Before you say arrivederci to friends and family there are a few essential things you need to know about travel to Rome. It's a great city, known for its fun-loving inhabitants, for ancient buildings, for art, food, and wine. You're going to have a great time, so let's get you started.
Rome is a compact city and it's a pretty easy walk to almost anywhere you want to go in the centre, centro. You' find a mix of neighbourhoods — ancient and modern, lively and exclusive.
We find that Rome's districts are not clearly defined as some other European cities, and the named areas tend to overlap with one another. To make it easier to understand and get around we've broken it down to eleven quartieres in the centre, north, south, west, and east.
You don't want to show up in Rome, a fashion capital, looking like a tourist do you? We didn't think so. That's why we've put together a list of things to think about and absorb before your aeroplano lifts off.
Romans may be fun loving, but they are also stylish dressers. We have tips on what to pack and what to wear – including the Vatican dress code. Do you know when to order cappuccino, or when to say ciao? Don't worry, we've got you covered.
When you travel to Rome you're going to need maps. But, which Rome? Which maps.
Of course you're going to want street maps of modern Rome, so we give your our top recommendations. But it's also fun and informative to look at what a map of the city looked like in Imperial times, especially the Roman Forum. We also lead you to maps that help you understand the Roma Metropolitane underground metro system, and include an interactive street map of the entire city.