We’ve all heard the expression “When in Rome, do as the Romans do”, but how many people actually get to live it? Luckily for you, doing as the modern Romans do involves fewer fights to the death and plenty of food, art and fashion. Booking accommodation in Rome is the first step to discovering “The Eternal City.” Once that’s done, throw out a quick prayer to Mercury—the Roman god of travel—and get started planning the rest of your itinerary.
Things to Do in Rome
With more than 2,500 years of history easily accessible from our hotels in Rome, the sheer magnitude of the city’s attractions can be humbling. Start your trip at the 2,000-year-old famed Pantheon. It’s the world’s largest unsupported concrete dome, which baffles architects to this day. Skip forward in time with a visit to the 18th-century Trevi Fountain, an intricate baroque sculpture of Neptune, god of the sea. As local legend goes, if you throw a coin into the waters over your shoulder, you’re sure to return to Rome; if you drink from the smaller Fountain of Lovers with your beloved, you’ll be together forever—so you better be sure!
You’ll always be able to return to the present day when you book accommodation near Olympic Stadium, the ultra-modern sports complex and home of two Serie A football clubs. Catch a Lazio or Roma game with 40,000 other footy fanatics, then chow down on carbonara (pasta with eggs, cheese and bacon) or suppli (fried rice balls). When in Rome, you’ll need to forget about eating healthy—you’re on holiday!
Getting To & Around Rome
Flights to Rome will land at Leonardo da Vinci International Airport (FCO), about 25 km from downtown. The Leonardo Express Train runs every 30 minutes to Roma Termini, the main railway station, and from there you can catch a subway or bus to any destination. Some major attractions, like the Vatican and Colosseum, are on the subway lines; however, you’ll probably need to grab a bus map as well.
Pro Tip: Many people in Rome do speak English, but be sure you have simple phrasebook so you can approach them politely. Plus, who can complain about learning a little Italian? Veni, vidi, vici!
Best Time to Travel
The weather in Rome is relatively mild year-round thanks to its Mediterranean location; though winters can be chilly and light snow is possible, this can be a great time to get great deals on Rome hotels. An important caveat is Christmas, when the masses flock to St. Peter’s Square for papal prayer. Aside from Jesus’ birthday, spring and fall are also high seasons for tourism, with good reason for the rush: the weather is gorgeous, and the festivals are in full swing. Whenever you travel, Rome holidays live up to the hype—ancient Romans had more than 150 official days off, and today’s locals keep the party spirit going.
When you book Rome accommodation with Wotif, you’ll find this Italian city isn’t the only thing that’s “Eternal”; your memories and stories will last a lifetime.
From the Coliseum to the Pantheon, the Sistine Chapel and Palatine Hill, Rome is home to some of the world’s most recognizable landmarks. While the impulse to rush from sight to sight is understandable, don’t sell yourself—or the city—short. Some of your best discoveries in Rome will be those you happen upon by accident; ducking into an ancient church on a side street housing a masterpiece of sacred art, stumbling upon an expansive piazza in the early morning light, and sampling the best pizza that you’ve ever tasted in your life.
Rome is the Eternal City, so approach it as if you have all the time in the world to explore. There's no need to cram everything into one visit as you'll soon fall under the city's spell, and return again and again.
'La Dolce Vita'
If you're searching for the good life, all roads lead to Rome. The city is a dizzying combination of cosmopolitan capital and ancient wonderland. The home of Catholicism, it also plays host to nightclubs that stay open until dawn.
One of the most iconic images of the city comes from the filmmaker Federico Fellini, one of Rome's most adoring fans. In La Dolce Vita (The Sweet Life), Anita Ekberg frolics in the beautiful Trevi fountain after a long night's revelry. The scene is spontaneous, sexy, carefree, and a little crazy, reflecting Rome itself and the visceral impact it has on visitors. Try a romantic cruise down the Tiber River or watch the world go by from a Trastevere café and you too will believe life can't get any sweeter.
Big city charms
Rome is situated in the middle of Italy, the perfect position for the country’s capital. In some respects, however, it is set apart from the rest of the country and has a personality all of its own.
Rome is as much about frenetic traffic as chilling over cappuccino, appreciating art as appreciating gelato on a hot summer day. Hit the museums (the Vatican Museums are extraordinary, as are the Capitoline Museums and a litany of others), but then slow down and stroll through Villa Borghese, a large park well loved for picnics (and its museum the Borghese Gallery).
With its culture, art, food, and wine, a Roman holiday is like no other, distilling all that can be enjoyed in life. Hide