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Rome at a Glance

Rome is Italy's vibrant political capital and home to a great store of artistic, architectural and historical treasures.

No visit to Rome is complete without a visit to the Colosseum. This feat of engineering has enough doors, passages and space to allow 50,000 people to empty and fill the arena in a matter of minutes. The rowdy Roman crowds who saw gladiatorial feats here would have watched the animals come in from trap doors or hoisted in on an elaborate pulley system. Today this marvel still stands and you can enter it with thousands of other people.

Skip forward hundreds of years in history to view the gorgeous Sistine Chapel and the art and architecture associated with the Roman Catholic Church. Elsewhere, visit art from Renaissance all the way to contemporary, but don't forget to stop and enjoy the city's many smaller pleasures. Eat, drink and enjoy all that Rome has to offer.

What to Expect
High Season
May - September
Low Season
October - April
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      Getting There
      Major Airports
      • Major Airport Rome Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino

      Passport / Visa Requirements

      American, Canadian and European Union citizens do not need a visa to enter Italy if they intend to stay there for less than three months. All travelers must carry a valid passport which could be subject to inspection at any time. American citizens can find out more information by using the U.S State Department website.

      Getting Around
      Public Transportation
      • Bus Rome Central Bus Station
      • Railroad Stazione Termini
      Need to Know

      Severe Weather Rome has cool, wet winters and warm, dry summers. Be prepared for hot temperatures in the summer and dress accordingly.

      Safety Concerns Rome has many pickpockets. Traffic safety is also a concern. Pedestrians need to get creative when crossing the streets, because cars frequently won't stop for them. 

      Health Concerns Rome is a safe, healthy city with clean water to drink.