Getting there: Airport: regularly scheduled flights from major world cities to Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport Getting around:Metro subway and ATAC buses What to see: Vatican, Castel Sant'Angelo, Villa Borhese, Coliseum, Via Veneto, Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, Circus Maximus and Aventine Hill
There's no place like Rome.
It may take forever to see it - and with so much to see it often leaves tourists
dazed and confused over what to do next. Trevi Fountain? Spanish Steps? The Vatican? The Colosseum?
With a little planning (and lots of gelato) the Eternal City can be one sweet adventure...
Most first-time visitors to Rome can easily get their bearings by simply walking around modern central Rome -- famously known for the Via Veneto, (Rome's version of Fifth Avenue in New York) -- where trendy cafes vie for attention with the iconic Spanish Steps and, on Via dei Condotti, famous Italian designer stores.
Elsewhere around town, Rome is a sprawling metropolis wherein most of the city's top attractions can be easily reached via the Rome Metro.
Metro stops for major Rome attractions
Repubblica – Piazza Repubblica and Teatro del Opera
Barberini –Trevi Fountain, Via Veneto, Pantheon
Spagna – Spanish Steps
Flaminio – Villa Borghese, Via del Corso, Piazza Del Popolo
Lepanto – Castel Sant'Angelo and Via Cola di Rienzo
Ottaviano – the Vatican, St. Peter's Basilica, and the Vatican Museums
Cipro – the Vatican Museums
Colosseo – the Coliseum
Circo Massimo – Circus Maximus and Aventine Hill
• One of Rome's famous must-sees, Trevi Fountain is where millions of tourists a year come to throw a coin in and make a wish. That amounts to nearly €700,000 worth of coins that get tossed in each year. The proceeds are donated to charity to help the needy.
• 25,000 people a day visit the Sistine Chapel.
• The famous Spanish Steps is the traditional place for Romans to meet or spend a lunch hour. But why the Spanish Steps? They were built near the original Spanish embassy, located at the Piazza di Spagna.
• How much does Rome love its stray cats? In 2001, cats who had taken up residence in places like the Coliseum and the Forum were declared part of the city's "bio-heritage." Today, there are estimated to be 300,000 feral cats in Rome living in over 2000 colonies.
• According to the most recent data, Rome is the 18th-most-visited city in the world, the 3rd most visited in the European Union, and the most popular tourist attraction in Italy.
More about Rome tourism around the Web:
Rome sights and attractions - Check out lots of info on the famous sights, related photos and maps, as well tips and tricks to money, mail, phones, and more.
Rome Explorer - Here's a well-organized directory to travel essentials, walking tours, accommodation and restaurants, shopping, entertainment, related chats and forums.