Rome spans across the seven hills that rise from the Tevere River and its culture spans 3,000 years of history. Rome boasts some of Europe's finest examples of Classical, Romanesque, Medieval and Renaissance architecture in its vast number of heritage buildings and monuments. Ancient Rome’s historic architectural delights include the Roman Forum, Arch of Constantine, Pantheon and Colosseum. In the centre of the ancient city lies the Vatican, home to comprehensive collections of art and one of the world, St Peter’s Basilica.
Along with sightseeing, shopping is a major attraction in Rome, including the narrow streets of Trastevere that brim with artisan shops, to designer boutiques. The triangle between the Spanish Steps and Piazza del Popolo via Ripetta − called the Tritone − buzzes with tourists, shoppers and café-loungers during the day, while the fashionable area of Via Margutta, once home to the Italian Film Director, Federico Fellini, is the location of afghan dealers, ateliers, an auction house, modern and classical art galleries, and the romantic Osteria Margutta restaurant that displays a collection of paintings by famous artists.
Do ensure you refuel every so often with a delicious gelato or an Italian coffee. In the evening the city comes alive with many first-class restaurants to choose from, as well as stylish bars and nightclubs that stay open to the early hours. And, don’t leave before tossing a coin into the Baroque Trevi Fountain – legend has it that if you do, you are sure to return to this glorious city.
The Holy See has its own country – Vatican City – in the middle of central Rome, and its collection of artefacts from the history of Christianity makes it well worth a visit. Visit in the morning if you want to avoid the queues and be prepared to do a lot of walking. St Peter's Basilica is the most important church for Catholics around the world. This is where the Pope holds mass every Sunday and where millions of pilgrimages end every year. The Vatican museum itself is extraordinary, showing the wealth accumulated by the Catholic Church throughout its history. Don't miss Michelangelo's masterwork in the Sistine Chapel – one of the most famous and recognised paintings in the history of man.
Villa Borghese Park
Considered to be particularly beautiful in springtime, Villa Borghese Park, in the northern part of Rome, offers green space dotted with lakes, temples, statues, a zoo and several museums. It is also the home of Galleria Borghese, the city’s most famous private art collection that houses works of art by Artists including Caravaggio, Titian, Rubens and Raphael.
No trip to Rome would be complete without visiting the mighty and impressive architectural gem, the Colosseum. It is said to be the largest ever built in the Roman Empire and here you can learn about gladiators.
The Colosseum is spectacularly lit up at night, adding a certain ghostly magic to its exterior – you can almost hear the roar from the crowds.
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Generally, spring and summer are the best times to visit Rome, when it's warm and often sunny. July and August can get very hot. The mild weather may continue through to December.
These figures show monthly average maximum temperatures and monthly average rainfall for Rome.
British Airways from London Heathrow and London Gatwick to Rome. UK regional departures and charter flights are also available.
From London Heathrow and London Gatwick to Rome: 2 hours, 35 minutes.
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