Rome, the capital of Italy, is an eclectic blend of old and new. With an extremely rich culture and history, Rome truly offers something for everyone.
From discovering Ancient Rome and learning about their vast empire, fine dining and a party atmosphere, to its religious importance, Rome is a destination that will constantly surprise you and leave you wanting more.
Over 2.7 million people live in Rome, and it is home to the enclave of Vatican City, the smallest internationally recognised independent state at just 110 acres. Referred to as one of the birthplaces of Western Civilisation, it is one of the oldest continually inhabited cities in the world. Its Renaissance and Baroque architecture are world famous, and it has been home to artists such as Bernini and Raphael.
Everyone has heard of Ancient Rome. When travelling here, it is inevitable you will come across a site from one of the most powerful empires ever created, and they hold a thousand stories for you to uncover. Perhaps its most famous landmark, the Colosseum, is still standing tall today as an iconic attraction.
It may be 2000 years old, but Rome's Colosseum still has plenty of fight left in it. Once the arena was used for gory battles between gladiators and was able to hold around 50,000 people at a time. It would be the envy of most modern stadiums thanks to its ability to be emptied in 10 minutes with a series of exits known as vomitoria.
If you fancy something a bit more relaxing, you can take a stroll amongst many of Rome's various ancient ruins, including the Villa of the Quintilii and the Palatine Hill. The Palatine Hill is shrouded in ancient mythology with it being said that the founders of Rome, Romulus and Remus, were found and raised here by a she-wolf. It makes for an excellent eye-opening day out.
Of course no trip to Rome would be complete without paying a visit to the Vatican. With St. Peter's Basilica, the Sistine Chapel and the Apostolic Palace within its confines, the home of the Pope is a major Christian Pilgrimage site and has been since the Middle Ages. The religious architecture in Rome is worth a visit, simply to see the stunning work that went into creating these buildings if nothing else.
Temperatures peak in August with an average daily maximum of 30 °C while the mildest month is January with an average daily maximum of 13 °C.
Last updated: 2 February 2015