Welcome to the eternal city, welcome to one of the world's most romantic cities, welcome to Italy’s capital, welcome to Rome! Powerful, seductive and charming Rome combines history, monuments, museums, architecture masterpieces, galleries and of course amazing, delicious food and good wine. It is actually a 2,500 year-old living museum. On the one side, there are the remains of the Roman Empire glory and, on the other side, there is the imposing Vatican City, the heart of Christianity. Despite the fact that they are characteristics of different eras, they both belong to the same city and that's what makes it so unique. Get ready to explore and fall in love with Rome.
Pack your sneakers or the most comfortable shoes you have! Rome is a fabulously walked city; you can go everywhere on foot. Don't be afraid to get lost in the city. In every turn you take, you bump into different Piazzas, magnificent churches and beautiful neighborhoods that any tour guide would advise you to visit.
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When to Visit
January & February Lower hotel rates and near-empty museums. It is the best time to visit Rome if you want to avoid the biggest crowds. Incredible discounts in many famous brands, such as Moschino, Armani and more.
March & April Fewer crowds and warm temperatures. Rome organizes Natale di Roma on April 21, in order to celebrate its legendary foundation with fireworks and live band concerts at various locations.
June – August High season with high temperatures and the heaviest tourist traffic in Rome. The Estate Romana festival is Rome’s big summer festival and involves a variety of cultural events such as concerts and museum openings.
The Flavians Amphitheater, as it is originally known was completed in 80 AD. When emperor Titus inaugurated Colosseum, he declared a hundred days of celebrations. The audience could reach up to 6,500 people and it was mainly used for brutal games such as battles between gladiators or wild animals, executions or ancient theatre.
January 2-February 15 08:30AM- 04:30PM
February 16-March 15 08:30AM-05:00PM
March 16-Last Saturday of March 08:30AM - 05:30PM
last Sunday of March-August 31 08:30AM-07:15PM
September 1-September 30 08:30AM - 07:00PM
October 1-last Sunday of October 08:30AM-06:30PM
The last Sunday of October-December 31 08:30AM - 04:30PM
Closed: January 1st, May 1st and December 25th
Price: €12/reduced ticket €7.50/Visitors aged 18 and under free entrance
Free entrance for all on the first Sunday of the month.
Due to security reason, big backpacks, camping and luggage or trolleys are strictly forbidden. All bags must be screened by metal detectors and will be opened and visually inspected. If you have pre-booked your ticket make sure you will arrive at least 15 minutes earlier. For information or reservations call at +39 (0)6 399 677 00. To reserve entrance by telephone, contact the Call Center from Mondays to Saturdays 09:00AM - 01:30PM and 02:30PM - 05:00PM.
Outside of the Colosseum you will see the costumed gladiators! Be aware that if you want a picture with them, ask the price first, because it's definitely not for free, and you don't want to find yourself arguing with them for €5. You should better avoid them, unless you are willing to hand over the funds.
Tradition holds that if you throw a coin into the water, one day you will return back to the eternal city. One of world's most famous fountains and Rome’s largest Baroque fountain, Fontana di Trevi back in Roman times was the terminal point of Aqua Virgo aqueduct, which was used to provide water for the city. The renovation of the old fountain started in 1732 and was completed in 1762 by Giuseppe Panini. The God of the sea, Oceanus stands in the middle in a shell-shape chariot, drawn by seahorses led by Triton. To the sides are the statues of Salubrity to the right and Abundance to the left. It can get very busy during the day by hundreds of tourists throwing coins and trying to take a nice picture, but to be honest, you will always find a nice spot to have your moment for a couple of minutes. On the other side, if you can't stand the crowd, visit late at night or early in the morning.
The world's smallest independent state and the Holy center of Catholic Church with the pope as its head; Vatican is not only a religious but also a cultural site. Inside the city of Vatican you can find St. Peter’s Square, 11 museums with collections of Greek, Etruscan, Egyptian and Roman antiquities, Raphael Rooms, Gallery of Maps and Gallery of Tapestries and of course the masterpiece of Sistine Chapel, Michelangelo’s most famous work.
