Experience Roma - Rome, The Ethernal City
Everybody loves Rome – once the heart of ancient Roman Empire, today the city that hosts the enclave Vatican; and the Dolce Vita–city... No wonder that this Italian capital is the third most-visited tourist destination in the EU.
There are countless attractions in Rome, among them: Colosseum, Roman Forum, Spanish Steps, and of course the biggest church in the world - St. Peter´s Basilica, with its Michelangelo frescos in the Vatican. Here you can also watch world´s smallest army - Swiss Papal Guards standing at the ports to Vatican... Then you have of course the romantic Fontana di Trevi and scenic Campo de´ Fiori.
Leisure, entertainment and nightlife
Walking around in the Eternal City and feeling its energy is the best you can during the day. Shopping areas like Via del Corso, Via Condotti with surroundings are for rainy days; and towards the night, you will have plenty of clubs to choose from, especially in Testaccio district. Having fun there will give you poor chances to end up in Fontana di Trevi, this is a good news, because you probably cannot match with Anita Ekberg…
Luxury hotels, just hotels, budget ones, apartments, even luxurious ones, hostels and B&B and camping on the banks of Tiber River… although Rome is a huge city, it can still stand a significant load of non-Romans.
Getting here and getting around
Rome has two main international airports:
The modern Leonardo da Vinci International Airport (Fiumicino, code FCO), and the smaller Ciampino Airport (code CIA) where most of the low-cost airlines like Easyjet, Ryanair and Wizzair fly to.
Get around by foot in the centre, take bus, tram or metro to your favorite destination further out. Taxis are comfortable, take one preferably from taxi stand instead for calling it in.
Time zone: UTC (GMT)+1. Daytime saving time (DST) is observed.
Currency: Euro (EUR, €).
Climate: Typical mediterranean with hot summer, especially August. Best time to visit: spring (April - June) and autumn; especially October which is especially sunny and warm. Average winter temperature is about 13 °C (57 °F).
Everybody knows the legend about Romulus & Remus being founder of Rome. During over 1000 years, first as the capital of Roman Republic, and especially later one as the heart of Roman Empire, that expanded over most of Europe and the shores of the Mediterranean Sea, Rome was the most important, biggest and richest town in Western world, with population over one million inhabitants. After The Empire´s decline, Rome eventually gain back importance as the centre of the Catholic Church and the capital of Papal State - “the holy city”.
When the centre of Italian Renaissance moved from Florence to Rome, the city grew in splendor again. The city witnesses Italian fascist come to power after the WW1; and after being exposed to bombing during WW2, it entered the post-war period as a capital of Italian Republic, and started to grow fast again.