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Leave early and have breakfast or lunch in Siena (1 hour drive) at or close to the Piazza del Campo. This square is famous for its Palio horse races that take place here twice a year, on July 2 and August 16 . The Palio is much more than a simple event for the Sienese, it actually is a large part of their lives since the time of their birth. From the Piazza del Campo it is only 3 mins. walk to the beautiful cathedral, Siena Duomo.
From Siena it is another 2,5 – 3 hours to Rome. In a city so filled with icons of antiquity and the Christian faith, it’s hard to know where to go first. Of course, your own interests will govern your choices, but there are certain sites that are almost obligatory landmarks of Italy and of all Europe, such as the Colosseum and the Pantheon.
Avoid the crowd at the Colosseum by first visiting the Forum Romanum at Palatine Hill, via the south entrance of the forum you enter the Colosseum. Your Palatine ticket is also your entry ticket to the Amphitheatre. Another way to skip the crowd is to visit the Colosseum in the evening.
A word of caution: try to vary your experiences as you explore Rome, so that you don’t visit too many ancient sites or churches in a row. And intersperse these more serious attractions with a few that are simply tourist icons: the Spanish Steps and that place all tourists must go to toss in their coin, the Trevi Fountain.
Via Condotti, leading southwest from Piazza di Spagna, is Rome’s most fashionable shopping street, where the Caffè Greco is famous for the artists, writers, and musicians who have frequented it.
Our travel app on your smartphone will follow the route via Siena. Direct to Rome? Take highway E35 all the way from Florence to Rome non stop in 3 to 3,5 hours.
Read all about the Palio races.
Are you looking for good local food in an outdoor setting at a reasonable price? Go to Via Camollia, which is a street full of local, cozy, and good value restaurants. From Via Camollia it is 15 mins walk to the Piazza en another 3 mins to the Duomo.
Osteria Titti, small but very cozy, Via Camollia, 193, +39(0)577 285813
Osteria Il Vinaio di Bobbe e Davide local specialties, try ribollita , tripe, assorted cheeses and hams Via Camollia, 167, +39 (0)577 49615
Fonte Giusta family friendly, spacious and an extensive menu, Via Camollia, 102, +39(0)577 40 506
Closest and largest parking at Parking Santa Caterina, Via Esterna di Frontebranda, from here it is only 10 mins walk to the Piazza del Campo.
Where to stay in Rome?
ROME most popular neighbourhoods:
Tridente is a posh area with designer shops and galleries. Here you will find plenty of bars, cafés and restaurants to hang out. Drop a coin in the Trevi Fountain and admire the Ara Pacis of emperor Augustus along the river Tiber.
Trastevere used to be the working-class neighborhood in Rome and is well known for its typical Italian atmosphere, small streets, trattorias and cozy squares that attract tourists and locals alike. A must see is the Santa Maria in Trastevere, a church with elements from the Antiquity, Middle Ages, Renaissance and Baroque. Walk up the Janiculum Hill, which towers over the rest of the neighborhood and enjoy the great view.
Parione as dusk falls, Parione is the place to be. A mix of business people, students and tourists like to hang out in this Roman nightlife hub. In between the most vibrant squares, Piazza Navona and Campo de’ Fiori, you will find the cuisine and wine of Rome.
Monti is a virbrant area only five-minutes walk from Colosseum and the Roman Forum. Young and hip Rome socialize here while sitting on the scenic streets. Perfect area to stay for the value- and budget-minded travelers.
Prati is a modern neighbourhood in Rome, it has a mix of commercial and residential buildings. With the St Peter’s Bassilica towering above the area, you can find some famous restaurants here like Pizzarium Bonci, which serves the best pizza.
Testaccio is a urban hip place where you will find authentic dishes and a fantastic food market that is extremely popular with “foodies”. It is away from all cultural highlights, but can be reached easily by metro B or tram.
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Hotels in Rome on walking distance of famous sights
Hotel Valadier, district Campo Marzio, classic and baroque with modern twits, 5 min. walk to Tomb of Augustus, 7 min. Spanish steps, 3 restaurants, piano bar, magnificent rooftop terrace, bikes for guests, plus parking.
Rhea Silvia Navona, Parione district, 450 m from Pantheon and Fiori market, enjoy drinks at Piazza Navona in front of the hotel
Due Torri, district Parione, famous historic villa converted into 26 rooms, historic heart of Rome, 100 metres from the lively Piazza Navona, apartments are great for families.
