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Getting to, from and around Rome

Flights to Rome can be incredibly affordable, particularly during off-peak seasons. Both the main scheduled and low-cost airlines, like Ryanair and easyJet fly direct from the UK to Rome and is ideal for a weekend break, although you should expect cheaper prices during the week. It might also be worth looking at flight and hotel packages with tour operators like Jet2CityBreaks, TUI and easyJet Holidays, all of whom are ABTA and ATOL protected.

Getting Into The City

When flying into Rome's Fiumicino Airport, the easiest way to get into the city is by train. Regular services run into Termini, Rome's main train station where you can then get access to the Metro. There is also a coach service that's slightly cheaper.

Getting Around

Once you've arrived the main three Metro lines in Rome serve the majority of the tourist sites and travel cards can be purchased to save money and time, which include both the buses and the Metro. Being a tourist city, beware of pickpockets travelling on public transport and visiting busy tourist attractions. Hiring a car is only really feasible if you're going to spend a lot of time outside of the city.


Without a doubt, one of the best ways of seeing the city is by foot. Walking is a great way to explore, however, there are a lot of cobbled streets which may not be suitable for everyone. There are also walking tours you can book onto to make sure you don't miss out on any of the big sights. And be sure to take a long, leisurely walk through Villa Borghese.

When To Go

Holidays to Rome can be fun and exciting, and it's a great city to visit throughout the year, but there are probably some months that are better than others. The summer months of July and August can get pretty hot and busy with tourists, so you might want to avoid this time. The spring and autumn can be perfect times to visit when the weather isn't too hot, nor too cold.

Things To Do in Rome

Things to do in Rome

As one of the best city breaks to Italy, Rome is a city like no other, and there are plenty of things to do in this incredibly capital city, ranging from the free and budget-friendly, to the more pricier activities. Visiting many of the attractions like the Spanish Steps, Basilica of Santa Maria in Trastevere, Trevi Fountain, Piazza di Spagna and Piazza Navona are all free, so grab your phone and capture those must-see photos for Instagram. Of course, for kids studying ancient Rome and the Roman Empire at school, this is the place to bring them.

With so much to discover, sightseeing can be a bit overwhelming, but other top spots to add to your itinerary are the Pantheon in the Centro Storico, the Galleria Borghese via a stroll through Villa Borghese gardens, the Trevi Fountain (although head here early in the morning for excellent light and fewer people), and the ancient ruins in the Roman Forum.

The Colosseum

If you are visiting Rome, even on a quick trip, one thing you should definitely do is visit the Colosseum, one of the city's most iconic landmarks which was built nearly 2,000 years ago, hosting the likes of gladiator battles and the recreating of naval battles. An audio tour of the impressive amphitheatre is the best way to learn about its amazing past. Just be mindful that it can get very busy so it might be worth booking tickets in advance, especially in July.

Vatican City

Another must-see is the Vatican City and St. Peter's Basilica. This tiny state in the centre of Rome remains the home of the Catholic Pope and even has it's own television channel, but it's the Vatican Museums that everyone comes here for, and to see The Creation of Adam, Michelangelo's beautiful painting on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. If you're in town on a Sunday and the Pope is in residence, you may also get the chance to see him as he preaches to the crowds in St. Peter's Square.


There are some fabulous shops in Rome, although many more expensive than others. Via Dei Condotti is certainly worth strolling down, even if just to gawp at the incredible outfits in the expensive shop windows (think Bulgari, Jimmy Choo and Prada). Shopping that might be a bit more in everyone's price range (including ours) is Via del Corso which runs all the way from Piazza del Popolo to the impressive Victor Emmanuell II monument next to the Roman Forum.


Rome truly is a city of food. Whether enjoying a gelato in the beautiful grounds of Villa Borghese park, or tucking into some delicious Italian cuisine in Trastevere, there are so many cafes and restaurants to try out here.


As evening comes around, the piazzas come alive with cafes, bars and restaurants brimming with customers. There are loads of places for an after dinner drink, but if you want a bit more nightlife, the areas around Piazza Navona and the neighbourhood of Trastevere can get your night off to a good start!

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Where to stay in Rome

Staying in Rome can be cheap in two and three star hotels, however, staying central and within walking distance to the main attractions can come with a premium price. Be careful about hotels that say they are in Rome but are actually much further out to the coast. Always do your research. A cheap city break in Rome may actually cost you a lot in bus and metro fares, because your accommodation is out of the way.

If you are on a budget, hostels are a great option on a Rome holiday, and some even offer private rooms at a fraction of the price of a hotel. If on the other hand you fancy something a little better, companies like and have a great range of hotels for all budgets both within Rome city centre and on the outskirts.

Hotels With Rooftop Terraces

Many hotels in Rome have rooftop terraces and bars, which can be an amazing way to enjoy a spot of lunch or sunset drink as you enjoy the views across the Roman skyline. Hotels like the Atlante Hotel and the luxury five-star First Roma hotel have truly incredible views from a rooftop bar, but there are some budget friendly ones too.

Family Holidays

Although often set in smaller, historic buildings, certain hotels are much more family friendly. For example, you can book an interconnecting room at the Martis Palace Hotel lose to Piazza Navona which also has a babysitting serivce.

Iconic "Must-Dos" In Rome

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One of the most iconic buildings and attractions in the Eternal City, the Roman Colosseum was built almost 2,000 years ago and was named one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, being the world's largest standing amphitheatre.

Vatican City and River Tiber Rome

Vatican City

As the world's smallest city state, the infamous Vatican City packs an absolute punch. Home to the Vatican Museums, this place is a must-visit for any visitor to Rome, even if just to glimpse the Sistine Chapel ceiling by Michelangelo.

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Explore The Piazzas

There's no place like Rome for a bit of people watching. While you're certain to admire the statues and architecture amongst the famous piazzas, don't miss the chance to sit back and watch the world go by at a bar or cafe on the square.

Villa Borghese and gardens in Rome

Villa Borghese

If the city streets of bella Roma get a little too hectic, be sure to head to the calming surrounds of Villa Borghese and its relaxing gardens. These beautifully manicured gardens are just a short walk from the bustling Piazza del Popolo.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Rome

Anywhere central is great to stay on your trip, although this can cost more. Anywhere west of Termini train station is also a good idea.

Like many cities there are areas of Rome you might want to avoid, however these are generally in suburbs, so be sure to stick to the city centre and keep your wits about you. Often it's just life common sense.

Rome Colosseum tickets can cost less than € depending on the ticket you buy.

Aim for between 3 and 7 days in Rome, which gives you enough time to tick off bucket list activities and allows time for a bit of relaxing too, ideal if you have a hotel with a rooftop pool or bar.

Rome is great year round, but some of the best times to visit are in April, May and September when the temperatures aren't too hot and there aren't as many crowds.

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