City breaks in Rome
Book a short stay or weekend break in Italy’s capital city
History awaits at every turn in beautiful, majestic Rome. Visually striking and brimming with world-famous attractions, Italy’s capital city is as energetic as it is beguiling. The dolce vita lifestyle is contagious – look forward to days of exploring in the sunshine before winding down and enjoying some of the best cuisine in the world. No matter what your interests, Rome makes for a decidedly indulgent city break or weekend escape.
Architecture enthusiasts will fall in love with the Eternal City's intriguing blend of ancient and modern structures. The city center is simply packed with artistic riches, from imposing marble monuments to medieval religious works and opulent treasures from the Renaissance and Baroque periods. But this is also a thriving, modern capital with a brilliant sense of style, fabulous shopping, and an outstanding selection of restaurants, wine bars, cafés and trattorias for all tastes and budgets.
Opt for convenience during your city break and stay at the central Radisson Blu es. Hotel in Rome, just a short walk from many of Rome's top attractions, shopping areas and most charming neighborhoods. By basing yourself in the heart of this vivid city, you can devote your time to soaking up its sensory pleasures, rather than traveling between sites.
Our top 3 Rome attractions
- Colosseum, Forum and Palatine
- Trevi Fountain
- Pasta amatriciana
- Coda alla vaccinara
- Galleria Borghese
- Capitoline Museum
- Vatican Museums
Use our Rome map to see our pick of the top attractions
Locations and Neighborhoods
Location and neighborhoods
Discover Rome’s different areas
Best for tranquility: Aventine
A peaceful oasis away from the hubbub of the city, Aventine is one of Rome’s most elegant rioni (districts). Be sure to visit the Aventine Hill – the southernmost of Rome’s 7 hills. Don’t miss the Knights of Malta keyhole, either. You’ll find it in the Piazza dei Cavalieri di Malta.
Best for old meets new: Esquilino
This historic district is located within Municipio I. Its name comes from the Esquiline Hill, another of Rome’s 7 hills. At the center of the neighborhood, you’ll find palm trees and ancient ruins amongst basketball courts. It’s also a very multicultural area of the city. Be sure to pick up some fresh produce from the Piazza Vittorio market, just east of the square.
Best for modern elegance: Ludovisi / Via Veneto
High-end businesses call this area home – you’ll find everything from banks to law firms and embassies. It’s one of Rome’s newer rioni, having been developed in the 1900s. There’s plenty to explore during the day, including the Villa Borghese – a palatial home (now a celebrated art gallery) surrounded by landscaped gardens. Things do tend to shut down around here after 8pm though, so it’s not the best spot for nightlife.
Best for picking up the pace: Prati
This neighborhood is known for its wide avenues and high-end shopping. It’s conveniently located above the Vatican, but has a very different look to the rest of the city. The vibe is different too, with life being quite fast-paced. This makes Prati the perfect area for a night out, and there are plenty of bars and restaurants to choose from.
Best for stunning views: Trastevere
Street performers, restaurants, bars and more await in charming Trastevere, which translates as “beyond the Tiber”. Comfortably aged and worn, with glints of the more recent past, this subtly sophisticated neighborhood has a trendy bohemian vibe. Pay a visit to the Fontana dell'Acqua Paola, which is just as beautiful as the Trevi Fountain. Situated atop a hill, it takes a lot of effort to reach – but the incredible views are worth it.
Best for café culture: Campo Marzio
This desirable Roman neighborhood has been popular with writers, artists and filmmakers for centuries. If you like your fresh Italian coffee with a dash of history, head to Piazza del Popolo. Which of the two cafés – one on each side of the square – you sat at once indicated your political stance, but left and right wingers now mix freely.
Best for contemporary architecture: Flaminio
Modern buildings and structures aren’t the first thing that springs to mind when you think of Rome, but this corner of the city is awash with them. North of the city center, it’s home to the Stadio Olimpico, which was built for the 1960 Summer Olympics, plus the striking Ponte della Musica – a bridge built between 2008 and 2011. Be sure to visit the Maxxi National Museum of 21st Century Arts, too.
Best for peace and quiet: Monteverde
Located above the city on the Janiculum hill, this district is known for its greenery. It’s the ideal place to escape from the hustle and bustle of the city, while still being immersed in Rome’s unmistakable charisma. Take a stroll around the peaceful Villa Pamphili – Rome’s largest urban park.
