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Rome is the capital of Italy and it is one of the most iconic and most travelled cities in Europe. It is a fascinating place: full of history, a mixture of cultures, breath-taking buildings & monuments and of course mouth-watering cuisine. The Eternal City is worth a visit at least once!
Why you should visit Rome once in your Lifetime: let me convince you! The capital’s historic centre is a UNESCO World Heritage site. For this reason, walking around the city feels as though you are walking through history! If you are an art enthusiast, there are numerous galleries around the city displaying brilliant artwork, the most popular amongst them being the Villa Borghese Gallery and the Museum of Contemporary Art.
Rome is a great destination for families, youth and couples. The city offers numerous attractions including museums, parks, historic sites, beaches, wine tasting & so much more. Whatever you are looking for, Rome has it!
To learn more about things to do in Rome, the best time to go and local info see here.
Romans don’t tend to have dinner until after 8:30pm, so nightlife starts late. If you are looking to hit the pubs, rooftop bars and clubs, Friday-Sunday is the best time to do so. Testacci, Ostiense & Trastevere are lively areas. The atmosphere is electric over the weekend and a lot of venues stay open until the early hours of the morning.
As previously mentioned, Italians eat late but the food is worth the wait! You can start with an Appetizer as you enjoy views of the Colosseum, followed by a delicious dinner by the Trevi Fountain. Of course, the pasta & pizza is out of this world, but the city offers many international cuisines too.
Kids will love Cinecittá World! This is a theme park with a total of 40 attractions, 6 shows a day, a swimming pool and so much more. Prepare your kids for a trip to the Colosseum by signing them up for a session at Rome’s Gladiator School. Here they will be kitted out with tunics and training swords and taught some basic moves!
Head to Via del Corso, here you will find high street brands like Zara, Mango & H&M. If you have a higher budget or just want to admire some shop windows pay a visit to Via Condotti. This is one of Rome’s most prestigious shopping streets with brands like Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana, Valentino & more.
The Estate Romane, or Roman Summer Festival, is an unmissable event. This takes place from June to September every year. The festival boasts an outdoor cinema, operas, ballets and a calendar of exciting nightlife.
Most locals would agree that the best time to visit Rome is between September - November & April - May. Temperatures are perfect for exploring the city and there are fewer crowds. However, December is also a beautiful time to visit. There are many Christmas markets to enjoy and the atmosphere is electric.
Euro is used in Rome so you don’t have to worry about exchange rates.
Italy is just one hour ahead of Ireland (GMT +2)
The flight time from Dublin to Rome is just over 3 hours. The city is home to two airports but flying into Ciampino is more convenient as it is closer to the city. To get around Rome we recommend using the public transport or walking. There is no need to rent a car as traffic in Rome is crazy! If your hotel is in the city centre, you could even rent a bike.