Rome: the basics

Rome: the basics

Rome is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. As the capital of Italy and a major European hub, Rome has lots to offer anyone who visits.

As one of the oldest and most recognizable cities in the world and with a history dating back to the Roman Empire (where do you think the name came from?!) nearly 3,000 years ago, it is no wonder that tourism in Rome continues to flourish.

Some of the world’s most outstanding and historical buildings and monuments are located in the city alongside beautiful parks, bustling nightlife and world-class shopping and dining options.

Trevi Fountain, Rome

Rome appeals to visitors of all ages and interests and you will never fall short of things to see or do either during the day or at night.

Important Rome Tourism Information

The official language spoken in Rome is Italian. While many people in the touristy areas will speak good English it is important that you take an Italian phrase book with you and try to memorize some simple phrases before you leave. Spanish, Portuguese and French are also quite widely understand to a limited extent.

While in Rome you will need to use the Italian currency – the Euro. You can change your own currency into Euros prior to arriving in Rome or you can do so at the airport or any of the banks in the city.

Food can be very cheap to buy in Rome and is generally of a very high quality. The Italians are renowned for their wonderful cooking particularly pizza and pasta. Be careful about eating out in restaurants and cafes close to popular Rome tourism sites as the prices will be put up accordingly. Tipping is not mandatory in Rome and legally restaurants are required to include it in the price.


Popular Rome Tourism Sites

Rome is the world centre for famous tourism sites. Few people that visit Rome won’t recognize the famous landmarks scattered across the city.

If you are on a budget then you should make use of the one week a year when all Rome tourist sites that are publicly owned have no admission charge. The week usually runs in the middle of May each year.

The most impressive Rome tourism sites are in the area of Ancient Rome. Some of the most popular Rome tourism sites include the Colosseum, Piazza Venezia, Roman Forum and the Domus Aurea. The Pantheon should also not be missed – it dates back to 125 AD.

Colosseum, Rome

Another popular Rome tourism area is the Catholic area of Rome. Rome is a very Catholic city and there are over 900 churches in the city. It is hard to pick just a few of these churches to visit as they are all so impressive, but St. Peter’s Basilica, San Giovanni and Santa Maria churches are particularly impressive Rome tourism landmarks.

To find out more about the rich history of Rome, you should pay a visit to some of the world-class museums and art galleries located in the city. Popular museums include: the Vatican Museum, Galleria Borghese, Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna and the Capitoline Museum.

Getting to Rome

Rome has two main international airports: Leonardo da Vinci/Fiumicino International Airport and Ciampino International Airport. Most budget airlines such as EasyJet and RyanAir fly into Ciampino Airport.

Most major cities in Europe offer direct, regular flights into Rome as well as many international cities.

You can also get to Rome by train from around Italy and other European destinations. The main train station in Rome is Termini Station.

If you prefer to travel at sea then you can get to Rome on one of many cruise ships that dock at the city’s Citavecchia harbor. There are ferry services to and from cities such as Barcelona, Tunis, Toulon and Porto-Vecchio.

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Jenny Kellett

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Jenny Kellett started TravelGoss in 2012 as a fun way of combining her passions for writing and travel. She works as a freelance journalist in Melbourne but jets off whenever her bank balance allows her to!

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