Rome, the home of the Roman Catholic Church, is a place that many people enjoy traveling to due to the art, history and beautiful architecture. Occupying the central-western portion of the Italian Peninsula, it is Italy's most populous city and completely surrounded by the past. The huge mansions and churches tell the story of emperors, popes and dictators and their fight against foreign powers.
Activities & Attractions
The Roman Colosseum is one of the biggest and most imposing ancient structures in Europe. Rome is also known for its many huge and majestic squares, many of which were built in the 17th century. Its major squares include Piazza Navona, Piazza di Spagna, Campo de' Fiori, Piazza Venezia, Piazza Farnese and Piazza della Minerva.
The Roman Pantheon is the place where Romulus, the founder of Rome at his death was seized by an eagle and taken off into the skies with the Gods.
A trip to Rome is something that can cost a pretty penny, but what you get in return is priceless. You can make your trip more or less expensive depending on where you want to go and where you choose to stay. When planning a trip to Rome you need to check what time of year is best for your itinerary because there are many seasonal festivals celebrated there. You can find festivals that celebrate books, spring, saints, dance and much more.
The hotels in Rome range from the inexpensive to the very expensive. On the less expensive side, a three-star hotel charges between €80 and €300 for a double room. There are also plenty of four star accommodations, but those are going to be a bit pricier. Many Web sites provide information about hotels and their services in Rome and links to them are found below in the resource section.
For someone who has never been to Rome the routes might be a little confusing, but the comprehensive public transportation system makes getting around the city a breeze one you get the hang of it. To get a taxi you need to wait at a taxi rank because flagging down a passing taxi is very difficult in Rome. Buses generally run from 5:30 a.m. 'til midnight and tickets can be purchased on board. Get a ticket called "Roma Pass" to enjoy transportation and two museums free of charge, as well as reductions in all other museums and major events in Rome.