Rome Travel Guide

Explore Rome

With over 3,000 years of history in the making, Rome is a city unlike no other ancient ruins dot the city’s tangled lanes, thousand-year-old artwork line the walls of churches,and Renaissance buildings flank medieval piazzas.

Take a journey into the past as you wander through the ruins of the Roman Forum (and picture how it must be like thousands of years ago), admire the artwork in St Peter’s Basilica and the impressive architecture of the Colosseum. Regardless of where you go in Rome, you’ll simply come across artistic masterpieces and architectural marvels from yesteryears, without even trying!


Top Things to Do

Colosseum

Dating back to AD 80, this ancient amphitheater has been standing in the heart of historic Rome for thousands of years. Today, it’s still the largest amphitheater ever built, estimated to hold between 50,000 and 80,000 spectators. This is easily the most visited attraction in Rome and highly worth spending some time to explore.

Fontana di Trevi

One of the most famous fountains in the world, the Trevi Fountain has appeared in several notable films, including Federico Fellini’s La Dolce Vita. It’s easy to see why once here: standing at 26.3 meters high and 49.15 meters (161.3 ft) wide, it is very impressive in magnitude and in the art work.

Mosque of Rome

Spanning an area of 30,000 square meters, this is the largest mosque outside the Islamic world and the seat of the Italian Islamic Cultural Centre. Its main prayer hall can accommodate up to 2,500 worshippers; its walls are decorated with beautiful mosaics floor covered by soft Persian carpet with geometrical patterns.

St. Peter’s Basilica

This is the star attraction of the Vatican City, famous as a place of pilgrimage and public services for Catholics. It’s one of the largest churches in the world and one of the most well-known work of Renaissance architecture.

Pantheon

Erected around AD 126, the Pantheon is one of the best-preserved ancient Roman buildings in the world, largely because it was in continuous use throughout its history. The building is circular with a portico of large granite Corinthian columns under a pediment.

Where to Eat and Drink

Rome, being the capital of Italy, is where you’ll find the widest range of Italian gastronomy in the country. Whether you’re seeking halal fare, international cuisine or traditional Italian staples, Rome’s melange of restaurants won’t disappoint.


RECOMMENDED PLACES TO EAT

Antico Arco

With warm and minimalistic decorations, this beautiful restaurant on Gianicolo Hill is best known for its contemporary Italian menu featuring dishes like skewered Fassona beef, burrata puff pastry and tiger prawns with mango cocktail sauce.

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Capo Boi

An old fixture in Rome’s culinary scene, Capo Boi is a local’s favorite haunt, gaining a loyal following with its seafood and fish dishes. Expect to spend a little more than usual at this classy joint; don’t miss out specialties like spaghetti with sea urchin, smoked mussels and clams, and fried baby octopus.

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Il Pagliaccio

This world-famous restaurant is the birth child of one of the best chefs in Rome, Anthony Genovese. The food here is unique and refined, and a fusion of different flavors from around the world. Reservations are essential.

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La Carbonara

Looking for unpretentious, traditional Italian fare at a humble price? La Carbonara dishes generous portions of homemade pasta and classic dishes like bollito. You’ll find comfort food at its best here and a classic, tavern style interior.

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Recommended Places to Stay

Gran Melia Rome

Set on the banks of the River Tiber, just a five-minute walk from the Vatican and St. Peter’s Basilica, this urban resort sets new standards for luxurious hotels in Rome.

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Hassler Roma

Perched on the top of the Spanish Steps, this stylish hotel is decked out in classic Renaissance décor and modern amenities. It’s also home to a Michelin-star restaurant that serves up fine dining cuisine and the best views in town.

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Hotel de Russie

Located in the shopping district of Rome, Hotel de Russie is one of the city’s finest design hotels. With a timeless retro decor, it exudes a bohemian, creative air.

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Nerva Boutique Hotel

This friendly, budget hotel is cozy, charming and nestles right up against the Foro Romano (Roman Forum). A genuine welcome is extended to guests in this 19-room family-run place, which is famous for its generous breakfasts.

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Best Time to Go

For a popular tourist destination like Rome, the best time to visit is during low season in May and September. You’ll find less tourists, lower prices and warm but pleasant weather with temperatures around mid 20s degrees Celsius. In winter, temperature can drop as low as 0ºC so be sure to dress warm. Summer in Rome is best avoided as temperatures can soar up to 35ºC and humidity can be extreme.

One of the biggest events of the year in Rome is the Holy Week or Easter. Triduum (Latin for “three day period”) extends from Holy Thursday evening to Easter Sunday, and it’s an excellent time to see Saint Peter’s Square at its busiest.


Getting There

Many airlines fly from Saudi Arabia to Rome, including Saudia, Etihad Airways, and Qatar Airways. There are no direct flights, and most one-stop flights take at least 8 hours to arrive in Rome.

Getting from Airport to City
  • By Train

    The Leonardo Express serves the route between Rome Fiumicino Airport and the city center every 30 minutes. A single fare costs €11. The metropolitan train FM1 also links the airport with regions like Roma Tiburtina, Fara Sabina, Poggio Mirteto and Orte. A single fare costs €5.50.

  • By Bus

    The Terravision Shuttle Bus serves the route between the airport and the central station of Rome, Termini. A single tickets costs €9 and the journey takes 70 minutes.

  • By Taxi

    Taxis are easily available from the taxi ranks outside all the terminals. The fix fare from city center to Fiumicino airport is €40 each way and an extra €1 per luggage.



Extra tips
  • In Rome, Italian is the official language. English is quite commonly spoken, especially in the hotels and restaurants.

  • The currency in Italy is the Euro (EUR). The current exchange rate is 1 SAR to 0.24 EUR.

  • The outlets in Italy supply electricity between 220 and 240 volts.

  • The outlets in Italy use a two or three prong symmetrical plug, though newer installations typically accept more types.