The capital city of the Roman Empire is today one of the most visited cities in the world. A plethora of tourism draws includes the Colosseum, the Spanish Steps and the Arch of Constantine. Vatican City is in inner Rome and houses another veritable collection of cultural gems and collections of fabulous artworks. Those staying on motorhome parks near the city can reach most of the attractions with ease.
A motorhome rental is also useful for trips around the region of Lazio. Castello Borghese and Monte Gelato are great excursions in this part of the country. There are plenty of resorts on the Tyrrhenian Sea to cater for sunseekers and watersports fans. The heritage Monte Gelato Mill and hiking paths in the Treja Valley National Park offer a change from the sea and the city. Napoli and ancient Pompeii can be visited on a multi-day trip.
Most of the monuments in the ancient Roman part of the city are close together and easily reached on foot. At just over a kilometre and a half, the distance between the Colosseum and the Spanish Steps is the longest. Climbing these iconic steps is a must for every city visitor. The Pantheon, Trevi Fountain and Adriano Temple are among the other sites between the two.
The Villa Borghese and its fabulous art collections and classical gardens is only a few minutes from the Spanish Steps. Taking one of the bridges across the River Tiber leads to Vatican City. The papal city boasts draws that include the Sistine Chapel and its Michelangelo ceiling and St Peter's Basilica. The Sistine Chapel is the last of the 54 galleries in the Vatican's museum collections.
The old catacombs of Via Appia Antica are one the many short excursions in the outer areas of Rome. The catacombs at San Callisto are rated the biggest and best. Astura Tower is an island citadel near Nettuno and one of many such structures in the locality. Castel Gandolfo is the Pope's summer home and overlooks Lake Albano. It is 25kms from the Colosseum.
Camping in Rome
Camping Village Roma is just three kilometres from Vatican City. Shuttle services to the city's Il Cipro Station are part of the great services at this low-cost site. Two swimming pools, a camp store and a restaurant are the other principal conveniences.
Seven Hills World is 12kms from Rome and a green campsite with world-class amenities. These include a pub, swimming pool, a large and well-stocked supermarket, and a laundromat. Three eateries serve everything from succulent seafood to US-style steaks.
Il Sassone Campground is a spacious site set amid olive groves and vineyards. It is just over 20 minutes by train to central Rome from the nearby station. The site has all the necessities that motorhome drivers need as well as added bonuses such as a large swimming pool.
Driving in Rome
Driving in central Rome can be challenging, but in recent decades lots of underpasses and traffic flow systems have been added so that it is not as bad as it once was. The main thing to beware of is the local driver who does not want to give way. Outside the city things are easier and the Grande Raccordo Anulare orbital route links to Lazio's roads and motorways. Drink-driving is frowned on in Italy and the legal alcohol limit is 0.05 per cent. Driving is on the right in Italy.
City road speed limits: 50kph
Secondary roads speed limits: 90kph
Autostradas speed limits: 130 to 150kph (reduced to 110kph in rain)