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They say that all roads lead to Rome, and once your flight arrives in the Eternal City for the first time you’ll wonder why you didn’t make the journey before. From ancient monuments to hip nightspots, to some of the best food you’ll ever taste, a trip to Rome is a feast for the senses from start to finish.

Like all big cities Rome takes a lot of time to explore, so whether you want to visit the popular tourist sites like the Colosseum and the Sistine Chapel, or whether you want to go off the beaten path and visit some of the lesser known sights, it’s always best to plan ahead and know what you want to see in each of Rome’s most popular districts.

Rome’s Modern Center

The beating heart of the city, Rome’s modern quarter is bustling with shops and exuberant nightlife. Throw a coin into the Trevi Fountain to guarantee a return visit to Rome before posing at an outdoor café on the Via Veneto; the place to see and be seen. There are plenty of great value hotel options in this region of Rome, from independent accommodation at Hotel Scott House to big chains such as Radisson Blu.

Although this part of the city isn’t known for its ancient monuments, it’s still possible to see remnants of the city walls from 271 AD, as well as the grisly Capuchin Monastery with its bone chapel deep in the crypts.

Rennaissance Rome

One of Rome’s most photogenic districts, it’s easy to spend a whole day exploring the beautiful piazzas and winding streets. Here you’ll find the Pantheon; one of the world’s oldest surviving buildings. It’s still used as a church today, despite the leaky ceiling. There are lots of ancient buildings, museums, and churches to keep history buffs interested. Head to the Campo de Fiori, one of the oldest markets in Rome, where you can pick up everything from farm fresh veggies to souvenirs.  

Ancient Rome

The Colosseo district is where you’ll find the majority of Rome’s ancient attractions, including the oft photographed Colosseum itself. It’s also home to the ruins of The Roman Forum, once the seat of the world’s largest power but now reduced to rocks and rubble. You can pick up a pass here which will give you a queue jump with entry to the Colosseum and Palatine Hill: an area filled with ruined mansions which once belonged to Rome’s rich and powerful.  Eat before you go, or bring food with you; the eateries nearby are overpriced and low quality, as they’re aimed at tourists.

North Rome

This sprawling area lies to the North of Rome’s city centre and is home to the Spanish Steps. You’ll also find one of the ancient world’s greatest masterpieces here, the Ara Pacis; a monument to peace. Built in 13BC, the monument is now housed in its own building. If you’re visiting Rome at New Year, head to Piazza del Popolo where locals and visitors gather to ring in the new year. The gardens at Villa Borghese are perfect if you feel like you need to relax after all the sightseeing. Rent a boat and paddle on the lake, or just enjoy a stroll through the sculptured landscape.


Rome Travel Guide


The Vatican

The Trevi Fountain

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