This city really needs no introduction. For thousands of years Rome has been an epicentre of Europe, and the world renowned powerhouse definitely merits at least one visit in your lifetime. Everything in Rome exists on a mammoth scale to reflect this supremacy, from the unrivalled majesty of the Colosseum to the mighty Pantheon. Built nearly 2,000 years ago, the preservation of the ancient buildings is staggering and helps transport you back in time to the capital of the imperious Roman Empire. Every corner you turn reveals another architectural masterpiece, from the Spanish Steps to the wondrous Trevi Fountain. St Peter’s Basilica is the jewel of Rome’s churches, home to Michelangelo's first major work and the Necropolis where St Peter is said to be buried. The dazzling wealth of the Vatican City has to be seen in the flesh to understand its importance to the city, as well as the Capitoline Museums, the world’s oldest national museums. Away from the grand history, there is also the simple Italian pleasure which always revolves around food. Piazza’s pepper the city, with stone fired pizza, delectable local wines and unequalled gelato always just a stone’s throw away from some of the world’s most remarkable monuments.
Where is it?
The ancient city is located in the centre of Italy towards the west coast of the country.
What is it?
The former capital of the Roman Empire is now the capital city of Italy, and is one of the most visited cities in the world thanks to its plethora of incredible architecture, art and history.
Best time to visit?
April to June is the best time to visit Rome, as these spring month’s shoulder the incredibly busy tourist season in the summer.
Visit the Galleria Borghese, Rome’s best art gallery which is home to spectacular paintings by Caravaggio, Botticelli and Raphael. The gallery is set amongst beautiful garden grounds, which boast some outstanding sculptures by Bernini.