The Eternal City of Rome is just that; an eternal vista of breathtaking sights, sculptures, statues. It is also a modern, chaotic city built up around the ruins of the ancient Roman Empire but one that could never surpass them. The 50,000 seat Colosseum towers like a Goliath over the city, a reminder of the power of Rome, still every inch as dominating and forceful.
Onward, and the Renaissance Palace on beautiful Piazza Farnese leads visitors toward the Ponte Siso bridge that traverses the Tiber and looks out to views of magical St Peter’s Bascilica to the north and Gianicolo Hill to the west. The mighty Vatican with its treasures and secrets sits near the beautiful narrow lanes of the only surviving Medieval area in Rome, Trastevere .
What day could be more perfect than a stroll around the Roman Forum with its iconic marble temples and vast amphitheatres; soaking up La Dolce Vita on a sunny day by the spectacular Trevi Fountain or a seat on the 18th century Spanish Steps before an aperitivo, pizza and gelato in one of the city’s many delectable restaurants.
Da Vinci Code’s, volcanoes, Michaelangelo’s and David’s, Pantheon’s, piazzas and Galleria Borghese’s; Rome is one iconic sight after another. Centuries of art and knowledge, power and Empire - you don’t need to seek out history in Rome, it comes to you.
There are two ways to get into Roma. The first is via Leonardo da Vinci (Fiumicino)Airport, Rome’s main airport, or via Ciampino International Airport. Fiumicino is 26 km southwest of the city and is well connected to the city centre by metro, tram, bus and train, with a journey time of between 30 and 55 minutes. Late night arrivals may want to take a taxi, as buses can be unreliable.
Ciampino Airport is the main airport serving low cost airlines such as Rynaiar and Easyjet. An airport bus takes passengers to the nearby train station which shuttles visitors cheaply to and from Rome in just 15 minutes. Alternatively, buses run from Ciampino, taking around 30 minutes to read the city centre. Taxi’s are an option, of course, but be warned, there is the odd unscrupulous driver out there waiting to take advantage of first time visitors!
What you need to know
Currency: The Euro (EUR) €
Visas: Italy is a member of the Schengen Convention; therefore no EU residents require a visa to travel to Rome. Residents of non-EU countries Australia, Brazil, Canada, Israel, Japan, New Zealand and the USA do not require a visa for stays of up to 90 days. All other nationalities should check with their embassy or the Foreign Office regarding specific visa requirements, particularly if travelling for study or work.
Laws: Visitors dreaming of eating gelato on the Spanish Steps of the ‘Eternal City’ are to be sadly disappointed. Under Roman law, eating on or too close to, a historic monument will be dealt a hefty fine. The legal drinking age in Italy is 16, though it is often not enforced.
Best times to Visit
Rome is delightful in spring and early summer and also in September and October. The crowds are smaller and the sun a little cooler. From around mid-June, visitors start to arrive in their droves. August is definitely the busiest and hottest month with temperatures reaching over 30 degrees! August is also the month when most of Italy clears off for vacation leaving many attractions, hotels and restaurants closed for the duration. Late autumn and winter are Rome’s sleepy months with many hotels and restaurants also closed for the year, but if you want to stroll through Rome’s streets in solitude with just its architecture for company, this could be the perfect time to book flights.
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