Rome

Rome is a huge city with several district articles containing sightseeing, restaurant, nightlife and accommodation listings

Rome (Italian: Roma), 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 sweet life), the Vatican City and Three Coins in the Fountain. Rome, as a millenium-long centre of power, culture (having been the cradle of one of the globe’s greatest civilisations ever) 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. Today, Rome has a growing nightlife scene and is also seen as a shopping heaven, being regarded as one of the fashion capitals of the world (some of Italy’s oldest jewellery and clothing establishments were founded in the city).

With so many sights and things to do, Rome can truly be classified a “global city”.

 

Districts

Rome can be divided into several districts: the so-called historical centre is quite small – only around 4% of the city area – but it’s the place in which most of the tourist attraction are located.

Rome’s central districts

Modern Centre
Where many of the hotels are, as well as shopping and dining galore along the via Veneto; home to the areas around the Quirinal, Trevi fountain, piazza Barberini, Castro Pretorio and piazza della Repubblica

Old Rome
The Renaissance-era centre of the city, with beautiful squares, cathedrals, the Pantheon, and plenty of laid-back dining; includes piazza Navona, piazza Campo de’ Fiori, and the (former) Jewish Ghetto.

Vatican
The independent Vatican City and its endless treasure troves of sights, relics and the Vatican Museums – as well as the surrounding Italian districts of Borgo, Prati and Monte Mario.

Colosseo
The heart of ancient Rome, the Colosseum, the Imperial Fora and the Markets of Trajan, the Capitoline hill and its museums.