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Rome
Travel Guide

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Epic architecture, classic art and sunny piazzas set the scene in Italy’s revered capital.

Rome is home to more than 2.8 million residents, many of whom will happily tell you about the city’s best pizzeria or their favorite soccer team. The only time the pace here slows is in the early afternoon, when some locals still take the time for a post-lunch nap.

Rome, city of seven hills, is divided into neighborhoods often named for the key attractions in each area. It’s split by the Tiber River and linked by cobbled streets and boulevards. Grab a map while exploring, especially if you’re visiting some of the older districts where addresses and streets can be confusing. Walking is the best way to get around the narrow, windy roads at many of the historical sites. Buses are the most practical option for public transportation.

Losing your way, however, is part of Rome’s charm. You may wind up at a hidden treasure like an underground bakery with cornetti fresh from the oven, or an archeological dig taking place in the center of a busy street.

No visit to Rome is complete without experiencing its architectural and artistic landmarks. There are Renaissance wonders like the Palazzo Senatorio and the Sistine Chapel within Vatican City. Baroque masterpieces, including magnificent St. Peter's Basilica, the Spanish Steps and the Trevi Fountain are also must-see destinations. Step back further in time and stroll through the history of the Roman Empire at the Roman Forum, which ends at the awe-inspiring Colosseum. In between outings, sit back and enjoy a coffee in one of the old town squares like the Piazza Navona.

Along with opera and other music, soccer and architecture, Romans adore food and wine, and you can easily eat your way around the capital. All over Rome there is Italian cuisine and "vino" aplenty. Spaghetti carbonara is a classic dish, however true Roman cuisine is much more than pasta. It’s simple, delicious food based on what’s available that season.

Once you’ve ticked off the essential landmarks each day, make like the locals do. Find a spot with your gelato and watch the late afternoon skies turn pink as you embrace the Roman ideal of "il dolce far niente," or "the sweet doing nothing."

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Where to stay in Rome

Hilton Rome Airport
Hilton Rome Airport
4 out of 5
Via Arturo Ferrarin 2, Fiumicino
The price is ¥17,227 per night from Jun 9 to Jun 9
This family-friendly Fiumicino hotel is located in a shopping district, within 3 mi (5 km) of Area Archeologica del Porto di Traiano and Necropoli di Porto Isola ...
3.8/5Good! (1,545 reviews)
"Gianni was very welcoming and supportive during our stay with several requests Very happy with the Hilton team They aimed to assist and be supportive and were a very happy bunch indeed I will stay again later this week and later in the month"

Reviewed on May 13, 2021

Hilton Rome Airport
QC Termeroma Spa & Resort
QC Termeroma Spa & Resort
5 out of 5
Via Portuense 2178/a, Fiumicino, RM
The price is ¥32,331 per night from May 19 to May 19
Situated near the airport, this luxury hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Parco Leonardo, Area Archeologica del Porto di Traiano, and da Vinci Market Central. Fiera ...
4.3/5Excellent! (991 reviews)
"Amazing staff and awesome facility. Perfect romantic get away."

Reviewed on Dec 29, 2020

QC Termeroma Spa & Resort
Hotel 87 Eighty-Seven - Maison D'Art Collection
Hotel 87 Eighty-Seven - Maison D'Art Collection
4 out of 5
Via del Tritone 87-89, Rome, Rome
The price is ¥8,807 per night from May 23 to May 23
This family-friendly Rome hotel is located in the historical district, steps from Via del Tritone, Via Veneto, and Piazza Barberini. Piazza di Spagna and Trevi ...
4.1/5Very Good! (801 reviews)
"Hotel location is excellent, rooms on the small size and"

Reviewed on Oct 5, 2020

Hotel 87 Eighty-Seven - Maison D'Art Collection
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May 19, 2020

It was an amazing place to visit. Will be back one day soon!

5/5 - Excellent

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Apr 17, 2020

Rome is where my grandparents are from and where my mother and my aunt were born. Many great memories and so happy to return when I can.

5/5 - Excellent

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Apr 6, 2020

There's a lot to see and do. Just wish that the street signs stood out a little better but minor issue. 

5/5 - Excellent

MarkW

Mar 27, 2020

Beautiful city with so much history and lots of things to see and do. We could spend months here and not run out of things to do in Rome.

5/5 - Excellent

Marty

Mar 26, 2020

We love Rome but the virus ruined our stay this time . Rome has been there for 2,500 years and will be there when we want to go again .

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Mar 21, 2020

We will be back!

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