Rome is considered the birthplace of modern civilisation. Majestic architecture and world-famous ruins tell Rome’s story. It is a passionate city dedicated to art, beauty and tradition.
Millions of visitors are left speechless by the grandeur and historic importance of the Vatican, the Colosseum and the Roman Forums. Countless churches act as eternal homages to the city’s glorious past, which sees the blending of ancient Roman culture and a Renaissance art scene.
Next to historic settings are modern galleries and cafés where you can people-watch in style.
You can wander freely past ancient Roman relics in the historic centre or take a guided tour of the Colosseum to learn about the ingenious engineering that built it.. Marvel at the sheer size of the great arena (the largest amphitheatre in the world) and hear bloody stories of sacrifice and heroics. Remarkably, most of the structure has survived since its completion in A.D. 80.
Don’t pass up the chance to stand beneath the domed ceiling of the Pantheon. If you’re lucky you will experience rain falling or sunlight streaming over you seek out impressive water fountains scattered throughout the city, the most impressive of which is the legendary Trevi Fountain. It is featured in many notable movies including Roman Holiday (1953) and La Dolce Vita (1960). Don’t forget to throw a coin with your right hand over your left shoulder into the water to ensure your return to Rome one day! If you’re really superstitious, they say a second coin ensures a new romance and a third for marriage.
Another little secret of Rome is the countless water fountains you’ll see on your exploration of the city. These, and the larger fountains, are fed by natural springs and the water safe to drink - a handy tip for when your water bottle runs dry.
To the west of the city centre is the Vatican City, the world’s smallest independent state. Look up at the imposing dome 120 metres (393.7 feet) high atop the enormous St. Peter’s Basilica. Explore the Vatican Museums to see elaborate spiral staircases, artwork by Michelangelo and don’t miss the breathtaking Sistine Chapel.
Back in the city centre, watch people walking by in a piazza. The larger squares include Navona, Rotonda and Colonna. Find upscale boutiques and restaurants surrounding historic monuments such as the Spanish Steps.
The city has a culinary tradition dating back centuries. Enjoy lamb or veal with vegetables or savour simple traditional Italian ingredients like spaghetti and olive oil with wine. Finish each day with a delightful gelato.
Leonardo da Vinci International Airport is your gateway to the great city, which is 25 kilometres (15.5 miles) southwest of Rome’s centre. Alternatively, take a ferry or cruise from nearby foreign cities such as Barcelona and Toulon. Trains arrive at Roma Termini from many cities in Italy, including nearby Naples and Florence.
To get around you can ride the city’s white taxis or rent a car. Rome is a city of hidden delights so travel by foot if you can and discover the charming alleyways and cobblestone streets. You can also purchase a Roma Pass to cover transport and access to certain museums for a few days.
Rome offers a pleasant Mediterranean climate with hot summers from May to September and mild winters from November to February.
On your Roman holiday you can spend days doing some classical sightseeing and nights of romantic strolls on cobblestone pathways with the ever-present aroma of Italian cuisine.