Top Attractions in Rome
In a city filled with historical landmarks and close to the epicentre of the Catholic church, Rome is architecturally brilliant yet romantic with all the authenticity you’d expect from Italy’s capital city.
The most visited attraction in Rome is The Colosseum, the largest structure left to us by Roman antiquity. It was completed in AD80 with a series of events. The Colosseum was large enough for theatrical performances, festivals, circuses, or games, which the Imperial Court and high officials watched from the lowest level, aristocratic Roman families on the second, the populace on the third and fourth.
The Vatican is the smallest independent state in the world, with an area of less than half a square kilometre, most of it enclosed by the Vatican walls. Inside are the Vatican palace and gardens, St. Peter’s Basilica, and St. Peter’s Square, an area ruled by the Pope, supreme head of the Roman Catholic Church. The unquestioned highlight of the Vatican museums is the Sistine Chapel, whose magnificent frescoed ceiling is Michelangelo’s most famous work.
The best-preserved monument of Roman history is The Pantheon which has stood in its remarkable condition for 2000 years. Designed as a temple for Roman gods in 25BC, today The Pantheon functions as a church, as well as a major tourist destination. Its 43-meter dome, the supreme achievement of Roman interior architecture, hangs suspended without visible supports – these are well hidden inside the walls – and its nine-meter central opening is the building’s only light source.
For a full list of things to do in Rome and how to book tickets and tours, check out our TotalGuide to Things to do in Rome
Places to Stay in Rome
There are over 700 hotels in Rome so finding somewhere to rest your weary legs after a day exploring this majestic city won’t be hard.
Whether you’re wanting a cheap room in a hostel or bathe in a roof top bath in the essence of luxury, then we have you covered.
We’ve already compiled a list of trustworthy and reputable hotels to suit every budget, so you can rest assured that not only are you getting value for money, but you’ll be in a clean, centrally located hotel with amenities to suit your budget.
For a list of our hand picked hotels in Rome to suit every budget then head over to A TotalGuide to Hotels in Rome
Getting Around Rome
The public transport system in Rome is varied, cheap and user friendly.
The Metro of Rome only has three lines and is currently the smallest metro system in Europe. Nevertheless, it reaches the city’s most important landmarks.
Rome also has a good bus network with 338 bus lines that run throughout the day covering 8,260 stops. It has to be said that it can be slow and frustrating given the traffic issue in Rome with traffic jams and delayed routes.
Like many other major cities, Rome is also well connected with taxis, however taxi drivers don’t have a good reputation in Rome. Many tourists and locals are continually overcharged and taxi rates are some of the highest within Europe. Fortunately, Uber operates in Rome so this is your best bet for a genuine price.
For more information about all the ways to get around Rome and which Metro stations will leave your jaw on the floor then head over to our Getting Around Rome section.
Best Time to Visit Rome
The best time to visit Rome is from October to April when most of the tourist crowds have dissipated and room rates are lower. However with temperatures as low as 37.6°F in January you will need to pack accordingly.
For warmer weather without the swarms of other tourists and sweltering summer climates, May or September is recommended where average temperatures flit between 52.8°F & 59°F.
Popular dates in the Rome calendar include the Piazza Navona Christmas Market which runs from November-January, the Christmas Blessing of the Pope which happens in December, the Rome Marathon in April and Holy Week at Easter.
If you are planning a trip to Rome around a yearly event, it is recommended that you book a hotel at least 6 months in advance,
For more information on yearly weather charts and daily weather updates in Rome, click here
Food in Rome
Quick food, good food or food with a view? Find inspiration and check out London’s best eateries in our London Restaurant Guide 2021 or find restaurants in our food section.
Nightlife in Rome