The Eternal City isn't just a throwaway title – Rome's nickname was coined 3,000 years ago; testament to its genuinely universal appeal.
The city has more A-list attractions than most whole countries, but there's much to it than tourist hotspots – the pasta alone is worth the trip.
Arriving at Rome Leonardo da Vinci International Airport
Flights from London City Airport go to Rome Leonardo da Vinci International Airport (FCO – also known as Rome Fuimcino). The airport which has an easy direct train (the Leonardo Express) to Rome's central station, Termini. Tickets cost €14 (don't forget to stamp your ticket on the platform before you board!) and the journey takes around 35 minutes. As Rome's main transport hub, you'll find a network of metro and bus services leaving from Termini, so you should find it easy to get to your hotel in Rome from there.
You'll also find buses leaving for the city centre at the stops opposite arrival terminals 2 and 3. These have varying stop-points in the city, so choose the service that gets you closest to your accommodation. Most services leave every 30 minutes, and you can buy tickets on board.
If you'd prefer the no-fuss option of a taxi, Rome's official white taxis wait outside the terminal 1 and 3 arrival areas. Fares are a fixed €48 to the city centre, giving you the peace of mind of knowing exactly what the journey will cost.
You can hire a car in advance and collect it at the airport. Booking your car in advance will give you the best choice.
There'll be no mistaking the fact that you've arrived in amorous Italy when you spy the Kiss&Go area, which gives 15 minutes' parking time for anyone picking you up. If you've organised a pick-up through your hotel, this is the service they're likely to use.
Festivals and events
Never let it be said that Rome doesn’t know how to party. It even celebrates its own birthday with shows, street parades and fireworks on 21 April.
Not content with festivals lasting the typical two to three days, Rome celebrates the entire summer with this programme of events spanning July, August and September. The Classical Concert Under the Stars, held in the gardens of Mussolini's former home, is one highlight.
Outdoor Opera Season
The enchanting setting of the Terme di Carcalla Roman bath ruins makes Rome's outdoor opera a must-see, even if opera isn't usually your thing.
May Day Rock Festival
If classical music really isn't for you, you can rock out on the Piazza San Giovanni at this free concert. There's also the Rock in Roma event, which runs at the end of June at the Capannelle Racecourse, which always boasts a big line-up of international names.
Jazz and Image Festival
This summer festival is held in leafy Villa Celimontana park from July to August. There's also an annual jazz festival held in the first week of November across some of the city's most atmospheric jazz clubs.