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Rome, the Eternal City, is the capital and largest city of Italy and of the Lazio region. It's the famed city of the Roman Empire, the Seven Hills, La Dolce Vita, the Vatican City and Three Coins in the Fountain.
Rome, as a millenium-long centre of power, culture and religion, has exerted a huge influence over the world in its roughly 2800 years of existence.
The historic centre of the city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. With wonderful palaces, millennium-old churches, grand romantic ruins, opulent monuments, ornate statues and graceful fountains, Rome has an immensely rich historical heritage and cosmopolitan atmosphere, making it one of Europe's and the world's most visited, famous, influential and beautiful capitals.
With so many sights and things to do, Rome can truly be classified a "global city".
Get in Rome
By cruise ships
Most cruise ships dock in Civitavecchia, and advertise this in their itineraries as "Rome". The reality is Civitavecchia is an hour and a half away from Rome and a bit of a pain to get from the pier to the City if you are travelling without a tour. Some ships begin or end cruises here, some stay a full day to allow passengers to "day-trip" to Rome.
Driving to Rome is quite easy; as they say, all roads lead to Rome. The city is ringed by a motorway - the Grande Raccordo Anulare or, simply, the GRA. If you are going to the very centre of the city any road leading off the GRA will get you there; if you are going anywhere else, however, a GPS or a good map is essential. Signs on the GRA indicate the name of the road leading to the centre.
One thing to watch out for is the free parking spaces in deserted areas. As car theft is very common in Italy, you should always watch out for them.
Rome's main railway station is Roma Termini. Other main stations are Roma Tiburtina, Roma Ostiense, Roma Trastevere and Roma Tuscolana.
Rome (ROM for all airports) has two main international airports:
Leonardo da Vinci/Fiumicino International Airport (FCO) - Rome's main airport is modern, large, rather efficient and well connected to the city centre by public transport.
From the Leonardo da Vinci/Fiumicino airport, there are two train lines that will get you into Rome: The Leonardo Express leaves every 30 minutes to Roma Termini, Rome's central train station (35 min trip).
G.B. Pastine/Ciampino International Airport (CIA) - Located to the southeast of the capital, this is the city's low-cost airline airport, serving Easyjet, Ryanair and Wizzair flights. Flying into Ciampino, try to sit on the right of the plane - it will fly just to the east of the city centre. While the plane's reaching Rome, you can see the Tiber and then the Olympic stadium, Castel Sant'Angelo, St. Peter's and the Colosseum.
From Ciampino airport the cheapest way is a combination of bus and train. For the first part you can take the Atral/Schiaffini bus to either Ciampino train station (5min) or to the Metro line A Anagnina stop (10min or more).
What to see in Rome
Italians are very fond of their landmarks; in order to make them accessible to everyone one week a year there is no charge for admittance to all publicly owned landmarks and historical sites. This week, known as the "Settimana dei Beni Culturali", typically occurs in mid-May and for those 7 to 10 days every landmark, archaeological site and museum belonging to government agencies.
In general, Rome's main attractions are free - for example, while it doesn't cost anything to enter the Pantheon you'll have to pay to visit the museums and so forth.
There isn't one pass that provides entry to all paid sights and museums.
The main area for exploring the ruins of ancient Rome is in Rome/Colosseo either side of via dei Fori Imperiali, which connects the Colosseum and piazza Venezia.
In Old Rome you must see the Pantheon, which is amazingly well preserved considering it dates back to 125AD. There is a hole constructed in the ceiling so it is an interesting experience to be there when it is raining.
South of the Colosseum are the Baths of Caracalla. You can then head South-East on the old Appian Way, passing through a stretch of very well-preserved city wall.
Returning to the Modern Centre, the Baths of Diocletian are opposite the entrance to the main railway station, Termini. The National Museum of Rome stands in the South-West corner of the Baths complex and has an enormous collection of Roman scultures and other artifacts.
There are more than 900 churches in Rome. Probably one third would be well worth a visit!
St. Peter is said to have founded the Church in Rome together with St. Paul. The first churches of Rome originated in places where early Christians met, usually in the homes of private citizens.
Take a look inside a few churches. You'll find the richness and range of decor astonishing, from fine classical art to tacky electric candles.
Churches in Rome deny admission to people who are dressed inappropriately; you will find "fashion police" at the most visited churches.
What to do in Rome
Take in a show. There are lots of theatres, but you will need to know Italian to enjoy them. The main concert venue is the Auditorium in viale Pietro de Coubertin in the northern part of Rome.
To get full details of what is on, buy a copy of the La Repubblica newspaper on Thursdays, when it has an insert called TrovaRoma. There are a couple of pages in English but even with no Italian you should be able to decipher the main listings.
Learn some authentic Italian cooking with local Italian chefs at their own homes. Learn from the locals themselves, eat great food, enjoy the company of new friends and see a different side of the city.
Walk and feel the energy of Rome; sights are everywhere waiting to be discovered.
Explore the Trastevere district for some great cafes and trattorie, and a glimpse at a hip Roman neighbourhood.
Cinecittà Shows Off, Via Tuscolana 1055, Rome. Cinecittà Shows Off is a tour of the legendary Cinecittà Studios in Rome, revealing cinema secrets from the history of the famous studios.
Food and Wine Tour. Take in some of the best food in the world with a professional tour. Crazy4Rome offers food and wine tours among other walking tours and workshops.
Museum Tours. Rome has some of the best museums in the world, so museum tours are often very popular. Walks Inside Rome offers popular tours that features the notable museums of Rome.
January 25, 2016
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July 28, 2015
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June 23, 2015
October 28, 2014
Rentalcargroup's service was okay. the car from europcar was very dirty (inside and outside) and was damaged.
October 01, 2014
Efficiency of the staff at the reception but the friendliness ... when we made the car the responsible banged everyone, including my wife who did not go out fast enough luggage and who has not received any help.rnrndanielle and guy roche