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Welcome to Rome
Rome holds a special type of pizzazz that isn’t replicated anywhere else on the planet. Its ancient roots, dating back long before its official founding in 753 BCE, make it a living history museum of ancient civilization, where the ruins of the landmarks featured in school history textbooks speak to visitors today as much as they did millennia ago to the Romans. That historic city center, surrounded by the Aurelian and Janiculum walls either side of the River Tiber, holds the remnants of a whopping 25,000 sites of historical and environmental importance. Rome is also one of the most vibrant cultural hubs in the world. Whether it’s innovative art institutions, thriving piazzas, or cozy coffee houses, the city’s future is as much of its personality as its past.
The best time to stay in a vacation rental in Rome
Choosing the best time to visit Rome comes down to personal preference: the warmer months come with huge crowds, meaning you may find long lines and limited tickets around town; if you visit during chillier periods, there’s a more manageable urban flow. The good news about the latter option is that low temperatures seldom drop below freezing and there can be moderate days, even in January and February. May and September may be a sweet spot to catch the best of both worlds. As Rome is an urban hub, it isn’t hard to find a festival or major event in the city at any given time, but annual highlights include the Festival del Verde e del Paesaggio garden festival in May, the VinòForum wine festival in June, the Taste of Roma food festival in September, and the season-long Lungo il Tevere Summer Festival from June through September, with al fresco performances and films at heritage sites.
Top things to do in Rome
Historic Roman Sites
When in Rome, visits to the headline attractions are a requisite. There’s the Colosseum, the Forum, and Vatican City’s Sistine Chapel (opt for skip-the-line access for all three), as well as the Pantheon, the Trevi Fountain, and the Spanish Steps, but the list doesn’t end there. Other ancient landmarks include Palatine Hill, the Baths of Caracalla, Trajan’s Forum, and the Circus Maximus. Perhaps go fountain hopping at the Fiumi and Barcaccia fountains, or tour the piazzas like Piazza Navona, Piazza Venezia, and Piazza del Popolo. Other highlights include the Villa Borghese house and gardens, the Castel Sant’Angelo fortress, and the grand Altar of the Fatherland monument.
As home to one of the world’s oldest Jewish neighborhoods, this area is filled with impressive sites such as the 19th-century synagogue and the Piazza delle Cinque Scole, as well as tasty eats―don’t miss the Roman-Jewish carciofi alla giudia (deep-fried artichokes) in the area’s eateries. But it’s also a place of reflection, such as at the memorial in Piazza 16 Ottobre 1943.
MAXXI National Museum of 21st Century Arts
As proof that Rome isn’t just about its past, the MAXXI is focused on contemporary creativity of every kind. The site comprises the nation’s first museum of architecture, as well as a modern art museum that includes theater, dance, graphics, and advertising.
Frequently Asked Questions
How is the weather in Rome?
Rome has a Mediterranean climate with warm, dry summers and mild, wet winters. In summer, temperatures can reach up to 90°F (32°C). Winters are milder with temperatures rarely falling below 40°F (5°C).
What are some of the best things to do in Rome?
Rome attracts visitors with its rich history and culture. You can explore the iconic Colosseum, wander around the historic Roman Forum, or learn about the city's rich art history at the Vatican Museums. For a peaceful moment, a stroll around Villa Borghese gardens is frequently suggested.
What is the best time of year to visit Rome?
Spring (April to June) and fall (September to October) are the most popular times to visit Rome due to milder weather. The city hosts a variety of events such as the 'Estate Romana' (Roman Summer) festival which includes concerts, movie screenings, and street food events.
What are the best places to stay in Rome?
Trastevere is a vibrant neighborhood known for its lively dining scene. For those interested in Rome's history, the Centro Storico offers easy access to most of the city's ancient sights. The Prati district is often recommended for its proximity to Vatican City.
What are the best places to visit in Rome?
Rome is home to several world-renowned landmarks such as the Colosseum, the Pantheon, and the Roman Forum. The Vatican City, including St. Peter's Basilica, and the Sistine Chapel, are also highly frequented. The Spanish Steps and Trevi Fountain are popular attractions as well.
What are some hiking trails in Rome?
Rome may be best known for its history, but it also has some scenic hiking trails. The Appian Way is a historic road that's now used for hiking, while the Marcigliana Nature Reserve provides a more rural experience. Parco della Caffarella is another popular choice.
What are some family activities to do in Rome?
Families often enjoy a visit to Rome's Bioparco, one of the oldest zoos in Europe, or exploring the Explora Children's Museum. The Villa Borghese gardens are perfect for a picnic and a leisurely boat ride on the lake. Many families also visit the Time Elevator Rome, a multisensory cinema experience about the history of Rome.
What are some of the best day trip ideas in Rome?
Day trips from Rome often include the ancient city of Pompeii, the coastal town of Ostia Antica, or the enchanting town of Tivoli with its UNESCO-listed Villa d'Este. For a natural retreat, the Castelli Romani hills are a popular choice among locals and tourists alike.
What types of vacation rentals are available in Rome?
Uncover the perfect home-away-from-home with our diverse selection of vacation rentals in Rome. From over 16,830 apartment rentals, over 5,600 condo rentals, over 210 villa rentals to over 1,760 house rentals, we've got you covered. For even more variety, explore our Airbnb Categories to find the ideal space for your getaway.
How much does it cost to stay in vacation home rentals in Rome?
Experience the best of Rome with our vacation home rentals, starting at about $10 per day, before taxes and fees. Embrace comfort and style while staying within your budget in your home away from home.