Rome: A city filled with history, archaeology, art, and delicious food

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Italy ignites a burst of interest among travellers for many reasons, no matter whether you want to explore the city-state of Vatican City, the stunning Amalfi Coast, or Venice, the city of canals. But one city that you must visit in Italy is Rome. One step outside your hotel in Rome will direct you to so many attractions. From some of the most inspiring cathedrals, to the Colosseum and the Pantheon, Rome may overwhelm you at first due to its sheer size, but once you get used to it, the city will fall at your feet.

Best time to visit: The best time to visit Rome is from April to June, and September to October. The weather remains mild and pleasant, perfect for city exploration.

How to Reach?

By Air: Leonardo da Vinci International Airport is the main airport, which is about 30 km from the city. Rome has a second airport at Ciampino, which receives domestic, and a few international flights. It is about 15 km from the city. You can easily get a bus from both of these airports; the bus service in Rome is cheaper and more conveniently accessible. The Leonardo Express train will take you from the airport to the city.

By Train: Roma Tiburtina and Roma Termini are the two main railway stations in Rome. There are a number of trains that travel outside of Italy to parts of Europe. It is best to make train reservations beforehand. Travellers can also buy the Eurail Pass, which is an all-in-one train ticket. It gives travellers access to most trains in Europe's major cities and towns.

By Road: Tiburtina bus station is a primary bus terminal that connects to different towns and cities across the country. It is located adjacent to the Roma Tiburtina railway station. To get here, you can find several modes of transportation, like local buses, metro, and taxis. Rome also has car rentals, which allows tourists to explore the city at their own pace.

Getting Around

Using Rome’s tram system is a great idea since all major stops are at important sites like the Colosseum and the Vatican. You can use the tram service with your bus or metro ticket without paying extra. The metro system around Rome is easy to navigate, and with the help of the Roma Pass, it gives travellers unlimited access to the public transportation system. Instead of standing in line to buy your metro tickets, you can use the MyCicero app to save time. Rome’s bus network is also reliable and convenient, as it connects every part of the city.

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Places to visit in Rome

  • The Colosseum: The silhouette of the Colosseum can be seen from quite a distance; after all, it is one of the largest structures in Rome. This massive oval amphitheatre was built in AD 80. Millions of people come to see this impressive site and its stunning Roman artwork. This amphitheatre is large enough to fit almost 50,000 people. During the golden Rome era, the Colosseum was used for battles between gladiators, which was a typical source of entertainment.
  • The Pantheon: One of the best-preserved monuments of the Roman era is the Pantheon. A famous tourist attraction in Rome, it was built between AD 119 and 128 by a Roman emperor named Hadrian as a temple dedicated to 12 Roman gods. Although the temple was rebuilt after damage caused by a fire in AD 80, the façade of the Pantheon still holds its original Roman bronze doors. The inside is as impressive as the outside, with a hemispherical dome and an oculus in the middle.
  • Trevi Fountain: This fountain is so beautiful that you can't help but sigh when you see it. It is one of the largest fountains in Rome and has been shown in several films. It is believed that throwing a coin in the Trevi Fountain is supposed to assure your return to Rome. This 17th-century masterpiece is built against a wall of the palace of the Dukes of Poli. The statues depict the sea god, Oceanus (Neptune), with horses, tritons, and shells. It is one of the most photogenic attractions in Rome.
  • Piazza Navona: Among the many squares, Piazza Navona has a very baroque style of architecture. It has the Fiumi Fountain, Fountain of the Moor, and Neptune Fountain, which are three of the most well-known fountains in Rome. This public, open space is bustling with locals and tourists, with a series of cafés, and benches to sit on, while admiring the 17thcentury fountains.
  • Musei Capitolini: The ancient Rome preserved in this museum is one of the reasons it is a must-see. Also called the Capitoline Museums, it houses a number of museums displaying a large collection of statues, paintings, and Roman artefacts. The museum has the oldest public gallery in the world, which was opened to the public in 1734. Inside the museum, you can explore stunning paintings by Tintoretto, Titian, Veronese, and Caravaggio. It also has well-crafted statues by the Baroque genius, Bernini.

