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The classical Italian architecture, rich cultural heritage and sun-soaked piazzas all contribute to the unique atmosphere of Italy's spectacular capital city.

The city of Rome houses nearly 3 million people, and its residents are among the most passionate and talkative on the planet, constantly divulging their views to visitors on the best restaurants, or the state of Italian football. The pace of life here is relentless, save for the post-lunch nap that many true Romans consider to be customary.

Rome, often referred to as the city of seven hills, is divided into neighbourhoods and separated by the Tiber River. Characterful cobbled streets are commonplace. Get hold of a map to help guide you around the city. On the whole, it is best to get around Rome on foot; far easier than trying to find other ways of getting around the windy, narrow roads. However, buses are available.

You may lose your way occasionally! This isn’t all bad. You may discover a backstreet treasure trove, such as a small local bakery, which bakes delicious fresh bread or a restaurant that the locals like to keep a secret.

You can’t visit Rome and not find yourself in awe of its phenomenal and simply unique architectural heritage. Rome houses are some of the most spectacular historical sites in the world, with Renaissance wonders such as the Palazzo Senatorio and the famous Sistine Chapel located within Vatican City. Alongside this, you’ll see some wonderful examples of Baroque architecture, including the unparalleled St. Peter's Basilica, the beautiful Spanish Steps, and the ornate Trevi Fountain.

Chart the history of the remarkable and infamous Roman Empire, by taking a literal stroll through history via the Roman Forum, whose tour of Rome culminates with a viewing of the iconic Colosseum. This is not merely a tour for history buffs; it is an unmissable part of Roman culture.

Italy is known for its great coffee and delicious gelato (ice cream). No trip to Rome would be complete without trying them out in one of the picturesque town squares dotted around the city, such as the Piazza Navona. It goes without saying that Romans live for food and wine, so there is probably nowhere better to eat in the world. Italian signature dishes are loved by so many, and their wine is renowned throughout the world.

In summary, Rome is a beautiful city with a rich and attractive culture that attracts visitors from every corner of the earth.

Rome Travel Guide Video

Where to stay in Rome

Prati featuring a city, street scenes and a church or cathedral

Prati

4.5/5Wonderful!(45 area reviews)

Prati is popular for its popular shops. Explore top sights like Via Cola di Rienzo and Palace of Justice, and you can get around town on the metro at Ottaviano - San Pietro - Musei Vaticani Station.

Prati
Monti featuring heritage architecture, heritage elements and a ruin

Monti

4.5/5Wonderful!(97 area reviews)

Known for its prominent churches and charming cafes, there's plenty to explore in Monti. You can visit top attractions like Via Nazionale and Golden House of Nero (Domus Aurea), and jump on the metro at Cavour Station or Colosseo Station to see more of the city.

Monti
San Giovanni, Rome, Lazio, Italy

San Giovanni

3.5/5Good!(7 area reviews)

Noted for its churches and museums, there's plenty to explore in San Giovanni. Top attractions like Basilica di San Giovanni in Laterano and Via Appia Nuova Shopping District are major draws, and you can hop on the metro at Ponte Lungo Station or Re di Roma Station to see more of the city.

San Giovanni
Aurelio, Rome, Lazio, Italy

Aurelio

3.5/5Good!(8 area reviews)

Churches and museums are just a few features Aurelio is known for, and you can get around the area by hopping on the metro at Cornelia Station or Battistini Station.

Aurelio
Cassia, Rome, Lazio, Italy

Cassia

You'll enjoy the cafes and live music in Cassia. You might want to make time for a stop at Nature Reserve dell'Insugherata or Parco di Roma Golf Club.

Cassia

Top hotels in Rome

Hotel 87 Eighty-Seven - Maison D'Art Collection
Hotel 87 Eighty-Seven - Maison D'Art Collection
4 out of 5
Via del Tritone 87-89, Rome, Rome
The price is AU$88 per night from 28 Oct. to 29 Oct.

This family-friendly Rome hotel is located in the historical district, steps away from Via del Tritone, Via Veneto and Piazza Barberini. Piazza di Spagna and ...

4.1/5Very Good! (765 reviews)

"Hotel location is excellent, rooms on the small size and"…"

Reviewed on 5 Oct. 2020

Hotel 87 Eighty-Seven - Maison D'Art Collection
Otivm Hotel
Otivm Hotel
4 out of 5
Via D'Aracoeli, 11, Rome
The price is AU$111 per night from 8 Nov. to 9 Nov.

Located in Navona, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Piazza Venezia, Via del Corso and Roman Forum. National Monument to Victor Emmanuel II and Capitoline ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (411 reviews)

"Great hotel with perfect location to explore Rome. Good breakfast and helpful staff. Thank you."…"

Reviewed on 31 Jul. 2020

Otivm Hotel
La Maison D'Art Spagna - Maison d'Art Collection
La Maison D'Art Spagna - Maison d'Art Collection
3 out of 5
Via del Corso 112, Spagna, Rome
The price is AU$82 per night from 25 Oct. to 26 Oct.

Located in Rome City Centre, this hotel is steps away from Via del Tritone and Via del Corso. Trevi Fountain and Via Condotti are also within 5 minutes. Spagna ...

