RomeItaly

4.5/5Top Destination

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!

Known for

Museums, Historical Buildings and Cathedrals

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Where to stay in Rome

Monti
Monti featuring heritage architecture, heritage elements and a ruin

Monti

Known for Cathedrals, Churches, Historical Buildings

4.5/5(79 reviews)

Relax in wine bars and restaurants, take a walking tour and discover the famous Colosseum and other historic sites in one of Rome’s prominent districts.

Prati
Prati featuring a city, street scenes and a church or cathedral

Prati

Known for Museums, Rivers, Cathedrals

4.5/5(43 reviews)

Listen to live music, try authentic Roman cuisine and stroll to Vatican City from this peaceful neighborhood in Rome.

San Giovanni
San Giovanni featuring a city

San Giovanni

Known for Cathedrals, Churches, Urban

3.5/5(6 reviews)

Discover one of Rome’s most densely populated residential areas and admire a spectacular 4th-century basilica and an Ancient Roman palace.

Aurelio
Aurelio, Rome, Italy
trover photo by petite on board - J.upiter

Aurelio

Known for Cathedrals, Family-friendly, Friendly People

3.5/5(5 reviews)

Stay in this peaceful neighborhood, which still retains much of its authentic charm despite touching the edges of Rome’s biggest attraction, Vatican City.

Top hotels in Rome

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hotel Quirinale
Hotel Quirinale
4 out of 5
Via Nazionale 7, Rome, RM
NZ$179
per night
3 Nov. - 4 Nov.

Located in Repubblica, this family-friendly Rome hotel is steps away from Teatro dell'Opera di Roma, Via Nazionale and Via XX Settembre. Via Veneto and Basilica ...

4.2/5Very Good! (4,125 reviews)

"Loved the location, right next to Metro A, bus stops and walkable to Termini. Breakfast buffet is very awesome. Only trouble is the toilet leaked everyday and staffers was not able to fix it. I also wish there would be a view out the window but since it is a great deal on price, I suppose I unerstand ..."…"

Reviewed on 22 Oct. 2019

Hotel Quirinale
Hilton Garden Inn Rome Airport
Hilton Garden Inn Rome Airport
4 out of 5
Via Vittorio Bragadin 2, Fiumicino, RM
NZ$229
per night
1 Nov. - 2 Nov.

Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 9 miles (15 km) of House of Love and Psyche, Fiera di Roma and Ostia Antica. Parco Leonardo and Castello di Giulio ...

4.1/5Very Good! (2,096 reviews)

"The room was decent for Rome. It was not small but not large either. Bed was comfortable but the comforter was too warm. We ate at the restaurant and it was not good at all! They were also disorganized."…"

Reviewed on 22 Oct. 2019

Hilton Garden Inn Rome Airport
iQ Hotel Roma
iQ Hotel Roma
4 out of 5
Via Firenze, 8, Rome, RM
NZ$184
per night
3 Nov. - 4 Nov.

Located in Repubblica, this hotel is steps away from Teatro dell'Opera di Roma and Via Nazionale. Via XX Settembre and Piazza della Repubblica are also within ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (3,750 reviews)

"Great place to stay. Great location service and buffet"…"

Reviewed on 20 Oct. 2019

iQ Hotel Roma

Popular activities in Rome

Trevi Fountain
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Trevi Fountain

4.5/5(279 reviews)

In a city of legendary fountains, the Trevi Fountain guarantees to take your breath away, not to mention your loose change!

Spanish Steps
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Spanish Steps

4.5/5(244 reviews)

The Spanish Steps are an iconic monument and fashionable meeting place all rolled into one.

St. Peter's Basilica
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St. Peter's Basilica

4.5/5(202 reviews)

Few people are left unmoved by St. Peter’s, whether it’s the sheer opulence of the interior or the staggering art treasures within it.

Pantheon
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Pantheon

4.5/5(222 reviews)

A true icon of ancient Rome and an architectural gem that is steeped in history.

Piazza Navona
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Piazza Navona

4.5/5(191 reviews)

Rome’s famed Baroque square that has been home to Popes and film stars alike.

Vatican Museums
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Vatican Museums

4.5/5(178 reviews)

Breathtaking Renaissance masterpieces by artists such as Caravaggio, Raphael and da Vinci await in these magnificent museums neighbouring the Sistine Chapel.

Top activities in Rome

Colosseum, Forum & Palatine Hill Admission Ticket
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Colosseum, Forum & Palatine Hill Admission Ticket

NZ$53

The archaeological area starts at the Roman Forum and ends at the Colosseum. Meet our staff at the prestigious office next to the Roman Forum entrance. You will visit one of the most famous monuments in the world, the immense amphitheater that was the largest ever built by the Roman Empire.

Small-Group Skip-the-Line to Pompeii with Amalfi Coast Tour
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Small-Group Skip-the-Line to Pompeii with Amalfi Coast Tour

NZ$332

Delve into the incredible history and archaeology of Pompeii while exploring its most important buildings with a knowledgeable archaeologist and expert local guide. Enjoy a stunning drive along the famously picturesque Amalfi Coast, and spend some free time at your leisure in Positano.

Rome In A Day Small-Group Tour with Skip-the-Line to Vatican & Colosseum
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Rome In A Day Small-Group Tour with Skip-the-Line to Vatican & Colosseum

NZ$226

If you have a short time in Rome, seeing all the major sights widely spread across the city is a challenge. But on this tour led by an expert guide, see it all—including the Colosseum, Vatican Museums, and Pantheon.

Rome Independent Day Trip by Train from Milan
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Rome Independent Day Trip by Train from Milan

NZ$349

Reach the Eternal City in 3.5 hours via high-speed train from Milan. Plan your own sightseeing tour and explore all the major sites on a double-decker hop-on, hop-off bus. Take a stroll through the Pantheon or even sip an Italian cappuccino in Piazza Navona.

Vatican at your Pace with Exclusive Skip The Line
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Vatican at your Pace with Exclusive Skip The Line

NZ$76

Enjoy the opportunity to visit one of the most popular museums in the world at your leisure. Your faster than skip-the-line ticket lets you bypass the long lines outside and enter through an exclusive reserved door only available to the Vatican's official partners.

Skip-the-Line Sistine Chapel Express & St. Peter’s Basilica Tour
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Skip-the-Line Sistine Chapel Express & St. Peter’s Basilica Tour

NZ$114

If the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica are on your list of sights to see, but time is not in your favor, this is the perfect activity for you. Begin in the morning to beat the crowds during an express tour that lets you make the most of every minute.

Reviews of Rome

4.5

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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4 - Good
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4 - Good 31.1864406779661%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 7.4576271186440675%
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2 - Disappointing 0.847457627118644%
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1 - Terrible 0.1694915254237288%

5/5 - Excellent

Nina

22 Oct. 2019

One of the places in the world worth visiting at least once - like they day - all roads lead to Rone!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

19 Oct. 2019

Beautiful city, very clean and safe.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

19 Oct. 2019

Always sensational city

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

18 Oct. 2019

Amazing place to visit.. will never run out of places to see and discover history of the past

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

18 Oct. 2019

Beautiful city and will visit again.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

17 Oct. 2019

Wonderful

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