Best for calm surroundings: Parioli
This picturesque residential area is situated in the north of Rome. It’s a little far out from the center, but worth exploring if you want to see how wealthy Romans live. You can also visit the zoo – Bioparco di Roma. Piazza Euclide is considered the center of this neighborhood.
Best for urban art: San Lorenzo
This is a student neighborhood with a young, vibrant vibe. There are plenty of artistic types around, and usually more locals than tourists. Thanks to the close proximity of La Sapienza University, there are numerous pizzerias, boutiques and bars to choose from. You’ll also see walls adorned with the street art and graffiti that the area is known for.
Best for food and parties: Testaccio
Dubbed the “heart of Rome” by locals, this is the best area to visit for a night of partying. Take your pick from restaurants, nightclubs and street parties, and enjoy the contagious energy that this neighborhood has to offer. Foodies will be right at home here too, as Testaccio is known as the place where Roman cuisine was born.
Best for an alternative character: Monti
This old residential neighborhood has an alternative edge. Its name means “mountains”, but the area has actually become known as underground Rome, hidden from the busier areas of the city. Monti has a village feel, with bohemian shopping and dining options.
Best for cultural history: Ghetto
Rome’s Jewish Quarter is one of the city’s most thriving cultural neighborhoods. Although many Jews have moved away from the area, its distinctive character remains. Set aside an afternoon to discover the local landmarks, including the Great Synagogue of Rome and the Turtle Fountain, built between 1580 and 1588.
Best for fashionistas: Colonna
This pedestrianized neighborhood is small but perfectly formed, with several elegant stores and high-end boutiques. Thanks to the commercial chains and stylish fashion stands, a modern energy permeates the antique streets. There’s also an endless supply of inviting trattorias and cafés.
Where to Stay
Book a Radisson Blu hotel in Rome
City breaks can be full of surprises. Book your stay with Radisson Blu and look forward to exploring everything Rome has to offer.
Radisson Blu es. Hotel, Rome
This exceptional, contemporary hotel sits among some of the world’s most famous landmarks and ruins and provides guests proximity to transport and attractions. Enjoy comfortable accommodation and delicious dining options that suit any taste and preference. On-site opportunities for relaxation abound with the soothing spa, the rooftop pools and the well-equipped fitness center. The superb event facilities are ideal for hosting both personal and business events.
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Things to do in Rome
Must-sees, must-eats and must-dos
Landmarks and attractions
- Colosseum: Possibly Rome's most iconic attraction, this vast Roman amphitheater once hosted gladiator duels and fights with wild animals, all attended by upwards of 50,000 spectators. Although partially ruined, it still offers a fascinating glimpse into the scale of ancient entertainment. Buy tickets on official site (combined with Forum and Palatine).
Directions: About a 20-minute walk from the Radisson Blue s. Hotel, Rome.
- Roman Forum and Palatine: Once the center of Roman political and religious life, the haunting ruins of the Forum include the remains of ancient temples, triumphal aches and government buildings. The nearby Palatine Hill was the site of the founding settlement of Rome, and later home to a host of important figures, including Tiberius, Livia, Caligula and Nero. Buy tickets on official site (combined with Colosseum).
Directions: Less than 15 minutes' walk from the Colosseum.
- St. Peter's and the Vatican: Technically an independent nation state, the Vatican City stands at the heart of the Roman Catholic faith. Here you'll find the breath-taking St. Peter's Basilica – the world's largest church – overlooking St. Peter's Square, where the pope makes his public appearances.
Directions: Take the metro to either the Cipro or Ottaviano stop.
- Trevi Fountain: Movie fans will immediately recognize this impressive Baroque fountain depicting the water god Oceanus, which has featured in cinematic classics such as La Dolce Vita and Roman Holiday. Legend has it that if you toss a coin from your right hand over your left shoulder into the fountain, you are certain to return to Rome.
Directions: Take bus 71 from near the hotel or get off the metro at the Barberini stop.
- Pantheon: Rome's best-preserved ancient temple is renowned for the perfect harmony of its design: the diameter of its great domed roof is exactly equal to its height. Later converted to a Catholic church, Santa Maria della Rotonda, the Pantheon also featured prominently in Dan Brown's Angels and Demons. The artist Raphael and 2 Italian kings are buried inside.
Directions: Take bus number 70 or 71 from near the Radisson Blu.
- Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore: Dating from the 5th century, this is the oldest church dedicated to the Virgin Mary in Rome. Inside you'll find spectacular medieval mosaics, beautifully decorated chapels and the tombs of several popes.
Directions: Just a 10-minute walk from the Radisson Blue s. Hotel, Rome.
- Piazza Navona: Packed with art stalls, street performers and magnificent fountains, this elegant Baroque square offers the ultimate Roman street scene, and is a wonderful place to relax and people-watch with a gelato.
Directions: Take bus 70 from near the hotel.
- Catacombs and Appian Way: This peaceful, tree-shaded roadway skirting the edge of the city was once an important trade and military route for the Roman Empire. Flanked by green fields and monumental ruins, this is also where you'll find several early Christian catacombs which are open to visitors: the Catacombe San Sebastiano, Catacombe di San Callisto and Catacombe di Santa Domitilla.
Directions: Take the metro Line A from Termini station to the Colli Albani stop, then take bus 660 to the catacombs.
- Saltimbocca: Meaning "jump in the mouth", this veal dish with prosciutto and sage packs a lively flavor.
- Pasta amatriciana: You can't visit Rome without indulging in a plate of pasta, and this is one of the capital's most popular versions. The sauce is made with tomatoes, onions, cured pork cheek and pecorino cheese, and best served with thick, springy bucatini noodles.
- Coda alla vaccinara: Harkening back to Rome's tradition of "peasant food", this rich, slow-cooked oxtail stew is packed with vegetables, pancetta, and a dash of wine in a tomato base.
- Baccalà: A traditional Friday dish, cod is a local staple. Try it freshly fried in a zesty egg batter.
- Artichokes (Carciofi): A Roman specialty, you'll find these tasty vegetables adorning many dishes in season. Enjoy them stuffed with garlic, bread crumbs and herbs (Roman-style) or seasoned and deep-fried (Jewish-style).
- Via Condotti and the Spanish Steps: The streets around the famous Piazza di Spagna – including Via Frattina and Via Borgognona – are Rome's most exclusive shopping district, where you can splurge on the likes of Armani, Versace, Dolce & Gabbana, Fendi and Bulgari.
Directions: Take the metro to the Spagna stop or get bus number 71.
- Campo de' Fiori: The oldest market in Rome is a must-see for foodies. Browse an incredible selection of fresh, local produce and artisanal food products, including cheese, truffles, liqueurs and olive oil.
Directions: Take bus number 70 or 71 from the Radisson Blue s. Hotel.
- Via del Corso: Rome's main street is lined with stores, with major international brands nestled alongside Italian fashion boutiques selling leather, silk and other stylish wares.
Directions: Take the number 71 bus or get the metro to the Spagna stop.
- Borghetto Flaminio Market: Popular with trendy locals, this weekly Sunday market is a treasure trove of vintage designer fashion, Italian antiques and other stylish finds.
Directions: Take the metro to the Flaminio stop.
- Via dei Coronari: Shop for a piece of Rome's past on this charming, 16th-century street lined with antique and vintage stores selling art, books, jewelry, furniture and more.
Directions: Take bus number 70 from near the hotel.
- Porta Portese Market: Rome's largest flea market fills more than a mile of Trastevere's streets every Sunday. Browse the colorful stalls for everything from crafts and antiques to second-hand clothing and souvenirs.
Directions: Take bus 75 from Termini Station.
- Vatican Museums: Behind the walls of the Vatican City, these meandering corridors are packed with one of the world's greatest collections of artistic and historical treasures, including the extraordinary Sistine Chapel and Raphael Rooms. Buy tickets on official site.
Directions: Get off the metro at either the Cipro or Ottaviano stop.
- Capitoline Museum: The world's oldest public museum boasts a collection that's second in size only to the Vatican’s. Admire massive classical sculptures, including the famous Dying Gaul and the statue of Rome founders Romulus and Remus being nursed by a wolf, as well as breath-taking works by the likes of Rubens, Caravaggio and Titian. Buy tickets on official site.
Directions: Take bus 70 from near the Radisson Blu Hotel.
- Borghese Gallery: Tucked away in an elegant villa set in peaceful landscaped gardens, this charming gallery and museum boasts a small but exquisite collection of works by Bernini, Caravaggio and other Old Masters, as well as some excellent Roman and Greek sculpture. Buy tickets on official site.
