Rome wasn’t built in a day! And this is why you need to set aside adequate time and a plan to take it all in… I’ve broken the article about Rome into two parts. In this first part I will explore the best time to visit and places to stay for a sight seeing visit.
Rome is the capital of Italy and it is also where people will find a plethora of ancient monuments and sites. A few of the must-see sights include The Pantheon, The Colosseum, The Arch of Constantine, The Roman Forum, and The Catacombs.
Vatican City is inside Rome, and while it is its own city, many people will visit it while they are in Rome. People will want to spend at least a day or two in Vatican City, so that they can see the museums as well as St. Peter’s Basilica and the Sistine Chapel.
The 18th-century Spanish Steps sit at the heart of Rome’s high-end shopping district, with designer boutiques lining Via Condotti and Via Borgognona. Visitors toss coins into the iconic, baroque Trevi Fountain.
The Pantheon, dating to the second-century A.D., holds Raphael’s Renaissance-era tomb. Rome’s hearty cuisine includes such traditional dishes as carbonara, amatriciana and saltimbocca.
After-dark activities range from seeing one of Verdi’s classic operas at Teatro dell’Opera to club-hopping in working-class Testaccio, once the city’s slaughterhouse district.
I will explore this in Part Two of this article.
WHEN TO VISIT
Rome is a year-round destination, but peak travel season is April to June. Many shops, restaurants, and hotels close in August, when locals go on vacation.
WHERE TO STAY
While Rome’s main tourist attractions don’t exactly cluster, most of the major ones are within a 20- to 30-minute walk of each other, so several areas are convenient for sightseeing. The Monti neighborhood is perhaps the most central to the Forum, Colosseum, Trevi Fountain, and even the Spanish Steps and Borghese Gardens. Here are some highly-rated hotels in Rome’s best locations for sightseeing:
Palazzo Manfredi – Relais & Chateaux
Palazzo Manfredi – Relais & Chateaux is next to the Colosseum, and you can overlook it while enjoying breakfast in the rooftop restaurant.
Boutique Hotel Campo de Fiori
Boutique Hotel Campo de Fiori has a rooftop garden overlooking the colorful daily market in one of Rome’s most traditional neighborhoods, near the Pantheon and an easy walk from Palatine Hill and the Vatican.
Hotel Capo d’Africa
Two blocks from the Colosseum, Hotel Capo d’Africa is in a neighborhood filled with small restaurants.
Also in the pleasant neighborhood just behind the Colosseum, Hotel Romance has some rooms with garden views.
Hotel Fori Imperiali Cavalieri
In Monti, close to both the Colosseum and Forum, Hotel Fori Imperiali Cavalieri is surrounded by restaurants and shopping. Opposite the Opera House in Monti, iQ Hotel Romahas a covered rooftop terrace and modern décor.
Hotel De Monti
Amid restaurants and shops in Monti, between the Forum and opera house, Hotel De Monti and Hotel Artorius are not adjacent to any major attractions, but they lie within a 20 to 30-minute walk from the Forum, Colosseum, Trevi Fountain, Vittoriano, and museums.
On the west bank of the Tiber, south of Vatican City, Trastevere is one of the city’s most colorful neighborhoods. Although Trastevere has several small B&Bs, Cassiodoro is one of its few hotels, surrounded by traditional restaurants and shops.
Click here to read Part Two of the article – Top 10 attractions
Its always important to do your own research before embarking on a trip and find something that suits your travel goals and budget.
Have you visited Rome? Which hotel would you recommend?