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Rome, referred as Roma in Italian, is a city of absolute world-class grandeur. Rome is the capital of Italy and also the country's largest plus most populated city leaving even Milan behind. No matter from what point of view you look at the city it has a lot to offer. As you take a stroll through the city you'll visit majestic boulevards, marketplaces abounded by street artists and meandering alleys with the city's best kept culinary secrets. Starting from ancient history there is almost no period where Rome had no influence. The result? Classical and modern history constantly face each other at every corner and plaza. Located in the Lazio region of central Italy on the Tiber River, this historically dominant power of Western Europe is the country's economic, cultural, media, industrial and educational center. It is also one of the most important tourist destinations for tourists around the world. In Europe it is listed as the 3rd most visited city by tourists, after London and Paris. To enhance your car rental experience and holiday in Rome we made a list of to do's in Rome and tips for driving your rental car in Rome.
When in Rome is an abbreviation for the famous saying originating from early medieval times without rental cars: "When in Rome, do as the Romans do." It means nothing more than to conform yourself to the locals and behave as a local would behave. Originally it meant to be polite to not receive scandal. Nowadays it means to advantageously open up yourself to everything a city or area has to offer. We made a list of things the Romans do:
Driving your rental car in Rome:
Car rental in Rome is popular among tourists, as it brings great convenience to explore the city and its outlying towns at your own pace. Driving a rental car in Rome will often be like any other true Mediterranean city. The logic of the streets may be hard to figure for a tourist out and the Romans sometimes put their to use temperament when driving. If you are a tourist Driving a rental car in Rome it is important to realise the following: In this part of Europe the traffic rules are treated more like guidelines and advices than laws. Pay more attention than you would normally do and drive carefully. We advice you to book a GPS from the car hire company. The GPS you rent via HolidayCars are updated and will guide you better than the scarce road signs.
Parking your rental car in Rome:
Park your rental car just outside the center of Rome as parking in the city center is tricky. Travelers who use car rental in Rome may consider leaving the rental car in one of the covered car parks outside the restricted zone, such as Termini Station ES Park, Via Veneto Parking Ludovisi, Parioli Parking dell'Auditorium, Vatican & Trastevere Terminal Gianicolo, Spanish Steps & Via Veneto ParkSi Villa Borghese. Plan your route in advance since this will make sure you can find the car parks with a GPS device.
Rome has a vast amount of momuments, sites and plazas that fit on any bucket or must see list but the surroundings of the city are worthwile as well. It's very easy to reach the surrounding areas by car rental in Rome. You can take a day trip by car rental from Rome to Pompeii, where the famous ruined ancient Roman city is located, which is also listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Or rent a car in Rome and head to Frascati, a relaxed historic hill town famous for its white wine, easily accessible by taking Via Tuscolana from South East of the city. You may also like to consider a day trip to Tivoli to see the Villa D'Este with its glorious palace and fountains. Or with about one and half hour's drive by rental car from Rome, you can reach Viterbo, a well-known medieval and thermal destination. All in all a rental car offers you the freedom to escape the busy city center and explore beautiful places around the capital. A summary of day trips you can do by your rental car:
Boasting a glorious history and a brilliant present, Rome oozes its grace and grandeur in every corner of the city. To name but a few of its great many splendors: Colosseum, the largest ever built in the Roman Empire and one of the greatest works of Roman architecture and Roman engineering; Roman Forum, the most celebrated meeting place in the world and through history; Museo Nazionale di Villa Giulia, housing the world's largest Etruscan art collection; The Trevi Fountain, one of the most famous in the world.
Estate Romana Festival (Roman Summer Festival), a long lasting event from late June through early September, offering various jazz, rock, classical music events as well as films and theater performances; Opera at Caracalla, where you can enjoy a lyric opera in the unique setting of the Caracalla Baths; Rome Hip-Hop Parade, presenting hip-hop and street culture to the competing participants and spectators.
It is said that throwing a coin in the Trevi Fountain via your right hand over your left shoulder guarantees another visit to Rome. We feel this is a remarkably reasonable requirement for another visit to Rome, the Eternal City.
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