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Founded in 753 BC, Italian capital Rome is one of the world's oldest continuously occupied cities in Europe. Today this dynamic city, combining ancient architecture with thriving contemporary culture is home to over 2.5 million people. Alongside its deep rooted history is the city's cuisine, which includes the traditional carbonara and amatriciana dishes on the menus of the majority of Roman restaurants. Hire a car from Rome Ciampino Airport and you can take in some of this ancient metropolis' most well-known historical sights. These breath-taking monuments include the world's largest Coliseum; Palatine Hill, centre of the Seven Hills of Rome which overlook the city; and the fourth century cathedral known as the Basilica of San Clemente.
For those who are keen on a spot of retail therapy, Rome has an eclectic range of shops. Some of the world's most prestigious fashion houses can be found near the ‘Spanish Steps'. Rent a car from Rome Ciampino Airport and visit the historic harbour city of ancient Rome, the coastal city of Ostia Antica found 16 miles southwest. The old city has been well preserved, and you can see the mosaics and ancient buildings that still remain here many centuries on. The sandy Tyrrhenian Sea beach of Santa Marinella is a further 45 minutes up the coast, allowing you to combine a city break with a beach trip.