Rome

The Trevi Fountain in Rome.

Overview

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Destination Basics

Spring (March – May) and Fall (September – November) are your best bets for sunny, walkable days and cool evenings where a light jacket will suffice.

Pro tip: Rome observes all Italian public holidays, including designated Rome-specific days on April 21 and June 29. Most businesses are closed during holidays as well as the month of August.

Archaeological sites and ruins

Rome is not complete without a visit to the Colosseum where Gladiators once battled Royale!

Be at the centre of it all, the Roman Forum intersected social, political and commerce life for ancient Romans.  Its rumoured that the tomb of Romulus lies beneath the ruins.

In the Circus Maximus, picture the chariot races hurtling to be the fastest.

Looking for the Holy Grail? You may just find it in the Catacombs

Food

Cucina romana (Roman cooking) is a mixture of traditional trattorias, enotecas (wine bars) and a burgeoning gastronomical scene ripe with local ingredients and international flair.

Pasta staples: carbonara, alla gricia, amatriciana and cacio e pepe are a must!

Drink

Salute! Indulge in over 2,000 grape varieties with a wine culture that spans millennia. It’s the best way to perfect your il dolce far niente, the sweet art of idleness.

Pro-tip: Book a private food and wine tour with Katie Parla, a Rome-based food journalist and educator.

Casa Mia offers bespoke food, wine and cheese excursions as well as private cooking classes for those feeling adventurous.

A nasoni always knows. There are over 2,000+ fountains with nose-shaped taps offering a fresh flow of spring water to quench your thirst.

Main street shopping on Via del Corso features H&M, Sephora, Puma and more.

Via Cola di Rienzo is a mix of premium boutiques and teen dreams like Brandy Melville.

A treasure trove of vintage finds, bookstores and independent shops lines Via del Governo Vecchio.

Via dei Condotti is home to luxury fashion houses, the catwalk of Rome – think Giorgio Armani, Dolce & Gabbana, Jimmy Choo and Miu Miu.

ATAC – Rome’s Public Transit Network

The ATAC network of buses, trams, and the metro conveniently connects all corners of Rome.

Tickets are accessible via kiosks, newspaper stands and vending machines across the city.

Pro tip: Plan your route – there’s an app for that.

Taxis

Grab a taxi from their designated taxi stands.

Pro tip: Be wary of hailing taxis without clearly visible official taxi company telephone numbers.

Eco-friendly

Or try Ecooltra, Rome’s official electric scooter sharing service to whizz around town.