Few cities can compare to the architectural beauty and historical significance of Rome. This is truly a city of living history, where walking down the street feels like stepping into a bygone era and the past and present are inseparably meshed. From the mighty pillars of the Colosseum to the ornate dome of the St. Peter Basilica, you can hardly travel a block without discovering some new masterpiece that demands your adoration.
Take a stroll through the historic center of the city, where the glory of the old Roman Empire is showcased in ways no camera could possibly hope to capture adequately. Visit the Pantheon, where the largest unreinforced dome still hangs effortlessly above a spotless marble floor. See the ruins of the ancient Roman Forum, called the most celebrated meeting place in the world -- and in all of history. Wander through the generously decorated halls of the Capitoline Museums in Piazza del Campidoglio atop of Capitoline Hill. Shoppers will want to get lost for hours in the Centro Storico, a collection of shops and boutiques where those one-of-a-kind buys are just waiting to be found.
There are no shortage of great places to meander, from the Santa Maria in Trastevere with its eerie crypts to the Palazzo Doria Pamphili -- a gorgeous palace that will have your eyes struggling to take it all in. The catacombs of San Castillo are the largest and most impressive in the city, and well worth a visit. Witness the birth of Rome at Palantine Hill or walk the streets of the Jewish Ghetto for a taste of the city’s diversity.
The Testaccui District is where modern Rome comes alive after dark, with nightclubs and restaurants that will thrill night owls. People watching at the Spanish Steps is always entertaining, though the surrounding shops may lure you away sooner than you might expect. Before you leave the city, toss a coin into the Trevi Fountain, a gesture that is said to ensure a return visit.
With a city that offers so much, the last thing you’ll want on your mind will be deciding where to spend the night. As you sort through the myriad of options in putting together your itinerary, plan to stay in comfort and convenience at an IHG hotel. With locations near the sights and attractions you’re dying to see and a cost that’s surprisingly affordable, there’s no better way to experience Rome than with an IHG hotel. + View More - View Less