Hotels in Rome
Capital and largest city of Italy with its 2.7 million inhabitants, Rome
is the third most visited tourist city destination in Europe. It is well
known for its Roman emperors, notably Julius Caesar, and for the
Vatican, home of the Pope, the head of the Catholic Church. The Vatican
was founded as a sovereign state in 1929 and with a total area of just
4.4 square kilometres, it is the smallest state in the world. However,
its power is far greater than its size suggests.
Rome was the centre of the Roman empire, and the city has an entirely
unique history. This is clearly seen across every neighbourhood on the
seven hills of Rome. It is easy to come up with a list of 20 or 30
must-see places in Rome, but these four sights should definitely not be
Colosseum: The city's impressive amphitheatre with
was built in 80 CE and could hold more than 50,000 spectators. The
theatre is most famous for gladiators fighting lions, but it has also
been used for bull fights, and later as a hospital, and even a church.
Saint Peter's Basilica and Saint Peter's Square: The great
church was built on the spot where Saint Peter the apostle is buried. He
is entombed beneath the altar, which is 29 metres tall. Saint Peter's
Basilica is the centre of the Roman Catholic Church, and it is among the
largest in the world. It rises 135 metres, is 200 metres wide and the
distance from the altar to the dome is 115 metres. Saint Peter's square
surrounds the church and its curving colonnades are a symbol of the
Church's embracing of the world around it. Of
Spanish Steps: The famous Spanish Steps staircase was built in 1725. The
steps are one of the city's popular gathering points for Romans and
Circus Maximus: The largest stadium in
history with room for almost 300,000 spectators. The arena was a horse
racing track, and the stadium was in use from 550 BCE to 549 CE.
Restaurants and night life
In Rome, you will find cosy restaurants on almost every street corner.
For instance, the Centro area boasts Rome’s widest selection of
Italian and international eateries, and by Via del Corso there are also
a large number of restaurants. Every neighbourhood of Rome has its own
foods or specialties, and you should not miss out on a visit to a local
trattoria or a taste of genuine Italian ice cream, gelato.
The many charming streets of Rome offer rich opportunities of exploring
thousands of speciality shops. But Rome also has many department stores,
shopping centres and interesting markets. Here, you can easily find
great bargains on leather goods or Italian fashion brands like Gucci or