Directions: Take bus numbers 223 or 360.
- Museo Nationale Romano: With entry to 4 separate locations on a single ticket, including the ornate Palazzo Altemps, Palazzo Massimo alle Terme, the Crypta Balbi and the Baths of Diocletian, the National Museum of Rome is a treasure trove of art through the ages. Find information and tickets on official site
Travel in Rome
All you need to know about the city’s transportRome's main attractions are spread around the city center, but by staying at a centrally-located hotel, you can cut down on travel time by basing yourself near major public transport links. The Radisson Blu es. Hotel, Rome, is close to Termini Station and local bus stops. Our concierge team will be more than happy to help with directions, or can order a taxi if needed.
Here’s everything you need to know about getting around Rome:
Arriving in Rome
Rome has 2 international airports, Leonardo da Vinci (Fiumicino) Airport and Ciampino Airport.
There are direct trains from Fiumicino Airport to Termini, Rome's main train station and principal transport hub – located just 10 minutes' walk from the Radisson Blue es. Hotel.
You can also get buses from both Fiumicino and Ciampino Airport to Termini Station.
Termini is also where international rail services will arrive, and where you'll find the city's main bus hub. You can connect to buses, trams and the metro here.
Rome has a comprehensive public transportation system run by ATAC, which includes buses, trams and the metro, as well as some rail routes.
Tickets can be used on all 3 forms of transport, but you must purchase them in advance from local shops, ticket booths or vending machines (exact change only) at stations. You can buy single tickets, or passes that are valid for a 24, 48, or 72-hour period.
Tickets and passes must be validated on boarding a bus or tram. At metro stations you will need to insert your ticket or swipe your pass to enter and leave the gates.
Buses generally run from 5:30am until midnight, and the metro from 5:30am until 11:30pm (12:30am on Saturdays). There are also around 20 night bus services running approximately every 30 minutes.
Find details of fares, routes and more on official ATAC site.
There are taxi ranks located throughout the city center. Make sure you get an official, registered white or yellow taxi with a meter. The staff at the Radisson Blue s. Hotel will be happy to call a taxi for you when needed.
Bikes and scooters
If you enjoy exploring a city on 2 wheels, ask our concierge team about renting a bike in Rome.
Or, for a uniquely Roman experience, why not rent a Vespa? These motorized scooters are ubiquitous in the city and a good way to navigate narrow streets. We would only recommend riding a Vespa through Rome if you're an experienced driver, however, and you must hold a valid driving license. Keep your wits about you, as Italian traffic can be unpredictable! Speak to our concierge team for advice.
Facts and Useful phrases
Language, costs, useful phrases and more
Top 10 Italian phrases:
|Hello / Good morning||Buon giorno||Bwon zhor-no|
|Do you speak English?||Parla inglese?||Par-lah een-gleh-zeh|
|Where are the washrooms?||Dove sono i gabinetti?||Doh-veh soh-non ee gah-bee-neht-tee|
|How much ?||Quanto?||Kwanh-toh|
|Please||Per favore||Pehr fah-voh-reh|
|Yes / no||Sì / No||See / No|
|I don't understand||Non capisco||Non kah-pees-koh|
Population: 2,870,000 (2016)Currency: Euro
Average cost of travel: €7.00 (24-hour pass for buses, trams and metro)
Most defining feature: The monumental Roman ruins
Average cost of a pint: €5.00
Top 5 facts and tips about Rome:
Buy tickets online for major attractions such as the Colosseum and Vatican Museums to cut down on time spent in the massive queues. Or, buy your combined ticket for the Colosseum, Forum and Palatine at the Palatine Hill ticket booth, as the queue is usually shorter.
Rome boasts more than 900 churches and around 280 fountains.
Churches in Rome (including St. Peter's Basilica) have a strict dress code: your shoulders and knees (and everything in between) must be covered, so short skirts and sleeveless tops are a no-go.
Around €3,000 in coins is tossed into the Trevi Fountain each day. The money is collected nightly and donated to a local charity.
There are many public fountains in Rome called nasoni ("big noses") which provide free cold drinking water. Carry a water bottle to refill on hot days.
Rome enjoys a temperate Mediterranean climate. Winters can be cold and damp, but summers are hot and often humid. Expect highs of around 30 to 32°C in July and August, whereas the colder months see lows of just above freezing.