Colosseum is one of the most impressive sights in Rome and one of the world’s most famous venues. Many people and animals were killed here, you could see everything from gladiatorial games and drama to killings and battles between wild animals. Emperor Vespasian began the building which was completed by his son Titus. The building was completed in 80 A.D. Inauguration lasted one hundred days, and approximately 9,000 animals and 2,000 gladiators were killed during the event. At its peak this place had 87,000 spectators.
The fountain is an impressive building situated on the Piazza di Trevi in Rome centre. It was designed by Giovanni Lorenzo Bernini, and was completed by Nicola Salvi in 1762. The fountain became world famous when Anita Ekberg splashing around in the "La Dolce Vita". Today, it is forbidden to bathe in the fountain. Trevi Fountain is a "must" to visit in Rome, and tradition says that you must throw a coin over your shoulder into the fountain and that this will bring happiness. The fountain standing 26 metres (85.3 feet) high and 20 metres (65.6 feet) wide, it is the largest Baroque fountain in the city and one of the most famous fountains in the world.
It doesn’t look like much from the outside, but once inside it astounds you. This dome and temple, built over 2,000 years ago, is powerful and impressive. Since the Renaissance, the building has also been used as a grave church and among others the painter Raphael (died in 1520) is buried here. The square in front of the Pantheon is called Piazza della Rotonda. It is located near Piazza Navona and Campo de Fiori so take the opportunity to stroll around in this area, there is much to see.
Forum Romanum, one of the world’s top tourist attractions. It is like a fairy tale with its mosaic of temple ruins, worn marble streets and basilicas. It is located in the valley between the Palatine hill and the Capitoline hill. Forum Romanum was the commercial, political, and religious centre of ancient Rome. It was expanded to include temples, a senate house and law courts. When the Roman Empire fell, the Forum became forgotten, buried and was used as a cattle pasture during the Middle Ages.
Rome falls short of Venice and Florence when it comes to art, but this gallery is an exception. The Borghese Gallery, housed in the former Villa Borghese Pinciana shows masterpieces by artists such as Bernini, Titian and Caravaggio. The Villa was built by the architect Flaminio Ponzio.
According to some, this is not just Rome's but the world’s most beautiful square. Not only because of its statues and fountains such as Lorenzo Berninis’ Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi, but because of its dimensions. It is one of Rome’s liveliest squares, with many outdoor cafés and restaurants. This large rectangular square still manages to feel intimate.
In the year 64, Emperor Nero built a palace almost one mile long—from the Palatine hill all the way to the Oppio hill. Some parts were covered in gold, precious stones and splendid decorations. After Nero’s death, it was all filled in with earth in order to obliterate the tyrant’s memory. It was accidentally rediscovered in the 15th century, and today you can walk through 30 of Nero’s 150 underground rooms.
Rome has more churches than almost any other city in the world. One of the most beautiful, Santa Constanza, can be found in Via Nomentana in the north of Rome, and is home to some of the most dazzling ceiling frescoes from the 4th century. The waiting time for weddings here is several years.
The Museo di Roma houses approximately 40,000 sculptures, paintings and mosaics describing Rome’s history from the Middle Ages until 1870. The museum is located in Palazzo Braschi, built in the 18th century. During the fascist regime, Mussolini moved here and made it his political headquarters. After the Second World War 300 families were evacuated to this location and many of the frescoes were damaged by the fires people lit in order to keep warm.
Spanish Steps is located at Piazza di Spagna and leads to the French church, Trinità dei Monti. The monumental stairway of 138 steps was designed in 1723 by Francesco De Sanctis, and funded by a French diplomat Stefano Gueffier. It is usually very crowded during the summer months, with tourists just sitting, chatting, and taking a rest from visiting the designer shops that cover the area. The name "Spanish Steps" is actually quite misleading because the stairs do not have anything to do with Spain, it is simply borrowed from the name of the piazza at the foot of the stairs, Piazza di Spagna. The Italian name is Scalinata della Santissima Trinita dei Monti or Scalinata di Spagna.
The smallest state in the world, The Vatican City is situated in Rome. This is the home of the Pope but also almost a thousand other residents. They run their daily life with own postal system, shops and newspaper. After passing the Swiss guards with their distinctive clothing you can visit 11 different Vatican museums, Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel, Saint Peter's Basilica and the Vatican Gardens.
This is the most important Etruscan museum in Italy and it shows the mystical world of this prehistoric people. The main attraction is the sarcophagus with the loving couple. The building, Villa Giulia, was first built as a country retreat for Pope Julius III, but after his death all of his interior design was moved to the Vatican museums and in 1889 it became this Etruscan Museum.
At first you see a church from the 12th century but this building is hiding different layers showing 2000 years of history. Underneath you'll find a basilica from the 4th century, the remnants from an ancient Roman house and the city that Emperor Nero had burned to the ground in year 64. Inside the church you can also see traces from the ancient Rome's drainage system where today water still runs.
