Rome travel guide

The Eternal City

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You're Going to Love Rome

Rome is one of the most exciting destinations in the world. The Italian capital has it all, nightlife, shopping, fine dining and entertainment, whilst being world renowned for its array of historic landmarks.

It's also an incredibly friendly city. Whether you want to chat over coffee in the piazza or need directions to the Spanish Steps, the locals are more than happy to help.

Known as the 'Eternal City', Rome was once the stronghold of the mighty Roman Empire. Its timeless charm captivates visitors who flock to the city for romantic breaks, family vacations, and shopping sprees.

Built on seven hills and the banks of the River Tiber, the city is a fabulous blend of elegantly crumbling ruins, magnificent palaces and bustling piazzas, ancient cobbled alleyways and glorious open spaces.

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Rome

What to do in Rome

When to Visit Rome

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The summer season runs from May to September but Rome is busiest between June and August. You'll enjoy temperatures of 81 to 88F but because queues for top attractions can mean a long wait in the sun, make sure to pack plenty of water. Book a break from April to May or September to October to avoid the crowds and take advantage of deals on flights and accommodation. Alternatively, visit over the Christmas and New Year period to see the city from a new perspective. Festive events like the Christmas Market in Piazza Navona and religious celebrations in Vatican City are popular with visitors and locals.

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How to Get to Rome

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Where to Stay in Rome

Whether you're a fan of luxury spa hotels or whether you want good, budget accommodation, you'll find it all in Rome. Since 2011, a small surcharge has been added to the basic cost of accommodation. The city uses this to maintain and repair its magnificent historical landmarks. Charges per person, per night - 2 Euros at campsites, 2.5 Euros at bed & breakfast style hotels, 3 Euros in 2-star hotels, 4 Euros in 3-star hotels and 6 to 7 Euros in 4 and 5-star hotels. Many visitors choose downtown hotels close to the Pantheon and the area close to the Termini station also has hotels to suit all tastes.

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The Cost of Living in Rome

Rome is a surprisingly affordable destination and a simple lunch costs just 15 euros while a three-course meal in a fine restaurant is 80 euros. It's more expensive to buy snacks and drinks close to famous attractions, so it makes sense to stock up on soft drinks and basics in the supermarkets.

Rome's Hottest Shopping Streets

Fashionistas will be in their element in the designer boutiques of the via del Corso, via Condotti and via Cola di Rienzo. As well as designers like Gucci, Prada, Dolce & Gabbana, Versace, Missoni and Louis Vuitton you'll find lots of elegant one-of-a-kind stores. Shop for your favorite brands at the Pantheon or via del Tritone or at the Euroma2 mall, a complex of over 230 shops and restaurants. Be sure to visit La Rinascente; Rome's oldest department store which has been selling fashion, beauty and home products since 1887.

Groceries and Other Necessities

Buy basics like food and cold drinks in supermarkets like Coop, Elite and Conad or try local grocery stores and bakeries for freshly baked bread, olives, cheeses and cured meats like salami.

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Where to Eat in Rome

Rome is a foodies dream. Dine on classic Italian and international cuisine in fine restaurants or enjoy a snack from a street vendor. Roman pizza has a thin crust, and 'pizza by the slice' vendors are a staple of every neighborhood. Be sure to try fried starters like baccala (salt cod in batter) or suppli (rice balls fried with cheese and tomato).

Italian food is delicious and Roman favorites include Bucatini alla Amatriciana - pasta served with pecorino Romano cheese and tomatoes and Scaloppine alla Romana, a dish that combines sautéed veal with baby artichokes. Ice-cream or 'gelato' is also big news and local brands include Gelarmony, Gelato di San Crispino and La Palma.