Rome

The Eternal City

About Rome

Legends suggest Rome was founded in 753 BC, by Romulus and Remus, who were twin sons of Mars.  After killing his brother, Romulus became the first king of Rome.  He then set out to fortify his settlement on Palatine Hill, next to what became the Roman Forum.  Eventually settlements were established on each of Rome’s Seven Hills, including Capitol Hill (Capitoline Museums).  At the start of the Middle Ages, Rome came under the control of the Papacy and then during the 8th century it became the capital of the Papal States. During the Renaissance period, Rome became a world centre for art with St. Peter’s Basilica being built by Emperor Constantine the Great and Michelangelo’s fresco painting of The Last Judgement at the Sistine Chapel.  Today, Rome is the 4th most populous city in the European Union with millions of tourists visiting their World Heritage Sites, such as the Vatican Museums and Colosseum.

General Information

Fiumicino Airport

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Ciampino Airport

This is Rome’s smaller airport that is used by budget airlines and ...

Tourist Info Centres

Also called Tourist Infopoints. The Infopoints are ...

Day Trips From Rome

Italy’s established rail network allows easy travel between ...

Travel by Train or Bus

Travel domestically or internationally by train or bus ...

Public Transportation

Tickets are valid for all city public transportation – buses, trams ...

The Omina Card

The card is valid, once activated, for 72 hours from the first ...

Roma Archaeological Card

Tickets are valid for 7 days and allow card holders to ...

Roma Pass

Passes are available for 48 or 72 hours, and include free entry ...

Attractions

Colosseum

The Colosseum is the largest oval amphitheatre ever built, holding between ...

Piazza Navona

Once the site of the Stadium of Domitian (1st Century AD), the Piazza Novona became a ...

Ostia Antica

This archaeological site was once a port city in the early 3rd century BC. Ostia Antica is now ...

Catacombs of St. Callixus

The Catacombs of St. Callixtus originated during the 2nd century, and is the place ...

Roman Forum

The Roman Forum was created after the battle between Romulus, the first King of ...

Ludus Magnus

Also known as The Great Gladiatorial Training School, the Ludus Magnus was the largest ...

Spanish Steps

The Spanish Steps is a large staircase that connects the Trinità dei Monti Church with ...

Baths of Caracalla

Construction of the Baths of Caracalla started in 216 by Emperor Septimius Severus, and ...

Palatine Hill

Palatine Hill the most popular of the Seven Hills of Rome. Evacuations indicate ...

Trevi Fountain

The Trevi Fountain was built at the junction of three roads where aqueducts previously ...

Trajan's Market

The Trajan Markets consisted of both shops, apartments, library, and likely administration ...

Borghese Gallery

The Borghese Gallery is home to a substantial collection of paintings, sculptures and ...

Museums

Baths of Diocletian

The Baths of Diocletian served as a public bathing area for the people ...

Museum of the Ara Pacis

The main feature in the museum is the Art Pacis Augustae altar, dedicated to Pax, the Roman ...

Crypta Balbi

This museum is part of the larger network of National ...

Capitoline Museums

This museum is thought to be the first museum in the world, with it’s ...

Palazzo Altemps

The building was constructed in the 15thy century for Girolamo Riario, who ...

Vatican Museums

The Sistine Chapel was restored in 1477, by Pope Sixtus IV and the Vatican Museums ...

Castel Sant' Angelo

This castle was originally build in for the Roman Emperor Hadrian and his ...

Capuchin Museum & Crypt

The church built between 1626 and 1631 and designed by ...

Palazzo Massimo

This building was once a prestigious boarding school built in the late ...

Churches

Basilica of Saint Lawrence

This Basilica is dedicate to Roman Deacon, Lawrence who was ...

Santa Maria Maggiore

The Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore is one of only four Papal Major Basilicas and ...

Santa Maria Sopra Minerva

This Gothic designed Church was built in 1370, one block from the ...

Santa Cecilia in Trastevere

Pope Urban I founded the Basilica of Santa Cecilia in Trastevere during the ...

Santa Maria in Trastevere

The Santa Maria in Trastevere is one of the oldest churches in ...

The Pantheon Church

The Pantheon was built under the emperor, Hadrian’s rule (117 - 118 AD ) and ...

San Paolo Fuori Le Mura

This Papal Basilica is one of 4 major Basilicas in the Roman Catholic Church ...

Basilica of Saint Clement

The foundation of the Basilica contain remnants of a republican era ...

San Giovanni in Laterano

This Papal Basilica is the oldest and highest ranking church of ...

Basilica of Saint Augustine

This Basilica was one of the first churches built during the Renaissance. More ...

Mithraeum of Saint Prisca

The Church was devoted to Saint Prisca, who was a 1st Century ...

Saint Peter's Basilica

Also known as, Papal Basilica of St. Peter in the Vatican, St Peter’s ...