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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

Top Hotels in Rome

Hilton Rome Airport
Hilton Rome Airport
4 out of 5
Via Arturo Ferrarin 2, Fiumicino, RM
The price is ¥14,773 per night from Nov 30 to Dec 1

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! (1,628 reviews)

"Great hotel location.... Do NOT purchase Expedia “Hotel Booking Protecion Plus”. Do not waste your money on this fake insurance coverage. They will not pay you once/if you make a claim...they will find whatever reason to not pay you."…"

Reviewed on Sep 22, 2020

Hilton Rome Airport
1880 Atypical Rooms
1880 Atypical Rooms
via Nazionale 66, Rome, RM
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥11,490 per night from Dec 7 to Dec 8

Located in Monti, this townhouse accommodation is within a 10-minute walk of Via Nazionale, Via Veneto, and Quirinale Palace. Teatro dell'Opera di Roma and Piazza ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (314 reviews)
Great short stay at 1880 Atypical Rooms

"Our stay was really nice at 1880 Atypical Rooms, the room was like on the photos, we got really good option of breakfast every morning and the location of the accommodation is amazing in Rome."…"

Reviewed on Mar 20, 2020

1880 Atypical Rooms
Rome Cavalieri, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel
Rome Cavalieri, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel
5 out of 5
Via Alberto Cadlolo 101, Rome, RM
The price is ¥25,471 per night from Nov 30 to Dec 1

This family-friendly Rome hotel is located in the suburbs, within 2 mi (3 km) of Monte Mario, Vatican Museums, and Vatican Gardens. St. Peter's Square and St. ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (994 reviews)

"The 24 hour room service was incomplete. Snacks only and no bar after midnight."…"

Reviewed on Feb 17, 2020

Rome Cavalieri, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel
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

Lungotevere Suite
Lungotevere Suite
Lungotevere Degli Artigiani 20, Rome, RM
The price is ¥7,174 per night from Dec 1 to Dec 2

Located in Quartiere XI Portuense, this apartment building is within 2 mi (3 km) of San Camillo-Forlanini Hospital, Circus Maximus, and Roman Forum. Baths of ...

4.3/5Excellent! (216 reviews)
Lovely Hotel.

"Hotel room was large with a very large balcony. Everything you could need. We did not use public transport whilst there as the nearest hop on hop off bus was at the Collisium which was a 50 minute walk. Fortunately the weather was good. Could not find many local restaurants open for dinner on Sunday. ..."…"

Reviewed on Oct 14, 2019

Lungotevere Suite
Navona Palace Luxury Inn
Navona Palace Luxury Inn
Via Della Pace 36/36a, Rome, RM
The price is ¥8,876 per night from Dec 4 to Dec 5

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! (278 reviews)
Loved it

"Lovely place on a cozy corner off piazza Navona. The little area had several great restaurants, a couple of pubs and shops. Great place to stay"…"

Reviewed on Feb 12, 2020

Navona Palace Luxury Inn
Fabulous Village
Fabulous Village
Via Di Malafede 225, Rome, RM
The price is ¥3,930 per night from Nov 30 to Dec 1

Located near the airport, this family-friendly campground is within 6 mi (10 km) of Atlantico, Euroma2, and PalaLottomatica. Cinecitta World and Ostia Antica ...

4/5Very Good! (768 reviews)

"The property was outdated a bit rundown. I found miouse droppings in the kitchen"…"

Reviewed on Jul 5, 2020

Fabulous Village
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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Reviews of Rome

4.6

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
6892
5 - Excellent 66.88664596273291%
4 - Good
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4 - Good 27.02833850931677%
3 - Okay
496
3 - Okay 4.813664596273292%
2 - Disappointing
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2 - Disappointing 0.9413819875776398%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 0.3299689440993789%

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

May 19, 2020

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

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

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

Verified traveler

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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