Places to eat in Rome

  • Ristorante All’Oro: An upscale restaurant close to the River Tiber is one of the best places to eat in Rome. Its sophisticated decor, warm wood-panelled walls, and dim lighting create a luxury ambience. Their in-house avant-garde chef, Riccardo Di Giacinto, curates such tasteful gourmet meals that you will probably smack your lips after every dish. The restaurant provides an immersive dining experience, so make your reservations early and savour delicious Italian food at Ristorante All’Oro.
  • Chorus Café: Its high-rise ceiling and large windows make Chorus Café a favourite place to lounge and dine, to your hearts' content. The café is located on the first floor of the Auditorium della Conciliazione, and is one of Rome’s best-kept treasures. As the sun begins to set, meet your friends here, to enjoy handcrafted cocktails and a delectable meal before the café transforms into a glamorous and glitzy nightclub.
  • Ristorante Clotilde: This restaurant has an indoor and outdoor sitting area, making it a cosy place to spend time in. Clotilde has a warm and tasteful décor, with seasonal dishes and an expansive menu. Come here, and try out their rustic recipes from the southern Ciociaria region, prepared in a country cooking style. You may not be able to stop yourself from coming here again and again after trying one of their inventive combination dishes like the beef cannelloni, with a pecorino fondue and black truffles.
  • Pipero: One of the upscale cafes that has a wide selection of wine and Italian dishes is Pipero. The restaurant named after its owner and founder, Alessandro Pipero, is a well-known restaurant that hosts some of the city’s elite. Pipero was awarded a Michelin star in 2012 and guests from across the globe come in great numbers to savour its delicious food, especially the carbonara.

Shopping in Rome

  • Mercato dell'Unità: The Mercato dell'Unità, located near Vatican City, is one of the world's oldest indoor markets.The colourful marketplace sells organic vegetables, fruits, and fresh flowers. You can also find a handful of vendors selling Italian street snacks.
  • Mercato Trionfale: This is another sprawling indoor market that is located close to the Vatican Museums. It is Rome’s largest and busiest marketplace, and consists of nearly 300 stalls with a series of vegetables and fruits, meat and fish, cheese, and household items.
  • Campo de' Fiori: It is one of Rome’s renowned markets in the heart of the city. Due to its open-air concept, Campo de' Fiori is a popular tourist attraction. The best time to explore the market is early in the morning, when vendors are setting up their stalls.
  • Porta Portese: With hundreds of stalls selling clothes, jewellery, home goods, and so on, Porta Portese is one of the must-visit markets in Rome. This flea market in Trastevere, is a one-stop destination for all your accessory and fashion buys.  

Where to stay in Rome?

  • Hotel de la Ville: Hotel de la Ville is located just a few minutes' walk from the Via dei Condotti, above the iconic Spanish Steps. This stunning hotel is a part of the Rocco Forte Hotel Group, which has a prestigious name in the hotel industry. Every room at the hotel oozes the magic of Rome, with antiques detailed on the walls, a terrace suite, and a stunning view of the city.
  • Hotel Maalot: Check-in at Hotel Maalot and be dazzled by its cheery chicness and modern artwork. This hotel has beautifully designed rooms and a soothing restaurant. The ambience of the hotel is calm, with potted palms and low-slung rattan ceiling fans. It is quite a place to spend your time, while in Rome.
  • Villa Agrippina, a Gran Melià Hotel: A five-star hotel just minutes from the River Tiber caters to everything luxury. Villa Agrippina, a Gran Melià Hotel, or simply Gran Meliá, is an exclusive place to stay in Rome. It has ultra-luxurious rooms and excellent facilities.
  • The St. Regis Rome: This is one of Rome's most opulent properties, renovated from scratch by Marriott to create the St. Regis we know today. It is said that the St. Regis was the first, true-luxury hotel in Rome. Due to the hotel's reputation, several guests book their stay here.

More reasons to visit Rome

  • Vatican City: It is interesting to know that a country can be located within a country, let alone within a city. So, when you are in Rome, you need to visit the Vatican City, which is a nation-state located within Rome. What makes this place a must-visit is that it is the headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church.
  • Artwork by Michelangelo: One of the many reasons that make Rome a must-visit is to see the many artworks created by Michelangelo. He is one of the most famous artists of all time, and his work can be seen throughout the City. As you explore the Vatican City, you can see some of Michelangelo's paintings in the Sistine Chapel.
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