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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
St. Peter's Basilica
The Basilica of Saint Peter in Vatican also known as Basilica Papale di San Pietro in Vaticano, officially known in Italian as Basilica di San Pietro in Vaticano and commonly known as Saint Peter's Basilica, is a Late Renaissance church located within Vatican City. Designed by Donato Bramante, Michelangelo, Carlo Maderno and Gian Lorenzo Bernini, St Peter's cathedral is the most renowned work of Renaissance architecture and remains one of the largest churches in the world. While it is neither the mother church of the Roman Catholic Church nor the cathedral of the Bishop of Rome, Saint Peter's church is regarded as one of the holiest Catholic sites. The entrance to the church is by St. Peter's square that has massive colonnades and a balustrade containing 140 statues of saints. Less than 2 km away from the basilica there is another famous and one of the most visited monument in Paris - the Pantheon having a dome which is still the world's largest unreinforced concrete dome.
The Colosseum ( Italian: Anfiteatro Flavio or Colosseo) also known as Coliseum, is an elliptical amphitheatre in the centre of the Rome city. The ancient structure is the largest Amphitheatre ever built in the Roman Empire. Built of concrete and stone, Flavian Amphitheatre is considered one of the greatest works of Roman architecture and Roman engineering. Occupying a site just east of the Roman Forum, its construction started in 72 AD under the emperor Vespasian and was completed in 80 AD under Titus. Listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO since 1980, the Colosseum is situated in the perfect location - in the heart of piazza del Colosseo, where many other notable Rome's landmarks can be found. The Roman Forum, Arch of Constantine (Arco di Costantino) and many others are located close to the most famous monument to have survived from the classical world. Today, the Flavian Amphitheatre is one of the most visited place in Rome attracting tourists from around the world.
The Vatican Museums inside the Vatican City, are among the greatest museums in the world, since they display works from the immense collection built up by the Roman Catholic Church throughout the centuries including some of the most renowned classical sculptures and most important masterpieces of Renaissance art in the world. Founded in the early 16th century by Pope Julius II, the museums of the Vatican city originated from the collection of sculptures collected by Pope Julius II. The Vatican Museums invite visitors to discover more than 70,000 objects displaying in over 42,000 square meters, as well as 50,000 pieces preserved in the vaults and storerooms. One of the most popular museums in the world, the Vatican Museums contain many exhibitions divided into separate galleries and museums. Sistine Chapel, the official residence of the Pope in the Vatican City is located very close to the Vatican Museums.
The Roman Forum ( Italian: Foro Romano) is a rectangular forum surrounded by the ruins of several important ancient government buildings at the center of the city around which ancient Rome developed. Citizens of the ancient city referred to this space, originally a marketplace, as the Forum Magnum, or simply the Forum. Being for centuries the center of Roman public life and the teeming heart of ancient Rome, the plaza has been called the most celebrated meeting place in the world, and in all history. Designed by by the architect Vitruvius, today the Roman Forum, which was the commercial, political and religious center of ancient Rome, include the Arch of Titus, the Temple of Saturn, Temple of Vesta, and the church of San Luca e Martina. Located in the area between Piazza Venezia and the Colosseum, the Forum today is a sprawling ruin of architectural fragments and intermittent archaeological excavations attracting numerous sightseers.
The Capitoline Museums (Italian Musei Capitolini) are a group of art and archeological museums in Piazza del Campidoglio. Situated on top of the Capitoline Hill, the group of museums creation can be traced back to 1471, when Pope Sixtus IV donated a collection of important ancient bronzes to the people of Rome and located them on Capitoline Hill. The museums are contained in three palazzi surrounding a central trapezoidal piazza in a plan conceived by Michelangelo Buonarroti in 1536 and executed over a period of more than 400 years. Probably the oldest national museums in the world contains great bronzes, masterpieces, divinities, heroes and mythological characters, imperial portraits. Capitoline museums is located in the perfect location, from which can be reached many other notable Rome's landmarks including Roman Forum, Monument to Vittorio Emanuele II, Trajan's Column and many others.
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.
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.
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
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.