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

With a population today of over 2.8 million, the modern-day city is a fascinating mix of ancient buildings and ruins nestled between elegant Baroque palaces and churches. The scorching summer temperatures and frenetic city streets can be exhausting, prompting an after- meal snooze to recharge the batteries just in time for the fabulous entertainment evenings have to offer.

The best way to discover the city is on foot, although there is a reliable bus service and the Metropolitana subway is handy for getting around quickly between areas. The city is famous for its seven hills and the various districts contained within them surround the Tiber River, which divides the central zone of the city. Navigate the labyrinth of narrow and winding alleys with a good old-fashioned map, as finding your destination among the cobbled streets can be confusing for first-time visitors.

The long list of cultural and historic attractions include Vatican City, including the breath-taking St. Peter's Basilica, the Sistine Chapel, the Colosseum and Roman Forum. Every visitor to Rome should also head for the Spanish Steps and Trevi Fountain at least once during their trip, if only to toss a coin into the water, to guarantee a return to the city again one day. For a welcome break in a busy schedule stop at the picturesque Piazza Navona for an espresso and then visit the Pantheon to marvel at the architectural prowess of the city’s ancient inhabitants.

The Roman passion for architecture and football is only matched by their love of food and wine, and the capital does not disappoint when it comes to the culinary arts. Seek out eateries that are off the beaten track or packed with locals, where you can sample classic Italian dishes.

The saying goes: ‘When in Rome … do as the Romans do’; so after a long day on your feet taking in the sights, find a bar, sit on the terrace for an aperitivo while you watch the evening sun go down. Perfetto!

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Where to stay in Rome

Top hotels in Rome

Hilton Rome Airport
Hilton Rome Airport
4 out of 5
Via Arturo Ferrarin 2, Fiumicino, RM
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is NZ$196 per night from 23 Jan. to 24 Jan.

This family-friendly Fiumicino hotel is located in the shopping district, within 3 mi (5 km) of Area Archeologica del Porto di Traiano and Necropoli di Porto ...

3.8/5Good! (1,643 reviews)

"I stay in this hotel every time I fly. It is comfortable when you have your flight in the early morning"…"

Reviewed on 23 Dec. 2020

Hilton Rome Airport
NH Collection Roma Palazzo Cinquecento
NH Collection Roma Palazzo Cinquecento
5 out of 5
Piazza Dei Cinquecento, 90, Rome
The price is NZ$235 per night from 24 Jan. to 25 Jan.

Located in Esquilino, this hotel is 2.1 mi (3.3 km) from Circus Maximus. Rome Termini Station is only a 3-minute walk and Repubblica - Opera House Station is ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (932 reviews)

"Property was close to the train station, spacious rooms, clean friendly staff. It was a long walk to the center."…"

Reviewed on 4 Jan. 2021

NH Collection Roma Palazzo Cinquecento
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 NZ$90 per night from 21 Feb. to 22 Feb.

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 ...

4.1/5Very Good! (790 reviews)

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

Reviewed on 5 Oct. 2020

Hotel 87 Eighty-Seven - Maison D'Art Collection
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.

Holiday Rentals in Rome

Vicolo della Cancelleria, 10, Rome
The price is NZ$132 per night from 23 Jan. to 24 Jan.

Located in Navona, this apartment building is steps away from Corso Vittorio Emanuele II and Piazza Navona. Campo de' Fiori and Pantheon are also within 10 minutes. ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (123 reviews)
location Rome

"Roberta was excellent. booked transportation and texted recommendations for meals and sites to see. Location was awesome. We walked to the Vatican, Spanish Steps, and all of the attractions. Walked 7 miles the first day (but only because I have an athletic daughter) everything was an easy walk and ..."…"

Reviewed on 1 Jan. 2020

Fabulous Village
Fabulous Village
Via Di Malafede 225, Rome, RM
The price is NZ$61 per night from 24 Jan. to 25 Jan.

Located near the airport, this family-friendly campsite is within 6 mi (10 km) of Atlantico, Euroma2, and PalaLottomatica. Cinecitta World and Ostia Antica are ...

4/5Very Good! (768 reviews)

"The property was outdated a bit rundown. I found miouse droppings in the kitchen"…"

Reviewed on 5 Jul. 2020

Fabulous Village
Lungotevere Suite
Lungotevere Suite
Lungotevere Degli Artigiani 20, Rome, RM
The price is NZ$108 per night from 20 Feb. to 21 Feb.

Located in Quartiere XI Portuense, this apartment building is within 2 miles (3 km) of San Camillo-Forlanini Hospital, Circus Maximus and Roman Forum. Baths ...

4.3/5Excellent! (216 reviews)
Lovely Hotel.

"Hotel room was large with a very large balcony. Everything you could need. We did not use public transport whilst there as the nearest hop on hop off bus was at the Collisium which was a 50 minute walk. Fortunately the weather was good. Could not find many local restaurants open for dinner on Sunday. ..."…"

Reviewed on 14 Oct. 2019

Lungotevere Suite
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.

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Reviews of Rome


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13 May 2020

Rome is a beautiful, clean City rich in history and culture. Everyday is different and you are never bored. One of our favourite Cities. Al Braciere at Via della Chiesa Nuova,12 is just lovely and Guieseppi is a wonderful waiter. We went twice.

5/5 - Excellent

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22 Apr. 2020

Rome was fabulous with so much to see and friendly people. Streets were not as clean as cities in Australia still wonderful though

5/5 - Excellent

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18 Feb. 2020

Absolutely loved Rome, one of our favourite cities so far!

4/5 - Good


8 Feb. 2020

A must see city with so many amazing ancient buildings and ruins.

5/5 - Excellent

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31 Jan. 2020

Romans are so friendly and gracious, a delightful breath of fresh air after a month traveling around Europe.

4/5 - Good

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25 Jan. 2020

Too much pasta & pizza.

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