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Introduction

Italy’s largest and capital city is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe. With a rich history, infamous landmarks and irresistible local cuisine, there really is so much for visitors of Rome to enjoy time and time again. Rome’s extensive and fascinating history is evident throughout the city where impressive ancient buildings still remain. As a cultural hub, you’ll discover an abundance of art galleries, museums, outstanding architecture and gorgeous piazzas during your stay. While Rome prides itself on being a city of great history, there is certainly an air of contemporary life too – boasting a whole host of great shops and boutiques.

Ideal car

Economy. An economy is perfect for driving around the narrow streets and manoeuvring through Rome’s busy streets.

Important things to note

Seatbelts are compulsory in both the front and rear seats of the vehicle, although many local drivers do flout this law.  It’s generally recommended to drive slowly, especially in the city. Parked cars and pedestrians can cause hazards. Local drivers have a habit of not signalling before moving off, so always be prepared to stop without warning. Be aware that many local drivers will sound their horn to alert other drivers of their presence.

Highlights & hotspots

A trip to the Colosseum is a must for first-time visitors to the city. This huge ancient site was once a great gladiatorial arena which had the capacity to seat 50,000 spectators. The Colosseum has since suffered earthquake damage and was used as a place to mind marble and travertine stone for other buildings. Visitors can have guided tour around the top tier and hypogeum. The Vatican Museums contain some breath-taking art exhibits spanning from Egyptian mummies to works of the Old Masters and more contemporary art work too. It’s also home to Michelangelo’s paintings in the Sistine Chapel. The Pantheon is a world-famous 2,000-year-old religious building and is considered to be one of the best preserved ancient monuments. The dome of the building is also considered to be the Romans’ best example of fine architecture. A trip to Piazza Navona is perfect for those who want to see modern-day Rome. Here you’ll get a true taste of the city’s culture with a range of street artists and performers dotted between the stunning fountains.
     
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