The late Renaissance St. Peter's Basilica is an iconic landmark of Rome, a monumental structure the likes of Michelangelo helped bring into existence. Today, the basilica is open to visitors wishing to explore its inside naves and chapels, and see works of art by great masters such as Raphael and Bernini.
While a wax museum might not be among the Eternal City's top attractions, it will likely interest second- and third-time visitors with its curious collection of well-known Italian and international figures (from Pavarotti to Winston Churchill) and a waxworks laboratory open to visitors.
Once the temporary retreat and - later - home of decorated Roman Emperor Hadrian, Villa Adriana dates back millennia, when it was first conceived as an "ideal city" with baths, pools, fountains, and lush gardens. The structure combined elements of Greek, Roman and Egyptian influences.
Roman Palazzo delle Esposizioni is an art and cultural event venue that frequently hosts various events, ranging from film screenings, to book readings, to exhibitions of modern art, along with musical and theatrical performances. There is a pleasant Italian restaurant at the rooftop.
A few hours of challenging entertainment for Rome's youngest visitors is what awaits at Explora: the Kids' Museum. Here, children will learn all about the workings of the adult world, complete with jobs, wages , and personal budget. The interactive experience is both engaging and educational.
Dedicated to the Romantic poets – Keats, Shelley and Byron – who each stayed in Rome and died tragically young, this charming period house contains a chain of rooms lined with rare books and relics, including Keats’ last resting place. There’s also a gift shop, introductory film, and spacious terrace.
MAXXI, Italy’s first national museum devoted to the arts of the XXI сentury and designed by Zaha Hadid, is a platform open to all forms of contemporary creativity, from art to architecture, from photography to design, from fashion to cinema. A place for meetings, exchange and collaboration.
Villa Farnesina, considered one of the most magnificent creations of Italian Renaissance, was built by Baldassare Peruzzi for the rich Sienese banker Agostino Chigi, called the “magnifico”. He lived the splendid life of a Renaissance merchant, in a setting of pomp and splendour, entertaining artists, poets, and noblemen with sumptuous banquets. The interior is richly decorated with frescoes by great masters such as Raphael, Sebastiano del Piombo, Giovanni Antonio Bazzi, known as Sodoma, and Peruzzi himself.
In Rome since 1965. Here you can find: local fish from the coast of Lazio, seafood, fried fish, shell fish, Chianina’s beef certified and exquisite pizza produced in a wood-burning oven. Seasonally, white and black truffle, boletus mushrooms, royal agaric. Selection of wines. Smoking room.
Harry’s Bar is the unique place that evokes the “Dolce Vita” as if it were a clip from the film, creating a vivid flashback to the golden era of the Via Veneto. As in the roaring sixties, you can still sip an aperitif, enjoy the live piano bar every evening and dive into the magic of the Via Veneto from the exclusive Harry’s Bar. The refined cuisine recalls the freshness of Mediterranean flavours based on prime ingredients.
Ba ghetto offer the best of the Roman Jewish Cuisine, with the capital’s best Carciofi alla Giudia (Jewish style deep fried artichokes). But they also offer an authentic cuisine that brings you back to ancient Rome with dishes like Carbonara and Amatriciana, brain with artichokes and much more. If you are a pizza lover, visit Ba Ghetto Milky.
St.Teodoro is one of the best restaurants in the city, being located in the Heart of the Roman Empire, between La Bocca della Verità (The Mouth of Truth) and the Roman Forum. A heaven for the traditional cuisine, well known for its discrete atmosphere, but mostly for offering astonishing flavours, granting its customers remarkable taste sensations. When the weather permits you can enjoy the exclusive garden with its unique privacy.
Rinaldi al Quirinale has quickly become a favourite spot for fine dining, where you’ll always be treated like royalty and feel at home at the same time: excellent Italian cuisine, mainly seafood dishes (daily fresh fish) which are lovingly prepared by their chef. Rinaldi al Quirinale blends sea and land in a great fusion based on fresh seasonal produce.
Piazza Farnese, one of Rome's most sophisticated and splendid squares, provides the setting for the restaurant Camponeschi, creating one of the most famous capital city's meeting places. But the secret of the restaurant's success lies in its cuisine, which is varied, creative, imaginative and suited to all tastes: fish, meat, game, national and international specialities in season - always providing the best at just the right time.
Experience fine dining in one of the most ancient districts of Rome. Whether you prefer fish or meat Ristorante Tema offers your protein of choice of the best quality, and prepares it to perfection. Even if the restaurant is known for fine dining the service is warm and relaxing.
