Rome's reputation as a great historic city is well founded
Rome's reputation as a great historic city is well founded ©Getty Images

Rome is ...
• The capital of Italy.
• Famous for its classical heritage – the historic centre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
• Home to the Vatican City, an independent country located within the city's boundaries.
• Known as the Caput Mundi (capital of the world) and the Eternal City –  mythology dates the founding of Rome, once head of the Roman Empire, to 753 BC.
• Is home to some of the world's most visited tourist destinations, such as the Sistine Chapel, Trevi Fountain, Castel Sant'Angelo, Foro Romano and the Colosseum.

Where is it?
All roads lead to Rome, or so the saying goes. Situated on the river Tiber, in the central-western part of the Italian peninsula, Rome is approximately 580km from Milan, 260km from Florence and 230km from Naples.

The Olimpico has been in use since 1953
The Olimpico has been in use since 1953©Getty Images

Olimpico in Rome
• The Olimpico has undergone several makeovers since officially opening in 1953 and currently seats around 68,000.
• Has staged four European Champion Clubs' Cup finals: 1977, 1984, 1996 and 2009.
• Hosted the Olympics in 1960 and the finals of the 1968 UEFA European Championship and 1990 FIFA World Cup, as well as a number of Italy matches.
• Lazio and Roma share the stadium, although both clubs plan to have their own purpose-built arenas in the future.
• The stadium is part of the Foro Italico sport complex, which also features the beautiful Stadio dei Marmi as well as a swimming stadium and tennis centre.

Matches at the Olimpico in Rome
12 June, 21:00CET – Group A match
17 June, time tbc – Group A match
21 June, time tbc – Group A match
04 July, 21:00CET – Quarter-final

Getting to and around Rome
Rome has two airports, Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport and Ciampino. The former has a train station, with regular services into Rome's main rail hub, Termini. The three-line Metro is the easiest and cheapest way to traverse the city.

Where to stay
Rome has a multitude of accommodation options to suit all budgets, from inexpensive mini hotels and hostels to more luxurious lodgings. See useful links below.

The Trevi Fountain
The Trevi Fountain©Getty Images

What to see
For culture: From the Colosseum to the Vatican Museums, St Peter's Basilica, the Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps and the Pantheon, to name just a selection of sites, Rome is a treasure trove of art and architectural splendour, including the modern Auditorium Parco della Musica.
For atmosphere: The Trastevere district or Campo dei Fiori, within walking distance of the city centre, are pedestrianised areas with wonderful restaurants and bars; intimate and with a great atmosphere.
For fresh air: Head to the centrally-located Villa Borghese, a landscape garden containing a number of buildings, museums and attractions. Rome is also within 30km of a number of beaches.

Eating and drinking
'La Dolce Vita' (the good life) is best enjoyed at one of Rome's many terrace or rooftop restaurants. Pasta alla gricia, bucatini all'amatriciana, spaghetti alla carbonara, pasta cacio e pepe and gnocchi are among the specialities in Rome but meat dishes also abound like saltimbocca (veal with sage leaves), abbacchio scottadito (roasted Roman spring lamb) and coda alla vaccinara (oxtail). Artichokes 'alla romana' – with garlic and mint – or 'alla giudia' – fried – are not to be missed. A coffee cappuccino enjoyed on one of Rome's pretty streets is another must.

Football in the city
Lazio and Roma are the two principal clubs, splitting the capital in half. While Roma have won more Serie A titles than their rivals, three to two, Lazio do have European silverware to their name, having captured the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup and UEFA Super Cup in 1999.

Get out of the city
A 25km trip to Tivoli is recommended, with a visit to Hadrian's Villa (Villa Adriana) – the largest ever owned by a Roman emperor and one of the finest examples of classical architecture – something of a must. Another main attraction at Tivoli, the enchanting Villa d'Este, built in 1550 by Cardinal Ippolito II d'Este, son of Lucrezia Borgia and Alfonso d'Este, is celebrated for its artistic elegance. And if the culture gets too much, there is always the beach.

Useful links
Rome Info: www.comune.roma.it and
Lonely Planet:
Italian Football Federation (FIGC):
Olimpico in Rome:
Italian tourist boad:
Accommodation information: and