Mamma mia! Rome, the Eternal City, oozes history, breath-taking architecture, romance, religion, Italian style, culture, fashion and fantastic food! It's simply one of the most incredibly beautiful cities on the planet.kind.
This city is a must-visit for everyone as it offers culture, cuisines, style and history...
If Rome were a man he would be rugged and charming, a little loud at times, unnervingly hurried then frustratingly laidback, and drop-dead gorgeous. Intimidating as he sounds, he is sure to have you head over heels in love.
Flights to Rome drop you right into the lap of thousands of years of history; they dish up a menu of wonderful food and wine; and enable a city break quite unlike any other.
In the sprawling city of Rome you can wander in the footsteps of Caesar in the ancient parts of the Italian capital, such as the Colosseum and the Forum of the 'centro storico' (historic centre), or live 'La Dolce Vita', tracing the storyline to familiar movie locations such as the Trevi Fountain. And do make sure to slap on the shades as you stroll, as would the city's famous movie starlet daughter Sophia Loren.
The River Tiber runs through the City of Seven Hills, and the landscape of inner-city Rome is easily traversed on foot, though it's so vast you couldn't explore it all in one day.
Other tourist attractions in Rome include the Pantheon, the MAXXI National Museum of the 21st Century Arts, designed by world-famous architect Zaha Hadid, and the treasures of the Vatican City. Easter pilgrimages to the home of the Roman Catholic Church see prices for Rome flights shoot up in spring. St Peter's Basilica, the Sistine Chapel and the chance of seeing the Pope make a visit to the Vatican worthwhile for any visitor.
Car hire is a good option to save on airport transfers, especially if you want to get outside of the city or enjoy the freedom of an Italian road trip.
Flying into Rome is a breeze, with many airlines leaving from the UK. But be sure to price compare for bargains...
The exhausting and exhilarating city of Rome is only two to three hours from the UK and flight prices are highest in spring and autumn. The oppressive heat of summer can mean cheaper flight prices and, if you can stand the heat, it is a pleasant time to visit as the roads and pavements can be less crowded.
Getting to and from the airport
There are plenty of transfer options for getting from the airport to your accommodation in Rome...
Whether you arrive at Leonardo da Vinci - Fiumicino Airport (FCO) or Rome Ciampino Airport (CIA), transfers into the Eternal City are relatively easy.
From Fiumicino, trains take 30 minutes and cost around 15 euros. Taxis have a fixed tariff into central Rome (check the fare with the driver before setting off), and buses are slower, though cheaper.
Buses and taxis run from Ciampino, there is no train station here, though it's closer to the city centre than Fiumicino. Again, there's a fixed rate for taxi journeys into the city centre - introduced to combat a small number of unscrupulous cabbies.
Bella Roma is a city full of wonderful places to stay and rest your head after a day of living 'la dolce vita'...
Depending on the focus of your trip to Rome, it is possible to stay in any of the main districts and be able to visit all of the others by jumping on the underground metro train, walking or bus hopping.
That's the great appeal of the Eternal City - while there is an incredible amount of fantastic attractions, it is compact enough to see all of the main tourist sites in a few days.
If you're after a super-luxurious hotel, you'll find them mainly based by the Spanish Steps area. Expect to pay several hundred Euros a night but know you will be guaranteed a magical experience and possibly views over the stunning Villa Borghese public park.
If you want to be close to the splendour of the Vatican City and St Peter's Basilica, stay in the older part of the city across the River Tiber and stay in Aurelio - accommodation is often cheaper here too. If you're fit and enjoy walking, this a great choice as you are just a 20-minute stroll into the heart of the city.
The Roman Forum and Colosseum district are a great choice if you want to be in the cut and thrust of the city's famous sights. Hotels, B&Bs and guesthouses here are not as expensive as in the Spanish Steps district, but with this being Rome, accommodation is rarely 'cheap' and remember, prices shoot up during the religious holidays (especially Easter), weekends and summer.
The Central Station area is probably where you will find a younger crowd and the cheapest, central hotels. This is not the prettiest part of Rome and it is noisy, but for those on a budget it's good and handy for travelling further afield if you want to jump on a train. Not far from this area is the exclusive Via Veneto district which has some palatial hotels - many of which have accommodated royals, superstars and even presidents.