A heady mix of haunting ruins, awe-inspiring art and vibrant street life, Italy’s hot-blooded capital is one of the world’s most romantic and inspiring cities.
The result of 3000 years of ad hoc urban development, Rome's cityscape is an exhilarating spectacle. Ancient icons such as the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Pantheon recall the city’s golden age as caput mundi (capital of the world), while its many monumental basilicas testify to its historical role as seat of the Catholic Church. Lording it over the skyline, St Peter’s Basilica is the Vatican’s epic showpiece church, a towering masterpiece of Renaissance architecture. Elsewhere, ornate piazzas and showy fountains add a baroque flourish to the city's captivating streets.
Few cities can rival Rome's astonishing artistic heritage. Throughout history, the city has starred in the great upheavals of Western art, drawing the top artists of the day and inspiring them to push the boundaries of creative achievement. The result is a city awash with priceless treasures. Ancient statues adorn world-class museums; Byzantine mosaics and Renaissance frescoes dazzle in the city's art-rich churches; baroque facades flank medieval piazzas. Walk around the centre and without even trying you’ll come across masterpieces by the giants of Western art – sculptures by Michelangelo, canvases by Caravaggio, Raphael frescoes and fountains by Bernini.
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Good To Know
Currency: Euro (€)
Time Zone: UTC(+01:00)
Country Code: +39
Euro bills and coins-Money used in Rome
Don't bring a lot of cash with you. The most cost-effective and convenient way to have Euros while travelling in Rome (and other parts of Europe) is to use your ATM card. Find out with your bank before you leave home what the terms are and what your daily limit is, and make sure you know your pin.
On the other hand, don't walk around Rome with tons of cash. Just enough for each day, and take out more cash if you need it. (And consider thwarting pickpockets with this great theft-proof cross-body bag, and using an RFID blocking travel wallet or pouch to prevent identity and credit card theft.)
Prepare yourself to pay for cash a lot more than you are used to. Large hotels, major brand shops, and most restaurants take credit cards. But smaller shops and family-run restaurants either might not accept credit cards, or, will often have a credit card machine that is "out of order".