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Rome

Travel Guide
Roman Forum showing a monument, a temple or place of worship and heritage architecture

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.

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Where to stay in Rome

Best Western Plus Hotel Universo
Best Western Plus Hotel Universo
4 out of 5
Via Principe Amedeo 5/B, Rome, RM
The price is $101 per night from Aug 5 to Aug 5
Located in Rome Historic Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Baths of Diocletian, Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore, and Palace of Expositions. Repubblica ...
4.4/5Excellent! (995 reviews)
"Clean comfortable."

Reviewed on Jul 30, 2021

Best Western Plus Hotel Universo
Hilton Rome Airport
Hilton Rome Airport
4 out of 5
Via Arturo Ferrarin 2, Fiumicino
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $154 per night from Aug 9 to Aug 9
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! (1,424 reviews)
"super convenient for travel from rome… the only hotel to choose for international travel"

Reviewed on Jul 27, 2021

Hilton Rome Airport
Anantara Palazzo Naiadi Rome Hotel
Anantara Palazzo Naiadi Rome Hotel
5 out of 5
Piazza Della Repubblica, 47, Rome, RM
The price is $252 per night from Aug 15 to Aug 15
Located in Rome Historic Centre, this luxury hotel is steps from Via XX Settembre, Via Nazionale, and Piazza della Repubblica. Via Veneto and Teatro dell'Opera ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (985 reviews)
"Staff was extremely helpful and I love this hotel"

Reviewed on Jul 31, 2021

Anantara Palazzo Naiadi Rome Hotel
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.
Roma Camping In Town
Roma Camping In Town
Via Aurelia, 831, Rome, RM
The price is $36 per night from Aug 29 to Aug 29
This family-friendly Rome campground is located in a rural location, within 3 mi (5 km) of San Carlo di Nancy Hospital and Vatican Gardens. Bioparco di Roma ...
3.9/5Good! (1,074 reviews)
"Great hotel, really cool and close to stores and bus stops"

Reviewed on Jan 16, 2020

Roma Camping In Town
Fabulous Village
Fabulous Village
Via Di Malafede 225, Rome, RM
The price is $50 per night from Aug 30 to Aug 30
Located near the airport, this family-friendly campground is within 6 mi (10 km) of Atlantico, Euroma2, and PalaLottomatica. Cinecitta World and Ostia Antica ...
4/5Very Good! (768 reviews)
"The property was outdated a bit rundown. I found miouse droppings in the kitchen"

Reviewed on Jul 5, 2020

Fabulous Village
Navona Palace Luxury Inn
Navona Palace Luxury Inn
Via Della Pace 36/36a, Rome, RM
The price is $148 per night from Aug 15 to Aug 15
Located in Rome Historic Centre, this spa apartment building is steps from Piazza Navona and Corso Vittorio Emanuele II. Campo de' Fiori and Pantheon are also ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (281 reviews)
"Great location"

Reviewed on Jul 19, 2021

Navona Palace Luxury Inn
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.

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.

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