Rome (Roma)

There is so much to discover in Rome that a short trip can only be a small introduction to the eternal city. If you want to get a little deeper into the many sights and cultural highlights, you should plan at least a week. And that’s not enough.

Historically, there are plenty of excavations and monuments from antiquity in Rome and the surrounding area. In addition, there are the many works of art from the Renaissance period, which can be found both outdoors and in museums. You can spend a whole day in the Vatican Museums without getting bored.

In addition, there is the history of the popes in Rome. In addition to St. Peter’s Basilica, the Basilica di San Giovanni in Laterano and the Holy Staircase are a “must have seen.”

If you drive only a little out of the city, you will find the Via Appia Antica, the aqueducts and the ancient city of Ostia. Also beautiful are excursions to Adrian’s Villa and Villa d ‘Este in Tivoli, as well as to the Roman Campagna, the Alban hills, and Castel Gandolfo.

Take plenty of time for your city trip to Rome and enjoy the countless opportunities to get to know Rome in your own pace. Then take trips to Ostia Antica, Tivoli and the Castelli Romani.

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The most beautiful sights of Rome

The most beautiful squares and fountains in Rome

The names of the squares sound magically like the Spanish Square with the Spanish Steps and the Barcaccia Fountain, which is a semi-inclined ship.

The most famous ornate fountain is the Trevi Fountain. The sea god on a cart is pulled by two triton.

Piazza Navona has three fountains. There’s the big four-stream fountain with the obelisk in the middle of the square. At the end of Piazza Navona are the Neptune Fountain and the Fontana del Moro.

In Piazza di Campo de’ Fiori, witches and criminals were once publicly executed. Today, Piazza Campo de’ Fiori hosts the weekly markets.

Get to know the most beautiful places and fountains on a guided walk with a competent guide and get a lot of insider tips.

Massive buildings from antiquity

At all corners and ends you will encounter the ancient buildings of ancient Rome.

After the legend of Romulus and Remus, Rome was founded on the Palatine Hill.

Among the most famous ancient buildings, of course, are the Colosseum, where the gladiators had to leave their lives for pure entertainment. The Roman Forum on Capitol Hill was the center of power. The Imperial Forums and Obelisks were signs of the superiority of the Roman Empire.

Christian Rome & Vatican

The Vatican State is the smallest state in the world and is located in the middle of Rome. It consists of St. Peter’s Basilica, St. Peter’s Square, the Vatican with the Vatican Museums and the Vatican Gardens. The Vatican is guarded by the Swiss Guards with their traditional uniforms. From the dome of St. Peter’s Basilica you have a wonderful view over St. Peter’s Square and all of Rome.

In addition to St. Peter’s Basilica with the Pietà of Michelangelo and the high altar, the Vatican Museums are a magnet for visitors. Here are great artistic treasures such as

  • the Sistine Chapel of Michelangelo with the Last Judgment and the Creation of Adam
  • The punching of Raphael with works such as the “School of Athens” and the liberation of Saint Peter (Raffaello Sanzio)
  • Plus the Pinakothek with works by Leonardo, Caravaggio and Raffaello Sanzio
  • The Egyptian and Etruscan museums

The Lateran Basilica was once the seat of the popes. Today it is still the seat of the Bishop of Rome, who is also Pope. Here is also the Santa Scala, the 28 stairs where Jesus ascended to Pilate to receive his verdict for crucifixion.

The Vatican also includes the Pope’s summer residence Castel Gandolfo in the Alban hills.

Works of art from the Baroque and Renaissance

Immeasurable treasures from the Baroque and Renaissance period characterize the cityscape of Rome. The numerous churches from this period, as well as the Spanish Steps, elegant squares and ornate fountains invite you to linger and dream.

A special highlight is a visit to the large park of Villa Borghese with the statues and the exceptionally beautiful art collection of the Galleria Borghese with paintings and marble statues of the best artists of the Renaissance.

If you want to visit the Galleria Borghese, you will need reserved tickets. We are happy to provide you with this together with an exclusive guided tour.

Culture and music

How about an evening opera visit to Rome? The Teatro dell ‘Opera Rome is one of the younger opera houses, but it is built in the classical style of Italian opera houses and we recommend to round off the visit to the eternal city with an opera visit. In summer, with a bit of luck, there is an open-air performance in the ancient Caracalla Baths in a unique atmosphere. Ask us!

Artists in Rome

After the artists of antiquity and the Renaissance, a third wave of artists has discovered Rome and the Roman Campagna: The Romantics with their paintings of landscapes and lakes. How about a trip through Italy with a painting course under professional guidance? This trip can be organised for groups and companies according to individual wishes.

