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Ancient history comes alive down every street of Italy's capital. Many of the ruins depict stories of the powerful empire that once spanned three continents, making Rome an open-air museum thanks to iconic monuments like the Roman Forum, Palatine Hill, and the Colosseum. The former gladiator arena is the city's centerpiece, and brings to mind all the brutal games once held on its stage for thousands of roaring spectators. Visit the impressively preserved Pantheon to experience even more of the Eternal City's golden age.

With over 900 churches and many beautiful basilicas among them, Rome is also home to the city-state of the Vatican, the seat of the Catholic Church. St. Peter's Basilica is a tourist hotspot, but treasures like Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel and countless other masterpieces are held inside the Vatican's great museums.

Like any other Italian city, the local food varies from region to region. In Rome, the trademark dishes are "cacio e pepe"—a deliciously simple pecorino cheese and pepper pasta—and "spaghetti carbonara."

Don't miss other landmarks like the iconic Trevi Fountain, the Borghese Gallery, or Piazza Navona and Piazza di Spagna. The weather is best between April and June, perfect for a walk or bike ride through Villa Borghese park.

Tonight

From $58 per night

This weekend

From $127 per night

Next weekend

From $58 per night

Most popular time to visit October-December
Cheapest time to visit January-March
Local currency € 1 = $1.05
Language Italian
Average weekend price $173 per night
Average weekday price $172 per night
Average stay 2 nights

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10

I love Italy.

December 7, 2022

I love Italy. This was my second time visiting. I plant to visit again. I love the history and sightseeing. I love the Gelato and pasta. I love the sound of the language and I love the fact that you can visit many areas of the country by train. But what I didn't like about Italy was the excessive cigarette/e-cigarette/vaping. It is out of control. I didn't like the lack of patience Italians show/showed non-Italian speaking people. Also many Italians own dogs but do not take the responsibility of cleaning up after their pets.

Stephanie
Stephanie
10

Rome is the best place for visit, i have been to so many...

December 7, 2022

Rome is the best place for visit, i have been to so many place like Istanbul, Cairo, Singapore, Dubai, Koln, etc. But Rome is really give me a impressive trip. The city is full of art, full of history buildings.

Ezio
Ezio China
4.0

Not the best place to visit during December as it is cool...

December 6, 2022

Not the best place to visit during December as it is cool and can get rainy. Just make sure you bring proper clothing and shoes. Also, restaurants and other food places' opening times don't correspond to what you can find on the search engine. Uh, yeah, follow the news to avoid getting in the middle of a public transport strike and/or demonstrations. It is a huge city and there are all kinds of happenings and people, some of who just want to scam some money. Be careful!

Liigums
Liigums Latvia
8.0

We were lucky with the weather in Nov/Dec as it was...

December 6, 2022

We were lucky with the weather in Nov/Dec as it was sunny every day, so walking was really enjoyable and the best way to get around. There is plenty to see and do and the restaurants offer a varied menu which was great.

john
john United Kingdom
10

Rome is packed full of history and culture.

December 4, 2022

Rome is packed full of history and culture. The food is fantastic. It can get very busy and a bit stressful in the tourist hotspots, so be prepared for big crowds. Book tickets for big attractions in advance to minimise waiting.

Jessica
Jessica United Kingdom
10

Rome is an amazing city.

December 4, 2022

Rome is an amazing city. It's good to take the time to visit it on foot. Avoid small, side streets. You may encounter less pleasant things, such as garbage and cars or scooters parked in the crowd.

Andritoiu
Andritoiu

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