Rome, also known as the Eternal City, is Italy’s ancient capital. Its rich history spans 1000s of years and it was once the center of the Roman Empire. The cities origins are shrouded in myth, but was said to have been founded by Romulus and Remus,the twin sons of the Roman God of War, Mars. Rome is situated in the center west of Italy, on the banks of the river Tiber, and not far from the stunning Mediterranean coast. If your vacations are during the Easter Break, you might even witness the Pope giving his Easter Message, greeting the Catholic pilgrims from the famous Popemobile! For a vacation you'll never forget, book with eDreams today.
Things to know before visiting Rome
Rome has two airports: Fiumicino International and Ciampino Airport. Ciampino serves budget airlines, but Fiumicino is the largest and it’s within easy reach of the city center. A flight to Rome from the US will generally land here. US citizens may enter Italy freely for up to 90 days and no visa is required. However, you must ensure your passport has at least 6 months validity remaining beyond your departure date. The city is 6 hours ahead of EST (Eastern Standard Time) and 7 hours ahead of CDT (Central Daylight Time).
Italy uses the Euro and you often have to pay to use the public toilets there, so it’s best to make sure you have some loose change before you set out around the city. With typically seasonal weather, the spring is mild and the summer very hot, but if you are planning vacation getaways for the fall or winter, be sure to pack warmer clothing.
Easy to navigate due to the many public transportation options, Rome has an extensive network across the city and transport tickets are valid on the metro, tram and buses. Private Big Bus tour operators also provide a 'hop on hop off service' around the main city center attractions. Since Rome’s most popular historic sites are fairly close together, it’s easy to stroll around the streets and take in the city's wonders on foot, so check out our vacation deals and pack your walking shoes!
Things to do in Rome
A visit to the Vatican City, the home of the Pope, is a must. St Peter's Basilica is not just a stunning church but it’s also the home of the Sistine Chapel, Michelangelo's masterpiece, and other world famous works of art. The Roman Forum and The Colosseum should also be on your list and, as they are next to each other, you can see them both in the same day. Both sites are stunning, and give you a real impression of the grandeur of the Roman Empire. You can explore them on your own or book a tour. From group tours to specialized individual tours, the choice is yours when you book a flight from New York to Rome with eDreams.
Places to visit near Rome
It isn’t just the city itself that is worth a visit as there are many attractions outside Rome for you to look forward to when you book your vacation deals. The Catacumus are fascinating and a must for any history enthusiast, while lovers of culture may enjoy seeing the beautiful Protestant graveyard where Keats and Shelly are buried. Around that area are also mainly eclectic local markets, for those interested in sampling real, modern day Roman life. Whatever you decide to do when you get there, all inclusive vacations with eDreams are the ideal way to travel.
What to eat in Rome?
For the best traditional Italian gelato, head to Giolitti in the city center and sample the amazing homemade flavors on offer. Rome is also famous for its locally owned restaurants, pizzerias and coffee shops. Take your time to explore a different one each day, and sample the amazing freshly made pasta, pizza and real Italian espresso. If your mouth is already watering you might want to look at some of our vacation deals and book your flight from Los Angeles to Rome right away.
What to bring from Rome?
The best way to remember your vacation in Rome is to bring home a gift which reminds you of the fantastic time you had. Along with the usual fridge magnets and trinkets, why not take a little bit of the city with you and purchase some of the local coffee from any convenience store? Alternatively, if you’re a sports fan, then why not visit AS Roma’s soccer stadium and pick up some memorabilia? Book a last minute vacation package with us now, and you can be watching a live game sooner than you think!