Car Hire Rome Ciampino Airport
The ‘Eternal City’ of Rome is one of the world’s truly wondrous places. With its unique blend of classical archaic architecture, rich history, eclectic culture, and vivacious artwork Rome is the third most visited city in all of Europe and the 16th in the entire world. Once dubbed the ‘City of Seven Hills’ due to the seven hills that once marked its ancient borders, Rome now resides in the heart of the Italian peninsula along the shores of the Tiber River. Visitors travel far and wide to marvel at the extraordinary cityscape that encapsulates thousands of years of Western civilisation, Roman mythology, and Christian culture.
Unlock the Mysteries Surrounding Rome’s Colourful Past with your Car Hire
Well renowned as the most powerful empire in the world back in the 1st century AD, Rome’s colourful past has long been a focal point of some of the rich history, treasures and stories bestowed upon this fascinating city to this very day. In a city filled with many incredible symbols of antiquity and sacred Christian relics, it can be hard to know where to start. Just a short 30-minute trip in your car hire from the Rome Ciampino Airport will have you crossing paths with the largest Roman antiquity in all of Rome - the 2,000-year-old Colosseum. The site of the Flavian Amphitheatre played host to an array of gladiatorial games, chariot races, executions, theatrical performances, festivals and more. Built from stone and concrete between 72 A.D and 80 A.D, this magnificent monument is the largest amphitheatre in the world and a must-see on any trip to the Italian capital.
Next on the list is the 2,000-year-old Patheon: one of the most well-preserved Roman monuments in the entire city. Once serving as a temple for Roman Gods, this exquisite edifice eventually became the resting place of past Italian kings and numerous famous Italian city folk. After spending about an hour at the Pantheon, just a short trip up the road is one of Rome’s most popular tourist attractions, the Trevi Fountain. This spectacular 17th-century baroque masterpiece has become a sensation, appearing in several iconic films over the years. Legend has it that if you throw a coin in the water, it ensures you a safe return to Rome in the future.
Other illustrious structures to explore include the Vatican in Vatican City where the pope resides along with St Peter's Basilica, Peter’s Square, and the Sistine Chapel, the old Roman Forum, Centro Storico & the Spanish Steps, Piazza Navona, Palatine Hill and so much more. With so many historic sites to visit, Rome can quite easily overwhelm even the most fervent sightseer, so it’s a good idea to sprinkle in a little rest and relaxation at one of the local cafes or nature reserves to help break up your days.
Live like a Local, Dine like a King in your car hire
It’s no secret that Italians love their coffee. In fact, when an Italian says they are heading to the bar, they almost certainly mean to the local café for a coffee. Some of the best places around town all within reach in your car hire include Sant’ Eustachio Il Caffè, just a stone’s throw away from the Pantheon, Trecaffe Due Macelli; TripAdvisor‘s travellers choice, La Casa del Caffè Tazza d'Oro for the best espresso in town and Panella for its quaint pastry sculptures and delicious caffè freddo (iced coffee). With thousands of places throughout Rome to grab a coffee, you can be sure to remain highly caffeinated at all times throughout your adventures in the Eternal City.
If food is your goal, then you will not be disappointed, with Rome serving up some fantastic authentic Italian classics that will have you singing ‘that’s amore’ after every bite. Some of our favourite places include Il Chianti Osteria Toscana, for some of the best carbonara in Rome, Trattoria Vecchia Roma; famous for its bucatini and delicious pasta dishes, Tonnarello, for a homemade lasagna that will rival some of the very best and Pizzarium near the Vatican for some mouth-watering pizza flavour combinations. Spoilt for choice, Rome is a foodie’s heaven. With so many great places to try, you will need at least a week to even put a dent in this remarkable place.