A Roman holiday is an unforgettable experience. Book hotels in Rome to make special memories that will last a lifetime...
Take a tourist bus to see the sights. For walking, Rome is very easy to get to know so you won't get lost easily. You can walk from the Trevi Fountain to the Spanish Steps and Piazza Navona, with its triple fountains, in less than half an hour. Take the metro for trips to the Vatican and St Peter's or other famous papal churches, such as Santa Maria Maggiore or St John Lateran.
Ancient Rome is a compact area around the Coliseum, the Roman Forum, the Baths of Caracalla and the Circus Maximus. As you walk on Via Fori Imperiali in downtown Rome with the Forum on your right-hand side, look out for the statue of the Emperor Trajan. There's a bus stop close to the statue which, historians recently discovered, is the place where Julius Caesar was stabbed.
There is a huge selection of bars and restaurants in Rome for all tastes and budgets. Choose simple, delicious, traditional Italian food with homemade pasta or coffee and pastries, as well as the famous gelato, the ice cream. Plan your trip if you need a taxi in the early evening. Roads such as Via del Corso are closed to traffic for a few hours during the early evening and transformed into a pedestrian zone.
Rome is always full of visitors so hotels should be booked well in advance. The weather is fine year round so just choose the temperature that suits you. There's plenty of shade in the summer and it's never too cold in winter. Christmas and especially Easter are the busiest times in Rome. If you want to visit the Vatican museums, January and February are the months when the crowds are thinnest.
Head out of town to explore the old Roman port of Ostia Antio, to Tivoli, an ancient town in Lazio, or laze on the beaches close by, even as late in the year as November.
Rome has a huge range of accommodation, from cheap bed and breakfasts to luxury five-star hotels...
Many smaller Rome hotels are privately owned and managed. Some older palaces in the centre have been converted to top-class hotels. Best Western, just off the Via del Corso, Rome's main shopping street and a short hop from the Spanish Steps, is an example.
The Via Veneto is one of the most exclusive and famous Roman streets. It winds down a hill from the Barberini metro station to the Fontana di Trevi. The 1960s film 'La Dolce Vita', directed by Frederico Fellini, was shot in this area. The NH Vittorio Veneto hotel stands at the top of the hill in the calm of the Borghese Gardens, with the Jumeirah and Westin hotels further down the hill. The Radisson hotel is located nearest to the Coliseum. The Hilton, Sheraton and Barcelo hotels are good choices close to the airport.
Rome is dotted with landmarks that must be seen to be believed...
The stories of ancient Rome come to life in this dazzling city and the following five attractions are merely the cream of a tantalising crop.
Top five attractions
The Sistine Chapel, St Peter's Basilica and the wonderful Vatican Museums can be explored in this city-state within Rome. Many visitors spend at least half a day in the museums, though most return again and again to see more of the seat of the Roman Catholic Church and the home of the Pope.
A striking and inspiring testament to the power and vision of ancient Rome, this amphitheatre once welcomed tens of thousands who watched gladiatorial battles and other public spectacles. Combine your visit with time at the neighbouring Roman Forum, the site of dozens of ruins of important empire buildings.
A temple to the gods of ancient Rome, the Pantheon is nearly 2,000 years old. Marvel at the perfect circular opening (the oculus) in the dome.
Dawn, noon, dusk, night: it doesn't matter when you visit, you will jostle for space to see what is perhaps the world's most famous fountain. It is a striking piece of art and once you've found your spot to sit and stare you'll find it hard to leave.
Visit the Villa Borghese to see a fine collection of art in sublime surroundings. It's a great rainy-day activity in Rome.
Discover what's on when in Rome...
While not really known for its annual events, there's plenty on the calendar to enjoy.
Natale di Roma; April: Be in the city to say happy birthday to Rome as it celebrates its founding on April 21 753BC by Romulus and Remus. There are street parades and many fireworks.
Rock in Roma; June/July: The Capannelle Racetrack hosts this annual collection of rock musicians and fans.
Rome Film Festival; October/November: Ten days of all things film take place late in the year and attract movie fans and a good scattering of recognisable stars from the silver screen.