Open: Monday-Saturday: 09:00AM - 06:00PM (Last admission 05:30PM)
Closed: January 6th, February 11th, April 17th, May 1st, June 29th, August 15th and 16th, November 1st, December 8th, 25th and 26th
Price: €17 for a full entry ticket/€8 reduced ticket/Last Sunday of the month free entrance
"Skip the line" ticket €17+€4 (with booking on the official Vatican Museums website)
Vatican is a must-see for every visitor so expect huge queues all time per year. If you want to skip the line, book a tour in advance. Tours are the best option, not only to skip the line but also because the tour guides will properly explain to you the history and the artwork inside. They will also take you everywhere you need to go and you will not lose precious time trying to find where everything is located. In case you haven't booked online in advance, there are always last minute tours that you can book just outside of Vatican City with professional tour guides. However, it is very important to bargain in order to save money. Visit www.museivaticani.va to discover many types of tickets and prices.
This spectacular cathedral was until recently the largest church ever built and is part of the Vatican City complex. Built on top of the burial site of Saint Peter, St Peter’s Basilica took the shape it has today in 1626. It is a masterpiece of the Renaissance architecture and is considered as the holiest Catholic church. The interior of the Basilica is filled with spectacular works of art, including three of the most famous artworks in Rome: Michelangelo’s Pieta, Bernini’s baldachin over the main altar and the massive 42 meters dome where you can actually ride an elevator and enjoy the magnificent view of the eternal city (be aware that you still need to walk the last 330 stairs till you reach the top).
October-March 07:00AM - 06:30PM
Price: Free entrance to the Basilica
Lift to the terrace with 320 steps: €8
Climbing 551 steps: €6
When Michelangelo, the famous painter, first saw this wonder he described it as “an angelic, not a human, design”. Pantheon is the best preserved Ancient Roman monument, built in 27 BC by Marcus Agrippa, emperor Augustus’ son in law. The most remarkable part of Pantheon is its Dome with the famous hole in the top, which remains till today the largest and widest dome in Europe. In addition, do not miss the chance to admire the massive bronze doors, the 16 huge Corinthian columns, and the Raphael's tomb. In case it is raining, just go inside the Pantheon and watch the magnificent show of the rainfall from the oculus on the ancient marble floor.
08:30AM - 07:30PM(last admission 07:15PM)
Sunday 09:00AM - 06:00PM(last admission 05:45PM)
Closed: January 1st, May 1st and December 25th
Price: Free entrance (there is a fee for guided tours)
If you wish to take a tour, check at the official site www.pantheon-rome.com. You can select guides, audio tour or just download a mobile app for free (you can choose different kind of languages like Italian, English, French, German, Spanish, Russian, Portuguese and Chinese).
Italy is famous for the amazing food, creamy gelatos, delectable pizzas, heavenly pasta and aromatic wines. You will find good food in almost every restaurant, although, avoid the touristic places with pictures of the plates which are close to the monuments and look for small cozy restaurants with locals inside.
Forum Romanum, the Latin name of Roman Forum, was once the center of religious, political and social life of ancient Rome. It is located in a small area between the Palatine and Capitoline Hills. Its history starts more than 3,000 years ago and it was used as a cemetery at first and over time growing over to its final form. It is hard to imagine today that these picturesque ruins were once magnificent temples and glorious basilicas. For a breathtaking view of the whole Forum enter from either the northwest end, or from the southeast end. Wild flowers, majestic ruins and the spectacular view create the unforgettable heaven of Palatine Hill. According to a legend, it was the Palatine Hills where Romulus founded the city of Rome in 735 BC. No visit to the eternal city is completed without visiting the place where the history of Rome started.
2 January-15 February 08:30AM - 04:30PM
16 February-15 March 08:30AM-05:00PM
16 March-last Saturday of March 08:30AM - 05:30PM
Last Sunday of March-31 August 08:30AM-07:14PM
Last Sunday of October-31 December 08:30AM - 04:30PM
1 October-last Saturday of October 08:30AM-06:30PM
Closed: January 1st, December 25th
Price: €12/reduced ticket €7.50
For more information or reservations please call at +39 06 399 67 700.
