Rome City Guide – Discover The Best Of Rome

Rome travel guide

The ancient seat of the progenitors of Western Civilisation, Rome is a classic European city that is a mix of historic ruins, stunning works of art & architecture, great food and a vibrant city life making it one of the most beautiful and romantic cities in the world.


Rich History
The traditions of Rome lay its foundation to the legends of Romulus and Remus on Palatine Hill on April 21st, 753 BCE. Since then, an unbroken cultural link has progressed with the city and permeated every facet of Rome - from art and architecture to food and traditions. The urban development of Rome began with its foundation and over 2,500 years, the cityscape has evolved into a breathtaking open-air museum that is unrivalled in the world. From the emphatic ruins of the Colosseum to the historic center in the Roman Forum and fountains of Trevi, Rome is steeped in historical riches that need to be experienced.

Art & Architecture
That Rome is a historical city with a trove of artistic treasures within its walls comes as a surprise to no one. Standing at the frontier of western art as it evolved over centuries, Rome has inspired a number of artists to continuously push the boundaries of human achievement. While the museums in Rome are home to ancient Roman and Greek statues, Renaissance frescoes adorn the city's churches and Baroque facades decorate historic piazzas. All it takes is a leisurely stroll through the city to come across masterpieces by Michelangelo, Caravaggio, Raphael and Bernini.

Wine & Dine
Visiting Rome is as much about the food as it is feasting on art and architecture. Eating out in Rome is one of the finer pleasures of visiting this unique city. While there are a number of world-class fine dining restaurants throughout the city, a true Italian culinary experience can only be felt in a local pizzeria or a neighbourhood trattoria. Preferred by the locals themselves, these eateries are renowned for their pizzas, fresh bread and pastas, freshly brewed coffee and wine straight from the hills of Castelli Romani.


Best of Rome

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  • Colosseum
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  • Roman Forum
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  • Vatican Museums
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  • St. Peter's Basilica

Colosseum

Constructed in 70 AD, the amphitheatre once served as Rome’s epicenter for entertainment, hosting regular gladiator contests and other public spectacles such as animal hunts, mock sea battles, and more. For more information, check out our in-depth Colosseum guide.


Note:
• Your tickets to the Colosseum include access to the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill.
• We highly recommend purchasing your tickets online. Offline tickets on-site will require you to queue up, sometimes upto 2 hours long.

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Roman Forum & Palatine Hill

2,000 years ago, Rome’s kings and councils strategized the fate of the empire from within the grand palaces and temples of the Roman Forum and the Palatine Hill. From the Temples of Saturn and Vesta, to the mighty arches of Titus and Severus, the ruins of the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill are testaments to one of the greatest chapters in world history. For more information, check out our in-depth guide on the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill.


Note:
• Your tickets to the Roman Forum include access to Palatine Hill and the Colosseum.

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Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel

With roughly 70,000 works of art, the Vatican Museums exhibit renowned classical artworks and masterpieces of Renaissance art accumulated by Popes through the centuries.

The prominence and notability of the Vatican museums culminates into the most spectacular of all, the Sistine Chapel - renowned for its frescoes painted by Raphael and Michelangelo. For more information, check out our in-depth Vatican guide.

Note: • Similar to the Colosseum, the queues at the Vatican are known to stretch between 1-3 hours long. We highly recommend getting your tickets online to avoid this queue.
• Also check out our collection which includes early access tickets to the Vatican Musuems. These tickets get you access to the museums before the opening hours, thus allowing you to explore its collections without the crowd.

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St. Peter's Basilica

St. Peter’s Basilica is Italy’s largest, richest and most magnificent church. Designed principally by Bramante, Michelangelo, and Bernini; it is the most renowned work of Renaissance architecture and the largest church in the world. Seeing over 80,000 visitors per year, St. Peter’s Basilica is the perfect spot for history-lovers, artists, pilgrims and tourists alike. For more information, check out our in-depth St. Peter's Basilica guide.


Note:
Being a free attraction that requires no tickets (except for guided tours and priority entrance tickets), the queues at St. Peter's Basilica are notoriously long and can stretch up to 2 hours long. To avoid the queue, it is recommended that you get your tickets online.

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  • Borghese Gallery
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  • Roman Catacombs
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  • Rome Sightseeing
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  • Day Trips

Borghese Gallery

Borghese Gallery is the principal home of the collection of sculptures and art that were put together by the legendary Borghese family. Some of the most famous works of art in the Borghese Gallery includes David with the Head of Goliath and Boy with a Basket of Fruit by Caravaggio, The Deposition by Raphael and Apollo and Daphne and David by Bernini among others. For more information, check out our in-depth Borghese Gallery guide.


Note:
With visits limited to 2 hours for every visitor, the queues at the Borghese also stretch up to 1-2 hours long. Similar to the other attractions in Rome, you 're better off getting your ticekts online.

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Roman Catacombs

The Roman Catacombs (Catacombe di Roma) are ancient burial grounds under the Eternal City. The Catacombs are of immense historical significance, for both religion and art. While it shows the growth and practices of early Christianity in Ancient Rome, its frescoes and sculptures are of great importance in art history.

There are more than 40 catacombs in Rome and were built along the roads leading out of Rome – Via Appia, Via Ostiense, Via Labicana, Via Tiburtina, and Via Nomentana. Today, a few of them are open to public and worth visiting, and are best experienced through guided tours. For more information, check out our in-depth Roman Catacombs guide.

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Rome Sightseeing

There is so much to explore for a first-time visitor to Rome that planning, getting tickets and sorting the ins and outs of each attraction can easily get overwhelming. Thankfully, city passes and hop-on-hop-off bus tours make this extremely easy. You not only get free and prioritized admission to some of the most popular landmarks in the city, but your transportation woes are also taken care of.

Most visitors go for the Roma and OMNIA Vatican pass. With it, you get free admission to attractions in both Rome and Vatican. You also get free public transportation and access to a 3 day hop-on-hop-off tour of Rome.

For more information, check out our guide on Rome hop on hop off tours and Rome city passes.


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Day Trips

Rome and the surrounding regions of Italy are an amalgamation of artistic heritage & culture, ancient ruins, breathtaking landscapes, vibrant picturesque streets, cheerful bars and cafes and many more hidden treasures. Not only is there so much to see in Rome, but it is also blessed to have so many wonderful locations close by that can be easily visited when you visit Rome.

Some of our most popular day trips from Rome are those that visit Florence, Venice, Naples, Pompeii, Amalfi, Sorrento and Tivoli. For more information, check out our in-depth Day trips from Rome guide.


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Itineraries

Take a look at these meticulously crafted itineraries that have been designed to help you make the most of your stay in Rome - taking in all that makes Rome the vibrant city that it is and not missing out on the classical aspects of the city that define its fabric.

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