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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.


From $52 per night

This weekend

From $133 per night

Next weekend

From $296 per night

Most popular time to visit July-September
Cheapest time to visit January-March
Local currency € 1 = $1.16
Language Italian
Average weekend price $105 per night
Average weekday price $106 per night
Average stay 2 nights

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Rome deserves all the respect it enjoys.

October 8, 2021

Rome deserves all the respect it enjoys. Rome is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Lots of historical sites to visit and although I have already been to Rome several times I will never tire of visiting it again. I found public transport improved and efficient.

Roberto Canada

The "Eternal City" is a must to visit because of...

October 6, 2021

The "Eternal City" is a must to visit because of its history and current relevance as the center of the Roman Catholic as well as other religious groups. The historical documents and architecture are valuable sources for anyone who wants to deepen their understanding of law, order and construction that lasts for centuries. The Vatican City as well as Rome's museums are an added plus. The 60 Basilicas and hundreds of churches also are a treasure trove to ponder and see. Despite three major sacks of Rome, much remains. Now only if they can manage their garbage and pollution better, this would be an ideal place. Don't let the latter deter the trip but enjoy what you can.

George United States of America

There is a big trash problem in Rome.

October 4, 2021

There is a big trash problem in Rome. Also, the roads are in poor shape. We had to spend the day walking on uneven cobbles and broken drain grates. You cannot look at your phone and walk at the same time. The main sites are quiet up until about 8:30 am, then they get crowded. There was a long line at the Pantheon because it is free to visit. Even with Covid, many sites were sold out. The locals all seem to wear a combination of black and white. White shirt, black pants. Black slacks, white blouse. Very odd. A male tourist wearing a polo shirt would be 10 X better looking than tourists in t-shirts and cut off jeans.

Stagno2017 United States of America

I think 8-9 nights is the perfect amount of time in a place...

October 1, 2021

I think 8-9 nights is the perfect amount of time in a place like Rome. This allows you enough time to see everything you want to see, without trying to fit 3 big tourist attractions into one day. You can pick your days to do the one major thing you want to do, and then just simply enjoy the wonderful way of life in Rome - sit at a cafe for a bit, take a long lunch, people watch, get lost walking around the city. Cities like Rome are much more enjoyable (in my opinion) when you are not trying to jam everything into a few days.

Sydney United States of America

Rome is an extraordinary city with the modern and the...

October 1, 2021

Rome is an extraordinary city with the modern and the ancient coexist seamlessly. Directions are inconsistent but half the fun is getting lost because you stumble upon great works of art, architecture, and history by just meandering through the streets. Side note, if you are physically limited, this is not the city for you. Uneven cobblestone streets, mini sidewalks and vehicles squeezing side by side on a street made for one with scooters whizing between, make it dangerous for anyone in a wheelchair. Also, you would get stuck in the potholes (as we witnessed). It is a shame because this city has so much to offer. I am an art history, culture buff and I loved every minute. It is a bit grimey like New York City, so keep a bottle of sanitizer and wet wipes with you. The hotel is just a few steps from the main terminal for buses and trains. We booked private cars to take us from location to location and Uber also works in the city. To get full use of your time, book visits to sites in advance and I recommend the "skip the line" option. You can also tour the Vatican and its museums at night on Fridays and 2 hrs earlier entry on all other days before they open. Social media is very helpful to find great restaurants and little local gems. Try learning to cook from a local Italian or take a trip over to Eatily (massive grocery store that is the size of a mall) for those culinary treats you may want to bring home.


It was my 11th time in Rome.

September 30, 2021

It was my 11th time in Rome. So you can see I love this city. There is everything you need for happy life - great food, culture, great museums and historical sites and that specific Italian couture. Love it. My tip? Definitely dont miss night walk and dinner at Trastevere.

Zuzana Slovakia

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