Flights to Rome (FCO)

Flights to Rome will whet your appetite for la dolce vita – whether you go for the paintings or the pizza.

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There’s a reason why Rome is called The Eternal City. The Italian capital is among the oldest continuously occupied cities in Europe, having been established around 3,000 years ago. The centre of the city is a Unesco World Heritage Site, and simply walking through the streets or wandering around the piazzas makes you feel closer to the past.

Rome remains a hugely sought after destination, as thousands of visitors descend on the capital each year to see its iconic sights, from the Pantheon to the Colosseum. For some, Rome’s significance lies in its status as home to Vatican City, an independent country that resides within its boundaries. It’s also where you’ll find the Sistine Chapel and its famous ceiling painted by Michelangelo, as well as St Peter’s Basilica, the world’s largest church. In the Vatican Museum, you’ll be bowled over by the art collection of masterpieces from the Italian Renaissance.

Of course, the city is not without its modern charms, and travellers catch flights to Rome from all over the world in search of the dolce vita, or sweet life. From Audrey Hepburn on her Vespa in Roman Holiday to Julia Roberts eating gelato near a fountain in Eat Pray Love, the city has always been synonymous with the pursuit of pleasure and fun.

Whatever you do in Rome, do it on foot. While the public transport system is easy enough to navigate, it’s during slow, unhurried walks around the city that you’ll discover the true hidden gems – tucked away cafes, charming boutiques and quaint bookshops, to name a few.

Listen to live music at Big Mama

When in Rome, and in search of good evening entertainment, do as the locals do. Head to Big Mama, a cosy Blues lounge in the Trastevere district that’s been keeping music-lovers entertained for three decades. Despite its reputation for Blues, expect an eclectic line-up that could include anything from rock to disco.

Vicolo di San Francesco a Ripa 18
+39 06 581 2551

Visit the Protestant Cemetery

Although it may seem like an unusual destination, this green space is a beautiful part of the city for a slow stroll. Historically, it was the burial ground for any non-Catholics who died in the city. Today it is best known as the final resting place of two great Romantic poets: Percy Shelley and John Keats.

Via Caio Cestio 6
+39 06 574 1900

Visit the Pantheon

In Rome, the past is ever-present, and reminders of the city’s epic history are around every corner. Alongside the likes of the iconic Colosseum is the Pantheon, which dates back almost 2,000 years. Dominating a square in the heart of town, its imposing columns and impressive dome make a visit to this monument essential.

Piazza della Rotonda
+39 06 6830 0230

Go on a food tour

It’s likely a lot of your Roman holiday will be spent sampling the incredible restaurants, but why not go one better and take a food tour? Eating Italy leads small groups around some of Rome’s most vibrant neighbourhoods. It’s the perfect way to find hidden gems loved by locals.

Volpetti (Tour starting point)
Via Marmorata 47
+39 333 847 9138

Explore the city on two wheels

Some typical Roman activities are worth embracing, and touring through the streets of Rome on a scooter is one of them. Bici & Baci has motorbikes and scooters for hire all over the city, as well as bicycles if you prefer to explore at a slower pace.

Bici & Baci
Via del Viminale 5

+39 06 6482 8443

Admire the view from Aventine Hill

Rome’s seven hills offer stunning views of the city. Venture into the Piazza dei Cavalieri di Malta on Aventine Hill and gaze through the famous Knights of Malta keyhole for a unique perspective. Alternatively, the view from Gianicolo Hill is just as impressive.

Aventine keyhole
Clivo di Rocca Savella 10
Piazza dei Cavalieri di Malta

Lo Scopettaro (Authentic Roman)

If you're a traveller with an adventurous palate, this rustic restaurant is for you. Lo Scopettaro serves authentic Roman cuisine – think veal tongue, lamb heart and tripe. There are more conventional pasta and seafood dishes too, and some really good desserts.

