If you're in Rome to take in copious amounts of old-world architecture and ruins (and there's a good chance you are), the sights in the Colosseo neighborhood are likely at the top of your must-see list. Just south of the city's geographical center, the neighborhood is the heart of all things ancient, from the Roman Forum to the Capitoline Museums to -- you guessed it -- the Colosseum. Attractions such as these are worthy of thousands and rolls of film and countless hours of exploration, and streets are steeped in as much authentic history as you'll find anywhere in the world. As such, it should come as no surprise that many of the more modern area establishments are tourist traps: expect overpriced, mediocre meals, hordes of tourists during peak season, vendors hawking chintzy memorabilia, and tiny hotel rooms.
The good news: Staying in the area puts you in the shadow of the ancient Roman ruins you're probably here to see! The bad news: Most rooms are small, hotels have sparse amenities, and the shops, cafes and bars are shamelessly touristy. If views are a priority, some of the hotels in the small four-block by four-block area just east of the Colosseum deliver; the Palazzo Manfredi, for example, offers a jaw-dropping outlook over the Colosseum.
|Airports:||Rome Ciampino International Airport|
|Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport|
|Peak:||April - October|
|Electricity:||220 V, 50 Hz|
|Tipping:||Included in the service charge in restaurants but a 5-10% tip on top is expected and appreciated|