Rome Pictures, Italy

Ponte Vittorio Emanuele II bridge, Rome, Italy

Rome pictures: antics on the Ponte Vittorio Emanuele II.

Rome Pictures and Visitor Information

Central Rome is a brilliant city for any traveller with an interest in culture, art or ancient history and is arguably the most fascinating city in all of Europe. The range of famous, spectacular sights within easy walking distance is staggering, the quality and quantity of art on display is massive, every building tells stories, every statue demands pictures and every cobbled street evokes historical scenes.


The Pantheon

Rome is – and has been for 3, 000 years – a magnet for the barbarian hordes, with troops of French sipping gee-up machiattos in one café, red-faced British squaddies poring over maps in another, platoons of Germans attacking the sights by numbers, waves of chattering Japanese disembarking from buses armed with bad hats and the latest digital weaponry, fashionable Chinese units in avant-garde UV face shades and American tank crews discussing strategies and sweating off the sky-highs on rye of LA diners.

Palazzo Nuovo museum, multi-breasted fertility goddess, Rome, Italy

Palazzo Nuovo museum, a fertility goddess

Rome Pictures: Attractions

trevi fountain, rome, italy

Trevi Fountain.

• the endless variety of staggering structures that you’ve heard about for years – the Colosseum, the Forum, the Trevi Fountain, the Vatican. . . as well as thousands more you’ve never heard about.

• the little churches you stumble inside to cool off in and find a Michelangelo Moses in front of you or a kaleidoscopic heaven on the ceiling or a perfect marble skeleton at your feet.

• the drinking fountains ranging from simple taps to spitting gargoyles and leaking ships (Spanish Steps) where you can refill your bottles and wet your overheated head.

• the tiny alleys suddenly blossoming into magical piazzas.

• the incredible paintings you see that are painted on walls (especially the Vatican Museums) not hung on them.

• the stunning sculptures, good and mad.

• the wonderful coffees, ice-creams, pizzas and pastas.

• the freedom to bend the rules the Italian way; the way Rome traffic flows like water – dive in and it’ll part around you.

• the sunshine.

• the sensational museums (and this from museophobes), especially the Vatican Museums, the Capitoline Museums and the Galleria Borghese.

• the funny fountains and caricatures in Piazza Navona.

Elephant obelisk outside Santa Maria sopra Minerva church in Rome, Italy

Elephant obelisk outside Santa Maria sopra Minerva

Rome’s Downsides

• the disappointingly unromantic Spanish Steps (well, the fountain’s excellent, it’s the steps that ain’t).

• the impatient traffic.

• the untidy and unworked archeological digs.

• the pickpockets.

• the surly ticket collectors or security guards who prefer to pass the time chatting to each other or photographing themselves with their mobile phones than helping tourists.

• the open-top tourist buses that have ‘pay as you enter’ painted by the doors but send you off to queue at an office after you’ve lined up by the bus for an hour.

• the same old, same old menus, pizza, pasta, pizza, pasta.

• the dull, dirty suburbs.

• the lack of clear, logical, sequential signposting.

• slippery, wet cobblestones. Stay a few days with rain showers and count the number of scooter accidents.

• leaving Rome – but you’ll be back if you threw a coin into the Trevi fountain

The interior view of the dome frescoes, St Peter

interior view of the dome frescoes, St Peter’s Basilica

Rome Weather

Best months to visit Rome are May, June, September, January-March.
The climate is, of course, Mediterranean, which means that winters tend to be mild but damp and summers hot and dry.
Statistically the wettest months are October and November, followed by December and April.
Mid summer of July and August gets very crowded and hot with average highs reaching 30C (86F) and lows around 18C (54F). Mid winter average highs hover around 12C (54F) and lows about 3C (37F).

Roma Pass and Roma Pass 48 hours

Sistine chapel ceiling, Vatican Museum, Rome, Italy. Photo boutique creativa

Frescoes in the Vatican Museum’s Sistine Hall

The Capitoline Museums, Galleria Borghese (and many more big sights) are included in these passes, but NOT the Vatican Museums.

Roma Pass includes over 45 museums, monuments and archaeological sites located in the area of the City of Rome and public transportation within Rome’s railway ring (zone A). It is valid for 3 days from the moment of its first use (not from the moment of purchase) and allows free entry to the first 2 visited museums and / or archaeological sites of your choice. Free admission includes exhibitions held in museums. From the 3rd museum / site onwards please apply to the ticket office to purchase a reduced price ticket.

Roma Pass holders can use the public transportation system within the City of Rome for 3 days. Only public transport is included in the card. Valid until midnight of the third day (including the day of first validation) for ATAC public transport (trams, buses, metro A, B and B1 and railway lines Roma-Lido, Roma Flaminio Piazza del Popolo-Viterbo, Roma-Giardinetti), within the territory of the Municipality of Rome.
All special connections to Atac, the railway lines Trenitalia FR, the connection Tiburtina/ Termini/ Fiumicino airport, the Trenitalia ‘No stop’ connection Roma Termini-Fiumicino Airports (Leonardo Express) and all connections to and from Fiumicino and Ciampino Airports are not included.

Roma Pass 48 hours is similar but is valid for 48 hours from the moment of its first use and allows free entry to the first visited museums and / or archaeological sites of your choice. Free admission includes the exhibition held in the museum. From the 2nd museum / site onwards please apply to the ticket office to purchase a reduced price ticket.

Roma Pass 48 hours holders can use Rome’s public transportation system as above but only for 48 hours.

The cards work on a RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) system and don’t have to be inserted and stamped in validating machines located on buses, trams and in metro stations. Simply touch your card on the yellow reader to get through trams, buses and metro trains. A Green light indicates that the card has been read correctly.

CONNECTIONS TO AND FROM AIRPORTS (Leonardo Express train, FR1 metropolitan train, local urban services) ARE NOT INCLUDED IN THE TWO CARDS.