Lungotevere Testaccio, 7
+39 06 575 7912 
(Italian language site)

La Pergola (Italian)

Helmed by Chef Heinz Beck, and the first restaurant in Rome to be awarded three Michelin stars, La Pergola is the place to go when you want the wow factor. Located inside the stunning Rome Cavalieri Hotel, the food is impeccable and the views of the city are beautiful.

Via Alberto Cadlolo 101
+39 06 3509 2152

Mesob (Ethiopian)

If you’re in the mood for something other than Italian food, head straight to Mesob, a wonderful Ethiopian restaurant that serves some of the best meals in Rome. Chef and owner Kuki provides a warm welcome, and this is a great option if you’re looking for vegan or vegetarian food in Rome.

Via Prenestina 118

+39 338 251 1621

Ristorante Roma Sparita (Italian)

This casual spot in Trastevere is said to be the restaurant celebrity chef and TV presenter Anthony Bourdain raved about during a trip to Rome. Choose a sunny table outside for lunch and order the signature tagliolini cacio e pepe (peppery pasta with pecorino and parmesan cheese).

Piazza di Santa Cecilia 24
+39 6 580 0757

La Prosciutteria (Italian)

When you want something other than pizza and pasta, the hearty antipasti at La Prosciutteria will do nicely. It’s the kind of laidback spot where lunch comes served on a wooden board – but the atmosphere is lively, the ingredients are fresh and it's always full of locals, so they must be doing something right.

Via della Panetteria, 34A
+39 06 678 6990

Il Gelato di San Crispino (Ice cream)

This gelateria (ice cream shop) on Via Acaia was immortalised in Elizabeth Gilbert’s memoir Eat Pray Love. They only use the best ingredients – pistachios from Sicily, lemons from Amalfi – and the resulting ice cream is exquisite. Try the honey with ginger-cinnamon flavour that is said to have particularly impressed the author.

Via Acaia, 56
+39 06 7045 0412

The St. Regis Grand Hotel

If what you crave in a hotel is old-world glitz and glamour, then a stay at the St. Regis Grand Hotel should do nicely. The spacious rooms are classically styled (although the on-site Thai spa is both modern and chic) and there’s something very comforting about the old-fashioned hospitality.

Via Vittorio Emanuele Orlando 3
+39 06 47091

The Inn at the Roman Forum

This charming boutique hotel is one of the only ones in Rome to house Roman ruins (a stone gallery with 2,000-year-old engravings). When you’re not soaking up the sun in the scenic garden, you’re well placed to explore the lively neighbourhood of Monti.

Via degli Ibernesi 30
+39 06 6919 0970

The Beehive

This popular hostel is both eco-friendly and budget-friendly. The Beehive is owned by a friendly American couple who are avid travellers themselves. You'll find a garden, lounge and vegetarian cafe. The low prices are aimed at backpackers, but families and couples will be equally comfortable.

Via Marghera 8
+39 06 4470 4553

Hotel Crossing Condotti

For a romantic stay in Rome, this stylish townhouse next to the Spanish Steps is a real find. There are a scattering of rooms to choose from, and you’ll have your own keys so you can come and go as you please. Some of the best sights in Rome – such as the Trevi Fountain and the Pantheon – are just a five-minute stroll away.

Via Mario Dè Fiori 28
+39 06 6992 0633

Guest House Arco Dei Tolomei

This bed and breakfast near the Tiber River is an excellent choice for those travellers looking for a more homey feel. It’s an old-fashioned building in the heart of the Trastevere district, with cosy rooms, antique furniture, rustic decor and a lovely garden terrace. Plus, it’s just a short stroll from the Colosseum.

Via dell'Arco Dètolomei 27
+39 6 5832 0819

Appia Antica Resort

These luxury self-catering apartments are perfect for a family holiday in Rome, and feel more like a home away from home than a hotel. Nestled in the heart of Appia Antica Park, the largest archaeological area in Rome, you’re still within a short distance of the city centre.

Via Appia Pignatelli 368
+39 06 4544 8035

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