Trips to Rome

Rome, the Italian capital, is one of Europe’s most visited cities. Known as the Eternal City, it has hosted hundreds of world-altering events since its founding over 2,700 years ago on the seven hills above the Tiber River. Rome has fascinated historians, philosophers and travelers alike throughout its rich history, from its early roots as a republic founded in the 8th century to its transition into a monarchy and empire. Its prominent involvement in the Renaissance and as host of papal power in Vatican City means that its enduring story includes a great deal of the religious, cultural and intellectual history that forms the bedrock of much of Western Civilization.

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Go off the beaten path on your Rome vacation

There's more to Rome than meets the eye—spend your free time exploring even more of the local culture.

Catch the sunset from Castel Sant’Angelo

Overlooking St. Peter’s Basilica, this is one of the best spots in the city for watching the sun set.

The Pantheon: A Building for the Ages

Built as a Roman temple to all gods, this structure is equal in both height and diameter and is one of Rome’s best preserved ancient buildings. Also known as the Church of St. Mary and the Martyrs, it became a church in the Middle Ages and is the final resting place of Raphael.

St Paul’s Basilica

St Paul’s Outside the Walls is known for its splendid 13th century apse and cloister, with the latter being recognized as one of the most magnificent in Rome. Below the altar is the purported tomb of St. Paul.

Authentic experiences

Rome’s food markets are a great place to grab some fresh fruits or vegetables.

The Fountain of the Four Rivers

Situated in the Piazza Navona and crowned with an Egyptian obelisk, this Bernini-designed fountain depicts the four rivers of the continents where papal authority had spread—namely, the Nile, the Danube, the Ganges and Rio de la Plata.

Enjoy Roman-style pizza

Whether you opt for the famous local thin-crust or something more familiar, pizza in Rome will not disappoint.

Colosseum

Commissioned by the Emperor Vespasian in A.D .72, this great amphitheater could accommodate 55,000 spectators.

Picnic on the Spanish Steps

This magnificent flight of stairs links the church of Trinita dei Monti with the Piazza di Spagna below. Completed in 1726 and considered the spot for prime people watching ever since, the Spanish Steps are perhaps the most famous 138 steps in the world.

Tips for Rome travel

Save room for lunch

Locals typically eat very little for breakfast: a cappuccino and maybe a croissant. Save room for indulging in the city’s more satisfying fare at lunch or dinner.

Prepare for the sun

If you’re traveling during the warmer months, make sure to pack a sun umbrella or hat, sunglasses and plenty of water—there is very little shade in the city.

Know that Rome is a big city

Bring comfortable clothes and a relaxed attitude—Rome is a large city. Supportive shoes will help on the cobblestone streets. If you’re using public transport, take the bus over the train.

Tips for Rome travel

Save room for lunch

Locals typically eat very little for breakfast: a cappuccino and maybe a croissant. Save room for indulging in the city’s more satisfying fare at lunch or dinner.

Prepare for the sun

If you’re traveling during the warmer months, make sure to pack a sun umbrella or hat, sunglasses and plenty of water—there is very little shade in the city.

Know that Rome is a big city

Bring comfortable clothes and a relaxed attitude—Rome is a large city. Supportive shoes will help on the cobblestone streets. If you’re using public transport, take the bus over the train.

 
 
 

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