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Travel Guide

St. Peter\'s Basilica showing interior views, heritage architecture and a church or cathedral

Epic architecture, classic art and sunny piazzas set the scene in Italy’s revered capital.

Rome is home to more than 2.8 million residents, many of whom will happily tell you about the city’s best pizzeria or their favorite soccer team. The only time the pace here slows is in the early afternoon, when some locals still take the time for a post-lunch nap.

Rome, city of seven hills, is divided into neighborhoods often named for the key attractions in each area. It’s split by the Tiber River and linked by cobbled streets and boulevards. Grab a map while exploring, especially if you’re visiting some of the older districts where addresses and streets can be confusing. Walking is the best way to get around the narrow, windy roads at many of the historical sites. Buses are the most practical option for public transportation.

Losing your way, however, is part of Rome’s charm. You may wind up at a hidden treasure like an underground bakery with cornetti fresh from the oven, or an archeological dig taking place in the center of a busy street.

No visit to Rome is complete without experiencing its architectural and artistic landmarks. There are Renaissance wonders like the Palazzo Senatorio and the Sistine Chapel within Vatican City. Baroque masterpieces, including magnificent St. Peter's Basilica, the Spanish Steps and the Trevi Fountain are also must-see destinations. Step back further in time and stroll through the history of the Roman Empire at the Roman Forum, which ends at the awe-inspiring Colosseum. In between outings, sit back and enjoy a coffee in one of the old town squares like the Piazza Navona.

Along with opera and other music, soccer and architecture, Romans adore food and wine, and you can easily eat your way around the capital. All over Rome there is Italian cuisine and "vino" aplenty. Spaghetti carbonara is a classic dish, however true Roman cuisine is much more than pasta. It’s simple, delicious food based on what’s available that season.

Once you’ve ticked off the essential landmarks each day, make like the locals do. Find a spot with your gelato and watch the late afternoon skies turn pink as you embrace the Roman ideal of "il dolce far niente," or "the sweet doing nothing."

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Where to stay in Rome

Hotel 87 Eighty-Seven - Maison D'Art Collection
Hotel 87 Eighty-Seven - Maison D'Art Collection
4 out of 5
The price is HK$581 per night from 24 May to 24 May
This family-friendly Rome hotel is located in the historical district, steps away from Via del Tritone, Via Veneto and Piazza Barberini. Piazza di Spagna and ...
4.1/5Very Good! (801 reviews)
"Hotel location is excellent, rooms on the small size and"

Reviewed on 5 Oct 2020

Hotel 87 Eighty-Seven - Maison D'Art Collection
QC Termeroma Spa & Resort
QC Termeroma Spa & Resort
5 out of 5
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is HK$2,298 per night from 18 May to 18 May
Situated near the airport, this luxury hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Parco Leonardo, Area Archeologica del Porto di Traiano and da Vinci Market Central. ...
4.3/5Excellent! (991 reviews)
"Amazing staff and awesome facility. Perfect romantic get away."

Reviewed on 29 Dec 2020

QC Termeroma Spa & Resort
Hilton Rome Airport
Hilton Rome Airport
4 out of 5
The price is HK$1,225 per night from 7 Jun to 7 Jun
This family-friendly Fiumicino hotel is located in the shopping district, within 3 mi (5 km) of Area Archeologica del Porto di Traiano and Necropoli di Porto ...
3.8/5Good! (1,551 reviews)
"Gianni was very welcoming and supportive during our stay with several requests Very happy with the Hilton team They aimed to assist and be supportive and were a very happy bunch indeed I will stay again later this week and later in the month"

Reviewed on 13 May 2021

Hilton Rome Airport
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Reviews of Rome


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5/5 - Excellent

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11 May 2020

Make the most of your time here and do a vespa ride (like the Romans do!) - it is the best way to get around and see all the sights of Rome, not to mention it's super fun!

5/5 - Excellent

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24 Mar 2020

We benefited from the sad fact that many people had cancelled due to the coronavirus fears. Rome was quiet so we visited the Colosseum and the Vatican on organised tours which were wonderful. I’ll never go anywhere of historical significance again wi

4/5 - Good

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14 Mar 2020

Lovely city would defintly return

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11 Mar 2020

we will return once the corona virus is done and dusted

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10 Mar 2020

The most beautiful of cities.

5/5 - Excellent

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8 Mar 2020

Great places to eat nearby reasonably priced