Rome Travel Guide & Information

Rome, lovingly known as "The Eternal City", is home to a plethora of landmarks that have made this city a popular tourist destination. When in Rome, you are in the epicenter of several sightseeing opportunities and attractions. The city offers many photogenic landmarks, like The Vatican, the Trevi Fountain, St. Peter's Square, the Spanish Steps & the Coliseum and much more.

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Flights to Rome will take you on a journey to a city that boasts a history spanning over two-thousand years; Rome is one of the founding fore-cities and most powerful cities in Western Civilization. Rome was home to some of the most powerful Popes, such as Alexander VI and Leo X, who transformed the city. Today, Rome is a modern center of the arts and one of the major centers of the Italian Renaissance.

Modern Rome is a bustling cosmopolitan metropolis, and Italy's capital. Rome is a city rich in history, art and culture and the vastness of its priceless monuments and treasures have made it one of many UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Travel to Rome, a city that is truly a perfect mix of spectacular art, grand history and exuberant street life.

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Things to do in Rome

Museums:

If you are in Rome for the Arts, the city offers several world class museums.

Galleria Borghese: The Borghese Gallery is an art gallery in Rome. The Galleria Borghese houses a substantial part of the Borghese collection, including paintings, sculpture and antiquities. Named after, Cardinal Scipione Borghese, the nephew of Pope Paul V, this incredible gallery will not disappoint.

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Museo delle Mura: Located at the beginning of the Old Appian Way, inside Porta San Sebastiano, the museum highlights the architectural history of Rome's walls and allows access to the only section of the wall-walk that’s open to the public.

Museum of Roman Civilization: The Museum of the Roman Civilization is devoted to Ancient Roman civilization. It was designed by architects, Pietro Ascheri, D. Bernardini and Cesare Pascoletti. With 59 sections illustrating the history of Roman civilization, from origins dating back to the 4th century, with models and reproductions, as well as original works of art.

Must See:

Rome is host to other prominent "Must See" landmarks and attractions that are sure to delight and entertain during your vacation.

The Pantheon: The Pantheon is the best preserved temple of ancient Rome, rebuilt in the 2nd century AD, by Emperor Hadrian. Almost two thousand years after it was built; the Pantheon's dome is still the world's largest unreinforced concrete dome. The height and diameter of the interior circle are vast and astonishing. A rectangular structure links the portico with the rotunda. It is one of the best preserved of all the ancient Roman buildings.

The Colosseum: The Colosseum or Roman Coliseum, originally the Flavian Amphitheatre, is an elliptical amphitheatre in the center of the city of Rome. It is one of the greatest works of Roman architecture and Roman engineering and one of Rome's most popular tourist attractions.

Trevi Fountain: Trevi Fountain is perhaps one of the most photographed water fountains in the world. A traditional legend states that if visitors throw a coin in the fountain, they are ensured a return to Rome. Immortalized in Three Coins in the Fountain and La Dolce Vita, the Fontana di Trevi was designed by Nicola Salvi in 1732.

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Where to Stay in Rome:

"The Eternal City" is an extremely popular tourist destination and that means there is an abundance of accommodations, ranging from cheap hotels to 4-Star Hotels Under $99, hostels, bed and breakfast inns and luxury hotels.

Centro Storico or Historic Center: The Historic Center is home to the majority of luxury hotels found in Rome. The area also boasts numerous budget hotels and hostels. The Centro Storico also has many small, but elegant hotels, often in old palaces, with well-kept and welcoming rooms. Some even have balconies with views of the city.

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Aventino-Testaccio: Aventino is named for the hill which rises up near the Tiber River, and is one of the legendary Seven Hills of Rome. Testaccio is an area in the southwest of Aventino along the bank of the Tiber and is named for the eighth hill of Rome. In Testaccio you can find awesome traditional Roman restaurants, and at night, if you’re looking for bars and nightclubs, you’re in the zone. Aventino is also an oasis, replete with gardens, cloisters and outdoor markets.

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Passport & Visa Requirements

For US Citizens:

Rome is a part of the Schengen Agreement. U.S. citizens may enter Rome for up to 90 days for tourist or business purposes without a visa.

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* If you are traveling for any other purpose, you may need to obtain a visa.

* Your passport should be valid for at least three months beyond the period of stay.

* The 90-day period begins when you enter any of the Schengen group of countries.

For Canadian Citizens:

A tourist visa is not required for stays of less than 90 days within a 6-month period.

* A Canadian passport is required for Canadians intending to visit the Rome.

* The passport must be valid for at least three months beyond the date of the expected departure from the country.

This requirement applies to all travelers, regardless of age, including children.

We strongly recommend that you check out the latest travel alerts, various airlines baggage policies and travel safety tips, so that you do not miss out on any of the fun while visiting Rome.

*Kindly note that we take the utmost care in providing you with correct information at all times. However, the passport and visa regulations are subject to change and we strongly urge you to check the requirements directly with the US passport office and, or the Canadian Passport Office before traveling.

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When to visit Rome

Being one of the major art cities in Europe, Rome is a popular year round destination. The most popular times to visit are the spring and fall, when the weather is delightful and ideal for sightseeing.

Budget travelers can choose to visit Rome during winters as well. Summers are pretty hot.

Planning your Visit:

High season: (Mid-April to June, September to Mid-November, Mid-December to Mid-January)

Low season: (Mid-January to Mid-April)

Rome Weather/Climate

Rome enjoys a typical Mediterranean climate that is characteristic by the Mediterranean coasts of Italy. The weather in Rome during the summer can be uncomfortably hot.

* During the summer, temperatures can exceed 95°F by mid-day. Many Romans close their businesses during August to take holidays to cooler destinations.

* The best time to travel to Rome is during the spring, when the skies are blue and the weather is warm. Rain showers, of course, happen year round.

Currency and Language

Currency:

ATMs are available in many parts of Rome. Be sure to let your bank know that you’re traveling to Rome before departing.

Languages:

* The official language of Rome is Italian.

* In high tourist areas, English and French are spoken. However, you might want to consider learning a few basic Italian phrases before your vacation to Rome.