Rome is one of Italy’s most important culture and fashion capitals, home to some of Europe’s best museums and renowned monuments. It strikes a harmonious balance between ancient history and a bustling modern city.
If you are looking to live la dolce vita, no city in Italy encapsulates this way of life better than Rome. Just thinking of the Eternal City brings to mind visions of Anita Ekberg as Sylvia dancing in the Trevi Fountain, or Audrey Hepburn on a Vespa meandering between the ancient Colosseum and Forum in “Roman Holiday”. Italy’s capital city truly is the pinnacle of effortless Italian glamour.
Beyond the city centre in the wider region of Lazio are picturesque beach towns, medieval hilltop villages, mountain climbs and a treasure trove of ancient Roman and Etruscan ruins.
Our luxury villas and lovingly restored farmhouses in Lazio and southern Umbria, near Orvieto, are under a two-hour drive from the centre of Rome. Sleeping 4 to 14 people, all of our luxury villas are air-conditioned, ideal for a warm Italian summer.
At Tuscany Now & More we take pride in our service. We have 30 years’ experience matching every guest to the right villa. Someone from our small team visits or stays in every Rome villa we list and knows the area. This is why we keep our portfolio small — and probably why the world’s leading luxury travel magazine says we’re one of Italy’s top five villa rental companies.
Every Tuscany Now & More villa has a private swimming pool, free use of our concierge service, for pre-trip arrangements and an emergency number available 24/7 while you are in-destination. Your concierge can arrange a private chef, daily maid service, or shopping delivered to your villa, and memorable experiences like Roman cookery classes in your holiday rental’s kitchen.
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Italy’s capital city can be found in the central region of Lazio on the west coast, with the romantic river Tiber meandering through its historic centre. Rome is built across seven hills, with Capitoline and Palatine hill amongst the most famous. It was upon the latter, now the home of the ancient Roman Forum, that the Eternal City was supposedly born.
The first Imperial city, the history of Rome spans almost 3000 years and its museums are brimming with ancient Etruscan and Roman artefacts and sculptures. Along with Florence, Rome was a major centre of the Renaissance and the birthplace of Baroque and Neoclassical movements. From unassuming churches to grand piazzas, artistic and architectural masterpieces are never far from reach.
Prati is by far the ritziest district in the city, known for its elegant art-nouveau buildings, vast avenues and high-end restaurants, bars and shops, most frequented by local Romans.
Monti on the other hand has a more bohemian edge and is favoured by students. It is great for artisan shops, trendy art galleries, quirky coffee shops and vintage finds.
Cross the Renaissance Ponte Sisto or Garibaldi and follow cobbled streets into the heart of Rome’s old town, Trastevere. This district is best known for its cobbled streets, the Basilica di Santa Maria, its welcoming and lively atmosphere, evening market stalls and fine restaurants and bars.
You could spend weeks in Rome and not even begin to scratch the surface. If it is your first time in the city you can't miss the most iconic sites like the Spanish Steps, Colosseum, Roman Forum, Trevi Fountain and the Pantheon. While Rome is a vast city, the centre is pretty compact and it is easy to walk between these main attractions.
However, if you're looking for a more authentic Roman experience away from the tourist hotspots, get a feel for the city on foot from one of the many main piazzas. The Piazza Navona is one of the best-known squares in Rome; visit after sunset when Bernini’s famous Fountain of the Four Rivers is lit up and the tourist crowds have been replaced by a younger, vibrant crowd who meet here to socialise.
The best museums in Rome include the Musei Capitolini, which sits on top of Capitoline Hill and is split across three palaces, two of which were designed by Michelangelo. Considered the first museum in the world, you will find everything from ancient sculptures, bronze and marble statues and precious artefacts to masterpieces by Caravaggio and Titian. The Vatican Museums are another must-see for renowned artworks like Raphael’s “School of Athens”, classical sculptures like “Laocoön” and of course, Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel.
