Rome is Italys centre of power, religion and tradition, and has become a fashion Mecca. Rome-Ciampino airport is closest to the city, on the East side close to the suburban neighbourhoods. Its easy to reach the Modern Centre and Old Rome areas by public transport.
All roads lead to this cosmopolitan hub of art, fashion and music
The city is the largest in Italy and one of the most popular holiday destinations in the country, as it has so much to offer. You can admire the many churches and cathedrals during the day, then experience traditional Italian cuisine at a trattoria in the evening. There are also plenty of chances to immerse yourself in culture and history at any of the citys museums and historical buildings.
You dont need a visa to travel to Rome, and the city is quickly accessible from the airport. The temperate climate means that the weather is mild yet often changeable, so check the forecast before you pack.
Top 5 Rome attractions
When you think of Italy, you think of Rome - and the city has plenty of sights and historic sites to keep everyone entertained. These are some of the landmarks you definitely shouldnt miss:
- The main attraction is the Colosseum - once a gladiator arena
- See the Pope and the Sistine Chapel in Vatican City
- Visit the Pantheon, the ancient temple of the gods
- Head to the North Centre area and the Spanish Steps
- Make a wish at the Trevi Fountain
Top 10 Rome activities
Rome has a reputation as a tourist destination, yet you can see plenty of traditional Italy in the city if you look hard enough. Here are our top tips:
- Take a seat in the Piazza Navona and watch the world go by
- Browse for bargains at a street market
- Seek out the statue of Napoleon as Mars the Peacemaker
- Stroll past some of the impressive palaces and basilicas
- Explore Lupercal, a mythical Roman cave near Palatine Hill
- Find the remains of the Thermae - ancient Roman baths
- Try authentic pizza from a wood-fired oven
- Take a short cruise along the River Tiber
- Eat, drink and be merry in the Trastevere district
- Walk the Ancient Appian Way - the main route into the old city