Rome is one of our absolute favorite cities. In Rome you practically wander through history, and the city is in many ways a museum in itself. The Romans are proud and kind, and despite the crowds of tourists, you can safely ask locals about the route to the attraction you are looking for.
You need to be prepared for a lot of noise both because of a buzzing crowd and a myriad of scooters and cars. But you will also find quiet areas where you can relax and enjoy life.
Rome has a tourist season all year, but the periods mid July to September and December to February are quieter. In the summer, many Romans move out of the city and to their cottages and apartments by the sea where Italy offers sun and beaches. In the winter months, there are fewer tourists than usual. The summers can be very hot, especially July and August.
Rome is ice cream and espresso, style and fashion, cozy outdoor restaurants and historical sights. Rome demands you as a visitor. Learn the secrets of the city and know its attractions, and Rome will give you back multiple times. For many first-time visitors, Rome will be a new favorite city, which they visit again and again.
Get to know Rome
The legend tells that Rome was founded in 753 BC. The city became a center of the Roman Empire, and famous buildings and facilities such as the Pantheon, the Coliseum and the Roman Forum are from this time. During the migrations and in the Middle Ages, Rome fell into disrepair, but the city gained momentum in recent times, especially after Rome became Italy’s capital in 1871.
The Tiber River (Tevere in Italian) divides the city into two. The city has approx. 2.5 million inhabitants, and if we include the suburbs, the total population is approx. 3.3 million. Rome is one of Italy’s most important cities for trade and culture, and the city has a significant tourism industry. Rome has an overwhelming wealth of historical monuments and art treasures. Many buildings and buildings date from the Renaissance and Baroque times, including numerous churches, palaces, fountains, magnificent plazas and elegant streets. In Rome you will also find the Vatican City, west of Tiber. St. Peter’s Basilica is the center of the Vatican City, and it is at the same time a symbol of unity for the entire Catholic world.
The price level in Rome is as varied as the city itself, and goods can be purchased in all price ranges. In general, the price level is approx. 20% lower than in Norway.
- Abbreviation: ROM
- Country: Italy
Via Veneto and Quirinale
The first meeting with Rome will for many be the Via Veneto street and the Quirinale area because of their proximity to the Termini train station. The street Via Vittorio Veneto runs between Porta Pinciana (which is the entrance to Villa Borhese Park, perhaps the most famous park in Rome), and Piazza Barberini. Barberini was once a powerful pope family, and on the site you will find among others Bernini’s fountain, Fontana del Tritone. Just below the piazza is the famous palazzo Palazzo Barberini, which is worth a visit.
Termini Train Station, which belongs to the Qurinale area, is a 15-minute walk from Via Veneto. Around Termini you will find several affordable hotels. Here you get the most value for money in Rome hotels. If you travel by subway, you can get off at Repubblica and Barberini stations (line A). The Quirinal area with the Trevi Fountain (see more about this under Attractions in Rome) is one of the seven original heights of Rome. The two major streets in this area are called Via del Quirinale and Via Nazionale. Via Nazionale goes from Piazza della Repubblica and almost all the way down to the Coliseum. Via del Quirinale runs parallel to Via Nazionale and ends at Piazza del Quirinale. From here the road is short to, among other things, the fantastic Trevi fountain in the square Piazza di Trevi.
Piazza di Spagna, Piazza della Rotonda and Piazza Navona
In the Piazza di Spagna area you will find the Spanish Steps [see photo first in the article] and the very famous Via Condotti shopping street. This great area with all its fashion boutiques is located north and northwest of Qurinale. The Piazza di Spagna area extends from the Spanish Steps to Piazza del Popolo. The street that ties these piazza together is called Via del Corso. Piazza del Popolo has great Baroque art and architecture, and you will also find a 3000 year old Egyptian obelisk in the magnificent square.
The Piazza della Rotonda area extends from Piazza Venezia to Piazza de Spagna. The main street is Via del Corso. Piazza del Spagna covers the area east of this street, while Piazza della Rotonda lies west of the street. In this area you will find the Italian Parliament and a number of government offices. The main attraction of the Piazza della Rotonda is the Pantheon, a magnificent Roman building where Rafael, among others, is buried. There is no metro station here, but it is a short walk from Via del Corso, Piazza Venezia or Piazza Navona. The area is Rome’s most important financial center. You will also find many restaurants, cafes and small cozy shops in this area.
