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Rome
Travel Guide

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

Top Hotels in Rome

Hilton Rome Airport
Hilton Rome Airport
4 out of 5
Via Arturo Ferrarin 2, Fiumicino, RM
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥16,321 per night from Mar 22 to Mar 23

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! (1,603 reviews)

"Easy walk directly from Terminal 3 to hotel. Easy check in and spacious room. Great food, room service and restaurant"…"

Reviewed on Jan 31, 2021

Hilton Rome Airport
Hotel Isola Sacra Rome Airport
Hotel Isola Sacra Rome Airport
4 out of 5
Via Della Scafa 416, Fiumicino, RM
The price is ¥6,552 per night from Mar 5 to Mar 6

Situated on the waterfront, this hotel is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from Necropoli di Porto Isola Sacra and 2.6 mi (4.1 km) from Ostia Antica. Area Archeologica del Porto ...

4.2/5Very Good! (1,195 reviews)
Friendly staff and clean hotel

"Staff at check in and check out were very friendly given the circumstances of COVID19"…"

Reviewed on Sep 21, 2020

Hotel Isola Sacra Rome Airport
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 ¥6,216 per night from Mar 16 to Mar 17

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! (794 reviews)

"Hotel location is excellent, rooms on the small size and"…"

Reviewed on Oct 5, 2020

Hotel 87 Eighty-Seven - Maison D'Art Collection
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.

Vacation Rentals in Rome

La Maison Jolie
La Maison Jolie
3 out of 5
Via Lelio Silva, 49, Isola Sacra, Fiumicino, RM
The price is ¥6,105 per night from Mar 16 to Mar 17

Situated near the airport, this residence is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from Necropoli di Porto Isola Sacra and 1.3 mi (2 km) from Area Archeologica del Porto di Traiano. ...

3.8/5Good! (1,229 reviews)

"Easy check in. Simple hotel but that exactly what we needed. Best place before departure or after arrival."…"

Reviewed on Aug 24, 2020

La Maison Jolie
Villa Spalletti Trivelli
Villa Spalletti Trivelli
Via Piacenza 4, Rome, RM
The price is ¥40,154 per night from Mar 17 to Mar 18

Located in Monti, this luxury residence is steps from Quirinale Palace and Via Nazionale. Via Veneto and Trevi Fountain are also within 10 minutes. Barberini ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (61 reviews)
Exceptional

"A fantastic hotel. Best ever we do a lot of travelling and this is exceptional in every way. Felt we were visiting someone’s beautiful home and made extremely welcome. If you do not have the opportunity to stay visit for a coffee or lunch. Beautiful gardens etc Wonderful staff hope to return"…"

Reviewed on Feb 25, 2020

Villa Spalletti Trivelli
Navona Palace Luxury Inn
Navona Palace Luxury Inn
Via Della Pace 36/36a, Rome, RM
The price is ¥15,163 per night from Apr 1 to Apr 2

Located in Navona, this spa apartment building is steps from Piazza Navona and Corso Vittorio Emanuele II. Campo de' Fiori and Pantheon are also within 10 minutes. ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (279 reviews)
Great Location

"Great location but overpriced for what it is."…"

Reviewed on Sep 20, 2020

Navona Palace Luxury Inn
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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