Temperature: Average highs of 29 (°C) in summer and 13 (°C) in winter
Best time to visit: April-June and September-October
Rome’s Mediterranean heat is especially balmy in July and August. The spring and autumn months are more comfortable.
Foodies: If you’ve had your fill of gelato, try tiramisu – a combination of cheese, chocolate and coffee.
Art enthusiasts: Marvel at the frescos lining the interior of the Vatican’s Sistine Chapel.
Couples: Walk through the piazzas and along the Tiber River as the sun sets.
Language: The language spoken in Rome is Italian
Currency: The currency used in Rome is the Euro (€)
Local time: Rome is 1 hour ahead of GMT/UK time
Fly: Leonardo da Vinci/Fiumicino International Airport (FCO) is 26km southwest of the city centre
Flight time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Tourist information: Further Rome tourist information can be found at www.turismoroma.it
Visa / Health: Before your holiday to Rome, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/italy for recommendations and advice on visas and health.
By foot: The city centre is easiest to cover on foot. Look out for mopeds and bicycles when crossing the street at busy intersections.
By tourist bus: When not walking between attractions, try one of the many hop-on/hop-off, open-top tourist buses.
By bus or metro: Buses are a reliable (but crowded) way to get round the city. A 2-3 day Roma Pass includes all public transport, entrance fees to two attractions and discounts to many other museums.
By taxi: Taxi stands are at all the piazzas and train stations. Make sure the meter is running. If paying by credit card, inform the driver before starting the journey.
White Night: On La Notte Bianca, the Eternal City becomes a pedestrian zone and stays open all night, offering street dances, concerts, wine tastings, museum tours and children’s activities. Rome’s ancient monuments are lit and open to the public.
Estate Romana (Roman summer): If you can bear the heat, Rome has an extraordinary cultural programme throughout the summer. Over a thousand performances, events and exhibitions are held, including an open-air cinema and pop-up shops and food stalls on the Tiber riverbank.
Easter Sunday: On Pasqua, the Roman Catholic Pope gives a blessing and an Easter message from the balcony of St Peter’s Basilica to everyone gathered in St Peter’s Square.