Dating back to 80 AD, the Colosseum is an enduring symbol both of Imperial Rome and the modern Italian capital. This grand amphitheater, once the setting of brutal gladiatorial games, is an impressive monument to an incredible history. Not forgetting the nearby Roman Forum, where the ruins of the Temple of Saturn and other majestic monuments of the Ancient Era still inspire awe today.
All the grandeur and bustle of Rome can be experienced in Piazza Navona – the vast square lined with Baroque masterpieces like Sant'Agnese in Agone church. At the center of the square are the stone river gods of Bernini's fountain, the Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi, and you can while away hours sitting at the cafes before heading a few streets away to see the Pantheon, grand monument to Ancient Roman gods.
A stone fantasia of winged horses and mythical figures, the Trevi Fountain is to water features what the Colosseum is to theaters. When visiting this landmark, forever linked with classic film La Dolce Vita, be sure to toss in a coin to ensure you'll return to Rome. Almost as iconic are the Spanish Steps: climb this vast stairway to reach the twin-domed Renaissance splendor of the Trinita dei Monti church.
Home to the Pope and a city-state in its own right, the Vatican is breathtaking to look at. Take in the sweep of St Peter's Square, with the 4,000-year-old obelisk at its center, and enter the Renaissance embrace of St Peter's Basilica. Visitors also make a bee-line for the Sistine Chapel, whose ceiling presents Michelangelo's monumental vision of our creation. Peckish? Try the food stalls of nearby Trionfale Market.
For your very own taste of La Dolce Vita, Via Veneto is the place to be. Immortalised by that classic film, the whole area oozes style and glamour – the street is lined with the intricate facades of grand hotels, uber-chic bars serving perfectly mixed cocktails, and elegant cafes. There are few better places to recline with an espresso and watch Rome's beautiful people go by.
Reviewed by a Hotels.com guest on Dec 11, 2013
My wife and I had a wonderful time in Rome, complemented only by our stay and the UNA Roma. Every part of the hotel was perfect, from the staff to the food, and the beautifully furnished rooms. We thoroughly enjoyed our holiday and the location of the hotel made it so easy to get around the city. The staff, especially Emmanuel and Francesca were so helpful and require special mention. Every future visit I make to Rome, I have promised myself that I will return to this hotel.
"A hidden gem"
Reviewed by a Hotels.com guest on Jul 30, 2013
We loved our stay at Santa Maria Trastavere. It is a little bit of heaven hidden behind all the buildings. The staff were very pleasant and helpful. The rooms although a bit small were totally adequate. It was very quiet and peaceful.The breakfast was lovely and the addition of snacks with drinks at 5.30 were wonderful, more like a mini meal.So nice to escape after a day of sightseeeing with hectic crowds of people to the peace and tranquility. It is a bit out of town but we were able to walk to most places easily despite the heatwave Restaurants around the area also great and reasonable. I would highly recommend a stay here.