Rome City Guide
Welcome to Rome! We hope you enjoy your time here. To help you get started and familiarize yourself with the city, have a look below.
Did you know?
Rome is the capital of Italy, and its history spans more than two and a half millenniums. By the 4th century BC, the Romans had installed more than 80,000 km of stoned roads. Back then all roads indeed lead to Rome.
Size: 1,285 km2 (496.1 sq mi)
Currency: EUR (€)
• Leonardo da Vinci International Airport
• Flavio al Velavevodetto ( Via di Monte Testaccio, 97, 00153 Roma)
The historical Roman districts of Testaccio and Prati are the locations of the two temples of the Roman cuisine: Flavio al Velavevodetto and Velavevodetto ai Quiriti. The dishes are all prepared with natural ingredients, from the restaurant’s own garden, in the proximity of Rome. The wine is produced in a private vineyard, according to the centenary tradition processes, handed down from generation to generation. The food is totally home-made, including fresh pastas, or desserts such as tiramisu, the pride and jewel of our restaurants.
Flavio al Velavevodetto Website
• Ba' Ghetto (Via Livorno, 10, 00162 Roma)
The restaurant is located in one of the most fascinating places in Rome, sitting outside in fact can see the portico of Octavia that the monument erected in honor of Emperor Augustus sister Octavia. Frequented mainly by locals (always a good sign), the restaurant offers Mediterranean cuisines with Middle-Eastern influence. A plus: All the dishes are Kosher!
Ba' Ghetto Website
• Mesob Ristorante Etiope (00176, Via Prenestina, 118, 00176 Roma)
If during your trip you get tired of all the pasta, pizza, and lasagna, then you should visit Mesob. Mesob is the traditional Ethiopian table made out of woven straws. As the name suggests, this is Ethiopian restaurant. Praised by reviewers as one of the best restaurants in Rome, the restaurant uses the excellent product of the Italian kitchen to create Ethiopian cuisines.
Places to See:
• Ostia Antica
Ostia Antica is an extraordinary Roman site that contains the ruins of the ancient port town that served as the gateway to Rome. Just half an hour from central Rome by train, Ostia Antica has all the inspiration of Pompeii without the throngs of tourists. In fact, if you want to examine well preserved Roman ruins in peace and quiet with time to contemplate the ancient world, you’ll be hard pressed to find better.
• Catacombs of San Callisto
Built in around 150 AD, the Catacombs of San Callisto span five floors and hold over half a million bodies, making them the largest of their kind in Rome. Whilst some believe that the practice of underground burials derived from the persecution of the Christians and thus the need to keep the graves safe, others think that this was just the custom at the time and due to the fact that they owned little land.
• Palatine Hill
The Palatine Hill (Palatino) is considered to be the place where Rome was born. One of Rome’s seven hills, the Palatine Hill is closely linked with the city’s history and houses some of its most ancient and important sites. Today, the Palatine Hill offers some of Rome's best ancient sites and is a must-see, especially for history enthusiasts. Amongst the buildings excavated at the Palatine Hill are the House of Augustus, the House of Livia (Augustus’s wife), the home of several of Rome’s emperors - the Domus Augustana - and the Palace of Septimius Severus. There is also a large stadium.
Places to Relax:
• Cimitero Acattolico
Rome's Non-Catholic Cemetery contains possibly the highest density of famous and important graves anywhere in the world. It is the final resting-place of the poets Shelley and Keats, of many painters, sculptors and authors, a number of scholars, several diplomats, Goethe's only son, and Antonio Gramsci, a founding father of European Communism, to name only a few. It is a hidden gem of the city and one of the most silent and peaceful places over here.
• Parco dell’Eur
EUR zone is an interesting zone to visit. First of all it will seem like you’re in another city, in fact it’s a kind of a new zone of the city built in the early 40’s for the World Fair of 1942 that never took place due to World War II. Many buildings were constructed following the typical fascist architecture of that period.One of the best parts is for sure the big park in the middle, simply known as Parchetto dell’Eur which is the green lung of this, nowadays, financial zone of the city developed around an artificial lake. An important spot of this park is for sure the one called “Passeggiata del Giappone” (Japanese Walk) rich with cherry trees donated by Japan, in fact during March there is an amazing blossoming of the pink trees.
• Parco Degli Acquedotti
Every city has its own very beautiful and amazing parks, but in Rome, as one of the most historical cities of the world, there is one with a very peculiar characteristic: a series of Roman aqueducts running through this park, used in the past to supply water to Ancient Rome. Parco degli Acquedotti is technically just a part of the bigger Parco dell’Appia Antica located in the south-east zone of the city between Via Appia and Via Tuscolana. It’s the perfect way to escape the city’s noise and take a walk or have a picnic while really feeling the vibe of Ancient Rome.
Trastevere is a district in Rome. The district's name derives from the Latin words "Trans Tiberim": beyond the Tiber River. Today, Trastevere is one of the centers of Roman night life; rich in pubs, restaurants, clubs. The area has a high population of expatriates and American college students as there are two American universities in the area.
Every City has this neighborhood. Authentic, independent, scruffy, and full of graffiti. Visiting here ensures you will experience a real local life and spirit. Walk around the colorful streets, try one of the great restaurants, and enjoy the day with the young and vibrant atmosphere.
The area has retained a distinctive, people-friendly character throughout Rome fascist history, and efforts to convert the area to communism. Hidden behind the buildings are sub-tropical gardens and stunning courtyards, lush communal spaces dotted with palms and banana and orange trees, usually accessible. The Garbatella is now known for street art too, and the revival of its vegetable gardens. It has a more exotic feel than most of the capital, and a decidedly laid-back atmosphere.