If you have a flight arriving at Rome’s international airport, Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino, prepare ahead of time. Whether your journey will keep you just in the city of Rome or you plan to go further afield to explore the Italian countryside, having a car at the ready will make your travel experience richer and more hassle-free. You can arrange to have a car waiting at the Rome airport, so that you don’t waste a single minute of your time in Italy.
As one of the oldest inhabited cities in Europe, there is no shortage of things to do or see in Rome. A must-visit for anyone is of course the Colosseum, where you can take a guided tour to learn about Roman gladiators and emperors. If you are more the active type, you can even sign up for gladiator school, where you will learn to fight like the pros. From here, you can visit the Roman Forum and the Pantheon for a complete glimpse into Roman life at the beginning of the first millennium.
No visit to Rome is complete without making a wish at the Trevi Fountain and eating a gelato on the Spanish steps. While parking in central Rome can be difficult, you can always decide to park near one of the train stops and use public transportation to get around in the city center of the city. This way, you will have the best of both worlds. There is easy public transport to get around the city and a vehicle waiting when you want to leave the center of Rome and explore further afield. There is so much to see, relying on busy public transportation might result in long waiting times.
Even if you are not Catholic, a visit to the Vatican is an interesting site to include. St. Peter’s Basilica is a beautiful piece of art and craftsmanship. You can visit the Sistine Chapel as well. An insider tip is booking your tickets online ahead of time to avoid waiting in long lines especially during high seasons. You can spend several hours here.
Should food be more your thing, then Rome is the place to be. Enjoy a walk around Campo de’Fiori, a popular public square and produce market. There are hundreds of restaurants of all sizes in Rome. Try to avoid those in heavy tourist areas as the prices will be higher and the quality will not be as good as those frequented by locals. Consider taking a food tour to get acquainted with Roman dishes and to uncover some hidden gems away from the tourist hotspots.
A car rental with us at Orbitz for your Italian adventures can make your experience here even better. After spending a day or two in Rome opt to get away without worrying about train time tables or delayed public transportation. Pick up your car and hit the road on your Roman holiday.