City guide: Rome, Italy | Private jet charter
Italy’s capital city, Rome, is blessed with ancient ruins and iconic monuments such as the Colosseum and St Peter’s Basilica, alongside a thriving modern metropolis with Michelin-starred restaurants, vibrant street markets, beautiful parks and gardens, and an eclectic cultural scene.
Top five must-see sights and attractions
The iconic symbol of Rome, the Colosseum stands like a mighty sentinel over the surrounding Roman ruins. Visitors have stood in awe on its grandstands since AD 80 when this extraordinary amphitheatre resounded with the cries of up to 80,000 cheering spectators.
A massive restoration project of the Colosseum has been underway since 2013 and is now mostly complete. Head to the top tiers for eagle-eye views of this magnificent structure and don’t miss the celebrated Arch of Constantine.
Hire a guide for a behind-the-scenes experience – and skip the often lengthy queues – and allow a few hours for your visit.
A cliché it may be, but throwing a coin into the iconic Trevi Fountain is part of the fun of a visit to Rome, and allegedly ensures your return to the city. Arrive early before the crowds – this is one of the most popular attractions in the capital.
Commissioned by Pope Clement XII and built between 1732 and 1751, this magnificent 17th-century fountain and attendant statues had a starring role in movies. Designed by Italian architect Nicola Salvi and completed by Giuseppe Pannini, at 23.6m high and just over 41 metres in length, the Trevi is Rome’s largest Baroque fountain and is made of travertine marble.
Vatican City, although based in Rome, is an independent city-state and as such is the smallest country in the world covering an area of around 100 acres. An absolute monarchy, the Vatican is governed by the Pope.
The Vatican’s art collection is worth billions – you’ll see only a fraction of it during the tour as most of the treasures are kept in the vaults. Michelangelo’s Last Judgement ceiling fresco is of course the highlight, painted by the between 1536 and 1541.
Stroll around the gardens, and visit the incomparable St Peter’s Basilica as well as St Peter’s Square where the faithful gather for the Pope’s address.
Escape the Roman frenzy and head for the calm of Villa Borghese. For superb views across the capital, head for the Pincian hill that overlooks the Piazza del Popolo. Otherwise, stroll along the tree-lined paths, enjoy an espresso in one of the cafes, take a picnic and jump into one of the fountains if the heat gets too much in summer.
Whatever you do, do not leave without a visit to the Galleria Borghese. One of Rome’s most celebrated museums, the paintings, frescoes statues and other priceless antiquities are exhibited in 20 rooms across two floors. Featured artists include Bernini, Raphael, Titian, Caravaggio and Peter Paul Rubens.
Foodies will love the Campagna Amica Market held at the Circus Maximus each Saturday. Home to fruit and veg from local providers in the Lazio region, it’s one of the best farm-to-table markets in the city.
Campo de Fiori, on the piazza of the same name has a market every day. Expect the most delicious aromas from artisan cheeses and meats as you practise your Italian with the locals.
Bargain hunters should head for the Piazza del Popolo on Sundays for the Borghetto Flaminio Market. From quality antiques to designer clothing you’ll find a treasure trove.
Rome’s most famous flea market is the Porta Portese Market: A lively Aladdin’s Cave located in the Trastevere district of Rome, held every Sunday.
Rome’s Fiumicino airport is 32km from the centre of the city. For travel within Rome, buy the Roma Card. This gives visitors 48 or 72 hours free travel on all metros, buses and trams, as well as discounted admission for attractions and the first and/or second museum visit free of charge.
Best time to visit
Rome is a fabulous city break destination at any time of the year…
Spring: A popular season for visitors, especially those coming for Holy Week festivities. The weather is mild – and can be rainy – but is generally good for walking.
Summer: June, July and August is peak season in Rome. The evenings are longer and eating al fresco is delightful.
Autumn: Take advantage of the romance of autumn colours and fewer crowds.
Winter: The weather is colder but Christmas is a magical time to visit Rome. Meander among the festive markets and visit the life-size nativity at the Vatican. Carnevale in February is a must-see.
Thanks to its favourable climate, incomparable antiquities and ruins, exquisite art and culture – all contributing to an unforgettable stay in the Italian capital. Add to the mix some of the best cuisine in Italy, friendly locals, excellent luxury hotels, designer shopping and a magical ambiance that defies description.
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