Rome City Centre is an intimate area of the city where designer boutiques and fine dining restaurants sit alongside centuries-old landmarks and bustling public squares. Family-run gelatarias and pizza shops dot corners, while Rome’s Renaissance-era architecture and upscale clubs are never far away.
Things to do in Rome City Centre
One of Rome City Centre’s main draws is its world-famous shopping strip, Via Veneto, where you’ll find tailored Italian leather apparel, prestigious jewellers, shoemakers and other extravagant stores. Save time for a stroll past the historic Palazzo Margherita, before taking a moment at the sculpted Fontana delle Api in the busy Piazza Barberini.
More historic attractions await at the Quirinal Hill, which is home to the 16th-century Quirinal Palace. Built around a gardened courtyard, the palace features a famous water organ and a variety of rooms decorated for royalty. Keep an eye out for Quirinal Hill’s other baroque masterpieces, including the Church of Saint Andrew's and Quattro Fontane, four fountains with reclining river gods.
Want to dine among celebrities? You might get that chance at Harry’s Bar, a swanky bar and eatery on Via Veneto that puts on nightly piano performances. For a scoop of classic Italian gelato, head to Il Gelato di San Crispino for artisan ice cream, while delicious cannoli and cassata can be found at Dagnino Pastry Shop and Cafe.
Don’t miss one of Rome’s most coveted landmarks, the Trevi Fountain, which depicts a mythological sculpture of Neptune completed in 1769. Toss coins into the fountain with your right hand over your left shoulder for luck and romance. Designed by Michelangelo, the Porta Pita is a famed gate nearby where Italian soldiers once breached the city.
Getting around Rome City Centre
Walking or bicycling around Rome City Centre lets you immerse yourself in Rome’s sights and sounds while ensuring convenient access to all attractions. You can also catch the local buses, trams, trolleys and Metro trains, and taxis provide convenient transport at night.