Rome is beautiful any time of the year. It will almost never get extremely cold so don't hesitate to plan your trip there during winter. In the depths of the summer it can be very hot and crowded, so if you are not a big fan of crowds it is advisable to avoid visiting during this period. However, if you want to combine your visit with shopping, January and July are perfect in order to find great sales up to 50% at almost all the famous brands.
The Church of St. Ignatius is a Roman Catholic church built by architect Orazio Grassi in 1626. Its breathtaking interior is characterized by outstanding paintings and frescoes on the walls. Attention must be paid to the ceiling of the nave, which is decorated by amazing trompl’oeil frescoes by Andrea Pozzo. One of the frescoes shows Christ and the Madonna welcoming St Ignatius into paradise. The other fresco depicts a dome and, even though it is painted on a flat surface, it creates a very effective illusion. Unfortunately, this is a replacement of Pozzo’s original “dome” painting since it was destroyed in 1891.
Monday-Saturday 07:30AM - 07:00PM
Sunday & Holidays 09:00AM - 07:00PM
Price: Free Entrance
There are free guided tours every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday between 3pm and 6pm (except August). For more information visit https://santignazio.gesuiti.it/en/ or send an e-mail to email@example.com.
One of the must see places in Roman, located in the heart of the shopping area, Scalina Spagna is the ideal place to sit down, relax and enjoy a tasty Italian Gelato. Built in the 17th century, the square took its name by the Spanish embassy which was near by.The lower Piazza di Spagna is connected with the upper Piazza Trinita dei Monti by 135 steps. Due to its elegance and unique design it used to be a gathering spot for artists, poets and painters. If you visit Piazza di Spagna during spring you will have the opportunity to enjoy the pink azaleas that are decorating the steps for a month, celebrating the anniversary of Rome’s founding.
Just a few meters away from the Spanish steps on the Northern entrance of the city you will find the dazzling oval Piazza del Popolo of People's Square in modern Italian. In the center of the square a 36m- high ancient obelisk for Egypt dominates and was dedicated to the Sun of god. The square is surrounded by three churches: Santa Maria del Popolo,Santa Maria di Montesanto and Santa Maria dei Miracle. According to a legend, the ghost of Nero who was buried at the place where Santa Maria del Popolo is located today is still terrorizing the neighborhood.
One of Rome’s most beautiful and most popular squares. Including three majestic fountains, Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi,Fontana del Moro and Fountain of Neptune, Piazza Navona is a significant example of Baroque Roman architecture.At the past, the piazza has hosted many theatrical events and also served as the city’s market. Filled with street artists, vendors, tourists and surrounded by mansions and pallazi, Piazza Navona is the most elegant square of the city.
Located at the end of Via del Corso, right in the heart of Rome, Piazza Venezia is the meeting point of the main streets of Rome’s historical center. The square took its name from Pallazzo Venezia, which is one of the oldest Renaissance buildings of the city. The most outstanding landmark that dominates the square is undoubtedly Il Vittoriano, a monument dedicated to King Victor Emmanuel II. The panoramic view that can be seen from the terrace located at the same height as the chariots. The elevators are the only way to reach the upper part of the monument, but the amazing views will pay you back.
National Museum of the Palazzo di Venezia
Open: Tuesday-Sunday: 08:30AM – 07:30PM (closed on Mondays)
The ticket office close sat 06:30PM (tel. 0039 06 6780131)
Price: €5/reduced ticket €2.50
For more information about the museum visit www.museopalazzovenezia.beniculturali.it.
Complesso del Vittoriano
Monday-Sunday: 09:30AM – 07:30PM(last entrance at 06:45PM)
Friday-Saturday: 09:30ΑΜ – 10:00PM
Sunday: 09:30ΑΜ - 08:30PM
Closed: December 25th and January 1st
Adults €7, Youth(till 18yrs) and seniors(65+yrs) €3.50
Largo del Torre Argentina is a popular square with the remains of four Roman Republican temples and of Pompey’s Theater. It is a busy spot where people usually change buses. What makes Largo Argentina famous is that it contains the steps of the Theater of Pompey, upon which dictator Julius Caesar was assassinated in 44 BC. Today, the square is marked as Rome’s largest colony of stray cats which, according to a legend, are hosts for the ghosts of ancient Romans.
