Founded in 753 B.C., Rome is the city that has sparked millions of dreams over several millennia. The Italian capital is home to the Colosseum, the Forum, and hundreds of ruins, museums, and must-see churches.
A city that has been around as long as Rome has is bound to be known by many names. Some of Rome’s nicknames are The Eternal City, The City of 7 Hills, and Caput Mundi (Capital of the World).
Vatican City, a city-state located within the confines of Rome, is where you will find Saint Peter’s Basilica, the Sistine Chapel, and the Pope.
What to See and Do in Rome
- 50+ Best Things to See and Do in Rome
- Vatican City Travel Guide
- 7 Hills of Rome: What Are They and What Can You See?
Where to Stay in Rome
Centro Storico | Historic Center
The Centro Storico is the “historic center” and it includes almost all the places that anyone would want to go. By definition, the historic center is the part of Rome that is inside the ancient Aurelian Walls. That includes the Pantheon, Piazza Navona, Campo de’ Fiori, the Spanish Steps, Piazza del Popolo, the Trevi Fountain, and the structures of the ancient city such as the Colosseum and the Forum.
“Trastevere” means across the Tiber. It is the old neighborhood on the other side of the Tiber River. It is known for its medieval streets but also its restaurants and nightlife. The two main squares in Trastevere are Piazza Santa Maria in Trastevere, with its namesake church and central fountain, and Piazza Trilussa, which faces the Tiber and the Ponte Sisto.
Monti is the hilly district between the Colosseum and the Esquiline and Viminale hills. It has become a hip part of town over the last decade or so and has lots of good restaurants and chic boutiques. The Monti district is close to Rome’s Termini Station — but not too close.
The Aventino is a quiet and residential area with many old churches, including Santa Stefano Rotondo and Santa Sabina. This is also where the Knights of Malta have their headquarters and its “magic keyhole.”
Below the Aventine hill is Testaccio, which has an entirely different flavor. The former slaughterhouse neighborhood has one of the best fruit and vegetable markets in the city and there are numerous restaurants here that specialize in Rome’s quinto quarto offal cuisine. Testaccio is both an old school Roman neighborhood and a trendy, artsy one.
This fancy residential neighborhood on the west side of the Tiber is close to great shopping and the Vatican.
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Day Trips from Rome
Rome is a terrific base from which to explore everything that Italy has to offer, from the sea to the mountains.
- Best Beaches Near Rome
- Lazio Travel Guide. Best day trips in Rome’s region.
- Day Trip from Rome to Pompeii
- Reggia di Caserta Palace. Massive royal palace and gardens in northern Campania.
- Umbria’s Hill Towns. Orvieto is the closest.