Best time to travel to Rome
June through August marks the highest temperatures and number of tourists, but also the lowest chance of rain. Cheap hotels in Rome are generally available in the winter, and sometimes in fall and spring when temperatures are the most comfortable.
Visit Rome in spring to take part in the Festa della Primavera or Mostra delle Azalee (Festival of Spring), when the Spanish Steps at Piazza di Spagna are covered with azaleas. The city is also highly decorated for Holy Week and Easter. The summertime Noantri Festival is another major celebration. Visit at Christmastime to browse the festive holiday markets and piazzas (squares). From October to April, Rome sees fewer crowds.
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The capital of Italy, Rome blends ancient architecture, modern politics, religion and beloved cuisine in an energetic, charming city.
How to travel around Rome
Walking around Rome is often the best way to enjoy the many highlights, but if you want to cover more ground in less time you can rent bicycles and scooters or ride along the streets on a Segway. Although taxis are a pricier option, they can be a convenient way of crossing the city. Public transportation options include buses, the Metro, trams, trolleybuses and the light railway. You can purchase single-journey, 24-hour, 48-hour, 72-hour tickets and monthly passes.
Rome’s top attractions
- Tour ancient Rome when you visit the Colosseum, the Pantheon, the Roman Forum, the Arch of Constantine and the Baths of Diocletian.
- Spend a day in Vatican City, home to St. Peter’s Basilica, the Sistine Chapel and the Vatican Museums.
- Admire the Basilicas of Santa Maria Maggiore, San Giovanni (Archbasilica of St. John Lateran) and San Paolo fuori le Mura (Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls).
- Soak up the views from atop Palatine Hill.
- Throw a coin into the Trevi Fountain to wish for a return visit to the Eternal City.
- Explore the art collections in the Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna (National Gallery of Modern Art) and the Galleria Borghese (Borghese Gallery).
- Wander the many piazzas, stopping for gelato, espresso or a glass of wine.
- Cross the Tiber River to visit the Trastevere neighborhood.
What to do in Rome
- Feel like a gladiator and visit the Colosseum, an amphitheater where the strongest warriors of the Roman Empire once fought.
- Discover the gods of ancient Rome at the Pantheon. This temple to the gods was the largest dome-shaped building in the world for nearly 1,500 years.
- Visit the Vatican and admire the impressive art and architecture, such as the Sistine Chapel, the Raphael Rooms and Leonardo’s portrait of Saint Jerome.
- Sit on the famous Scalinata di Trinità dei Monti, known as the Spanish Steps, and see the boat-shaped Fontana della Barcaccia fountain from the 17th
- Browse the high-end designer stores along the elegant Via Condotti.
- Stroll around Villa Borghese, which is home to the most valuable private collection of works by Leonardo, Rubens, Raphael and Titian.
- Travel back in time at Castel Sant’Angelo, a former mausoleum and fortress. From the outside, the Passetto di Borgo looks like a wall, but there has been an 800-meter-long secret passage hidden inside since the Middle Ages that connects the Castel Sant’Angelo to the Vatican.
- Absorb the energy of the vibrant Piazza Navona, a former stadium that is surrounded by elegant monuments, buildings and fountains.
- Spend an evening in Trastevere, the most popular party neighborhood among locals. After 5:30 p.m., you can try a famous aperitivo in the neighborhood’s many bars and restaurants.
- Hunt for a bargain at the Porta Portese flea market.
Where to go in Rome
Your flights to Rome will bring you to exciting places like the Ostia Antica, the impressive remnants of a port city in ancient Rome, which once contributed to the wealth of the empire. You can also visit the Parco del Colle Oppio to see the remnants of Nero’s villa. Take time to explore Rome’s smallest district, the fairytale-like Quartiere Coppedè, soak up the views from Janiculum Hill, take a trip to the peaceful Tiber Island and admire the interiors of Palazzo Doria Pamphilj.
What to eat in Rome
Go to an authentic pizzeria to eat a truly heavenly slice of pizza. Hearty, homemade Italian pasta is never far away, either. For dessert, treat yourself to a nice, creamy gelato. Italian cooking is world famous, and it will be worth your while to look for some restaurants where you can acquaint yourself with more than just pizza and pasta. In general, Italians don’t care much for breakfast, and a warm meal is eaten both at lunchtime and in the evening. During your stay in Rome, you should expect to be able to dine at restaurants between 1:00 p.m. and 3 p.m., and from 7:30 p.m. onward. If you’d like to enjoy an evening meal at a particularly popular restaurant, it’s best to reserve a table in advance.