The expansive Vatican gardens are only open to the public in the summer months and offer a lush haven in the middle of the city centre, with landscaped terraces and grand fountains. Rome’s Botanical Gardens are also worth visiting and the elegant park surrounding the Villa Borghese offers incredible views over the city.
The Galleria Borghese is one of the best art museums in Rome, with an impressive collection of works by important artists like Caravaggio, Bernini, Raphael and Titian. Modern and contemporary art lovers should pay a visit to the Galleria d’Arte Moderna (GNAM) for works by Modigliani to Monet and the MAXXI designed by Zaha Hadid, for some of the biggest names in the art world.
Rome is full of Baroque and Renaissance churches housing treasured masterpieces. Visit Santa Maria della Vittoria for Bernini’s “Ecstasy of St Theresa”, the Basilica of Santa Maria del Popolo for Renaissance artworks by Raphael, Bernini and Caravaggio, San Pietro in Vincoli for Michelangelo’s statue of Moses, and San Luigi dei Francesi for Caravaggio’s narrative paintings on the Life of St. Matthew.
For more ideas on what to do in Rome, read our Rome travel guide.
Rome is the birthplace of several classic Italian pasta dishes like alla Carbonara, made with egg, pecorino cheese and cured pig’s cheek, and Cacio e Pepe made with pecorino and cracked black pepper. All’Amatriciana is another must-try when in Rome, a pasta sauce traditionally made with pork pecorino and tomatoes.
The Lazio region is renowned for its purple artichokes which can be found across markets like Campagna Amica through May.
Frascati white and dessert wines are produced in the countryside around Rome. Travellers with a passion for wine should consult our award-winning concierges, who can arrange a wine tour of some of the finest local vineyards or a sommelier-led tasting in your villa.
After Milan, Rome is the most important centre for fashion in Italy and is one of the world’s five fashion capitals. Many luxury fashion houses like Valentino, Bulgari and Fendi were founded in Rome and their headquarters and impressive flagship stores are based in the city. Luxury and haute couture labels can be found lining the streets around the Spanish Steps, especially along the Via Condotti. Alternatively, visit the Castel Romano Outlet store on the outskirts of Rome for some of your favourite designer brands without the eye-watering price tags.
Follow the Via del Corsa from Piazza del Popolo to the Piazza Venezia for high street brands like Zara and Mango. Start on the Via del Boschetto in the Monti District, north of the Colosseum, for artisan boutiques, vintage gems, up and coming independent designers and jewellery shops.
Our favourite markets in Rome include the Borghetto Flaminio Market — held each Sunday in the Piazza del Popolo, you’ll find rare antiques and second-hand designer clothes on sale here. The Porta Portese Market in Trastevere is the largest most eclectic flea market in Rome where you will find everything from pet supplies to chandeliers.
For the best food markets in Rome visit the Campo de Fiori, where you will find a fine array of products ranging from fresh fruit and vegetables to truffles and seasonal flowers. The covered Campagna Amica Market only trade locally sourced products from the surrounding Lazio region, including artisan honey and olive oil.
Every traveller is different, so there is no such thing as the “best” villa near Rome; only the best Rome holiday rental for you. When you contact Tuscany Now & More, you will talk to someone who has stayed at the villas which interest you. It’s our golden rule — and why we stick to a focused, specialist portfolio of around 135 handpicked villas.
Our villas near Rome offer the ideal base for exploring the city centre as well as the wider Lazio region, from mountainous terrain to golden beaches. On the outskirts of Rome is the hilltop town of Tivoli, which is home to two UNESCO world heritage sites. Visit the ruins and gardens of Emperor Hadrian’s vast country retreat at the Villa Adriana, as well as the magnificent Renaissance Villa d’Este with its abundance of fountains.
Lazio is, of course, brimming with ancient Roman and Etruscan ruins and settlements. You can visit botanical gardens at Ninfa that grow amidst the ruins of an ancient nymphaeum and have been described as the most romantic gardens in the world. Plan a day trip to the Etruscan hamlet of Civita di Bagnoregio near the border with Umbria, which appears as though it has been carved out of the volcanic rock plateau on which it sits.