Boutique Hotel Campo de Fiori, Parione district, rooftop garden overlooking daily market in traditional old neighbourhood, 10 min. walk to Pantheon.
Albergo del Senato, Pigna district, balconies with view on Pantheon, Trevi Fountain only five minutes walk, great local restaurants in the area.
Hotel Capo d’Africa, Monti district, great cosy courtyard, restaurant, gym and parking, contemporary design, 5 min. walk to colloseum.
Hotel Fori Imperiali Cavalieri, Monti district, perfectly located, 500 m. from Colosseum, parking, great staff and lively bar.
Residenza Ave Roma, district Ponte, six classic rooms with four poster beds, antique rugs, mirrors and cherubs, close to river Tiber, only 20 min. walk to Vatican city.
Hotel recommendations in Rome for families
Hotel Navona, district Parione, classic meets modern, close to lively Piazza Navona, 2 min. walk to Pantheon, 10 min. to pizzarias of Trastevere.
Daphne Boutique B&B, Trevi district, close to Trevi Fountains, contemporary, various (family)rooms and a 3 bedroom apartment, breakfast on the covered terrace, owner run.
Hotel San Carlo, district Campo Marzio,40 rooms, in between Spanish Steps and Mausoleum, Borghese Gardens nearby with pony and paddleboat rides, breakfast on terrace.
The Inn at the Spanish Steps, district Campo Marzio, roof terrace overlooks Spanish Steps, rooms and family suites, on the fashionable Via Condoti.
Le Meridien Visconti Rome, Borgo district, west of river Tiber, 5 min. walk from Vatican City, 15 min. walk to historical heart, spacious (family) rooms, parking € 35 p.d.
Hotel Modigliani, Trevi district, 10 min. to Trevi fountain, owner run, family rooms up to 4 – 6 pers., an unusual, delightful place, hidden down a side street, breakfast in courtyard, some rooms have balcony, bike rental.
Boutique Hotel Campo de Fiori, Parione district, this hotel has an quadruple annex nearby, fully equipped kitchen, free access to rooftop garden of hotel overlooking daily market in traditional old neighbourhood, 2 min. walk to Piazza Farnese, 10 min. to Pantheon.
Our hotel tips in Rome for couples
Lifestyle Suites Rome, Parione district, 13 spacious suites, superb design, 1 min. to lively Piazza Navona,short walk to Pantheon and Campo de’ Fiori, hot tub.
Barocco Hotel, Trevi district, 37 rooms, romantic rooms, 600 meter from Trevi Fountain, Taxi rank, hop-on-hop-off bus, city buses and tube within one minute walk.
Hotel Artemide, Monti district, 15 min. to Trevi Fountains, 91 rooms, Celebrating? Book the penthouse honeymoon suite with huge patio and hot tub, rooftop restaurant, spa, massages, indoor pool.
The Fifteen Keys Hotel, Monti district, Monti district, on a quiet street, short walk toe Colosseum and train station, well known for its scrumptious breakfast and afternoon tea.
Our Hotel tips for lovers of luxury and honeymooners
Palazzo Manfredi – Relais & Chateaux, district Monti, 19 rooms, breakfast on rooftop terrace with views of the Colosseum, inhouse Michelin-starred AROMA Restaurant.
The Inn at the Roman Forum, district Monti, 13 rooms,Roman ruins inside the hotel itself, for families they have 2 and 3 bedroom apartments.
J.K. Place Roma, district Campo Marzio, 30 rooms, close Spanish Steps and Borghese Palace, part of the Leading Hotels of the World group.
Portrait Roma, Campo Marzio district, rooftop lounge area with fire place, balcony or patio, breakfast at the top of the hotel with views of the Spanish Steps.
The best budget hotels in Rome and hostels
Basilio 55, district Trevi, 750 meter to Trevi Fountains, 10 spacious (family)rooms, some with balcony, great breakfast, attention to detail, contemporary, parking.
Hotel De Monti, Monti district, 7 rooms, classic design, marble finishing, no elevator, 20- to 30-minute walk from the Forum, lovely terrace.
Cassiodoro 19, Trastevere district, 6 classic rooms with modern colours, self-catering, 150 metres from Castel Sant’Angelo in Prati, surrounded by traditional restaurants and shops.
A.Roma Lifestyle Hotel outside center, free parking, stylish, contemporary, family rooms with sleeper couch, fitness center, sauna, outdoor pool, indoor pool, spa, Public transportation 5 min. walk.