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Conjuring images of high art and culture, grand history, and a flair for the finer things in life, Rome is one of the most significant cities in World history. Centre-piece of the Renaissance and the capital of the all-conquering Roman Empire, Rome is awash with triumphs of the past. The Rome of today proudly embraces its history and heritage via its many museums and art galleries, whilst sharing many characteristics with ancient Rome.

Composed of a network of sprawling tight streets and grand architecture that oozes art on every street corner, Rome is every inch the classic cool portrayed in golden Hollywood pictures such as Roman Holiday. The winding streets and alcoves mean that smaller city cars are your best choice for navigating Rome for sheer practicality, and let’s face it, for the image too.

Formerly known as the ‘Capital of the World’ but now content with being the capital city of Italy, Rome is located near the western Italian coast; an hour’s drive away from beaches overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea – part of the larger Mediterranean Sea. Warm and temperate, expect average temperatures in the mid-to-high twenties (Celsius) in the Summer months, dropping to average lows of around 8 degrees in January.

Rome is served by Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport (or simply just Fiumicino Airport) lying a 40-minute drive west of the city centre. Fiumicino Airport is the eight busiest in Europe, serving over 41 million customers in 2016 alone.

Not just a metropolitan city comprised of brick and glass, Rome is also home to the famous Seven Hills, the River Tiber and Monte Mario – the tallest hill in the region. So whether staying within the city walls or venturing further afield, Rome has enough to do and see for individuals, groups and families, regardless of your timeframe, budget or tastes.


Whether you wish to stay in the lap of luxury, or prefer your surroundings more grounded and authentic, Rome has plenty of options for you to lay your head.

The four-star Hotel Artemide is one of the most well-regarded in the city. A six-minute drive from the centre of Rome, Hotel Artemide is well located to local amenities and sights such as the Palazzo Massimo alle Terme – a museum housing classical art, jewellery, and Roman artefacts. Being in such a historic neighbourhood means that the rooms may be a little on the small side for some, but if it’s authentic Rome that you want then this is a small price to pay. Palazzo Navona Hotel is another highly rated hotel in central Rome. A stone’s throw away from the banks of the River Tiber and 15-minute drive from the very centre of the city, Palazzo Navona is equipped with a roof terrace perfect for wasting away the evening or for chilling out in the sun.

On the other side of Villa Borghese park and gardens you will find Aldrovandi Villa Borghese; a hotel worth pushing the boat out for. A 19th century ivory villa, Aldrovandi Villa Borghese is spacious and accommodating, and its outdoor pool is both luxurious and, at times, vital – especially during the hot summer months. Located a five-minute walk from the National Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art, or a one-minute drive if you are stopping by on your way to somewhere else.

If you are in Rome on business or staying briefly before moving on somewhere else, then staying somewhere near the airport might be ideal. Pick of the bunch is the Best Western Hotel Rome Airport, located a seven-minute drive from Fiumicino Airport, and offering guests free wifi, free parking, and even use of its outdoor swimming pool. Similar hotels to consider are the Hilton Garden Inn and Comfort Hotel Roma, both situated within a 15-minute drive of the Airport.

Food and Drink

A positive stereotype about Italy is that it is a country awash with excellent food and drink, a nation with a culture of fine dining and a respect for what goes into their bodies. That’s not to say that the only way to eat Rome is to splash the cash and throw caution to the wind, as you can experience excellent food no matter your budget or palate.

Birra e Sale should be near the top of everyone’s list; not quite a deli, not quite a craft beer pub, Birra e Sale offers a plethora of freshly baked breads, cured meats and local cheeses, all to be washed down with Italian craft and micro-brewed beers. After sampling Birra e Sale, head around the corner to Two Sizes for freshly baked cannoli and tiramisu. Both Birra e Sale and Two Sizes won’t break the bank, and are situated a 6-minute drive from the banks of the River Tiber.

