The large Italian capital is the 4th largest city proper zone in the European Union and it is also one of the primary target cities of tourists arriving from outside the "old continent".
For ancient Roman, medieval and baroque architectural attractions, cuisine and some night life as well, the city of Rome is gorgeously attractive!
Last minute Rome offers are frequent. Crowds of visitors arrive during some periods, but during others, their number gets reduced.
Tantalizingly, Rome attracts scores of romantic trip seekers, couples, honeymooners. Even if you are alone and seeking a destination that could exhilarate your spirit and "put you on new wheels", Rome can be that place!
Just take a stroll along the old streets, exploring the ancient charm of the Italian capital and that might just be the trip of your lifetime!
Population: 2,76 million (in 2010) in City
Local language(s): Italian
Other widely spoken or understood languages: -
Country, State: Italy, Lazio
Voltage info: 230 V, 50 Hz - Plug type: C, F, L
Time zine: CET (UTC+1)
Getting There & Away
Leonardo da Vinci/Fiumicino International Airport and Ciampino International Airport are the two big airports serving the city. Fiumicino is the primary one with plenty of intercontinental routes served as well. Ciampino is where most low cost carriers operate. But, Fiumicino has plenty of low cost flights as well and it is very well-connected with the central of Rome via road and rail (trains run between Fiumicino Airport and Termini Station - which is the major train station of the Italian capital).
Almost countless highways, motorways lead to Rome. It's true waht they say about "all the roads lead to Rome".
E35, A12, A24, A91, A1 are the ones you should check on a map to see how to get there.
The Termini Station is located right in the center of Rome. Express trains and more ordinary trains can be caught here.
Suburban trains connect various neighbourhoods of the city, but many of them don't leave from Termini Station.
See & Do
The Roman Forum
Check this, if you're a fan of Ancient Roman ruins. You'll see remains of buildings, nothing spectacular, but even the ruined components, such as ornamented pillars are attractive to some.
Located at the Piazzale del Colosseo, the old amphitheatre is a rather greyish building, though on photos you will often see it almost "shine" in a light grey nuance, from close it looks strongly affected by the pollution in the air.
Officially another state, where the Pope lives, a small area in central Rome that needs no presentation.
Medieval quarter of the Italian capital.
Typical ancient medieval and renaissance buildings, statues, fountains and squares can be found here.
Don't leave this out!
A very old fountain constructed in 1629, but whose history dates back, long before the baroque era, whose forms it bears.
The legendary fountain is especially liked by tourists.
This should be among the top 3 on your "must see list".
Eat & Drink
Explore all varieties of Italian cuisine when in Rome. Get a book or look up for the ebst specialties and restaurants in Rome.
Our image of Italian cuisine is partly distorted due to the menus we have in western pizza restaurants. Original Italian meals are more interesting, delicious and genuine!
By foot you will have long walks from attraction to attraction, but it's doable. Otherwise, taking a taxi might be a good idea, if you are the kind to spend on cabs. But, be on the lookout for "tricky" drivers who'll overprice you.
Renting a car and driving inside Rome will be a particularly bad idea, as traffic there is horrible.
When to Visit Rome at Last Minute?
It's rather spring, summer and autumn when people travel to Rome.
New Year parties in Rome are also wide-spread.
Rome at last minute is best visited in the months of March, April, September, October, November. It best to look for discounts in late September and throughout October.
Bag snatching, property theft (including car and motorcycle theft) are frequent. Pickpocketing is most wide-spread. In Rome pickpockets operate almost everywhere, especially in crowded areas, like train stations, subway, buses.
Avoid wearing anything that could attract the attention of thieves. Take extra goot care of your belongings, like camera, wallet etc.
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