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Where Is Rome? Answering Key Questions About Roma



Where is Rome?, you ask.
Well, the most famous Rome is located in Italy, but it’s not the one and only.

While Rome, Italy is arguably the most famous city called Rome, there are actually quite a few other places around the world that share the name, especially in the United States.

A short list includes Rome, Georgia; Rome, New York; Rome, Pennsylvania; and Rome, Wisconsin among others. There’s even a metro stop called Rome in Paris.

However, in this article, we’ll be discussing the location and some curious facts about the one and only Rome, Italy – the historic capital city that was once the center of the Roman Empire.

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Which Continent Is Rome In? / Is Rome In Europe?

Rome is located in Europe, specifically in the central part of the continent. It is situated on the Italian Peninsula, making it easily accessible from other major European cities via an extensive rail network. Rome’s location in central Europe allows it to be a popular travel destination for those exploring both Europe and Italy.

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Which Country Is The City of Rome In?

Rome is the capital of Italy. As one of the most historically influential cities in Italy and the world, Rome serves as a political, economic, and cultural hub for the Italian nation.

Where Is Rome In Italy? Rome Location On Map

Rome is situated in the central-western part of the Italian peninsula, stretching along the banks of the Tiber River. It is located in the Lazio region, which is also known as Latium in both Latin and English. Rome’s geographic coordinates are 41°54′N 12°30′E.

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The city is surrounded by seven iconic hills – the Palatine, Aventine, Capitoline, Caelian, Esquiline, Viminal, and Quirinal hills. This unique geography with both river and hill landscapes provides Rome with a beautiful and historically significant setting.

Map of Rome

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If you’d like to understand how the districts of Rome are divided, which can be helpful for planning visits, read this article on Where To Stay In Rome (coming soon).

How To Get To Rome?

Rome is very well connected for incoming travelers. The city’s main airport is Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino (FCO), which is a major international hub served by numerous airlines from cities worldwide. Rome also has a secondary airport, Ciampino (CIA), popular with low-cost European carriers like Ryanair.

From the airports, Rome has efficient transportation options like taxis, trains, and buses to easily reach the city center. 

Rome’s main train station, Termini, also links the city to the rest of Europe’s rail system.

Rome Airport To City Center
If you are landing in Fiumicino, you can take the Leonardo Express train from the airport’s train terminal and reach the center of Rome in just half an hour.

Alternatively, you can take one of the taxis waiting outside the arrivals area for a comfortable ride to your accommodation in Rome. During busy periods, however, the journey could take up to an hour, and the fare may reach around €60. This is what I did.

Rome’s Distance From Other Major Italian Cities

Due to its central location, Rome makes an ideal base for exploring other cities in Italy via high-speed rail. Here is the distance to reach each by train:

What About Ancient Rome?

Of course, when we think of Rome’s location, the city’s iconic ancient roots come to mind. The ruins and archaeological sites of ancient Rome are found throughout the modern city.

Some of the most famous include:

If you’d like to know how you can see all of these in one single day, during a day trip from nearby cities, read this: Rome In One Day Itinerary (coming soon).

Many of these sites date back over 2,000 years to when Rome was the capital of the powerful Roman Empire.

To learn more about how this ancient civilization became the Rome we know today, read the Ancient Rome Facts article (coming soon), followed by this comprehensive article on Italian History.

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Things To Know About Rome / Key Rome Facts

A few other notable facts about the location of Rome, Italy:

  1. Rome is made up of 22 rioni (districts) within the historical city center, each with its own unique character and traditions dating back centuries.
  2. Rome has a Mediterranean climate with hot, dry summers and mild, wet winters
  3. Italy uses the Euro as its official currency, and so does Rome.
  4. Rome has a population of around 2.8 million within the city limits.
  5. Rome is part of the Schengen zone and the European Union
  6. The official language is Italian.
  7. Romans speak with a distinctive accent and use dialect words/phrases differing from standard Italian. The famous Roman dialect is called “Romanesco”.
  8. Roman cuisine is renowned for classics like pasta Carbonara, Cacio e Pepe, Pizza Bianca, and Supplì (rice croquettes).
  9. The Vatican City State, home of the Pope, is an independent enclave entirely surrounded by Rome. Via della Conciliazione connects the two countries.
  10. Romans are renowned for their warmth, vibrancy, and tendency to speak loudly and expressively.

Is Rome Worth Visiting / Should You Go To Rome?

In short, absolutely yesRome’s location, ancient historical roots, iconic landmarks, food scene, and cultural attractions make it a must-visit bucket list destination for travelers. Its central location allows for easy combining with other cities in Italy or wider Europe.

To get a more comprehensive sense of why Rome should be on your itinerary, check out these guides (coming soon):

Rome 5 Day Itinerary

Rome Italy Streets

Rome In One Day

Rome Best Shopping Streets

Pizza in Rome

If you are still pondering whether to base yourself in Rome or Florence, read this comparison article: Rome vs Florence.

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