Destination Guide - Rome
Rome wasn’t built in a day – and that’s a good thing. This phenomenal city proves patience is a virtue; with time, a masterpiece ensued. The colosseum, St Peter’s Basilica, Pantheon and Imperial Forums are structural proof that indelible history was made over and over again in Rome. How then, does it manage to be a huge city and a tiny city in one? Ensconced in the larger than life capital, Vatican City (a tiny 0.44 sq km) is the smallest city-state in the world. What it lacks in size though, it more than makes up for in influence – attracting millions of visitors annually.
Rome has a more temperate climate than other parts of Italy. Temperatures drop down to an average 5°C during winter (December to February) while in summer (June to August) it it’s a steamy 30+°C. The best sightseeing times are in spring and autumn.
Getting there and around
The historic centre is small enough to get around by foot. Rome has an extensive public transport system, comprising buses (including more than 20 night buses which run from 12.30am to 5.30am) and the metro. The bus network can be a bit tricky to navigate for those who don’t speak Italian. Taxis are almost impossible to hail from the streets – you will need to find one of the many taxi ranks in the city centre. Look for the official white or yellow taxis and insist on a metered fare. You can be a true Roman by renting a Vespa for the day (€40-€50).
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