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Where is Rome?

Also known as the Eternal City, Rome sits at the heart of the Italian peninsula on the river Tiber. It was the centre of the Roman Empire and today it is the capital of Italy. The independent Vatican City is located with Rome. This extraordinary city is the centre of politics, economy, and religion.

Rome is home to three million people, the most-populous city of Italy and the third-populous of the European Union.

COSMOPOLITAN CITY WITH RICH HISTORY


There are not many cities that can look back to such an eventful history. Founded in 753 B.C. allegedly by Romulus on the hills of Rome, centre of the Roman Empire, centre of the catholic Church, under the rule of the pope until 1870.

History around every corner: discover the remains of ancient Rome on a stroll through the small alleys. At St. Peter’s Square looking at St. Peter’s Cathedral you feel the impressive history of the Catholic Church. But there are also many young and hip quarters to visit boasting with bars , clubs, and restaurant. Highlight: genuine Spaghetti al Pomodoro!

Big advantage: the historic centre can easily be explored on foot or by hop-on-hop-off bus.

Sights of Rome

Rome is one of most historically-packed cities in the world, filled with monuments, museums, squares and, and, but make time for idling in cafes, getting lost in narrow cobbled streets, and whiling away hours at local trattorie.

Tip: get tickets and book tours in advance.

  • Colosseum
    is the largest amphitheatre built during the Roman Empire for 65,000 spectators.

  • Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel
    display works from the immense collection amassed by the Catholic Church and the papacy. Book ticket in advance to save time.

  • Trevi Fountain
    Baroque fountain known from many movies and probably the most famous in the world.

  • St. Peter’s Basilica
    spiritual centre of the Catholic Church, the Pope’s residency and built upon the burial site of St. Peter. Here you find masterpieces such as `La Pieta` by Michelangelo. Tip: visit to the cupola boasting a sensational view of the city.

  • Pantheon
    one of the best-preserved antique buildings.

  • Piazza Navona
    one of the most beautiful squares in Rome. "La Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi" by Bernini known from movies (e.g., “Illuminati“), tourists love the busy square for its street artists and cafes.

  • Spanish Steps& Piazza di Spagna
    tourism hotspot and one of the most famous squares in Rome. And: many shops and boutiques around the corner. Because: Fashion is important in Rome.

  • Trastevere
    Typical Italian quarter with narrow cobbled streets and ancient houses; many bars and clubs.

There are many more sights but do not miss:

Castel Sant`Angelo, Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore, Galleria & Villa Borghese, Monumento a Vittorio Emanuele II, Piazza del Popolo, Forum Romanum and Platin and, and, and.

Tip: daytrip to Ostia Antica (excavation).

What’s the weather like in Rome?

Rome enjoys a Mediterranean climate with hot, dry summers and mild, humid winters. Average temperature in July is 30°C. December sees most of the precipitation.

For more info and details about the weather in Rome check out our live webcams.