This award winning restaurant with three Michelin stars does not only serve exquisite food, but also offers an amazing view over the city of Rome. Located on the top of Rome Cavalieri Hotel, La Pergola offers you to choose from a menu presenting dishes made of products from the best producers in Italy. The wine cellar contains 53,000 bottles of wines and as for the accompanying water, there are more than 25 different sorts to choose from. La Pergola will give you an unforgettable gourmet experience.
If you're yearning for something other than Italian food, Sakana Sushi is the place to go. In an oriental setting, traditional Japanese dishes are served. If you feel like having your meal in a nearby park or just somewhere outside, Sakana Sushi also provides a take away menu to choose from.
Bags of coffee beans rest on the floor and images of plantations adorn the walls. It has looked the same for as long as anyone can remember. In addition to the different types of coffees that can be sampled, they also serve "gran caffè", a cappuccino without milk, where the coffee is foamed instead.
Close to the Vatican you'll find this café with over 60 different sandwiches to choose from. The name, 'Duecentogradi', means 200 degrees, which refers to the temperature of the oven during the baking process of a specific kind of bread, made exclusively just for this bar. It is baked at exactly 200 degrees. In addition to sandwiches they also serve salads, pastries and a wide range of drinks.
Despite being located inside an old cloister (now art museum), and only steps away from the immeasurably beautiful Piazza Navona, this charming cafe is a genuine spot perfectly fit for a light lunch (try the salads) or coffee and cake. Cafe guests are welcome to walk through the museum upon notifying the staff.
This little grey kiosk may not seem like much at first glance, but rumour has it this is where some of Rome's best "grattachecca" (a shaved ice-based dessert, enhanced with all sorts of flavours) is served. Nothing beats grabbing one on a hot summer's day, then finding the perfect spot on the banks of Tiber to indulge.
Peruse the high-quality leather creations of Carlo Cecchini himself, whose strong creativity and imagination result in a vast range of designs conceived for a varied crowd of all ages and styles. His production of bags, totes, wallets, shoes and purses, follows the guiding principles of the old Italian leather making traditions, only using top quality raw materials treated and manufactured according to centuries-old traditions.
White Gallery is the first lifestyle store in Rome. Here, fashion, design and fragrances join together to create a unique shopping experience. Thanks to the high selection of the major fashion brands and emerging talent, White Gallery offers clients the possibility to create their own style.
Beautiful 19th century arcade with enormous cut-glass chandeliers and a vaulted glass roof. Recently named after the very popular, now late, actor Alberto Sordi. Various shops and coffee bars, but mainly fashion clothes, for example, Zara but also the book shop Feltrinelli, which has a wide range of guides, books in various languages, CDs, etc.
Rome’s main airport, Leonardo da Vinci, is located in Fiumicino, 30 kilometres (18.5 miles) from the city. There are several different ways for you to get into the city centre from the airport: Leonardo Express The Leonardo Express leaves every half hour in each direction and connects Roma Termini station with Fiumicino airport. Tickets can be bought at machines, travel agencies, ticket desks and on the website. Train You can reach Rome by train directly to the Termini railway station. Metro The metropolitan train FM1 links the airport with regions like Fara Sabina, Orte and Poggio Mirteto. Please note that the Metro does not stop at central station Termini. Terravision Shuttle Bus This bus line takes you to the central station Termini. The city’s second airport Ciampino is situated 12.0 km south southeast of central Rome and is mainly served by low-cost airlines and package tours. Bus Some of the low-cost airlines have their own buses. The regular buses depart from the nearby underground station Anagnina. Taxi A taxi ride from the airport and central Rome takes 20 minutes.
The summer brings peak visitor numbers to Rome, and some of the year's highest temperatures fall on July and August. If your visit falls on these two months, do make sure to check that your accommodation is equipped with air conditioning. Rome is a traveller's darling all throughout the year, with spring being, the most pleasant time to visit.
Italy can be visited visa-free for up to 90 days by citizens of Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Malaysia, Israel, UAE and most countries in America. If you are unsure whether or not you need to apply for a visa, we recommend contacting the embassy or consulate in your country. International (non-Schengen) travelers need a passport that is valid for at least 3 months after the end of their intended trip in order to enter the Schengen zone. Citizens of Schengen countries can travel without a passport, but must have a valid ID with them during their stay.
The Termini station is the hub for Rome’s transportation network. The name of the local bus and streetcar company is ATAC. All tickets must be purchased from ATAC ticket machines, newsagents, or ticket outlets on the underground. The underground runs until midnight. Night buses stop at stations marked ”N”. There are also different choices of travel passes for 1, 3 or 7 days that are valid on all public transportation.
Taxi stands can be found throughout the city centre. It is recommended that tourists only use the licensed yellow and white taxis. An extra fee is payable per suitcase to and from the airport. There is also a surcharge at night, on public holidays and on Sundays. It is cheaper to hail a taxi in the street than get one at a taxi stand or book via telephone. Tipping at 5-10% is encouraged.