4.2/5Very Good! (71 reviews)

"Great place to stay, amazing staff and very friendly."…"

Reviewed on 10 Jan. 2020

La Maison D'Art Spagna - Maison d'Art Collection
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Holiday Rentals in Rome

Lungotevere Suite
Lungotevere Suite
Lungotevere Degli Artigiani 20, Rome, RM
The price is AU$105 per night from 7 Nov. to 8 Nov.

Located in Quartiere XI Portuense, this apartment building is within 2 miles (3 km) of San Camillo-Forlanini Hospital, Circus Maximus and Roman Forum. Baths ...

4.3/5Excellent! (216 reviews)
Lovely Hotel.

"Hotel room was large with a very large balcony. Everything you could need. We did not use public transport whilst there as the nearest hop on hop off bus was at the Collisium which was a 50 minute walk. Fortunately the weather was good. Could not find many local restaurants open for dinner on Sunday. ..."…"

Reviewed on 14 Oct. 2019

Lungotevere Suite
Casa de' Fiori Santo Spirito
Casa de' Fiori Santo Spirito
Via Del Banco Di Santo Spirito 52, Rome, RM
The price is AU$90 per night from 1 Nov. to 2 Nov.

Located in Vatican, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Corso Vittorio Emanuele II and Castel Sant'Angelo. Piazza Navona and Bambino Gesu Hospital ...

4.3/5Excellent! (127 reviews)

"Short and sweet"…"

Reviewed on 8 Nov. 2019

Casa de' Fiori Santo Spirito
Fabulous Village
Fabulous Village
Via Di Malafede 225, Rome, RM
The price is AU$58 per night from 27 Oct. to 28 Oct.

Located near the airport, this family-friendly campsite is within 6 mi (10 km) of Atlantico, Euroma2, and PalaLottomatica. Cinecitta World and Ostia Antica are ...

4/5Very Good! (765 reviews)

"The property was outdated a bit rundown. I found miouse droppings in the kitchen"…"

Reviewed on 5 Jul. 2020

Fabulous Village
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Popular places to visit in Rome

Colosseum
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Colosseum

4.5/5(312 reviews)

One of Rome's most famous landmarks, and one of the world's most notable monuments, no visitor to Rome should miss the opportunity to visit this iconic structure.

Trevi Fountain
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Trevi Fountain

4.5/5(313 reviews)

Alongside its more obvious treasures, Rome has an abundance of beautiful water features. There is none more spectacular than the Trevi fountain.

Piazza Navona
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Piazza Navona

4.5/5(226 reviews)

Comprising old papal buildings which still retain their original appearance, today, this are an outdoor meeting venue with open-air cafés and street entertainers.

Pantheon
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Pantheon

4.5/5(257 reviews)

Cast your eyes upon this famous monument, a combination of rich history and inspiring architecture that few buildings anywhere in the world can rival.

Spanish Steps
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Spanish Steps

4.5/5(274 reviews)

With a name that’s recognised all over the world, the Spanish Steps is another unforgettable landmark within the Italian capital, that every visitor should see.

Villa Borghese
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Villa Borghese

4.5/5(90 reviews)

Take a break from the busy city center and explore this vast network of pretty gardens and enthralling museums.

Top activities in Rome

Faster Than Skip-the-Line: Vatican, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Tour
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Faster Than Skip-the-Line: Vatican, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Tour

AU$80
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
Colosseum & Forum Tour with Gladiator’s Gate & Arena Floor
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Colosseum & Forum Tour with Gladiator’s Gate & Arena Floor

AU$110
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
Skip the Line: Colosseum, Forum & Palatine Hill Guided Tour
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Skip the Line: Colosseum, Forum & Palatine Hill Guided Tour

AU$80
Per adult
92% of travellers recommend
Rome in 1 Day: Skip-the-Line Vatican, Colosseum & Ancient Rome Guided Tour
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Rome in 1 Day: Skip-the-Line Vatican, Colosseum & Ancient Rome Guided Tour

AU$132
Per adult
82% of travellers recommend
Tuscany Taster Tour: Round-trip from Rome with Lunch & Wine
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Tuscany Taster Tour: Round-trip from Rome with Lunch & Wine

AU$212
Per adult
96% of travellers recommend
Private Arrival Transfer from Fiumicino or Ciampino Airport
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Private Arrival Transfer from Fiumicino or Ciampino Airport

AU$141
Per adult
74% of travellers recommend

Reviews of Rome

4.5

Top Destination

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3 - Okay
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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

13 May 2020

Rome is a beautiful, clean City rich in history and culture. Everyday is different and you are never bored. One of our favourite Cities. Al Braciere at Via della Chiesa Nuova,12 is just lovely and Guieseppi is a wonderful waiter. We went twice.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

22 Apr. 2020

Rome was fabulous with so much to see and friendly people. Streets were not as clean as cities in Australia still wonderful though

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

18 Feb. 2020

Absolutely loved Rome, one of our favourite cities so far!

4/5 - Good

Cat

8 Feb. 2020

A must see city with so many amazing ancient buildings and ruins.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

31 Jan. 2020

Romans are so friendly and gracious, a delightful breath of fresh air after a month traveling around Europe.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

25 Jan. 2020

Too much pasta & pizza.

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