More than a Romantic Destination:
Places to Visit in Rome
One of the biggest misconceptions that tourists have is thinking that Rome in Italy is not the place to be if you are a single traveller or a family exploring new cities together. Although the Italian city is considered as one of the most romantic destinations in the world, it does have a lot to offer for single or group travellers. When you book a hotel in central Rome, you can be right where the action is and simply sit by a cafe as you go people watching. Or, you can find a hotel in Rome city center that allows you to explore some off-the-beaten path destinations.
Must-Visit Sightseeing Attractions in Rome
Whether you're a pair of honeymooners, a solo traveller or if you are touring Rome with the rest of the family, here are some of the must-visit sightseeing attractions that you should be checking out:
The Vatican and the Vatican Museum.
The smallest yet most influential city in the world is the Vatican, which is the holy place for all Roman Catholics. When visiting Rome, make sure to stop by the Vatican and check out the Vatican Museum - even if you're not a Roman Catholic. The mere history of the place will amaze you, and the grounds are considered sacred by the religious worshippers so it really is a sight to behold.
The Piazza di Spagna.
The best time of the year to visit the Piazza di Spagna is during spring or summer. The piazza is a gorgeous esplanade which is located near the Church of Santa Trinit dei Monti. Both locals and foreign visitors frequent the place where you can simply hang out and enjoy the view.
The La Perloga Restaurant.
One of the most iconic restaurants in Rome is called La Pergola. The dining establishment is situated at a rooftop in Cavalieri Hilton so you can have a gorgeous view of the city from above while enjoying the mouth-watering dishes that the restaurant has to offer.
The Square Colosseum.
The Square Colosseum is a frequently overlooked, yet equally important part of the history of Rome. The structure is an example of Fascist architecture, and was designed by Guerrini and Lapadula at the request of Mussolini.
The kid-friendly attractions in Rome.
Finally, if you are travelling to Rome with the rest of the family, you should head over to the Children's Museum, the 3D Rewind feature, the Giardino Zoologico, the Planetarium, the Zoomarine and the Museo delle Cere or the Wax Museum.
About Roma (Rome), Italy
It is said that no other city comes close. Rome or Roma, as it is known in Italy, may no longer be "caput mundi" - the capital of the world, but it is
still a beautiful city, an epic, bubbling metropolis of lost empires, with a history still alive, as it ever has been. It is also said that it takes only
one visit for this gorgeous Italian destination to makes its way in to your heart and never leave.
As the country's largest and most populated city, with 2.7 million souls living within its limits, Rome tends to overwhelm visitors, from the very first
step taken. As walking through the streets, elderly ladies chatting, priests with cigars, the sound of traffic jams and the arousing smell of freshly made
pizzas and other delicious treats that characterize the world-wide popular Italian cuisine, from the packed outdoor terraces spread around the city, start
to paint the big picture that make Rome such a popular and buzzing destination.
As one of the most popular tourist destinations in the European Union, Rome draws enthusiasts from all over the world, with its world-famous historical
landmarks that include the Colosseum, the Pantheon and the Forum, but also because of its romantic spots such as Trevi Fountain, Piazza Navona or the
Spanish Steps, as well as due to the fact that it is home to Vatican City, the heart of the Catholic religion, including St. Peter's Cathedral, with its
wonderful statues, fountains and gorgeous church dome, plus many, many other such appealing attractions.
To get a taste of what the city has to offer its visitors, in addition to the already reminded attractions, also to be reminded there are the many
captivating and interesting museums found within the city, of course, the city's so popular and beautiful squares and fountains, Temple of Hercules, The
Mouth of Truth, Santa Sabina, Knights of Malta, Temple of Portunus, Isola Tiberina, Quirinal Palace, Trastevere, Villa Borghese and the list could go on
There are so many places to see and things to do in Rome that it is impossible for one to say that visiting the city is a boring experience. Regardless of
the duration, no stay could be anywhere close to boring.
