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RomeItaly

World-renowned sights, ancient ruins and beautiful architecture make Rome one of the ultimate destinations for the discerning traveller.

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!

Rome Travel Guide Video

Where to stay in Rome

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

Prati

4.5/5Wonderful!(45 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
Monti featuring heritage architecture, heritage elements and a ruin

Monti

4.5/5Wonderful!(97 area reviews)

Known for its prominent churches and charming cafes, there's plenty to explore in Monti. You can visit top attractions like Via Nazionale and Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore, and jump on the metro at Cavour Station or Colosseo Station to see more of the city.

Monti
San Giovanni featuring a city

San Giovanni

3.5/5Good!(7 area reviews)

Noted for its churches and museums, there's plenty to explore in San Giovanni. Top attractions like Basilica di San Giovanni in Laterano and Via Appia Nuova Shopping District are major draws, and you can hop on the metro at Ponte Lungo Station or Re di Roma Station to see more of the city.

San Giovanni
Aurelio, Rome, Lazio, Italy

Aurelio

3.5/5Good!(8 area reviews)

Churches and museums are just a few features Aurelio is known for, and you can get around the area by hopping on the metro at Cornelia Station or Battistini Station.

Aurelio
Cassia, Rome, Lazio, Italy

Cassia

You'll enjoy the cafes and live music in Cassia. You might want to make time for a stop at Nature Reserve dell'Insugherata or Parco di Roma Golf Club.

Cassia

Top hotels in Rome

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hilton Rome Airport
Hilton Rome Airport
4 out of 5
Via Arturo Ferrarin 2, Fiumicino, RM
The price is NZ$297 per night

Situated in the shopping district, this hotel is 1.8 mi (2.9 km) from Area Archeologica del Porto di Traiano and 2.7 mi (4.4 km) from Necropoli di Porto Isola ...

3.8/5Good! (4,279 reviews)

"It was attached to the airport - accessible by a covered walkway which ran through the airport parking garages."…"

Reviewed on 15 Mar. 2020

Hilton Rome Airport
Air Rooms Rome Airport by HelloSky
Air Rooms Rome Airport by HelloSky
4 out of 5
Via Generale Felice Santini, 1023, Aeroporto Inter. Leonardo da Vinci, Fiumicino
The price is NZ$265 per night

Situated in Fiumicino, this hotel is 1.9 mi (3 km) from Area Archeologica del Porto di Traiano, and within 9 mi (15 km) of Baths of Neptune and Castelfusano. ...

4.2/5Excellent! (784 reviews)

"Very convenient for airport stay over. Small rooms but I would be back again."…"

Reviewed on 27 May 2020

Air Rooms Rome Airport by HelloSky
Best Western Hotel Rome Airport
Best Western Hotel Rome Airport
4 out of 5
Via Portuense, 2465, Fiumicino, RM
The price is NZ$143 per night

Situated near the airport, this hotel is 1.7 mi (2.7 km) from Necropoli di Porto Isola Sacra, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Parco Leonardo and Castello di Giulio ...

3.8/5Good! (1,524 reviews)

"easy and good ,will be better with a better service"…"

Reviewed on 11 Mar. 2020

Best Western Hotel Rome Airport

Popular places to visit in Rome

Colosseum
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Colosseum

4.5/5(312 reviews)

The 2,000-year-old Colosseum is an architectural masterpiece of the ancient world and a must-visit on any trip to Rome.

Trevi Fountain
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Trevi Fountain

4.5/5(313 reviews)

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

Pantheon
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Pantheon

4.5/5(257 reviews)

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

Spanish Steps
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Spanish Steps

4.5/5(274 reviews)

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

Piazza Navona
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Piazza Navona

4.5/5(226 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(213 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

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

94% of travellers recommend
NZ$213
Per adult
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

96% of travellers recommend
NZ$319
Per adult
Skip-the-line: Colosseum & Forum Tour with Special Gladiator’s Gate & Arena Floor Access
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Skip-the-line: Colosseum & Forum Tour with Special Gladiator’s Gate & Arena Floor Access

94% of travellers recommend
NZ$111
Per adult
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

96% of travellers recommend
NZ$231
Per adult
The Vatican & Rome Pass with Hop-on, Hop-off Bus Tour
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The Vatican & Rome Pass with Hop-on, Hop-off Bus Tour

82% of travellers recommend
NZ$233
Per adult
Tuscany Taster Tour: Round-trip from Rome with Lunch & Wine
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Tuscany Taster Tour: Round-trip from Rome with Lunch & Wine

96% of travellers recommend
NZ$231
Per adult

Reviews of Rome

4.5

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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4 - Good
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4 - Good 32.193732193732195%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 7.407407407407407%
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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

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

Verified traveller

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

Verified traveller

18 Feb. 2020

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

4/5 - Good

Cat

8 Feb. 2020

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

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

31 Jan. 2020

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

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

25 Jan. 2020

Too much pasta & pizza.

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