Further west you will find the Piazza Navona area. The main street is called Corso Vittorio Emanuele II. You can follow this street all the way to St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican. The Piazza Navona has many historic buildings, churches and museums. Not least, the fountains on the Piazza Navona itself are admired by visitors. Piazza Navona is therefore an attractive area for tourists.
Forum, Capitol and Campo de Fiori
The Forum and Capitol are located southeast of Piazza della Rotonda. Forum was once the political center of Rome, and the Forum area had the largest buildings and the most beautiful triumphal arches. In this area you will find the Coliseum. Just west of the Forum you will find the Capitol area. Previously, there was a path up to the Capitol Height Center in the Roman Empire. Here you will find, among other things, the Tarpeian cliff where the traitors of Rome were thrown. The Capitol extends all the way to Piazza Venezia, where the Via del Corso street starts. At the Piazza Venezia you will find the impressive Victor Emmanuel monument. Many people think that this huge palace is very old, but it was actually completed as late as 1911.
Campo de Fiori is located between the River Tiber and Piazza Navona, or west of Piazza Venezia. Walk the street Corso Vittorio Emanuele II to find out. The starting point for exploring the entire area is Largo Argentina. The Campo de Fiori square is more bohemian than other famous places in Rome, and there is a buzzing crowd there. Many tourists and people living in the area enjoy coffee, wine or beer at one of the many sidewalk cafes. You will also find Renaissance palaces such as the Palazzo Spada in the area around Campo de Fiori.
Trastevere, Janiculum and the Vatican
Just across the River Tiber from Campo de Fiori you will find Trastevere. Trastevere is an old working district and is located on the same side of Tiber as St. Peter’s Basilica. The area is charming and has many very cozy eateries and night spots. In the evening it is usually crowded here. In many ways, Trastevere represents Rome’s social center. There are also landmarks in Trastevere, such as the Church of Santa Maria in Trastevere. You reach Trastevere by following the Lungotevere degli Angullara street along the river. You can also take tram 8 or bus H.
The Janiculum, between Trastevere and the Vatican, is not the most visited area in Rome. But the district is a breather with botanical gardens and Garibaldi Park. The park is often used for walks. You will find a botanical garden on Via Corsini Street.
The Vatican is, of course, one of the most visited areas in Rome, not least because of St. Peter’s Church, Sistine Chapel and Vatican Museum. Our personal favorite is possibly Castel Sant’Angelo. This castle, or fortress if you will, is a few hundred meters from St. Peter’s Square and has a museum that shows the fascinating history of the building. At the top you will find a giant statue of Archangel Michael. With the purchase you get a wonderful view of Rome from the “roof terrace”.
Facts about Rome
Rome is the capital of Italy and the country’s largest city. It is often called the Eternal City and is one of the most popular tourist cities in the world! In Rome you will also find the Vatican City where the Pope has his seat.
|Population||About. 2.5 million people|
|Religion||Catholic (About 90%)|
|Currency||Euro. Most credit cards (Visa, Master, Diners, AmEx) are accepted in most places. ATMs are available almost everywhere.|
|Tips||Here it is not expected that you give tips as service is included in the bill, but it is still normal to give about 10% if you are satisfied. No drink in taxi.|
|Embassy||The Norwegian Embassy is located in Via delle Terme Deciane 7. Tel: +39 0657 17031.|
|Tourist||Via Parigi 5|
|Emergency||118 for ambulance, 113 for police / emergency assistance, 115 for fire.|
|Electricity||220 volts as in Norway, but you often need an adapter due to different plugs.|
|Holidays and Holidays||January 6, April 25, May 1, June 2, August 15, November 1, December 8|
|Visa||Not required for Norwegian citizens|
|Vaccinations||No vaccines are required.|
|Water||Can be drunk from the tap, but not recommended. Fine toothbrush.|
|Nearest major cities||Naples, Pescara, Florence.|
|Safety||Some violent crime, but be aware of pickpockets.|
List of Rome Acronyms
The most commonly used abbreviations about Rome is ROM which stands for Rome. In the following table, you can see all acronyms related to Rome, including abbreviations for airport, city, school, port, government, and etc.