"All Roads lead to Rome"
The ethereal place that has been magnetising the world since centuries, Rome never fails to amaze! The capital city of Italy, Rome is more than just a city; it's an experience! As you travel through its ancient streets and soak in the culture, you realise what's so special about it! It sits on the Tiber River in the Lazio region, and is the country’s largest and most populous city. The history of Rome spans fascinating two and a half thousand years and has left an imprint on many a modern day culture. The Roman Empire dominated the whole of Western Europe and the Mediterranean including North Africa for more than seven hundred years from the 1st century BC until the 7th century AD. Rome’s Vatican City is the most important site for Catholics all over the world and the city has been home to the Pope since the 1st century AD.
Rome has always been one of the world’s greatest attractions and in 2007; it was 11th in the list of most visited places and the most popular tourist attractions in Italy. The iconic sight of the Colosseum, and the Vatican Museums are amongst the world's 50 most visited tourist attractions. There is so much to Rome that you simply can't span a Rome itinerary on paper!
With an existence on the world history for last 2800 years, Rome is dotted with iconic structures that will stun you! No wonder why, the city centre of Rome is a UNESCO world heritage site. Food is also an important aspect that you have to explore when in Rome. The delightful pallet of Italian flavours is more than just food, it’s a luxury!
Travel to this opulent city of Italy, explore its museums, landmarks and art and you will fall in love with it!
As Anatole Broyard quotes, “Rome was a poem pressed into service as a City”.
Hotels & Restaurants Rome
PLACES TO STAY
- There are beautiful hotels all over the City, including the extravagant Hotel Eden and the fabulous Hotel Russie but for a taste of real Roman hospitality, take advantage of one of the myriad of boutique guesthouses and mini-hotels which are opening up all over the City.
- Buonanotte Garibaldi in bar-and-restaurant-packed Trastevere. Is owned by artist Luisa Longo and has three rooms, each decorated with her own hand-painted fabrics, while Casa Montani in Piazzale Flaminio is one of the best of a recently opened guesthouses, mixing contemporary classic style and attention to detail with family-style accommodation.
PLACES TO EAT
- Bar della Pace is a hang-out for local residents and Roman cinema and TV personalities who wait to be recognized. The best time for celebrity spotting is after dinner.
- At Gelato di San Crispino, the Alongi brothers make and serve the best gelato in the City using seasonal fruit and time-honoured recipes.
- Augustarello Testaccio consists of two simplistic rooms and a small summer garden. It’s in the heart of the community, and is proud of its uber-traditional Roman fare. It’s authenticity draws Romans from distant suburbs to eat here.
- For a truly up-to date Roman experience, it has to be Da Gino. No frills is the name of the game here and you can enjoy steaming plates of spaghetti all'amatricana and rabbit stew washed down with a carafe of honest (i.e. rough) house wine. Don’t forget to try the Tiramisu.
- For gourmet versions of Italy's famous pizza, head to La Gatta Mangiona, where they use extra-virgin olive oil, smoked mackerel and edible flowers among other ingredients.
- For light healthy cuisine, the Tree Bar is a hangout for creative types. You’ll find it under the birch trees in a small park near the tramlines. There’s a popular DJ set on Mondays.
How to reach Rome
- By Air: Rome has two main international airports, namely the Leonardo da Vinci/Fiumicino International Airport and the G.B. Pastine/Ciampino International Airport. The Leonardo da Vinci/Fiumicino International Airport is a modern and huge airport serving flights to and from all the major destinations across the globe. Late-night transfers are difficult since the buses are irregular after-hours. The G.B. Pastine/Ciampino International Airport is a relatively smaller and cheaper. It is closer to the city centre but no direct trains are available. Once reached the airport, these are the ways you can reach the city centre- From the Leonardo da Vinci/Fiumicino airport, there are two train lines: The Leonardo Express leaving every 30 minutes is the best way to reach the city centre from the airport. There are also private bus companies offering connections and you can also hire a taxi to reach the city centre.
- By Train: Roma Termini is the main train station of Rome and offers connections to all the major destinations in Italy. Roma Tiburtina, Roma Ostiense, Roma Trastevere and Roma Tuscolana are the other stations in Rome. For long distance travel, luggage storage is available.
- By Car: Rome is served by the motorway Grande Raccordo Anulare or GRA. GPS or a map is essential.
- By Boat: There are two ways to reach Rome by boat- cruise ships and ferries. Ferries operate ro Barcelona, Tunis, Toulon (France), Porto-Vecchio (Corsica), Olbia and Sardinia.
- By Car: You can hire a car for reasonable charges but the Rome Travel guide recommends avoiding it. The traffic is chaotic, parking is rare and the directions are difficult to find.
- By taxi: This is the most expensive way to get around Rome but a convenient and efficient one. Taxis run on meters but make sure the meter is working before you get in.
- By Bus: Probably the best way to get around Rome; the buses operate to all the parts of the city. There are also night buses are useful since the metros do not operate after 11.30 pm.
- By HO-HO Bus: Hop-on-Hop-off buses are a great way to explore all the attractions in Rome. Various companies operate these double-decker buses.
- By Tram: There are six tram lines operating in Rome # 2, # 3, # 5, # 8, # 14 and # 19.
- By Metro: There are three and a half Metro lines: A, B, its B1 branch and the new C line. Lines A and B cross at Termini, while line C doesn't reach the city centre.
- Light Rail: Nice option to reach the parts of the city like Viterbo or Ostia Antica.
- On foot: This is a beautiful way to explore the romantic city of Rome.
If you are planning to stay in Rome for three or more days, you can buy a Roma Pass which avails entry to the first two museums (except Vatican museums) and full access to public transport and reduced tickets to museums, exhibitions, music events, theatrical and dance performances.