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 Feb 10, 2013
Stayed with my wife and 2 kids for 2 nights after a Boat cruise, to see Rome. Very close ,walking distance, from all major attractions. Very friendly staff, willing to assist with all our transfer requirements. Will stay there again.
"A very enjoyable stay"
Reviewed by a Hotels.com guest on Jan 21, 2013
Very helpful and professional staff. The room was clean, quiet and well maintained. Good location, close enough to all major sights yet removed from the main hustle and bustle. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the River Palace Hotel
"Stones throw away from the Pantheon & other sites"
Reviewed by a Hotels.com guest on Jan 5, 2013
The hotel was in a fantastic location which made walking to all the sites an absolute breeze, from Trastevere to the Spanish Steps we covered everything on foot (we love walking). The hotel could improve on soundproofing as we heard everything going on in the reception area and outside. The novelty of the blinking lights in the room wears off very quickly. Other than that it was everything that we needed from a hotel and the breakfasts were more than expected in a European city.
"Warm clean and comfortable hotel"
Reviewed by a Hotels.com guest on Jan 2, 2013
We loved our stay at Hotel Lloyde- clean cosy room, larger than most other hotels. This could even be a 4 star hotel. Complimentary breakfast was excellent, healthy for a change- and staff were friendly and helpful. A little disappointing that they don't have on site laundry. We would definitely recommend this hotel to anyone.
"close to all must see signts in Rome"
Reviewed by a Hotels.com guest on Nov 16, 2012
I was very happy with the service received from the Hotel. Great Buffet breakfast. Overall, i am impressed. Just that the hotel staff are a bit overloaded with work. The hotel needs to keep a full staff that is not overworked.
"Best choice for comfort and close to all transport"
Reviewed by a Hotels.com guest on Oct 23, 2012
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay with Hotel Re Di Roma and will use them again should we visit Rome again. I will also recommend this hotel to friends and family. Close to all transport, restaurants and lovely shopping in the piazza.
Reviewed by a Hotels.com guest on Sep 20, 2012
Hotel Verona was the perfect hotel for our requirements, and we had a great stay there. Travelling with 2 small children is never simple, but the quadruple room at Hotel Verona was spacious, and the staff made our stay that much simpler. The hotel is a quick walk away from the Colosseum, and conveniently located if one wishes to spend time in the central areas of Rome. Piazza Navona, Via Veneto, the Spanish Steps and the beautiful areas around the Trevi Fountain were all within short distance, although we opted to take cabs quite a lot so as to preserve the energy of the children for as long as possible. Everything was very easy, and Hotel Verona was a good choice.
"We chose the hotel as it was close to Termini."
Reviewed by a Hotels.com guest on Sep 19, 2012
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay - the hotel staff were very friendly and helpful. Breakfast was very good. The only disappointment was we thought that the hotel had a roof terrace - there was one in the photos but there was not one in the Rome hotel.
"Easy Access to places of interest"
Reviewed by a Hotels.com guest on Sep 3, 2012
The frontline staff were very accommodating and gave good directions in order to walk to places of interest near the hotel. Various restaurants near to the hotel provided you with good variety to classic Italian food . For those interested in shopping easy access to quality shops .