Rome, the largest and most intriguing city in Italy, is home to some of the most captivating and historical sights in the world.
This is a place where modern and old sit hand in hand, tempting tourists from across the globe.
What to see
To begin with, there are plenty of museums in Rome for you cultural types to explore. Guided tours are readily available at the Mussolini founded Cinecitta, where films such as Martin Scorsese’s Gangs Of New York was filmed, along with more classic flicks such as Ben Hur and Cleopatra. Of course, The Vatican Museum is a must when in Rome; not only the most visited museum in Italy, it can arguably be said to host the cultural religious heritage of all of Europe.
There are also many guided walking and bus tours available, giving you the opportunity to capture the magnificent sights of the city such as the famous Spanish Steps at Piazza DI Spagna, the huge ancient Roman structure that is The Colosseum or St Peters Square for the Basillica.
If you’re travelling on a budget, you can fairly easily find affordable accommodation in Rome, including hostels, B&Bs and a host of low-cost hotels. Remember to book in advance. If you’ve got a little more cash to spend, on the other hand, consider reserving a room at Relais Palazzo Taverna.
This small, quirky hotel has only 11 rooms and is built into a 12th century fortress that is situated in the Piazza Navona neighbourhood.
Special occasion? The new, stylish JK Place Roma is situated near The Spanish Steps and offers luxurious settings with options for upgrades.
If you’re on holiday to party all night, then you’re in the right place as nightlife in Rome starts late. It is nothing out of the ordinary for locals to begin their evenings as late as 10pm and go well into the wee hours.
It’s all about the open air here in Rome, with locals and tourists socialising in the streets and squares of the city.
Nightlife is quite diverse, however, ranging from cool, hip bars to authentic Italian cafes and wine bars. Dance into the night with clubs such as Vicious at Termini Station or Shari Vari Playhouse in the heart of Rome, known as the Supperclub. Then pick up a croissant and coffee and watch the sun come up!
Make Rome your city of choice this year and find your love for Italy.