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Historical Landmarks

One of the world’s most famous historical cities, Rome’s ancient monuments are possibly the number one reason to visit. From the 2000-year-old Pantheon to the Colosseum and Roman Forum, Rome’s history is a fascinating journey.

Art & Culture

With an artistic heritage dating back to Etruscan times, Rome is one of the world’s great art cities, and the art here definitely isn’t locked away from view - it’s all around you! Some of the greatest artists of all time lived and worked in Rome, from Raphael to Caravaggio and Michelangelo’s famous Sistine Chapel ceiling is a must-see.

Fun and Family Time

Rome is a great destination for families – how better to get the kids excited about history than discovering Ancient Rome where it all happened? It’s also heaven for parents with fussy eaters – few children are likely to turn down pizza, pasta and ice-cream for dinner!

Visit The Vatican

Queues to visit The Vatican are notoriously long, so we always recommend to book a Skip-the-line Vatican Tour to save a painfully long wait (and more time to enjoy another gelato!)

Romance

Filled with delicious food that’s perfect for sharing, beautiful scenery, stunning architecture and something new to discover at every turn, the Eternal City is the perfect place to whisk your loved one for a romantic break.

Eating & Drinking

Anyone who’s read ”Eat, Pray, Love” will remember the author’s constant battle against Rome’s gastronomic temptations! Food and wine are central to Rome’s social life, to which the hundreds of pizzerias, trattorias, restaurants and gelaterie that crowd the city centre are a constant testament!

Rome – Quick Facts

Language:
Italian
Flight Time from UK:
The average flight time from London to Rome is 2h 15min
Currency:
Euros
Airports:
Rome has two airports - Fiumicino (Leonardo da Vinci) and Ciampino
Opening Times:
  • Shops in Rome are normally open 9am -1pm and 3pm – 8pm. Department stores are usually open all day.
  • Post Offices are usually open from 9am – 2.30pm Monday to Friday and 9am – 1pm on Saturdays.
  • Pharmacies are open Monday-Friday 8.30am-1pm and 3.30 – 7pm
Temperatures:
The temperature in Rome averages 24°C in July and August, and 8°C in January.
Telephone:
  • Country code: +39
  • Area Code: 06
  • Medical Emergencies: 118
  • Fire: 115
  • Police: 113
Electricity
EU standard, 220 V

Getting Around in Rome

Hop-on Hop-off Buses
  • See all the most important Rome attractions without worrying about route-planning or transportation.
  • With tickets valid for 48 hours, these handy buses allow you to hop on and off as much as you like at stops around Rome.
Leonardo Express Airport Train
  • This train service connects the central Roma Termini station with Fiumicino airport, and leaves every 30 mins in each direction.
  • Tickets can be bought at the station, travel agencies and in advance on the website www.trenitalia.com
  • It’s the most convenient way to go to and from the airport, but usually costs more than other public transport options.
Metro
  • The “Metropolitana” goes round rather than through Rome’s historic city. Its two lines cross at Termini Central Station.
  • Trains run approximately every 7-10 minutes, from 5:30am until 11.30pm every day, or 0:30am on Saturdays.
Buses
  • Rome’s buses run from 5:30am till midnight, with night buses running from 00:30am to 5:30am.
  • Electric bus lines have also been introduced in an attempt to minimise pollution in the backstreets of the historic centre.
  • The main terminal stations are Termini (Piazza dei Cinquecento) and Piazza Venezia, from which buses leave for all directions every 30 minutes. Night bus stops are marked with an owl.
Vespa
Vespa rental can be found all over the city, and you’ll soon notice that it’s a popular method of transport with both tourists and locals!
Taxi
  • Flagging a passing taxi is difficult in Rome – it’s advisable to wait at a taxi rank or telephone for one.
  • Taxi stands can be found throughout the city centre.

One of the most magnificent, exciting and romantic cities in the world, the choice of things to do in Rome definitely doesn’t disappoint!

The centre of the vast Roman Empire and seat of papal power, this is a place where you can gorge on the fascinating history as much as on the fabulous food.

Whether you’re exploring Rome’s incredible ancient heritage or people-watching from a café in the Piazza, the excitement and buzz of Italy’s capital make it one of the world’s top city breaks.

Where food and fashion, history and romance are all an equal part of the appeal – this city truly has everything! Check out our recommendations above for what to do in Rome.

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