Find Flights to Rome
"When in Rome, do as the Romans do", they say. What can
travelers do in Rome, Italy? The list is longer than a noodle of
spaghetti. Journey to the capital of the Roman Catholic Church, the
Vatican; behold the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica; climb the
Spanish Steps; imagine the days gladiators drew 50,000 people to the
Colosseum; gawk at beautiful people and fashions along Via del Corso;
learn about the fall of the Roman empire; sample many flavors of gelato
(even from street vendors); drink wine as cheap as soda… the list goes
on and on. Rome impresses and exhausts travelers with endless displays
of art, history and famous sights. It's guaranteed to take your breath
away - sometimes literally as a scooter buzzes by. Rome wasn't built in
a day, and it will take more than a day to take it all in.
When to Visit Rome
The weather in Rome (Roma) is hot
in summer, nearly perfect in May and September, and fairly moderate
October-April. Travelers save money and avoid crowds by traveling in
off-peak months. When traveling in warmer months, travelers should
bring shirts with sleeves and longer skirts or pants to enter The
Vatican, Sistine Chapel, or other religious sights.
How to Get There
Travelers often fly into Rome
before heading to Florence
Cinque Terre, Naples
or the Amalfi Coast for a comprehensive Italy tour.
Fly into Ciampiano
or arrive by train from someplace else at Termini Station.
Where to Stay
Choose from 4-star hotels, budget
hotels or locally-owned apartments that can be rented for longer stays.
Most travelers choose to stay near train stations and in the central
part of the city. Roman streets are safe to stroll at night if
travelers stay aware of their surroundings and avoid acting like an
obvious American tourist.
Must See Places
Grab a map of Rome and a good pair of
walking shoes; there's plenty to see: St. Peter's Basilica, with the
world's largest dome built by Michelangelo; Vatican Museum; Colosseum;
Borghese Gallery (reservations required); the Catecombs; Pantheon;
Sistine Chapel; Capital Hill; Tiber River; Trevi Fountain; Via del
Corso for window shopping; Campo de Fiori for dinner; Piazza Navona for
dessert; and the Spanish Steps. Leave time for enjoying gelato and
chianti, savoring truly Italian food and observing the fashions for
which Italy is famous. There's little need to speak the Italian
language; however, there's no better place to learn to speak Italian
and practice speaking this romantic language. For Catholic visitors,
consider attending Mass at St. Peter's; the service will be spoken in