"The Eternal City", as Rome is also known, has an immensely rich historical heritage and cosmopolitan atmosphere, which are two of the things that make it
one of the most influential and most beautiful capitals, and one of the most visited and most famous world-wide destinations. The city is also known for
its sparkling and thriving nightlife scene, as well as for being heaven for "shappaholics", also being regarded as one of the fashion capitals of the
It is, arguably, correct to say that the city could be divided into two popular tourist areas: Ancient and Catholic Rome. The main areas for exploring and
admiring the ruins of ancient Rome is in the Colosseo, on either side of Via dei Fori Imperiali, which links the Colosseum and Piazza Venezia, dating from
the 1930's, from the time of Mussolini.
After visiting the Colosseum, visitors could, perhaps, head south to the Baths of Caracalla, and afterward, south-east on the old Apian Way, passing along
the city's well-preserved historical wall, and continuing to the Roman ruins, which include the Circus of Maxentius, the Villa dei Quintili and the tomb of
Being home to more than 900 churches, for a real Catholic religious experience, the only thing visitors have to do is just pick. Regardless of the choice,
a pleasant and unforgettable experience is certain, giving that each and every church is characterized by a rich range of astonishing decor, ranging from
fine classical art to tacky electric candles.
The Seven Hills of Rome are also a delight for the eyes and definitely worth checking out. Given that generation of buildings had been constructed on top
of each other and the construction of tall buildings in the valley have made the hills less pronounced than they were originally, it could be a little
difficult for a first-time visitor to identify them, but they're there, just waiting to be discovered and admired once again!
In fewer words, Rome is a city of love, wonder and most of all, culture and history, with more than enough appealing attractions to offer its visitors, in
order to give them an unforgettable, memorable travel experience. It is part of Italy - a tourist destination extravaganza, and that says it all!
Getting In/Around Rome
Getting to Rome
Rome is served by two main international airports: Leonardo da Vinci/Fiumicino International Airport, well connected to the city center by public
transportation, and Ciampino International Airport, which is situated southeast of the city - Rome's low-cost airline airport.
To reach the city, from the airport, visitors can either take a taxi, with the usual charge being a fixed price of 40 EUR (but they often tend to over
charge), take the train, if flying into Leonardo da Vinci/Fiumicino Airport, which is served by 2 train lines - the Leonardo Express trains and a suburban
train, or, by taking the bus - COTRAL/Schiaffini operates bus services to the city, from both airports.
From Ciampino Airport there are several direct bus services, all of which stop at Termini, in Downtown Rome: Rome Airport Shuttle (15 EUR per person), Sit
bus shuttle (6 EUR one-way or 10 EUR with return), Terravision (6 EUR one-way or 12 EUR return when booked online), and COTRAL's direct line, which costs
about 5 EUR one-way, the trip lasting approximately 40 minutes.
Getting Around in Rome
There are many ways to get around in Rome, but, of course, the most pleasant one is by walking, this way being able to see everything and not miss
anything. However, preferences may vary, so the alternatives are: by car, by bus, by bike, by taxi, by tram, or by metro.
If planning on staying more than 3 days in the city, perhaps, a good idea would be to purchase a Roma Pass, which costs around 25 EUR, and, which gives you
free admission to the first 2 museums of archaeological sites visited, including full access to the public transportation service, as well as discounts and
reduced tickets to any museums or sites you may want to visit, also exhibitions, theatrical and dance performances, music events or other tourist such
The public transportation service within the city is operated by ATAC. You can buy tickets from "Tabacchi", which you can easily spot by looking for the
You can use the tickets for bus, metro or tram. The fares are as follows: a single ticket ride costs 1 EUR, an Integrated Daily Ticket is 4 EUR, an
Integrated Tourist Ticket is 11 EUR, an Integrated Weekly Ticket is 16 EUR, a Monthly Pass is 30 EUR, and an annual pass is 230 EUR.