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City Guide to Rome

A captivating blend of revered art, incredible architecture and sunny piazzas, the Italian capital of Rome combines epic history with the hustle and bustle of a major European city to create the perfect city break.

A city formed from seven hills, Rome is divided into districts typically named after the key attractions contained within them. Whilst each district is quite distinct in its own right, what unites the city is the relaxed and friendly nature of Rome’s 2.8m residents. The Italian people are famously passionate and this extends to their welcoming of guests – so don’t be surprised if a local insists on showing you a little restaurant they know of, or updating you on the latest exploits of the city’s two beloved football teams, AS Roma and SS Lazio.

Rome is a city that is steeped in glorious culture and history. Beginning with Baroque masterpieces such as St. Peter’s Basilica, the Spanish Steps and the Trevi Fountain, it is also possible to step back further into time to explore Rome’s place in the history of the Roman Empire. Of course, Rome’s long history means that it remains a live archaeological site – and don’t be too surprised if you chance across a dig taking place in the middle of the city – but many of the vestiges of Rome’s power are just waiting to be explored, not least the Roman Forum and breath taking Coliseum.

Rome is also home to the landlocked city state of the Vatican City. Visitors to Rome are free to explore the Vatican, which as well as being the heart of the Catholic Church, is home to many great works of its own – not least the Renaissance masterpieces of the Sistine Chapel and Palazzo Senatorio.

Travelling around Rome is quick and simple thanks to the city’s well organised bus services, but the narrow cobbled roads can just as easily – and arguably more pleasantly – be traversed on foot. You can cover all of Rome's most popular attractions with a Rome in One Day pass.

It is advisable to find a map of the city, particularly if you plan to visit some of the older districts where addresses can become a little confusing, but many a happy hour can be spent simply allowing yourself to become lost in the city. After all, you’ll never find yourself far from a little square where you can enjoy an espresso or gelato as the sun goes down.

One of the great attractions of Italy is the food, and Roman cuisine is arguably one of the finest examples of the style. Perhaps the most famous Roman dish is spaghetti carbonara, but Roman food is much more than simply pasta – like all Italian food it focuses on simply good quality seasonal ingredients. And the wine’s not bad either. Cin cin!

Guide to Exploring Rome

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Hilton Rome Airport

Hilton Rome Airport

Via Arturo Ferrarin 2, Fiumicino
of 5, from 1,351 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

This hotel is linked by the skywalk to a moving walkway to all the airport terminals; links to the train station and a free shuttle to the city centre.

Hotel Golden Tulip Isola Sacra Rome Airport

Hotel Golden Tulip Isola Sacra Rome Airport

Via Della Scafa 416, Fiumicino
of 5, from 633 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

This family-friendly Fiumicino hotel is located on the waterfront, within 3 mi (5 km) of Ostia Antica, Ostia Antica and Castello di Giulio II. Parco Leonardo and da Vinci Market Central are also within 9 mi (15 km).

Mercure Rome Leonardo da Vinci Airport

Mercure Rome Leonardo da Vinci Airport

Via Portuense 2470, Fiumicino
of 5, from 255 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Parco Leonardo, Ostia Antica, and Castello di Giulio II. Ostia Antica and da Vinci Market Central are also within 6 mi (10 km).

Hotel Jonico

Hotel Jonico

Via Silicella 41, Rome
of 5, from 122 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Cinecitta, this hotel is 1.4 mi (2.2 km) from University of Rome Tor Vergata and within 9 mi (15 km) of Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore and Teatro dell'Opera di Roma. Baths of Caracalla and Roman Forum are also within 9 mi (15 km).

Hotel Quirinale

Hotel Quirinale

Via Nazionale 7, Rome
of 5, from 1,349 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Central Rome hotel housed in a late 19th-century building retaining much Imperial grandeur, 500 metres from Quirinale Palace and one kilometre from the Colosseum.

Grand Hotel Olympic

Grand Hotel Olympic

Via Properzio 2/a, Rome
of 5, from 1,785 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

This Art Nouveau hotel is 1 block from Rome's Vatican Museums and 2 blocks from Saint Peter's Cathedral; it is near Via Cola di Rienzo shopping street, 1 kilometer from Castel S'Angelo and 3 kilometers from the Pantheon.

Hilton Garden Inn Rome Airport

Hilton Garden Inn Rome Airport

Via Vittorio Bragadin 2, Fiumicino
of 5, from 1,123 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Parco Leonardo, Ostia Antica, and da Vinci Market Central. Parco de' Medici Golf Club is 11.2 mi (18 km) away.

Hotel Tiber Fiumicino

Hotel Tiber Fiumicino

Via Della Torre Clementina 276, Fiumicino
of 5, from 649 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located on the waterfront, this family-friendly hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Parco Leonardo, da Vinci Market Central, and Ostia Antica. Castello di Giulio II and Ostia Antica are also within 6 mi (10 km).

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