Arguably the romantic capital of Europe, Rome has a millennium-old history which spans the great Roman Empire, Imperial and Medieval times, the Renaissance, the Catholic Church reformation and modern times. Tourists from around the world flock to the city each year and many of them use Oh-Rome to search for their ideal holiday accommodation.
The impeccably-preserved city boasts renowned sites from all periods of its past, from renaissance masterpieces to historical churches to famous fountains. Imposing monuments and palaces dominate a city, which comes to life with the hustle and bustle of Vespas, visitors crowding the sites and locals going about their daily lives.
Most of Rome’s most famous sites are situated around the central and western portions of the city and many are within walking distance of each other. While accommodation in this area is convenient, prices are high, but Rome’s efficient Metro system makes it easy to navigate the city for people who wish to stay further out.
There are many large hotels located to the south west of Termini Railway Station and small cheaper hotels to the north of the station are popular among independent travellers. Tourists shouldn’t be afraid to try other types of accommodation, however. There are an increasing number of apartments, penthouses, villas and studios available for short stays which offer the comfort of a fully-equipped holiday home and make good alternatives to hotels.
Once you have arranged your accommodation and booked your flight to one of Rome’s two airports – Rome’s main airport, Leonardo da Vinci/Fiumicino International Airport, is connected to the city by train, or Ciampino International Airport serves most of the budget airlines and, while it is closer to the city, it does not have a train connection ? it is time to decide which sites you’re going to see.
Keep the saying ‘A lifetime is not enough’ in mind when planning your trip to Italy’s capital. For tourists who have booked to stay for a few days, it is unlikely you will see everything. Some of the essential highlights are the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Victor Emmanuel Monument in the south of the city, the Pantheon, Spanish Steps and Trevi Fountain in Old Rome, St Peter’s, the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican City and Villa Borghese and the Borghese Gardens for a relaxing afternoon in the north of the city. The catacombs, in the southern suburbs, are also worth a look.