Rome

3000 years have shaped Rome’s spectacular history, art, architecture, and culture.

Architectural dominance, pasta extravagance and the gelato galore. Rome perfectly intertwines romance with pride, tradition with innovation. Palaces, museums, basilicas and theatres line joy-filled piazzas alongside aromatic food carts, and the sounds of kids playing soccer and speaking Italian.

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Island of Budelli’s Pink Sand Beach

The Mediterranean is known for its sultry beaches and stunning natural beauty. And whilst you might think you’ve ticked off each and every bikini-filled, sun-soaked spiaggia, there’s one we’ve found that you might not even know about it… and it has pink sand! Just a 55-minute flight from Rome to the Island of Budelli is the most incredible beach with pink sand. It’s known as Spiaggia Rosa, or pink paradise and it's made up of crystals, fossils, and coral.

Cuisine

Roman cuisine combines the best of traditional Italian cooking with new age creativity. Pizza, pasta, and cheese are just the beginning of the most delicious time of your life. The must-try foods when in Rome are Pizza Bianca (a focaccia-style dough), Pizza Roman style (thin, charred dough), Carbonara, Cod, Fiori di Zucca (battered zucchini flowers stuffed with anchovies and cheese), Supplì (fried rice balls with ragù and cheese), Maritozzo (a sweet, whipped cream infused bread roll) and Coda alla Vaccinara (oxtail stew.)

Shopping

A fashion capital, Rome offers an impressive array of eclectic market stalls, moderately priced items and high-end haute couture. Channel your inner fashionista at these hotspots: Via Condotti and the Spanish Steps, Via del Corso,Porta Portese Flea Market,  Via Cola di Rienzo, Castel Romano Outlet and EuRoma2.

Galleries and Museums

Rome wasn’t built in a day. And luckily for visitors, all of the art and artifacts that remain from the time Rome was built - the first time - until now are available to view in world-class museums and galleries. These are pieces of living art, art that serves a clear and particular purpose, and are often still used today. See the sculpture, paintings, and architecture up close and personal at these must-see stops: Vatican Museums, Vatican City (including the Sistine Chapel), MAXXI (Rome’s newest museum – 21st Century art), Capitoline Museums, Sistine Chapel, Vatican, Borghese Gallery, National Roman Museum and National Gallery of Modern Art.

 

About Rome

  • Fast Facts

    Fast Facts

    Language

    Italian

    Currency

    Euro

    Visa Requirements

    CIBTvisas

     

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  • Must Do's

    Must Do's

    • The Colosseum
    • Trevi Fountain
    • Roman Forum
    • Vatican
    • St. Peter’s Basilica
    • Pantheon
    • Pizza Novana
    • Sistine Chapel
    • Spanish Steps
    • Capitoline Hill
    • Piazza di Spagna
    • Roman Forum
  • Family Friendly Activities

    Family Friendly Activities

    • The Colosseum
    • The Pantheon
    • Campo de’ Fiori
    • Trevi Fountain
    • St. Peter’s Basilica & Dome
    • Spanish Steps
  • Key Festivals and Events

    Key Festivals and Events

    • New Year’s Day (January)
    • Rome’s Independent Film Festival (February)
    • Eurochocolate Festival (March)
    • Rome Marathon (March)
    • Rome’s Good Friday Procession at Easter
    • Painters in Via Margutta (April)
    • Rome Tennis Masters Series (May)
    • Foto-Graphia (June)
    • Fashion Show at Trinità dei Monti (July)
    • Castel Sant'Angelo Book Fair (July)
    • Nights of Cinema (June – August)
    • International Urban Theatre Festival (September)
    • Notte Bianca (September)
    • Great Autumn Antique Market (October)
    • Painters in Via Margutta (November)
    • Piazza Navona Christmas Market (December)
    • Piazza del Popolo (December)
  • Off the Tourist Trail

    Off the Tourist Trail

    • Palazzo Spada (a Mannerist palace)
    • The Museo Nazionale Etrusco di Villa Giulia (museum)
    • Cinecittà (film studios)
    • Pizza in Testaccio (a charming neighbourhood)

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