Rome

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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

UNAHOTELS Decò Roma
UNAHOTELS Decò Roma
4 out of 5
Via Giovanni Amendola, 57, Rome, RM, 185
The price is $138 per night from Aug 21 to Aug 22
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Rome. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and onsite parking. Our guests praise the bar and the clean rooms in our reviews. ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (1,008 reviews)
"Excellent."

Reviewed on Aug 14, 2022

UNAHOTELS Decò Roma
Hilton Rome Airport
Hilton Rome Airport
4 out of 5
Via Arturo Ferrarin 2, Fiumicino, 00054
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $224 per night from Aug 22 to Aug 23
Stay at this 4-star family-friendly hotel in Fiumicino. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 restaurants, and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
3.8/5 Good! (1,283 reviews)
"Very professional and great service"

Reviewed on Aug 12, 2022

Hilton Rome Airport
Starhotels Michelangelo
Starhotels Michelangelo
4 out of 5
Via Della Stazione Di San Pietro 14, Rome, RM, 165
The price is $140 per night from Aug 21 to Aug 22
Stay at this 4-star family-friendly hotel in Rome. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and room service. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy rooms in our ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (1,001 reviews)
"Great location."

Reviewed on Aug 12, 2022

Starhotels Michelangelo
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.
hu Roma Camping In Town
hu Roma Camping In Town
Via Aurelia, 831, Rome, RM, 00165
The price is $44 per night from Sep 4 to Sep 5
Stay at this family-friendly campground in Rome. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 2 spa tubs. Our guests praise the breakfast and the restaurant in our reviews. ...
3.9/5 Good! (1,140 reviews)
"We had a good stay in the camp."

Reviewed on Jul 13, 2022

hu Roma Camping In Town
numa I Vici Rooms & Apartments
numa I Vici Rooms & Apartments
Via del Mancino 11, Rome, RM, 187
The price is $125 per night from Aug 21 to Aug 22
Stay at this aparthotel in Rome. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and a flat-screen TV. Our guests praise the breakfast and the comfy beds in our reviews. Popular ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (424 reviews)
"Really goo place to visit Paris, well located and amazing helping and friendly staff."

Reviewed on Aug 11, 2022

numa I Vici Rooms & Apartments
Trianon Borgo Pio
Trianon Borgo Pio
4 out of 5
Piazza delle Vaschette n 13, Rome, RM, 193
The price is $187 per night from Aug 17 to Aug 18
Stay at this 4-star residence in Rome. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and a rooftop terrace. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy rooms in our ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (1,132 reviews)
"Our family of 5 very much enjoyed the hotel apartment. Fantastic location in the center of Rome and the walk to St Peter's is divine! We could hear and see the church bells ringing on Sunday morning. Highly recommend, especially for families."

Reviewed on Aug 7, 2022

Trianon Borgo Pio
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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