Football: AS Roma and Lazio

With two clubs AS Roma and Lazio, Rome has two world-class soccer teams. The games take place in the Olympic Stadium and football fans get tickets for the home games with overnight accommodation.

Our travel tips for your trip to Rome

Travel and transport Rome

Most tourists come to Rome by plane. There are the two airports Fiumicino and Ciampino. Both airports have regular shuttle buses to the central railway station in Rome.

Also recommended is the high-speed train, which takes you from Milan to Rome in 3 hours. Termini, Tiburtina and Fiumicino stations are connected to the highspeed railway, Treni di alta velocità.

We advise against exploring Rome by car. Getting there is often associated with traffic jams and traffic within the city stressful. In Rome, there is the Metro-Bus-Ticket, which you can use to move around for 48 hours using public transport. If you don’t live directly in the center and don’t want to explore everything on foot, we recommend this ticket, which you can buy in advance and validate when you arrive.

Paths through Rome

We have put together tours for your visit to Rome, which you can carry out comfortably alone and on foot, or you can book a private tour where your guide imparts historical knowledge in a pleasant and interesting way.

  • The most beautiful squares and fountains in Rome
  • Tour of Ancient Rome
  • Trastevere, Tiber Bridge and Jewish Ghetto
  • Via Appia Antica
  • Ostia Antica
  • In the footsteps of Caravaggio in Rome
  • Trip to Tivoli

Admission to the Colosseum by booking

In order to enjoy the most important sights of antiquity, the Colosseum and the Roman Forum in peace, you should get the tickets beforehand. Otherwise, you have to expect long queues at the entrance of the Colosseum.

It’s best to get up early. The Colosseum opens at 8:30 in the morning and at this time there are only few visitors so you have peace and quiet for the tour. Tickets are time stamped and a maximum of 3000 people are allowed in at the same time, so there may be long queues at peak times from 10am. We are happy to provide you with the tickets together with a professional private tour.

Our tip: Buy the tickets with or without a guide in advance and don’t pay attention to the screaming providers of “Free Tour” or “Skip-the-Line.” The quality often leaves something to be desired and sometimes you lose a lot of time or have to come back again.

Security

You are not allowed to bring any luggage, metal objects or liquids into the Coliseum. There is no luggage storage. However, there is the possibility to refill bottles inside with drinking water.

Admission to the Vatican Museums by reservation

St. Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican are the symbols of the ecclesiastical state. They are known all over the world and now they are queuing up to visit St. Peter’s Basilica.

Every year, many thousands of people make pilgrimages to Rome to receive the papal blessing. The Vatican is a state in its own right and when you visit the Vatican Museums you enter this small state. The Vatican and St. Peter’s Basilica are closely guarded and can only be entered after personal and bag checks. Plan for your visit.

Our tip: Buy tickets with or without a guide in advance and do not pay attention to the screaming providers of “free tour” or “skip-the-line.”

We recommend a guided tour where you will learn about the main attractions. We will get you the tickets. These are personal and for a specific time.

Security checks at St. Peter’s Basilica and Vatican Museums

Please note that checks are carried out at the entrance with metal detector, i.e. no luggage, no knives, glass bottles, etc. may be brought into the Vatican (like at the airport).

Hotel recommendation

We combine your trip to Rome with exclusive hotels on favorable terms. This is not always easy, but we are usually able to do so.

  • Palm Suites (5 stars)
  • Lifestyle Suite Rome (5 stars)
  • Margutta 19 (Small Luxury Hotels of the World) (5 stars)
  • Hotel Hassler Rome (5 stars)
  • Hotel Mancino 12 (4 stars)
  • Hotel Martis Palace (4 stars)

Please include your desired hotel at the time of the inquiry, if this is important to you. Otherwise, the desired hotel category is enough for us.

Day trips to the area

You should take a day to visit the former port city of Rome, Ostia Antica. Ostia is easily accessible by metro from Pyramid Station. The ancient city is still amazingly well preserved and with a guided tour you can understand the everyday life of the old Romans very vividly.

You have to plan a visit to Tivoli in advance and take either a taxi or public buses. In one day you can see the ancient Hadrian’s Villa, a vast area with all the facilities of a Roman villa and pay a visit to the Villa d ‘Este with its beautiful water features in the gardens.

By train you get to Castelgandolfo, where the Pope has his summer residence. By bus you can reach the town Nemi at Lake Nemi. In this beautiful environment you can walk in the footsteps of the romantics.

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