A trip to Rome is as much about lapping up the dolce vita lifestyle as gorging on art and culture. Idling around picturesque streets, whiling away hours at streetside cafes, people-watching on pretty piazzas – these are all central to the Roman experience.
The tempo rises in the evening when fashionable drinkers descend on the city’s bars and cafes for a sociable aperitivo (drink with snacks) and trattorias hum with activity.
Elsewhere, cheerful hordes mill around popular haunts before heading off to hip cocktail bars and late-night clubs.
Rome in winter
Rome’s coldest months are January and February. During these two months, it rains every couple of days but some days can be quite pleasant with high temperatures of 12°C (53°F). At night, the temperature can reach below freezing. If you don’t mind a little bit of cold, Rome is beautiful during winter.
Rome in summer
July is the hottest month of the year in Rome, although August is nearly as hot, with average temperatures of 25°C (77°F). Due to the high humidity, visiting the city during these months can be a little stifling. In August, many shops close and many locals leave on vacation.
The best time of year to visit Rome
The city of Rome can be discovered the whole year round. However, if you can, we recommend going in spring or autumn, when there are normally less hordes of tourists. However, if you don’t like large crowds, avoid visiting the city during Easter as this is when Rome has the largest amount of travellers. In autumn, it is more likely to rain than in spring.
Important telephone numbers
Sanitary emergencies: 118.
Area code for Rome: 06.
Country code for Italy: +39.
Emergency numbers: Dial 112 anywhere in the EU to reach the emergency services.
Local numbers: Police 112, Ambulance 113, Fire 115
Hospital: Policlinico Ubert I, Via del Policlinico 155 Tel: 06 499 71
Currency The official currency in Rome and Italy is the Euro, since 1999.
Electricity and plugs
The majority of the plugs in Italy are "Type L" (Italian socket type) with three prongs. However, it is also possible to find the "Type C" (Europlug), both with a voltage of 220V.
If you're travelling from the UK, the US, Canada, Australia or New Zealand, you’ll need a travel plug adaptor. You can either purchase one before you leave or you can ask to borrow one at your hotel.
Rome climate and weather Italy Rainfall Temperature Climate
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The climate in Rome is generally pleasant: warm and sunny in spring and autumn, although sunstroke and heat exhaustion can be a serious threat in mid-summer
temperate; mild, rainy winters (September to mid-May) with hot, dry summers (May to September)
The Colosseum is Rome’s major tourist attractions
Its construction was started by emperor Vespasian of the Flavian dynasty in 72 AD and was finished by his son Titus in 80 AD. The elliptical amphitheater could hold up to 50,000 people who turned out to watch gladiators do battle, people be publicly executed and enjoy other forms of entertainment.
St. Peter's Basilica
The center of the Catholic world and a major tourist attraction, the Basilica of St. Peter is a huge church: with an interior height of 120 meter (400 feet), the space shuttle, together with its booster rockets, could fit inside, as could the Statue of Liberty.
One of the best preserved Roman buildings, The Pantheon was built in 126 AD as a temple for all the Roman gods.
Baths of Caracalla
The Baths of Caracalla, the second largest public baths in Rome, were built by Emperor Caracalla in the third century for political propaganda purposes: The emperor simply wanted people to like him. The baths were functional for over three hundred years. Negligence, looting and an earthquake turned the complex into ruins but their sheer size and ingenuity continues to impress visitors.
Saint Peter's Square
Located in Vatican City, St. Peter’s Square is the most famous square in Rome. Hundreds of thousands of people gather here to hear messages from the pope.
One of the most famous of Rome’s many squares, Piazza Navona was established towards the end of the 15th century, and preserves the shape of the Stadium of Domitian that once stood here.
Castel Sant’Angelo was built to be a mausoleum for the Emperor Hadrian and his family. Built in 123 BC, it later was turned into a fortress and castle by the popes.
Located in the small valley between the Palatine and Capitoline Hills, The Roman Forum (or Forum Romanum in Latin) was for centuries the teeming heart of ancient Rome: the site of triumphal processions and elections, venue for public speeches, and nucleus of commercial affairs.
A truly monumental stairway of 135 steps, the Spanish Steps were built with French funds between 1721‑1725 in order to link the Bourbon Spanish embassy to the Holy See with the French church, Trinità dei Monti.
Completed in 1762 to a design by Nicola Salvi, this world famous Baroque fountain features a mythological sculptural composition of Neptune, god of the sea, flanked by two Tritons.
The Vatican Museums began in the 16th century with a collection of sculptures by Pope Julius II.
