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The capital of the Roman Kingdom, Rome became the centre of an Empire, ruled by an Emperor from 27 BC onwards. This strategically important city flourished under the Roman Empire and beyond, resulting in some breathtaking architecture we can still enjoy today.
One of the greatest surviving achievements of the city is the Colosseum, the largest ampitheatre built under the Roman Empire. Constructed between 70-80 AD, it staged gladiatorial battles and was featured in the film Gladiator, starring Russell Crowe.
Originally designed as a temple for the gods, The Pantheon is one of the best preserved buildings of ancient Rome. Its concrete dome was once the largest in the world, until the construction of the Florence Cathedral in 1436.
St. Peter's Basilica is the largest church in the world, with beautifully lavish interiors, filled with marble, reliefs and ornate tombs. It justifies a trip to Rome in itself and is built on the site where Peter (the apostle who is considered the first pope) was crucified and then buried.
You’ll love Rome’s gentle, Mediterranean climate and mild winters. The summers can be very hot, however, so take plenty of sun block. Many hotels in Rome have air conditioning, however, so you can get a good night’s sleep without the heat affecting you.
Food & Drink
The home of many famous dishes, your only difficulty in Rome may be finding room for all the delicious food. The staff will probably have their own favourite recommendations to share when you book into your hotel in Rome, but here are some ideas in the meantime.
Pizza, of course, is a must here - think thin, crispy bases, made in a wood oven. Pinsere Roma (Via Flavia, 98, 00187) is a little outside the centre but gets the thumbs up from locals, as does Antica Stabia Pizzeria (Via Tiburtina 613, 00159).
For dessert, gelato (Italian ice-cream) is a must and is served in many flavours at gelato parlours such as Ci gusta! (Via della Palombella, 32) and Gelateria del Teatro (Via di San Simone, 70).
Culture - museums and galleries
A city with this much history and culture has plenty of museums and galleries to choose from. The Vatican Museums have been a museum for over five hundred years and contain some of the world’s most important historical objects. Famous pieces include paintings by Caravaggio, Leonardo da Vinci, and Raphael.
Art fans can satisfy their appetite further with a visit to the Palazzo Altemps, which contains some of the finest examples of Roman art in the world. Let us find you a cheap hotel in Rome and make the most of your free time exploring this fascinating city.