664596273292%
2 - Disappointing
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2 - Disappointing 0.9413819875776398%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 0.3299689440993789%

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

May 19, 2020

It was an amazing place to visit. Will be back one day soon!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Apr 17, 2020

Rome is where my grandparents are from and where my mother and my aunt were born. Many great memories and so happy to return when I can.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Apr 6, 2020

There's a lot to see and do. Just wish that the street signs stood out a little better but minor issue. 

5/5 - Excellent

MarkW

Mar 27, 2020

Beautiful city with so much history and lots of things to see and do. We could spend months here and not run out of things to do in Rome.

5/5 - Excellent

Marty

Mar 26, 2020

We love Rome but the virus ruined our stay this time . Rome has been there for 2,500 years and will be there when we want to go again .

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Mar 21, 2020

We will be back!

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