Lazio & Rome
An ancient saying "A thousand roads lead men forever to Rome" has over time, become the proverb "all roads lead to Rome". The Eternal City, considered the centre of the world for centuries, is an open-air museum over 2000 years old. Still bringing travellers from around the world to its timeless charm, Rome is a city of a thousand stories and sights. From the Colosseum to the magnificent Sistine Chapel and Vatican City. And from the much-loved classic movies ‘Roman Holiday’ to Fellini's 'La Dolce Vita’ set in Rome, there is nowhere on earth as majestic, or quite as unique, as Roma.
Founded in 753 BC by Romulus, Roman legend says that he had a twin brother called Remus.
As babies they were abandoned, and a she-wolf found and raised the twins. When they grew up, Romulus fought and killed Remus and became the first ruler of Rome. By the early 4th century, the Romans had built a road network of 53,000 miles (about 85295.23 km) throughout the empire. Each Roman mile was about 1000 paces and was marked with a milestone, hence the proverb “All roads lead to Rome…” Rome was not built in a day and to see the best of the Eternal City, you will need at least three!
Discover the wonders of Rome through our top recommendations of exciting activities that you simply cannot miss:
Throw a coin in the Trevi Fountain (meaning you will return), marvel at the Pantheon and sip a cappuccino in Piazza Navona next to Bernini's famous Fountain of the Four Rivers.
Book a walking tour of the Colosseum, Rome Forum and Palatine Hill.
Have a gelato on the Spanish Steps (Piazza di Spagna).
Relax in Villa Borghese Gardens and Gallery, at the top of the Spanish Steps.
View the Vatican Museums including Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel fresco.
Climb to the top of St. Peter’s Basilica's majestic dome.
Put your hand in the Bocca della Verita (the Mouth of Truth), it will eat your hand if you lie!
Visit Campo de’ Fiori, Rome’s lively outdoor flower and food market, in the morning.
Have an aperitivo on a Rome hotel roof top or catch the view from Gianicolo or Buco di Roma gardens.
Visit Trastevere neighborhood across the Tiber River and dine in a charming trattoria. Catch the bus or metro or cross the picturesque Garibaldi Bridge.
When to visit
You can visit Rome anytime of the year, its breathless beauty will never disappoint you!
Spring (March to May): Spring in Lazio is generally mild and pleasant. Temperatures start to rise, with average highs ranging from 15°C (59°F) in March to 23°C (73°F) in May. It is a great time to explore Rome and other attractions in the region without the peak summer crowds.
Summer (June to August): Summers in Lazio are hot and dry, with average temperatures ranging from 26°C (79°F) to 32°C (90°F). July and August are the hottest months, and temperatures can occasionally exceed 35°C (95°F). It's advisable to stay hydrated, seek shade, and plan outdoor activities during cooler parts of the day.
Autumn (September to November): Autumn in Lazio brings milder temperatures and a gradual decrease in tourist crowds. Average highs range from 24°C (75°F) in September to 17°C (63°F) in November. It's a great time to visit historical sites, enjoy outdoor dining, and witness the beautiful fall foliage.
Winter (December to February): Winters in Lazio are generally mild, although colder spells and occasional rainfall can occur. Average highs range from 12°C (54°F) in December to 14°C (57°F) in February. While snow is rare in Rome, higher elevations, such as the nearby Apennine Mountains, may experience occasional snowfall, offering opportunities for winter sports enthusiasts.