Rome - Italy

Along with Athens, the Italian capital city Rome is one of the great European destinations for historians. But the city’s appeal goes way beyond its unique classical past; modern Rome can be a fantastically romantic destination... providing you allow yourself time to pull yourself away from the comforts of your Rome apartments and try to explore away from the major tourist attractions!

Of course the sights of Rome are essential viewing, but you will eat and drink in much nicer (and more affordable) surroundings if you choose to venture slightly off the beaten track.

The Colusseum bears down over Rome as it has done for over two thousand years. One of the world’s greatest tourist destinations, it is an essential stop on any first visit to the city. The gladiatorial battles that entertained ancient Romans may now be a thing of the past, when 50,000 people could view tremendous amounts of blood and guts, but hundreds of thousands of visitors still flock annually to see the impressive structure in all its pomp.

The Vatican is the centre of the Catholic world and is another huge tourist draw. The pope’s public addresses in St Peter’s Square regularly draw tens of thousands of devoted listeners. Elsewhere within the complex, visitors can find hugely impressive collections of art (and Catholic bling) in the museums.

Over 2.7 million residents call Rome “home”, although some estimates put the actual figure at over 3 million. From its history as the centre of the Roman Empire(and western world), Rome is now a hub of Catholicism, football, art and fantastic ice cream. The city centre is listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, having been relatively untouched by the carnage of World War II.



Rome hosts the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia (the National Academy of St Cecilia). Founded in 1585, it is a world-acclaimed academy active in music scholarship, with 100 prominent music scholars dedicated to the performance and furthering of music.

The Teatro dell'Opera di Roma is Rome’s major opera house and is well worth a visit if you can get a ticket (which can be purchased in advance online).


Rome’s Cinecittà Studios are the home of the Italian cinema and Europe’s largest film studios. The 99 acre studio complex sits 9 km from the centre of Rome and has seen more than 3,000 productions come and go over the years, including Gangs of New York, Ben-Hur, Cleopatra, Mel Gibson’s Passion of the Christ and the films of Federico Fellini.

The studios were founded in 1937 by Benito Mussolini and are still in rude health. Modern Cinecittà is the only studio complex in the world with pre-production, production, and full post-production facilities in one place.


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Rome enjoys a typically Mediterranean climate, that is to say hot summers and mild winters. Probably the best months for tourists to visit comfortably are April through June, and then mid-September to October.

The months of high summer can become uncomfortably hot, with daytime temperatures in late July and throughout August regularly exceeding 32 °C and feeling even hotter with humidity taken into account.

Winter days average out at around 13 °C, but sub zero temperatures are not uncommon during the coldest months.

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