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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.

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From $34 per night

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From $73 per night

Most popular time to visit September-November
Cheapest time to visit January-March
Local currency € 1 = $1.13
Language Italian
Average weekend price $117 per night
Average weekday price $118 per night
Average stay 2 nights

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10

Rome can be overwhelming on your first visit, and easing on...

November 28, 2021

Rome can be overwhelming on your first visit, and easing on you in subsequent visits. There are so many layers in its 2,000 plus years of history that you can keep on coming back and not seeing it all. Rome is the candy store for the photographer, the artist, the gourmet, the shopper, the fashion icon, the devote, there is something for everybody. Approach it with empathy: the traffic can be a chaos, and the sense of punctuality and efficiency, very different from other countries standards. Make an effort for connecting with the people, they are always welcoming and kind.

Anadelia
Anadelia United States of America
10

So many places to see - and something new around every...

November 16, 2021

So many places to see - and something new around every corner. We had five days and walked miles. You need to take comfortable shoes. There is a very efficient metro system but you see so much more staying centrally and walking. When we went (November 2021) all the main sights had to be pre-booked with timed entry although it did seem possible to get in if you had not booked in some places. Make sure you use the official websites. Ticket agencies charge extra for no better service. I am sure this pre-booking reduced the crowds but I have never been in high season. Covid passes were checked at all main venues and body temperature also checked. NHS passes were accepted. The Pantheon is free and really worth the wait - the queue does move quickly. The Forum is much bigger than it initially looks so you need to allow plenty of time. We paid a little extra for 2 day Forum and Colosseum tickets so did not have to do it all in one day. The Vatican Museum is worth a visit - even if you are not significantly interested in the art and sculpture, the buildings themselves are spectacular and it includes the Sistene Chapel and a display of old Papal carriages and cars. St Peter's Basilica is enormous and a must-see (and free). We also went to Ostia Antica, the old Roman port a short train ride out of town, which made a nice change from pounding the streets and worth a visit if you are interested in old Roman remains. There are some good mosaics and wall paintings but you have to hunt them out. Finally, just take some time to sit in a cafe and people-watch. Piazza Navona is lovely but quite expensive. Also, the market square at Campo di Fiori is fun. And don't forget to try the gelato!

Susan
Susan United Kingdom
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I have visited Rome twice before so I think it is safe to...

November 16, 2021

I have visited Rome twice before so I think it is safe to say that I love it, there is so much to see and do. Good walking shoes are a must. Post covid things are just a bit more complicated, you need to leave a bit more time to see things even if you have booked, it was very busy everywhere, make sure you have your proof of vaccination with you (green pass).

Bernadette
Bernadette United Kingdom
10

We fell in love with Rome.

November 6, 2021

We fell in love with Rome. We especially enjoyed staying near Piazza Navona and walking across the river to the Trastevere neighborhood or Campo di Fiore. It was lively and still felt safe. The food was exceptional, the visit to the Vatican, Colosseum, Pantheon and cathedrals were amazing.

Martin Johnston
Martin Johnston
8.0

Room is a good starting point for Italy visits and worth a...

November 5, 2021

Room is a good starting point for Italy visits and worth a short visit however I enjoyed my time more in the other areas of Italy. The juxtaposition of classic buildings, Roman ancient ruins, sculptures and graffiti tags everywhere is jarring. The Taxi drivers and hotel people did not want to talk about gangs and street tags so I do not know if there are turf issues in the city. Check with locals before walking at night. The city garbage collection, trash and sanitation of public areas is lacking. Seeing the homeless sleeping in front of retail stores in the plaza across from the main train station, Termini, was a surprise. There are a number of must see locations but be aware that the hop on/hop off buses do not get close to most of the sites and long walks are the norm. If we go again I will try the subway system to move around. Cabs are a bit expensive, but I do not begrudge their fees as there has been a huge drop in tourism.

GGB_Michigan
GGB_Michigan United States of America
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Rome has many historic sites: the Colosseum and Forum are...

November 4, 2021

Rome has many historic sites: the Colosseum and Forum are worth a couple days themselves. The Vatican Museums will take in a full day; I regret that I did not see St Peter's Basilica. There are many churches which might be visited in the course of a walking tour--while the Metro will take you to most places, most site are within walking distance (20-30 mins).

Jay D Murphy
Jay D Murphy United States of America

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