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Rome, the ‘Eternal City’, was the cultural epicentre of Europe for 1500 years, and world-famous buildings and monuments across the city act as enduring reminders of its importance in European history. Within the city borders also lies the smallest independent nation in the world, Vatican City.



Top things to do in Rome

Basilica di San Clemente

The Basilica of Saint Clement is a Roman Catholic minor basilica dedicated to Pope Clement I, and one of top must visit attractions of Rome. It was built just before the year 1100 during the height of the Middle Ages. Beneath the present basilica is a 4th century basilica that had been converted out of the home of a Roman nobleman, part of which had in the 1st century briefly served as an early church, and the basement of which had in the 2nd century briefly served as a mithraeum. The home of the Roman nobleman had been built on the foundations of a republican era building that had been destroyed in the Great Fire of 64AD.
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Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Walls

The Papal Basilica of St Paul Outside the Walls, commonly known as St Paul's Outside the Walls, is one of Rome's four ancient major basilicas or papal basilicas. The basilica was founded by the Roman Emperor Constantine I over the burial place of Saint Paul, where it was said that, after the Apostle's execution, his followers erected a memorial, called a cella memoriae. Completed in 1823, the basilica holds the tomb of St. Paul.
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San Luigi dei Francesi

The Church of St. Louis of the French is dedicated to the Virgin Mary, to St. Denis the Areopagite and St. Louis IX, king of France. The church was designed by Giacomo della Porta and built by Domenico Fontana between 1518 and 1589, and completed through the personal intervention of Catherine de' Medici. It is the national church in Rome of France. The Baroque church is the most noted for its three paintings by the famous painter Caravaggio, who dedicated them to Saint Matthew.
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Archbasilica of St. John Lateran

The Papal Archbasilica of St. John Lateran is the cathedral church of the Diocese of Rome and the official ecclesiastical seat of the Bishop of Rome, who is the Pope. Consecrated in 324 A.D., the church is the oldest and ranks first among the four Papal Basilicas or major basilicas of Rome. One of the most visited destinations in Rome, St. John Lateran's Archbasilica stands over the remains of the fort called Castra Nova equitum singularium, founded by Septimius Severus in AD 193. The Baroque church is notable for holding papal tombs, the Lateran baptistry, and Holy steps.
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Sant'Ignazio Church

The Church of St. Ignatius of Loyola at Campus Martius is a 17th century Roman Catholic titular church dedicated to Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Society of Jesus. Constructed between 1626 and 1650, the Baroque style church is a masterpiece of Giovanni Tristano. The church's building was inspired by the Jesuit mother church, the Church of the Gesù in Rome.

The church's significant features include its colored marbles, a number of chapels, animated stucco figural relief, richly ornamented altars, extensive gilding, and bold Tromp l’oeil paintings in the "dome" at its crossing and in the nave ceiling all produce a festive, sumptuous effect. Other important artworks include a huge stucco statue of St. Ignatius by Camillo Rusconi (1728).
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Recommended hotels in Rome

Hotel Emmaus

Hotel Emmaus Rome enjoys a central location in the city, only 100 meters away from St. Peter's Square, just across the Vatican walls. The hotel is within walking distance from Piazza Navona, the Colosseum, Trevi fountain and the Spanish steps. On Wednesdays,  there is the possibility to be part of the Papal Public Audience. The recently renovated Hotel Emmaus Rome is a 3-star hotel in central Rome. The hotel is very suitable for business and leisure travelers alike, as guests can get a daily newspaper in their own language. The hotel has a food court style buffet for breakfast and guests can enjoy a drink in the small hotel bar. The friendly hotel staff can arrange private tours of the Vatican or Rome, but you can also choose to tour the city by yourself. The Emmaus Hotel offers 36 comfortable guestrooms which are recently refurbished, offering a homely atmosphere with elegant and simple interiors. All rooms feature a private bathroom and are equipped with many facilities such as air-conditioning and free Wi-Fi internet connection. Furthermore, the rooms boast great views of either the Vatican or the hotel's inner courtyard.
 