The Vatican Museums located inside the Vatican City State, represent one of the most important museums in the world serving an extraordinary collection of timeless masterpieces displayed in the fabulous Vatican palaces.
This vast collection of works of art has been accumulated over the centuries by the Popes.
Inside the Vatican Museum, there is the Sistine Chapel, that deserves to be one of the most famous places to visit in the world thanks to the Michelangelo’s works.
If you want to discover all its secrets and beauties, there are many tours of the Vatican Gardens that include a guided visit of the Sistine Chapel and the Vatican Museums.
Trastevere is undoubtedly one of the most characteristic neighborhoods of all Rome, where between narrow colored alleys, Roman trattorias, markets, shops and artisan shops, it is still possible to get lost to rediscover the essence of the most authentic and genuine Rome.
Discover this enchanting neighborhood with one of the many tours of Trastevere.
From Santa Maria in Trastevere to Piazza Trilussa you can still breath the typical Rome products of the past, and at nightfall, the young get together to have a chat or to drink something with friends in one of the many pubs and nightclubs.
The collection of the Galleria Borghese defined as one of the most beautiful collections in the world, consists in sculptures, bas-reliefs, and ancient mosaics, as well as statues and paintings from the fifteenth to the eighteenth century.
Vittoriano Altare della Patria
The Vittoriano, also called Altare della Patria, is a monumental complex inaugurated by Vittorio Emanuele III in 1911, on the occasion of the International Exposition for the 50th anniversary of the Unification of Italy.
Mouth of Truth La bocca della verità
Under the porch of the church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin, there is the Mouth of Truth, one of the most famous Rome attraction.
The Mouth of Truth keeps its celebrity standing in the world thanks practically only to the legend that accompanies it.
His fame is due to popular tradition, for the belief that the mouth could bite the hand of someone who had not affirmed the truth.
ROMA CITTA' ETERNA
Non c'è turista al mondo che non abbia visitato, o sogni di visitare, la Capitale d'Italia.
Roma è una città ricchissima di storia, cultura e testimonianze archeologiche uniche al mondo, per questo è meta di visite da parte di curiosi provenienti da ogni parte del Pianeta.
Un classico intramontabile, una tappa immancabile di ogni visita a Roma che si può definire tale.
Si dice che quando cadrà il Colosseo, anche la città eterna cadrà, portandosi dietro tutto il mondo.
Il suo nome originale è Anfiteatro Flavio ed è stato teatro di feroci lotte tra gladiatori e belve, ma anche scenario per simulazioni di battaglie navali.
Il Colosseo rappresenta ancora oggi uno dei simboli di Roma, riconosciuto in tutto il mondo.
Fontana di Trevi
Per trovarla è sufficiente riuscire a distinguere il rumore scrosciante dell'acqua tra i rumori della città. Dopo aver percorso un dedalo di stradine si raggiunge la Fontana di Trevi, che è proprio come la si immagina: sfarzosa, affollata, rappresentativa della Dolce Vita. Gettatevi una monetina ed esprimete un desiderio!
Basilica di San Pietro
In qualsiasi immagine dello skyline cittadino spicca la cupola della Basilica di San Pietro, progettata da Michelangelo, nonché il suo spettacolare portico colonnato della piazza antistante, realizzato invece dal Bernini.
Un luogo dove potersi rilassare seduti al tavolino di un bar, circondati da sculture e architetture barocche. Piazza Navona è una delle piazze più apprezzate da turisti e dai cittadini romani e si trova nel luogo dove sorgeva l'antico stadio di Domiziano.
Altro simbolo di Roma, si presenta al pubblico ornato di una maestosa cupola e del celebre colonnato.
La leggenda narra che proprio qui, quando Romolo morì, un'aquila lo afferrò e lo trasportò in cielo. Come indica il suo nome (Pan = tutti e Theon = divinità) l'edificio è un monumento dedicato a tutte le divinità, fatto costruire dall'imperatore Adriano tra il 118 e il 125 d.C.
Altare della Patria
Noto anche con il nome di Vittoriano, si tratta di un monumento costruito per celebrare il re Vittorio Emanuele II, colui che portò a termine l'Unità d'Italia.
Piazza di Spagna
Altra tappa imperdibile della Capitale, Piazza di Spagna e la scalinata di Trinità dei Monti rappresentano uno sfondo unico al mondo per sfilate e celebri scene di film.
QUANDO VISITARE ROMA? Senza spendere troppe parole, il periodo in assoluto migliore per scoprire la Capitale è in primavera, da Aprile a Giugno.
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