The monuments here are a thing of legend, immortalised in film for decades and accessible for you to explore all within a reasonable footprint.
You’ll feel a part of history while strolling through the cobbled streets from the Coliseum to the Pantheon, stopping for a pizza and a spritz in between. From fountains to squares and steps there is history on every corner. Drop your coin in the Trevi Fountain before traversing the Spanish Steps. Admire columns and architecture that boggles the mind of how they were able to create such masterpieces. Speaking of masterpieces, there is another country accessible from here, but you don’t need your passport.
Be transported to the Vatican and experience the Sistine Chapel. Marvel at the Basilica and maybe even catch a glimpse of the Pontiff.
There are over 900 churches in Rome, so be sure to sustain yourself with the incredible food and drink on offer while trying to tick as many of these off the list. The cacio e pepe is a local speciality, as is of course gelato.
When to go
If you prefer milder more comfortable temperatures and avoiding crowds of summer tourists, the best time to go is between October to April. Summer has a long stretch in Rome – from May to September – and is characterised by sweltering temperatures. Autumn is another nice shoulder season with mild temperatures but do bring a coat.
How to get there
There are two airports in Rome with the main Leonardo da Vinci International Airport in Fiumicino (FCO) that is 40 minutes to the city center with international flight connections from all major cities around the world. Getting to the city centre is simple with express trains and buses that go direct from the airport.