Rome at a glance
Rome is truly a unique destination; the whole city is a large open air museum with ancient ruins dotting the landscape to create a literal symphony of past meets present architecture. With a history dating back 2,500 years, Rome is one of the oldest cities in Europe, earning it the title the Eternal City.
Playing a large role in the birthplace of Western civilisation, Rome has long held a place of importance, with beginnings as the capital of the Roman Empire to the modern day seat of the Papacy. Its city centre is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with a number of its iconic attractions topping the list of tourist destinations. The quintessential city break, there is plenty to do, see and experience in Rome.
Perfect if you’re looking for:
- Historical sightseeing
- Iconic sights
- A romantic getaway
It is easy to navigate many parts of the city on foot, with the majority of the ancient sites lying to the east of the Tiber River and the Vatican lying to the west. Narrow streets, chaotic traffic and lack of pedestrian zones in some areas can create a compact feel, especially during peak tourist periods. While the seemingly hectic movement of vehicles and people may strike visitors as unappealing, it does lend a certain unique energy and ethos to the experience that is Rome.
Dining in Rome
Adding to the historical splendour of the city is a dining scene not to be missed. World-renowned restaurants and less formal eateries called trattoria offer exceptional, freshly made, local cuisine. Italy is one of the top wine producing countries of the world, making the choice of wines and wine bars plentiful, while side streets and squares, called piazzas, offer up wonderful cafes, perfect for people watching while you enjoy a rich Italian coffee, cappuccino or decadent gelato.
Must-try local dishes:
- Pizza - in Rome the base is thin and crispy
- Cacio e pepe: grated Pecorino Romano and cracked black pepper, tossed with spaghetti and olive oil
Osprey Holidays top tips
Visit the Trevi Fountain after 6pm when the crowds have dissipated from the surrounding narrow streets and you are able to fully admire this amazing Baroque extravaganza which completely overwhelms the tiny piazza.
On the first Sunday of every month, cultural sites in Rome are free of charge including the Colosseum and Roman Forum, Palatine Hill and many of Rome's galleries and museums (some may require a small reservation fee or a fee for special exhibitions).
Get your tailor-made city break itinerary
Osprey Holidays can create a fabulous short break to Rome designed completely around your needs. We can arrange whatever you need, including:
- All travel and transfers on days of your choice
- Accommodation from our handpicked range of Rome hotels, to suit your budget and requirements
Our award-winning team can provide expert advice and recommendations, from general questions to tiny details. Contact us now for your tailor-made itinerary.
- Important information
Population 2,800,00 Languages Italian Currency Euro Visa Information No visa required for EU citizens
- Average temperatures
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- Interesting facts
The Roma Pass gets you free or reduced entry to many attractions, as well as three days travel on the city's buses and subway.
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- Distance from airports
Rome International 23 km
- Railway stations