Destination guide

Stay in Rome vacation rentals and see the wonders of the Eternal City

You can be one of the millions of all ages who visit Italy's capital every year to experience a taste of la dolce vita. Take a historic tour of millennia-old structures in the Roman Forum, mingle with the locals at the bustling Porta Portese flea market, or marvel at the breathtaking frescoes of Michelangelo, Botticelli, Ghirlandaio, and others in the Vatican's Sistine Chapel. Or you can simply kick back and relax in your Rome rental apartment and practice the Italian art of il dolce far niente – the sweetness of doing nothing.


Legend has it that Rome was founded by the twins Romulus and Remus, who were raised by a wolf. What isn't myth is archaeological evidence that humans lived in the area around 14,000 years ago. Over the millennia, the Roman Empire emerged and some of the structures from that era can still be seen today. From your vacation rental, you can plan a trip to the Colosseum, where gladiators once fought, or to the much older Theater of Marcellus, which was built in 13 BC for musical and dramatic productions. The Castel Sant'Angelo and the Pantheon, both dating from the 2nd century, are also must-sees in any Roman holiday.


Sightseeing in and around Rome

Are you hoping to find attractions to visit while you're in the area? Venture out of your vacation home and experience everything that makes Rome a fun place to get away. Here are some of the most popular attractions to see, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Bioparco di Roma (1 mi / 1.6 km)
  • Marco Simone Golf Club (9 mi / 14.4 km)
  • INAF Osservatorio Astronomico di Roma (2 mi / 3.2 km)
  • Tennis Club Parioli (2.7 mi / 4.3 km)
  • Parco di Roma Golf Club (4.4 mi / 7 km)
  • Circolo del Golf di Roma L'Acquasanta (4.5 mi / 7.2 km)
Natural features

Exploring the natural landscape of Rome

Whether you're an adventurous traveler or just want to take in the scenery, Rome is a great place to get outside. These are some of the area's most eye-catching sights, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Villa Borghese (0.7 mi / 1.2 km)
  • Bioparco di Roma (1 mi / 1.6 km)
  • Fontana del Babuino (0.3 mi / 0.4 km)
  • Pincio (0.6 mi / 1 km)
  • Tiber Island (0.9 mi / 1.5 km)
  • Botanical Gardens (1.1 mi / 1.7 km)
How to get there

Transportation to and around Rome

The nearest airport is in Rome (CIA-Ciampino), located 9.2 mi (14.8 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you might consider flying into Rome (FCO-Fiumicino - Leonardo da Vinci Intl.), which is 13.9 mi (22.4 km) away.

If you prefer to travel by train, Rome Piazzale Flaminio Station, Rome Termini Station and Rome San Pietro Station are the main stations in the city. You can get around Rome by catching a ride on the metro at Spagna Station, Barberini Station or Flaminio - Piazza del Popolo Station.

How to get around

Travelling around Rome from your vacation rental

As the popular saying goes, all roads lead to Rome, and walking the city's roads is the best way to soak up its atmosphere. Many attractions are located in traffic-free zones in the central historic district, so getting between landmarks in the area takes no time at all. To visit sites outside the historic centre – such as the Vatican or the Catacombs of Rome – you can take a taxi, a city bus, or the metro. Driving in Rome isn't recommended because of traffic congestion and limited parking in the city. However, if you must take a car, make sure you have an International Driver's Permit.

Food & drink 

Tantalize your taste buds with delicious eats in Rome

When in Rome, eat as the Romans do. If you're a vegetarian, you'll find no shortage of dishes you can eat in restaurants or cook in your own vacation rental. Seasonal veggies include Rome's world-famous artichokes – usually available from February to May – which are crisp and light when fried. Carbonara is another Italian dish that enjoys global renown, but there's neither cream nor peas in the Roman version. Instead, the pasta is made flavourful with pecorino Romano cheese, fresh black pepper, egg, and smoked pork jowl. To indulge your sweet tooth, visit a pasticceria (pastry shop) and give fine pastries called pasticcini a try.

Essential info

Essential facts for your Rome vacation rental stay

Italy's capital city covers 1,285 sq km by the Tiber River in the Lazio region. With more than 4.3 million residents, it's the country's most populous city. The euro (€) is the official currency and Italian is the official language – though English is spoken in the most-visited areas. If you're dining out, leave a 5–10% tip on top of the service charge that's already included in the menu prices. Smaller tips for taxi drivers, bartenders, and tour guides are also appreciated. Rome is generally a safe place to visit, but if you need help in an emergency, dial 113 for the police and 118 for an ambulance.

Where to stay near Rome?

Our 2019 vacation rental listings offer a large selection of 9,912 house rentals near Rome. From 7,860 Condos/Apartments to 320 Villas, find unique vacation rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best place to stay near Rome for a long holiday or a weekend break is on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when travelling to Rome?

Whether you're travelling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Rome:

  • Centro Storico: 5,172 vacation rentals
  • Trastevere: 2,997 vacation rentals
  • Rione I Monti: 3,709 vacation rentals
  • San Giovanni: 7,002 vacation rentals
  • Zona Vaticana: 4,279 vacation rentals

For other neighbourhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when travelling to Rome?

HomeAway offers a large selection of lodging choices near lovely places in Rome. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Pantheon: 4,132 home rentals
  • Colosseum: 9,535 home rentals
  • Campo de' Fiori: 9,534 home rentals
  • Spanish Steps: 9,539 home rentals
  • La Romanina Shopping Center: 9,435 home rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Rome listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Condos/Apartments in Rome?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 7,860 Condos/Apartments in Rome. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Rome include:

  • Villas: 320 lodging choices
  • Houses: 1,232 lodging choices
  • Studios: 7,903 lodging choices

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation homes including Cottages and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Rome?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 449 vacation homes with pool available in Rome.

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