If you are looking to push the boat out and live ‘la dolce vita’ then lunch at La Porta Del Principe is a must. Catering to all tastes including vegetarian and vegan, La Porta Del Principe is only open to the public from 12:30 to 2:30pm each day so soak up the sun in the romantic lush gardens of the restaurant grounds. If this is the trip of a lifetime though, then book ahead and get a spot at La Pergola, Rome’s only restaurant with three Michelin stars. Situated on the roof of the Waldorf Astoria hotel, La Pergola offers stunning view of Rome as you dine from Chef Heinz Beck’s intricately prepared menu.

Finally, no trip to Rome would be complete without taking a trip or five to Caffe Sant’Eustachio. A 15-minute drive from Rome’s centre, this coffee house has been established since the 1930s and guards their blended recipes with the utmost secrecy. Giolitti is another unforgettable café, offering smooth coffees as well as desserts and ice creams to die for.


Italy is one of the pre-eminent fashion countries on the planet, with Rome itself specifically listed as the fourth most important fashion city in the World, one place higher than London. Home to many illustrious fashion houses and designers such as Valentino, Bulgari and Fendi, Rome also houses luxury boutiques for some of the biggest names in high fashion such as Armani, Prada, Gucci and Dolce & Gabbana.

Rome isn’t all over-indulgence and designer clothing though. The Monti neighbourhood in the city centre is one that should not be missed. One of the oldest neighbourhoods in Rome at roughly 2000 years old, Monti has a real quaint and old-worldly feel, punctuated by a focus on charming boutiques and independent vendors rather than chains and massive corporations.

For the real hustle and bustle of Rome though, you will want to head to the Porto Portese Flea Market. Held every Sunday, the flea market offers a little bit of everything; from second hand wares and bric-a-brac, to homemade goods and antiques. Get there early and set aside a few hours of the day to get lost in a world of racks, rails and rummaging. A 20-minute drive from the city centre.

A 45-minute drive South of the city is Castel Romano designer outlet village. Here you will find famous multinational brands at vastly reduced prices such as Adidas, Gap and Nike, as well as discounted items from esteemed fashion houses like Moschino, Tommy Hilfiger, Versace and Hugo Boss, amongst others. Alternatively, there is Euroma2 shopping centre, also South of the city-centre, but only a 35-minute drive away. Euroma2 features stores such as Apple and Calvin Klein, as well as Italian institutions such as the coffee lover’s haven Bialetti and the official club store for AS Roma for all your ‘Giallorossi’ kits and merchandise.

Culture and Attractions

Rome has the distinction of being the only city in the World to host an entire separate country within its walls, the country in question being Vatican City. The capital of the Catholic Church, Vatican City is the home of the Pope, as well as museums, libraries, and the infamous Sistine Chapel which features Michelangelo’s World renowned fresco painting on its ceiling. The Vatican also houses St. Peter’s Basilica; the largest church in the world, with the main façade of St. Peter’s being considered a work of art, with such architects as Donato Bramante, Michelangelo, Carlo Maderno and Gian Lorenzo Bernini helping design and build it in the 16th and 17th century.

Rome is also home of one of the most hotly contested soccer derbies on the planet; the Derby della Capital contested by AS Roma and SS Lazio in Italy’s Serie A league. Roma and Lazio are both well respected and supported across the planet, thanks to past superstars such as Francesco Totti, Alessandro Nesta and Diego Maradona, in particular. Both teams play their games in Stadio Olimipico, a 70,000-seater stadium which was home to the Summer Olympic games in 1960 and the Fifa World Cup in 1990. Stadio Olimpico is roughly a 20-minute drive from the centre of Rome.

For families, Rome’s best attractions are those centred around making learning fun! Whether taking a tour around UNESCO World Heritage sites such as the breath-taking Colosseum and Pantheon, exploring the ancient Forum, or spending a day training to be a Roman gladiator, you and your little legionnaires will have hours of joy playing and exploring under the warm glow of the Mediterranean sun. If history is not your cup of tea, Rome offers everything from pizza making classes to treasure hunts in the Vatican. If you’re after something a little more thrilling and up-tempo, then venture to Rainbow Magicland theme park, located an hour’s drive south-east from the centre of Rome.

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