Rome Hotels - A seat of learning, culture and artistic grandeur, Rome is a museum without walls. At one point, all roads led to Rome, but even if the Empire is gone the city bears all the hallmarks of its incredible past at the forefront of human civilization. With medieval, Etruscan, baroque and modernist architecture and art all rubbing shoulders, from ruins to relics and the seat of the Catholic Church, this is a place full to the brim with classical lines, priceless artefacts and unforgettable panoramas. Add to that Rome’s culinary excellence and its bustling nightlife and you have one of the great global capitals.
Things to see
Nothing quite blends Rome’s past with its present with as much elegance as the Trevi Fountain. Designed with grandeur in mind, it was completed in 1762 and is a spectacular example of baroque sculpture, complete with its statues of the god Neptune, two Tritons and a horse. Redesigned when the Pope declared that it wasn’t theatrical enough in the 1600s, this fountain has inspired songs and even featured prominently in that masterpiece of Italian cinema, La Dolce Vita. Dating back a little further, to 80 AD in fact, the Colosseum was originally home to the pitched battles of gladiators. These days you can avoid the bloodshed, but are able to tour the arches of this incredible amphitheatre. You can soak up even more ancient Roman grandeur with a trip to another brilliantly preserved reminder of ancient Rome, in the shape of the Pantheon, a domed temple built to honor the city’s former gods in around 118 AD.
Hotels in Rome
This city, being home to centuries of Imperial grandeur, knows a thing or two about luxury. As such, you’ll have no problem finding five-star hotels in Rome, where you can expect complimentary WiFi and flat-screen televisions as standard, but will also encounter a host of more unique treats from the high-end hotels. From rooms with rugs and bedding modelled on the Vatican City’s regal colours to rooftop restaurants, marble fireplaces and period furnishings there’s plenty of glamorous features on offer. The buildings themselves are often works of art, with custom-built chains competing against column-fronted guest houses, tree-lined spas and hilltop Chateaux .
Where to stay
Set among cobbled streets, the neighborhood around the Spanish Steps and the Trevi Fountain is the perfect spot for shopping, with countless couture stores. To the north of the center, Piazza Navona is a brilliant slice of baroque, within close walking distance of the Pantheon and the bustling market square of Campo de Fiori, a perfect place for bargain hunting or watching street performers as you nibble some of the best fruit in the city. For a more historical stay, you might want to head south to the area around the Roman Forum and Colosseum, which is full of ancient ruins and temples.
How to get to
Rome's main airport for international visitors is Leonardo Da Vinci Airport, which is around 30 kilometres out of the center. A direct express train runs into the center of town every 30 minutes, taking around 30 minutes to get you into the heart of the action. There is also a shuttle bus which runs seven times per day. The city's main train station, Stazione Termini, operates rail services to and from a host of European cities and many internal services, and is centrally located. The smaller Ciampino Airport is used by budget airlines, and is around 15 kilometres southeast of the city, with a regular coach service connecting it to central Rome.