Hotels in Rome

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Located in central Italy, Rome was built on seven hills beside the River Tiber. It is the capital city of Italy and is the country's most popular tourist destination.

Founded so long ago, Rome's early history has combined with myth. It became the capital of the Roman empire, which in the 2nd century covered 6.5 square kilometres.

The City's Roman remains are popular with tourists, as are its museums, its architecture, its fountains and piazzas(squares) and its churches, from the smallest chapels to the largest basilicas.

Rome's most expensive hotels are in the historic centre, where cheaper alternatives are difficult to find. For more affordable accommodation visitors must head towards the outskirts of the city. The districts of Borgo or Trastevere are popular with those on a tight budget.

Neighbourhoods of Rome

Centro Storico is the historic centre of Rome, which has many of the main tourist attractions including the Pantheon and the Trevi Fountain. On the opposite side of the Tiber is Trastevere, which is an ideal place for a quiet coffee or an evening meal. Head north for Borgo, which borders the Vatican City and has a plethora of souvenir shops. Esquilino is a largely residential area, but also includes a number of bars and cafes, as well as the church Santa Maria Maggiore. Monti appears like a village within Rome. It has its own central square, wine bars and small shops.

What to see and do in Rome

Rome has many world famous attractions:

  • Colosseum: 189 metres long, 156 metres wide and 48 metres high, the Colosseum is the largest amphitheatre ever built. It has 80 entrance arches that once led audiences of over 50,000 people to their seats and is Rome's most popular tourist attraction. Tours can be booked in advance.
  • Pantheon: Built in the 2nd century, the Pantheon with its huge dome is a beautifully preserved example of Roman architecture. Built as a temple to the gods, the interior is decorated in African marble.
  • St Peter's Basilica: The external beauty of St Peter's Basilica, with its dome designed by Michelangelo, is enhanced by the elliptical piazza outside. The interior is clad in marble and gold. Michelangelo's pieta, a sculpture of the Virgin Mary holding the body of Jesus, is a famous attraction.
  • Vatican Museums: Works of art collected by Popes since the 1500s are housed in the Vatican Museums. Approximately 20,000 of these works are on public display.

What to eat in Rome

Italians pride themselves on their food. A popular appetiser is bruschetta, or toasted bread, with garlic and olive oil. For mains there is Suppli, which is fried rice croquettes stuffed with mozzarella cheese, or saltimbocca alla romana, slices of veal, with sage and dry cured ham called prosciutto. For dessert there is a wide selection of gelato or ice cream. This can all be washed down with a fine selection of wines from Friuli and Orvieto.

Typical events and festivals in Rome

Unsurprisingly, many of Rome's events are centred round the Christian calendar. The New Year is welcomed with San Silvestro and Capodanno a free concert and fireworks display in the Piazzo del Popolo. Easter week is marked by Settimana Santa e Pasqua with the Stations of the Cross ceremony in the Colosseum on Good Friday and the papal blessing on Easter Sunday. July sees the Cosmophonies a juxtaposition of classical and contemporary acts including Greek theatre, modern dance and rock concerts. Finishing the year, a child orientated Christmas Market is held in the Piazza Navona in early December.

How to move around in Rome

Getting around the historic centre is probably best done on foot, as the roads are congested, which makes the buses slow. Rome's Metropolitana (underground railway) has three main lines, A, B and C, and 73 different stations. This is certainly the quickest way to get across the city, but the number of stops in the centre are limited, as it was designed to allow people to travel in from the suburbs.

The climate in Rome

Rome has a Mediterranean climate, with four distinct seasons. Summers are warm and dry, with highs around 30 degrees Celsius in July and August, whilst winters are mild with temperatures in the single digits.

More interesting facts about and sights in Rome

Rome has over 2,000 fountains, more than anywhere else in the world. Approximately €3,000 are tossed into the Trevi Fountain every day. The money is donated to the Caritas charity, which is dedicated to tackling poverty.

Frequently asked questions about Hotels in Rome

The most centrally located hotels in Rome with the best ratings are: Hotel Albergo Del Senato, Hotel The Inn At The Roman Forum and Hotel Villa Spalletti Trivelli.

It depends on the category of the hotel. If you want to stay at a 4-star hotel in Rome, the average price per night is 58 , while you will pay an average of 53 for a 3-star hotel, and in a more luxurious 5-star hotel, you'll pay around 186 .

Hotel Hilton Rome Airport and Hotel Hilton Garden Inn Rome Airport are the closest ones to Rome-Leonardo Da Vinci Fiumicino.

You can make reservations at Hotel The Hoxton Rome, Hotel Locarno and Hotel Villa Spalletti Trivelli if you"re looking for a hotel with valet service for your visit to Rome.

If you need a hotel with disabled access in Rome, we recommend Hotel Artemide, Hotel Eden Dorchester Collection and Hotel Locarno.

If you want to save time, the hotels in Rome with express check-in and check-out are Hotel Eden Dorchester Collection, Hotel Varese Roma and Hotel The Inn At The Roman Forum.

Some of the options for hotels with non-smoking rooms in Rome are Hotel Artemide, Hotel The Hoxton Rome and Hotel Eden Dorchester Collection.

In Rome, Hotel Artemide, Hotel The Hoxton Rome and Hotel Eden Dorchester Collection offer 24-hour front desk service.

If you're bringing a vehicle, we recommend that you book a hotel with parking in Rome, like Hotel The Hoxton Rome, Hotel Varese Roma or Hotel Portrait Roma Lungarno Collection.

The following hotels in Rome have luggage storage: Hotel Artemide, Hotel The Hoxton Rome and Hotel Eden Dorchester Collection.