Eternal Rome, strategically located in the middle of the Italian peninsula, is one of the most visited cities in Europe. A bustling city where the history buffs meet with the fashion minded shoppers and the lovers of Italian cuisine. This city of almost 4 million people each year receives visitors from around the world many times its population keen to experience its unique atmosphere. Home to some of the country's most popular attractions, Rome is where you'll find Vatican City as well as a range of famous landmarks and historical attractions including the Spanish Steps, Coliseum and Trevi Fountain. An unforgettable holiday destination home to a rich range of cultural experiences and cuisine, Rome is an ancient city that manages to stay supremely modern and relevant.
One of the most popular holiday destinations in Italy, Rome features a great range of accommodation options spread across some of the city's most iconic regions and monuments. Rome accommodation offers everything from cheap hotels to deluxe resorts, spacious holiday villas and contemporary apartments as well as charming bed and breakfasts and boutique accommodation. Conveniently located close to public transport and within walking distance of major attractions such as the Trevi Fountain, Coliseum and Vatican City, Rome accommodation offers something to suit all travellers and budgets. Read more about Rome Accommodation.
Leonardo da Vinci airport is located 26km from Rome's city centre and is most easily and affordably accessed by taxi or train. Trains depart near the airport arrivals regularly as well as services that run between main attractions. Buses are also a convenient option and tickets much be pre-purchased. Driving is not advised as it can be quite confusing and parking is also difficult. The main centre of Rome is relatively small and therefore ideal for walking around once you arrive. Getting around Rome.
Popular Rome attractions include the Coliseum, Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain and Vatican City. The Coliseum was built in 72AD by Emperor Vespasiano and was dedicated by his son Titus in 80 AD. Measuring more than 160 ft high with 80 entrances, the Coliseum can hold more than 50,000 people. The Spanish Steps are 12 flights of stairs designed by Francesco De Santis and lead to the famous Church of Trinita dei Monti. The Trevi Fountain is walking distance from the Spanish Steps and is a triumph of sculpture and architecture which was finally completed in 1751 by Nicola Salvi. The Vatican City is one of the most popular reasons to visit Rome for people from all over the world and is a deeply moving pilgrimage regardless of religion. Read more about Rome Attractions
The name Rome originates from the Etruscan rhome which means 'river' or 'strength'. The letters SPQR are seen on many Roman buildings and statues and stand for 'senatus populusque romanus' meaning 'the senate and people of Rome'. Rome was home to the first ever shopping mall under Emperor Trajan and included more than 150 outlets over several levels selling everything from spices and food to clothes. Togas are uniquely Roman and were worn by free-born men as a symbol of honor. The Coliseum is named after the Latin word 'colossous' which translates to 'giant statue' and took 12 years to build.