Rome

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Roman Forum showing a monument, a temple or place of worship and heritage architecture

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

Best Western Plus Hotel Universo
Best Western Plus Hotel Universo
4 out of 5
Via Principe Amedeo 5/B, Rome, RM
The price is ¥11,313 per night from Nov 7 to Nov 7
Located in Rome Historic Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Baths of Diocletian, Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore, and Palace of Expositions. Repubblica ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (948 reviews)
"Enjoyed the balcony, room was comfortable. Issue with what was included in our package."

Reviewed on Oct 26, 2021

Best Western Plus Hotel Universo
Hilton Rome Airport
Hilton Rome Airport
4 out of 5
Via Arturo Ferrarin 2, Fiumicino
The price is ¥17,139 per night from Nov 3 to Nov 3
This family-friendly Fiumicino hotel is located near the airport, within 3 mi (5 km) of Area Archeologica del Porto di Traiano and Necropoli di Porto Isola Sacra. ...
3.9/5 Good! (1,202 reviews)
"It is very near the airport. However, it is hard to find the parking lot entrance if you are driving even though you can see the building. To walk, you have to risk your life crossing a highway. The shuttle service to the airport was good, though."

Reviewed on Oct 25, 2021

Hilton Rome Airport
Hotel Quirinale
Hotel Quirinale
4 out of 5
Via Nazionale 7, Rome, RM
The price is ¥12,758 per night from Nov 21 to Nov 21
Located in Rome Historic Centre, this family-friendly Rome hotel is steps from Via Nazionale and Piazza della Repubblica. Via Veneto and Via del Tritone are ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,700 reviews)
"It’s my second time at Hotel Quirinale. I like the location of the hotel and the fact that it’s an old building with history. The only this is, I received an upgrade only after I asked for it."

Reviewed on Oct 24, 2021

Hotel Quirinale
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Fabulous Village
Fabulous Village
Via Di Malafede 225, Rome, RM
The price is ¥3,033 per night from Nov 3 to Nov 3
Located near the airport, this family-friendly campground is within 9 mi (15 km) of Euroma2, Cinecitta World, and Castel Romano Outlet. Ostia Antica and Biomedical ...
4/5 Very Good! (779 reviews)
"The property was outdated a bit rundown. I found miouse droppings in the kitchen"

Reviewed on Jul 5, 2020

Fabulous Village
CancelleriaDieci
CancelleriaDieci
Vicolo della Cancelleria, 10, Rome
The price is ¥11,282 per night from Nov 25 to Nov 25
Located in Rome Historic Centre, this apartment building is steps from Corso Vittorio Emanuele II and Piazza Navona. Campo de' Fiori and Palazzo Farnese are ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (124 reviews)
"Everyone was awesome. View was great."

Reviewed on Sep 14, 2021

CancelleriaDieci
Your Suite Rome
Your Suite Rome
Via Monserrato 31, Place Navone, Rome, Rome
The price is ¥26,215 per night from Nov 26 to Nov 26
Located in Rome Historic Centre, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Campo de' Fiori and Piazza Navona. Castel Sant'Angelo and Santa Maria ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (222 reviews)
"The apartment was amazing! Very eclectic and interesting taste in decoration! The space was also very comfortable and well stocked for all of our needs. The location was very convenient for any sightseeing around Rome. The concierge staff were outstandingly helpful and responsive throughout our stay, ..."

Reviewed on Aug 16, 2021

Your Suite Rome
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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