Home to a wealth of cultural and historical attractions, great food and some of Europe’s best shopping, it is easy to see why Italy’s capital is one of the most fascinating cities in the world and the EU’s third most visited city.
As Rome enjoys excellent weather throughout the year, there is no best time to visit Rome. It is a true year-round holiday destination. However, Rome is quite an expensive holiday destination, especially when it comes to accommodation prices. Therefore, it is a wise idea to take advantage of the discounts that accompany Rome’s low seasons which fall between mid-July to August and November to March.
Rome is served by two airports: Rome Ciampino Airport (CIA) and Rome Fiumicino Airport (FCO). Handling around 37 million travellers a year, Rome Fiumicino Airport is the largest out of the two airports and is the 6th busiest airport in Europe. As Rome is such a popular destination, there are more than 170 flights from London to Rome every week. On average, the flight from London takes just under two and half hours. A return flight to Rome costs between £40 and £60 for much of the year. However, during July and August flight prices almost double.
Things to Do in Rome
Synonymous with Rome is the Colosseo or Colosseum. This former gladiator ring dates back to AD 80 and is a must-visit for anyone visiting Rome. Not too far away from the Colosseo on Via dei Fori Imperiali, the Roman Forum is another popular destination for tourists. The Roman Forum used to be the heart of Rome and was developed back in 7 BC. Today, its ruins provide a fascinating insight into how life was like so many centuries ago.
If sightseeing is your aim, it is wise to purchase a special ticket which gives you access to the Colosseo, Palatino and the Roman Forum for a discounted price. In addition, this ticket also allows you to jump the enormous queues!
Whether shopping for major Italian brands or products made from quality Italian leather, Rome is a great city for shopping. If you are looking for the internationally-renowned designers, head to Rome’s most fashionable address, Via Condotti. On the other hand, Via del Boschetto and Via del Pellegrino are lined with boutique shops.
Hotels in Rome
Previously, Rome’s accommodation was limited to either luxury hotels or questionable pensioni. However, this is not the case today as shabby hotels have been renovated and a plethora of mid-range hotels have been built over the past few decades.
Most of the luxury hotels in Rome are situated in Via Veneto or close to the Spanish Steps and are among the most sumptuous hotels in Europe. There are a number of boutique hotels too. These tend to be concentrated in the centro storico, but can be found in other locations.
Unfortunately, like many European capitals, hotel prices in Rome are quite expensive no matter what type of accommodation you go for. However, booking in advance can save you a lot of money. Similarly, you can make some great savings by opting for a low-cost hotel near Stazione Termini. If you are particularly strapped for cash, convents and hostels are the ultimate budget accommodation. However, be aware that convents have strict curfews – not ideal if you plan on staying out late!