One of the biggest public parks in Rome, Villa Borghese is a breath of fresh air and a great escape from the noise and the bustle of the city. What makes it unique is not only the huge English and Italian style gardens, decorated with sculptures, flowers, fountains and artificial lakes but also the Borghese Gallery, one of the greatest museums in Rome with a collection of Caravaggio, Botticelli and Raphael's paintings and Bernini’s sculptures. Be aware that the entrance to the gallery is strictly by reservation.
Open: Tuesday-Sunday 08:30AM - 07:30PM
Closed: December 25th, January 1st
Price: from €15/EU citizens aged 18-25 €8.50/Child under 18 €2
Always double check the opening hours of any monument you are planning to visit. Their opening times vary widely. Keep in mind that the last admission for many attractions is one hour before the closing time.
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Castel Sant’ Angelo is an imposing castle at the heart of Rome which is unlikely to miss owing to the fact that it was once the tallest building of the eternal city. It was also built as a mausoleum at first for the emperor Hadrian, but today it hosts the Museo Nazionale di Castel Sant’ Angelo. There is something more though. Apart from the collection of sculptures, paintings and military memorable, there is an amazing, breathtaking view from the top of the Castle that makes you feel for a moment that you are back into the ancient Roman times.
Open: Daily 09:00ΑΜ - 07:30PM
Ticket office closes at 06:30PM
Closed: December 25th, January 1st and May 1st
Price: €10/reduced ticket €5 (This can change during exhibitions)
For EU citizens under 18 and every first Sunday of the month FREE
The Villa d’Este with its popular Tivoli Gardens is located near Rome, in the region of Lazio. Listed as a UNESCO world heritage site, the 16th villa and its Italian Renaissance garden now serve as a state museum. The main villa itself is a structure filled with amazing frescoes and paintings on the walls, as well as gorgeous statues and carvings. As for the gardens, terraces and slopes with fountains make them an early model for the upcoming European gardens.
Open: 08:30AM - 07:45PM (last admission 06:45PM)
Price: €8 full ticket/reduced ticket€4
Free entrance to citizens up to 17 years
It is advisable to purchase your tickets for the Tivoli Gardens earlier, due to the fact that a lot of people visit the area, especially during summer. There is also a cafeteria at the terrace levels where you can enjoy a drink or a snack. For further information please check
Located at the north-east of the city center, the Quirinal Hill is one – actually the highest one – of the Seven Hills of Rome. Associated with important figures of the religious and political arena of Rome, the Palazzo del Quirinale, used to be the residence of the Popes and later of the kings of Italy. It is now serving as the seat of the President of the Italian Republic.
Open: 09:30AM – 04:00PM (Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday &Sunday)
Reservation is mandatory and may be made at least 5 days prior to the tour. If you need further information on Quirinal Hill or the tours that are organized please visit https://palazzo.quirinale.it/ or call at +39 06 46991.
Other palaces on the Quirinal Hill are Palazzo del la Consulta,Pallazzo Colonna,Palazzo Rospigliosi and Palazzo Barberini.
Still on the Seven Hills of Rome, Aventine Hill is the southernmost of them all. Famous for its quietness, the Aventino is filled with significant churches and monasteries.Specifically, it include Basilica of Santa Sabina, Santa Prisca, Santi Bonifacio e Alessio, Sant’ Anselmo all’ Aventino and Santa Maria del Priorato. At the bottom of the hill, you will meet the amazing rose gardens of Rome. Have a sit and enjoy the view and the smell of the beautiful flowers of the garden. If you want, you can have a gander through the keyhole of the Priorato dei Cavalieri di Malta (Priory of the Knights of Malta), next to the basilica. Through this keyhole, you will see a perfect frame of St Peter’s dome and two rows of garden’s trees in the foreground.
Right next to the Colosseum and the Palatine Hill stands the Arch of Constantine, the largest and one of the three remaining triumphal arches in Rome. Erected in 315 AD, it commemorates the victory of Constantine I over Maxentius at the battle of Milvian Bridge in Rome in 312 AD. Decorated with statues and reliefs, the arch presents Constantine as a continuation of the most successful Roman emperors.