Introducing the city

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From the iconic Colosseum and the Sistine Chapel to the gardens of Villa Borghese and the trattorias of Trastevere, the 'Eternal City' of Rome has so much to offer.

There aren't many places that would have a National Museum of Pasta, but Rome, Italy's long time capital, does. Even though we love the country's staple dish, we'd be a bit disappointed if that was all there was to see in this 2000 year old city. Luckily, there's no shortage of incredible sights to visit, including the Colosseum (once home to death-defying gladiator battles), the Pantheon, the Vatican City and the well-preserved Roman Forum. A regular stop for tourists, students and backpackers, Rome was the 14th most visited city globally in 2014, with just under nine million visitors.

It's not all classic wonders either; modern Rome is a thriving contemporary metropolis and home to around three million people. Head to Trastevere for buzzy bars, the Tridente area for chic designer shopping or Piazza Navona for an al fresco coffee. Of course, if you're still itching to visit the Pasta Museum then we're sure that's great too (we can't promise it was around in Julius Caesar's day though).

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When Should You Visit?

September's warm but not too hot and has fewer crowds.

Rome enjoys a warm and temperate Mediterranean climate, with cool, mild winters and warm to hot summers. The coldest month is January (with an average of eight degrees Celsius) and most rain falls in December. On the other hand, the warmest month is July (with an average of 26 degrees Celsius). Although guaranteed sunshine makes the city appealing during summertime, June, July and August can be uncomfortably hot and overcrowded. Spring and autumn are pleasant (and quieter) while winter is wetter and windier.

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Travioor top tips


Insider Info

  • Avoid Colosseum queues by buying entrance tickets at the adjacent Roman Forum; it gives you access to both sights and you won't have to wait in line at the (more popular) Colosseum.

  • Alimentari or salumeria (deli shops) sell cheap and tasty produce - a good place for lunch.

  • The Vatican offers free admission from 9am to 12.30pm on the last Sunday of the month (it's closed on other Sundays).

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Food and drink

Main Course £13.19 | 15.00 €

3-Course Meal £43.95 | 50.00 €

Cappuccino £1.06 | 1.20 €

Beer £4.40 | 5.00 €

The Scene

If strolling around the sights has given you an appetite then you're in luck - Rome offers some of the best eateries in Italy. For traditional Italian fare then the quirky Trastevere area is a popular choice, with traditional trattorias and pizzerias galore (Roman cacao e pepe - pepper and cheese pasta - is often on the menu). More centrally, dine-in restaurants serve popular Roman dishes (including pizza rossa, gnocchi and seafood), while there are also plenty of smaller takeaway places – try Testaccio Market for pizza slices on the go. Dessert is a dish best served cold; head to Gori or Carapina for out-of-this-world gelato.

Rome has a thriving café and bar scene; particularly in late afternoon and early evening. Many bars serve free snacks and nibbles with your Peroni or pre-dinner apéritif (Campari and Martini are popular drinks with the locals). Some of the best bars can be found in the Necci area, a hipster haven full of gourmet snack bars and artisan drinking spots.

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Rome’s Story

Given its historic significance, it's hard to believe that Rome was once a small village called Latini. Ruled by kings, the town grew in size, eventually becoming the administrative centre of the Roman Republic in 509 BC. By the time of the Punic Wars and the establishment of the Roman Empire in 27 BC, the city was home to over one million people, a global first. By the second century, Rome ruled from the Scottish borders to Asia.

After the collapse of the Western Roman Empire, the city fell into decline before becoming head of the Papal States of Italy. It wasn't until the medieval era when the city began to regenerate with the Sistine Chapel restored in 1480. After a brief period of becoming French (thanks to its Catholic ties) Rome was declared the capital of the Kingdom of Italy in 1861 and the capital of the Italian Republic in 1943. Fortunately, it was declared an 'open' (protected) city during WW2, so many of the historic buildings were preserved.


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Grazie | Thank you


The official language spoken in Rome is Italian and although many people speak English, it's slightly less common than in other European capitals. Having said that, you should have no problem at tourist attractions as English speaking guides, maps and signs are readily available. Locals are much more inclined to help if you have a go at speaking Italian - try out the basics for brownie points:

  • Bye: Ciao
  • Please: Per favore
  • Excuse me: Mi scusi
  • Do you speak English: Parla inglese

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Need to know

+39 Dialling Code
112 Emergency Services

Get The Low-Down

  • During August, many Italians go on holiday, making travel in and out of the city chaotic.
  • Buy a Roma Pass which includes public transport plus free entry to two museums.
  • Bar staff and taxi drivers don't expect tips.



Find out about the visa requirements for Italy here.

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Travioor Recommends

1. Museums

The Vatican Museums are home to some of the best examples of Renaissance art in the world, including Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel ceiling.

2. Piazza Navona

Iced coffees and people watching in baroque Piazza Navona, one of the city's most popular open promenades.

3. Walking Tour

A walking tour of the sights - begin at the epic Colosseum, before heading to the magnificent 18th century Trevi Fountain and finish at the historic Roman Pantheon.

4. Parks

Villa Borghese, a landscaped garden with a lake, home to several museums including Galleria Borghese; the gardens lead to the baroque Spanish Steps.

5. Trastevere

Getting lost in the cobbled streets of Trastevere, full of student-friendly bars, family-run restaurants and an arty vibe.

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