The history of the Eternal City is thick with myth and legend, an ancient drama of gods and heroes from a time when humanity and civilization were still new on this earth. This is just a taste of the irresistible romance of one of the most popular cities in the world for tourism, Rome. It’s hard to believe that most of the city, especially the area near the Forum, was dangerous swampland as recently as the early 20th century where only goat herders would not fear to tread. Today, however, this highly-trafficked and the busy urban area is one of the most-visited places on the planet. Many travelers start in Rome via the busy international airport to begin their adventure on the peninsula.
Hotels in Rome
No matter what road led you to Rome, there’s a place to suit your needs and budget in almost any part of town. The city is home to everything from hostels to resorts, and each one is designed with long or short-term visits in mind. Plenty of people visit Rome to stay a long time, while an equal amount are just here for a night or two.
- Hostels and Budget Hotels. These tend to run about the same price, with the more expensive options closer to the center of town. The environs and suburbs of Rome are verdant and friendly, and public transport is efficient and fast, so don’t let a commute discourage you from a good deal.
- Houses. These can be townhouses, manor houses, or boarding houses. You can show up alone and share a room in a larger apartment, one of the several rooms that share a kitchen and bathroom or rent an entire space for a larger group. The price range for these runs the whole spectrum, from no-frills budget to expensive luxury.
- Resorts. For those that plan to visit Rome in style like the Emperors of old, there are plenty of upscale hotels with pools, spas, and lush gardens. Most of these are quite expensive, but you can get a good deal that’s comparable to a regular hotel through package deals or online booking websites.
Tourism in Rome
Usually, it’s a certain specific interest that takes people to Rome, whether it’s ruins, cuisine, or architecture, just to name a few. Of course, none of these reasons are mutually exclusive. Combine a wine tour with a sightseeing trip of Rome’s piazza’s, for example. Come for the sights, stay for the food.
- Ancient History. This could be the biggest draw of all. There are vestiges of ancient life on literally every street in Rome, dating from the time of the Empire and right on through to the medieval period. Visitors often spend weeks, months, or even years
- Ancestor Search. Plenty of people visit Italy looking for their ancestors. World wars and economic hardship led many to seek their fortunes overseas, and the descendants often begin their search for lost or forgotten family members in Rome, the country’s largest city.
- Pilgrimages. The center of Catholic religious life for centuries, plenty of pious believers and religious scholars visit for the shrines, churches, catacombs, and other spiritual places. This includes architecture and artwork, not only in St. Peter’s but also in
- Food. Italy could be the ultimate food culture. Not only is Italian cuisine some of the most recognizable, the peninsula has adopted the edible favorites of many Mediterranean cooking traditions, along with recipes from far-flung corners of the globe thanks to centuries of international tourism and trade.
Bring your student and teacher ID cards, as many of popular sites and landmarks in the city that require admission offer discounts to those with scholarly connections. You can also use your card for discounts at restaurants, museums, and hostels.