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Tourism in Rome - Statistics & Facts

According to Roman mythology, the city of Rome was officially founded on April 21, 753 BC. However, people all over the world know “Rome wasn’t built in a day”. This catchy metaphor, used to remind that important achievements take time, also gives an idea of the millenarian beauty of the Italian capital, whose historical center has been a listed UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1980. Thus, it comes as no surprise to find out that Rome is topping the list of the most popular Italian tourist cities. In fact, according to the data compiled by the Italian national Institute of Statistics (Istat), Rome was the leading municipality in Italy by number of overnight stays as of 2018. During this year, tourists visiting the municipality of Rome completed almost 29 million overnight stays. Moreover, if considering only the number of overnight stays in the hotels of Rome, this figure reached 24.5 million in 2019.

A closer look at the figures on overnight stays reveals the great impact of international visitors on the city’s tourist sector. Indeed, international tourists in hotels of the municipality of Rome completed more than 17 million overnight stays in 2019. In this context, visitors from the U.S. played a key role, completing most international overnight stays in hotel facilities. Travelers from the China, and Spain expanded the list, while Japanese tourists were in the lead among non-European visitors.

Focusing on the hotel industry, data show that most hotel facilities in Rome were rated as three-star and four-star as of 2019. Furthermore, despite its popularity, Rome was not the most expensive city in Italy in terms of average price per night in a four-star hotel. In fact, it was cheaper to book a four-star hotel in the Italian capital than in Venice, Florence, Turin or Milan as of January 2020. When considering the non-hotel sector of the Eternal City, as Rome is nicknamed, it had the highest number of Airbnb listings in Italy as of November 2019. In the same period, most of the Airbnb listings in Rome were entire homes or apartments.

Overall, the artistic and historical heritage of the city is undoubtedly one of the most important aspects of tourism in Rome. State museums in the province of Rome registered an income of roughly 86 million euros in 2019. In this respect, the complex of the Colosseum, Roman Forum and the archeological area of the Palatine Hill are by far the most renowned attraction, visited by over 7.6 million tourists in 2019.

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