Rome is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. Every year it welcomes more than 15 million tourists eager to live la dolce vita for themselves. If you’re a fan of art, culture and history, and go weak at the knees for good coffee, few cities will push as many buttons as Rome. And what better way to get to know the Eternal City than renting an apartment in Rome?
At Friendly Rentals we can offer you our extensive experience and a wide selection of apartments in the centre of Rome and other charming districts: Piazza Navona, Piazza di Spagna, Trastevere… Our apartments in Rome are a great alternative to the top hotels. Whether you’re on a romantic break or on family holiday, an apartment of your own gives you more space and greater privacy. All our holiday apartments in Rome come with a fully equipped kitchen and have been carefully designed down to every last detail to make you feel right at home.
What to see in Rome?
In a city where you can't go more than a few paces without bumping into ancient Roman remains or baroque churches, it can be hard to pin down the top tourist attractions. But of all ancient monuments in Rome, you really mustn’t go home without seeing the Coliseum, the Pantheon, the Circus Maximus, the Roman Forum and the Baths of Caracalla.
If you want to see Renaissance art and architecture in Rome, you should visit Villa Farnesina, Piazza del Campidoglio on the Capitoline Hill and, of course, the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican.
Your list of places to visit should also include Piazza Navona, the Fontana di Trevi, Piazza di Spagna, with its amazing flight of steps, the cinematic Castel Sant’Angelo and the huge Monumento Nazionale a Vittorio Emanuele II.
There are lots of monuments to see in Rome, so we recommend you select the ones you find most interesting and then save some time to enjoy other sides of life in the Italian capital. If you’ve only got a few days to visit the city, hopping on the tourist bus is a good option, especially if you’re travelling with kids or elderly friends or family.
Visiting the Vatican
The Vatican is the centre of the Catholic church and the smallest state in Europe. To visit the Vatican you’ll need a whole morning at the very least. Saint Peter’s Square, laid out in the 17th century, can bring together over 300,000 worshippers for religious services and other celebrations. Just as impressive is Saint Peter’s Basilica, home to masterpieces by great Italian artists such as Bernini and Michelangelo. If you want to visit the Vatican Museums, including the Sistine Chapel, you should buy your ticket in advance or sign up for a guided tour to beat the queues.
Eating out in Rome
Roman cuisine is very tasty. Typical dishes include pasta all’amatriciana (made with tomato, pecorino cheese and bacon) and pasta alla carbonara (made with eggs, bacon, pepper and parmesan cheese). The most popular of the many meat dishes you can eat in Rome is saltimbocca alla romana (veal topped with prosciutto and sage).
Whether you want to sample some traditional Italian cooking or are looking for international cuisine, you’ll find plenty of restaurants to choose from. If you want to eat cheaply in Rome you can go to a trattoria (more informal than a restaurant) for simple homemade food, or try pizza al taglio (slices of pizza) sold in some places.
Shopping in Rome
Italy has always been closely linked to fashion and design and if you’re in the mood for shopping you’ll find all the top brands in shops in Rome. In Via dei Condotti you can buy stunning products by Prada, Armani, Bulgari and Louis Vuitton. Via del Corso is home to less exclusive brands, including Benetton, Diesel, Miss Sixty, Zara and Nike. Other good shopping streets in Rome are Via Borgognona and the famous Via Veneto.
Rome is not the place for major shopping centres, but you will find department stores such as Galleria Alberto Sordi, whose art nouveau inside is home to brands such as Calvin Klein and Massimo Dutti.
You could also pop into Campo de’ Fiori market or Porta Portese flea market, which sells antiques and crafts. You’ll find souvenir shops in almost all neighbourhoods in Rome, where you can buy T-shirts, keyrings, figurines, mugs and religious souvenirs.
Rome by night
Although the city is not famed for its nightlife, there are plenty of places to go out in Rome in a range of different styles to cater for all tastes, from wine bars to theatres, nightclubs and pubs.
In the historic city centre, the key areas are Campo de’ Fiori and Piazza Navona and surroundings. Here you’ll find most bars and terraces for having a drink or listening to live music. Trastevere neighbourhood is a good option for going out for dinner and spending a fairly relaxed evening.
If you plan on staying out into the early hours of the morning, most nightclubs in Rome are in Ostiense and Testaccio. The most famous are Akab, L’Alibi, Rashomon, Qube and Goa Club.
Visiting Rome with kids
Rome is a fantastic destination for a family holiday. Between ice cream and ice cream, children can let their imagination run wild with stories of the gladiators fighting in the Coliseum. They’ll also have fun trying out some of the city’s traditions, such as throwing coins into the Fontana di Trevi or putting their hand into the Bocca della Verità.
Castel Sant’Angelo, with its maze-like corridors and inner courtyards, is also usually a hit with kids. Villa Borghese park is another option if you’re in Rome with kids: it has a boating lake, a toy train that runs around the park, play areas and a zoo called Bioparco. Last but not least, you can also hire bicycles to explore Via Appia and go down to the catacombs.
The weather in Rome
The climate in Rome is mild and Mediterranean, which makes the city a very pleasant place to visit any time of the year. Summers in Rome are fairly hot, with average temperatures around 25 ºC and maximum temperatures up to 33 ºC. July and August in particular can be hot and sticky. In winter, the temperature rarely falls below 3 ºC, with average temperatures between 8 ºC and 12 ºC. Most rain tends to fall in April and November.
When is the best time of year to visit Rome?
Rome is a great city to visit all year round, although every season has its own charm. Spring and autumn have the best temperatures. Summer can be hot and sticky, but it’s the perfect time for enjoying the city’s nightlife and strolling along the banks of the River Tiber, as well as taking in some of the cultural activities and concerts that make up Estate Romana. Rome in winter has a far more relaxed feel, with fewer tourists, and you can enjoy the city’s Christmas celebrations or see in the New Year in Rome.
What is there to see near Rome?
If you’ve got time, you could take some excursions from Rome to discover its surroundings. Ostia Antica is only 30 km away. In Ancient Rome it was a major trading port and has some well-conserved remains. Another popular option is a trip to Tivoli, where you’ll find Villa Adriana and Villa d’Este.
Other cities close to Rome (or relatively close) worth a visit include Florence and Naples, home to the famous ruins of Pompeii. Bearing in mind all they have to offer, you’d be best setting aside several days and booking at least a couple of nights there. You could even round off your visit to Italy by visiting Milan or Venice.
Why rent an apartment with Friendly Rentals?
Friendly Rentals offers fully equipped apartments in Rome that are ideal for couples, groups and friends and families with children. All our holiday apartments have fully equipped kitchens with all the standard electrical appliances, so you can whip up your favourite meals or try your hand at Italian cooking.
We have extensive experience in renting holiday apartments in Rome and other international destinations. We love to share our knowledge of the city. If you need help with any problems that arise, all you have to do is call. You can phone during usual office hours or on our 24-hour emergency line.