Ludovisi Palace Hotel

Ludovisi Palace Hotel Rome is located in a building dating back to the 1900’s, in the most exclusive area of Via Veneto. The gardens of Villa Borghese, the Spanish Steps, the stylish shops of Via Condotti, the fashionable bars of Via Veneto, the fountains of Tritone and Mosè, the baroque churches and the masterpieces on display in the Borghese Gallery – all are within easy walking distance of the hotel. The distance of the hotel from Fiumicino Leonardo da Vinci Airport is 35 kilometres, from Ciampino Airport 30 kilometres and from Stazione Termini (Central Railway station) 2 kilometres. Easily accessible, Hotel Ludovisi Palace offers rooms for disabled, dedicated non smoking floors, babysitting available upon request, medical assistance available upon request, same day laundry and pressing. Other hotel facilities include a 24-hours concierge, theatre and opera reservations, car rental with and without chauffeur, current exchange, train and airline reservations and many more. On top of that, a 24-hours indoor garage is available nearby and complimentary wireless Internet is accessible throughout the property. Ludovisi Palace Hotel Rome boasts 57 rooms of which 3 single rooms with a French bed, 35 double rooms, 14 Superior double rooms and 5 executive double rooms. The spacious rooms of refined and elegant design have soundproof windows, air-conditioning, direct dial telephone, fax, and modem hook-ups. Other modern in-room amenities include satellite televisions, minibar, private safe, terry bathrobes and hairdryers. The rooms feature a marble foyer and marble consul in the expanded bathroom, with all new furnishings.
 

Fontana Hotel

Located in one of the city's most prized locations across the world at the famous Trevi fountain, the Hotel Fontana Rome welcomes you with warm, family style hospitality while offering elegant, charm and comfort. This hotel is the only one located on Trevi square just in front of the Trevi fountain. All the major monuments and points of interest are within walking distance and the fountain is the starting point for all city tours. Europe's biggest internet café is only 400 metres away and on the square it is possible to find a pharmacy, bank, grocery store, restaurants and various shops. The Fontana Hotel is a small and romantic hotel, set in a building that was once a 16th century convent. The hotel is so close to the Trevi fountain that it is possible to toss a coin from the bedroom's window. You will find here many facilities including a 24-hours multilingual staff, safes at the front desk, free newspapers and free wireless Internet access throughout the property. Other fantastic facilities are available upon request or at a charge such as luggage storage, dry cleaning, private parking, and shuttle service as well as bicycle and car rental. A small meeting room for up to 20 people is also available for hire. The hotel offers 25 single, double/twin and triple rooms, all elegantly furnished in an antique style. Every air-conditioned room features a private bathroom with complimentary toiletries. In-room amenities include a direct dial telephone, satellite television with Sky and Pay TV and free Internet access for optimum convenience. The windows can be open to enjoy the fantastic view and baby cots are available free of charge upon request and availability. Wake-up calls service can also be arranged at the reception.
 

Hotel Albani

A stimulating hotel with great verve and character, in the midst of a quiet and residential area that reflects the everyday life of the Capital. Hotel Albani's modern exterior architecture, with steel girders and broad windows that capture and reflect the sunlight and illumination at night, shows a strong character. The interiors feature innovative style and design; colour coordinated patterns and magenta carpets are both stimulating for the imagination and functional as they illuminate areas that are usually dim. Other strong cards include the lobby area's white spiral marble stairs that lead up to the domed roof of the aptly named 'Cupola' bar. Hotel Albani is a unique and original experience, surrounding its guests with colours and sensations. The high-ceilinged rooms are no exception: they face the surrounding noble palaces or the ancient Villa Albani park. Their wonderful colour schemes feature pinks, magentas and greens as well as maple veneered wood panelling that reflects the discreet lighting. Delightful pieces of furniture are to be found in the rooms, the bathrooms also display the same finesse with designer fittings and multicoloured micro-tiles. For dining, the bright La Villa restaurant and the La Cupola cocktail bar are excellent venues for coffee breaks, business lunches and dinners, or special dining occasions like banquets and gala dinners. The breakfast buffet includes a tasty selection of bread rolls, and brioches with fruit jam, honey and butter. There are two stylishly designed meeting rooms, one larger one with ADSL and a foyer for check in and coffee breaks and a smaller one with wireless internet access and natural daylight.
 

Hotel Mecenate Palace

Hotel Mecenate Palace Rome is located in the historical centre, a short distance from the Roman Forum, the Colosseum and the Opera House, with convenient public transport connections to shopping and business areas such as piazza Barberini, via Bissolati, via Condotti, and the Spanish Steps. The Mecenate Palace Rome has been recently renovated and is comprised of two adjacent buildings, one overlooking Piazza Santa Maria Maggiore, which dates back to 1887 and the other on via Carlo Alberto, which was built a few years later. The renovation work was carefully planned to restore the building's façades and the romantic interiors to their original splendour. Guests can relax with a drink in Hotel Mecenate Rome’s panoramic roof garden. The hotel has 59 rooms, 3 suites, a meeting room for 40 persons, an Internet Point, a private parking and laundry service. Guests will be greeted on arrival by our helpful and friendly staff.
 



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