One of the world's most historic and fascinating cities, Rome is famous for its rich heritage and important buildings. Many magnificent monuments and truly ancient ruins stay in Rome, together with numerous vibrant shopping areas, restaurants and sightseeing opportunities. The city has much to offer tourists and also offers a selection of nearby beaches.
Standing along the scenic River Tiber, Rome has a population of almost 3
million and experiences hot summer weather and particularly mild, pleasant winters.
With year-round attractions, many people choose to visit Rome between November
to February, when the city is at its quietest.
Being one of Italy's most popular tourist destinations, it is hardly surprising that
Rome is full of hotels, catering for all tastes and budgets. Ranging from impressive
hotels in the Centro Storico (historic center), to more modern accommodation
around the Campo dei Fiori, hotels in Rome quickly became fully booked, and so be
sure to reserve your room in advance. Bed and breakfasts in Rome are known as
'pensioni' and often provide particularly good value for money, with a number being
located close to the 'Stazione Termini' railway station and Trastevere area.
Rome has long been a major tourist destination and its historical attractions and
important ruins are known throughout the world. However, the city is also an
exciting and vibrant place to visit, with many impressive shops, restaurants,
entertainment venues and seasonal festivals. Some of the most popular places to
visit in Rome include the Circus Maximus, the Coliseum, the Forum, the Pantheon,
Janiculum Hill, the Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps, and the vast Vatican City, the
official residence of the Pope, head of the Roman Catholic faith. The Sistine Chapel
at the Vatican City is specifically awe-inspiring, together with the city's numerous
art galleries and museums.
Popular events in the city include many operas, ballets and concerts at Rome's
numerous theaters. Other seasonal highlights include regular football matches at
the Stadio Olimpico, the Rome Marathon each March, religious events through
Easter, concerts at the Teatro Olimpico, June's Pesaro Film Festival, and also the
Festa della Madonna della Neve, held every August.
With good rail connections to a number of major cities, including Florence and
Venice, Rome is well-connected by highways, which provide easy access to nearby
towns. Rome's Metro subway network, public buses and trams all provide
inexpensive ways to travel through the city. Car rental is one of the most
popular ways to travel out of the city and is perfect for day trips and excursions.
Located around 18 miles / 29 km from the city center, Leonardo da Vinci Airport,
also known as Fiumicino, is an important air transport hub. Dealing with large
numbers of domestic and international flights each day, ground transport at
the airport includes buses, trains and car hire.
Known for its chic fashion boutiques and expensive department stores, shopping in
Rome is a major attraction. With many bustling shops clustered around the Piazza
Di Spagna, other popular stores can be found around the city's Via Del Governo
Vecchio area, close to the Spanish Steps, along the Via Sistina, and on Via
Borgognona. Also, the pedestrianized Via Frattina is the perfect place for some
serious window shopping.
Home to one of the greatest cuisines in the world, Italian restaurants are known for
their superb local specialties, which include freshly made pizzas, pasta dishes,
paninis, salads, a selection of cheeses and many other types of food. Al fresco
dining is particularly popular in Rome, with an array of cafes, bars and superb ice
cream shops clustered around the piazzas.
Source by Nia Rees