Our favourite towns in Lazio include Ostia Antica, once the seaport of the Roman Empire, Tarquinia, known for its ancient Etruscan tombs and magical historic centre, and the medieval walled town of Tuscania, with its breathtaking views across the surrounding mountains.
There are also several volcanic lakes in Lazio worth visiting; Lago di Bolsena is one of the largest in Europe, overlooked from the North by the pretty medieval hill-town of Bolsena. Quaint medieval towns also adorn the landscape around the Lago di Bracciano, which is surrounded by the Natural Park of Bracciano Martignano.
Spring temperatures are pleasant throughout most of Lazio, including Rome. Average daytime temperatures reach a high of 19℃ (66℉) and lows of 13℃ (55℉) overnight by May. The evenings grow longer, the sun shines most days, Azaleas and wild Poppies begin to bloom throughout the historic centre, making it amongst the most refreshing and romantic seasons to visit the Eternal City.
Summer is high season across Italy and daytime temperatures around Rome rise to an average high of 31℃ (88℉), with lows of 19℃ (66℉) overnight, but be aware that it can get much hotter in July.
Summer is a wonderful season to visit Rome if you plan to explore the wider Lazio region, take advantage of the many picturesque beaches along the west coast or simply relax in the shade by your private pool. However, at the height of the tourist season, the main attractions in Rome get very busy and though a morning excursion to the Colosseum might sound good on paper, it can be an oppressive experience once you factor in queuing times and the dry summer heat. Of course, the great thing about Rome is that many of the most iconic sites are not time restrictive, so venturing to the Trevi Fountain or Spanish Steps in the cooler early evening is often the perfect compromise.
However, if your main objective is to explore the many museums in Rome, Fall is the best time to do this. Rome doesn’t tend to get cold in the Autumn, so even as late as November, you can enjoy warm sunny afternoons where the temperature rises to a pleasant 19℃ (66℉). Average daytime highs can reach 22℃ (71℉), with overnight lows of 12℃ (53℉). And the best part of all — you don’t need to book days in advance to visit famous museums like the Vatican or battle with crowds in the Sistine Chapel.
Winter is also a great time to visit Rome; with even fewer crowds, you can expect day time temperatures of 12℃ (53℉) with overnight lows of 3℃ (37℉).
All of our villas at Tuscany Now & More are locally owned and staffed, and we take pride in being able to offer each of our guests a unique experience tailored to their needs. If you are interested in learning more about what makes us different, you can read the Tuscany Now & More story.
Everyone renting a villa near Rome with Tuscany Now & More gets free, unlimited access to our renowned concierge service. If you want shopping stocked in your fridge on arrival, or a private chef to cook dinner for a special occasion, just ask. Making your holiday lettings extra-special is part of our service. While you are in Italy, our 24-hour ground staff are available by phone or WhatsApp.
You should check-in at your Rome holiday rental between 4 pm and 7 pm. We can accommodate different arrival times — just communicate this in advance to our office staff. Upon arrival, the villa owner or caretaker will inspect the property with you and demonstrate appliances, equipment, and utilities.
Check-out is at 10 am on the last day of your holiday rental. The villa owner or caretaker will arrive at 9 am to settle outstanding payments, if you have any. If you want to depart earlier, please let us know in advance.
Both the luxury villa and your private swimming pool will be cleaned before your arrival. Some holiday villas have additional cleaning and pool/garden maintenance scheduled during the week. Maid service included with vacation rentals involves cleaning and tidying but does not cover making beds, kitchen cleaning, laundry or ironing. Extra services can be organised via our dedicated travel concierge team.
Our Rome holiday rentals include bed linens, bathroom, and swimming pool towels for all guests. These are provided weekly. Extra services and changes can be organised via our concierges.