The Eternal City is bursting with ancient marvels and iconic cultural attractions, from the Colosseum to the Pantheon to the Roman Forum, just to name a few. But make time for getting outside the centro storico (historic center) and exploring Rome‘s diverse neighborhoods on your own terms — wander the streets and refuel as needed with espresso, pasta and as many cups of gelato as your heart desires.


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When to Go: Spring and fall are ideal times to travel to Rome, when the weather is pleasant but not muggy and the crowds aren’t quite as intense as they are in the summertime. In fact, April, May, September and October are widely regarded as the best months to visit. However, winter also has its charms. Rates tend to be lowest from late November to mid-March (except for the holidays), and high-season crowds dissipate.


Visas: U.S. citizens visiting for less than 90 days do not need to obtain a visa. Passports must be valid for at least three months beyond your planned date of departure (six months is recommended).
Money: Local currency is the euro. ATMs are widely available throughout the city. Although credit cards are accepted nearly everywhere you go, carrying a little cash is always a good idea.
Travel Health: As per the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), travelers should be fully vaccinated before going to Rome. Be sure to check airline requirements — as well as requirements at your destination, including (but not limited to) proof of vaccination, testing or quarantine — before you go. The Italian Health Ministry and the CDC are the best resources for up-to-date information and guidance. Before traveling, research and prepare for what to do if you get sick while away.


Getting Here: Rome’s airport is Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport (FCO). To get from the airport to the city center, take a taxi or go by train. The main hub is Stazione Termini.
Getting Around: If you’re staying in the city center, you can explore most of the main attractions on foot. Walking is also the most pleasurable way to soak up the sights and sounds of this lively city. Public transportation is run by ATAC and includes buses, trams, the metro and trains. Taxis are everywhere, but note that it’s best to call or wait at a stand as opposed to hailing a cab.


Local Lingo: Italian is the official language. It’s always helpful to learn a few key words and phrases before you go, even though most people speak English, especially in touristy areas. Ciao! – Hello! Buongiorno – Good morning. Buonasera – Good evening. – Per favore – Please. Grazie – Thank you. Prego – You’re welcome.
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Insider Tip: Want to see ancient art and architecture without the crowds? Check out the lesser-known Museo Nazionale Romano (the National Roman Museum) for a comprehensive look at the prehistory and early history of Rome.