Italy’s capital city serves as a fantastic destination for all ages and tastes – whether you’re there for the stunning historical landmarks or simply to sample the delectable pizza that can be found so readily available on its streets. While Rome provides a great choice for families with its myriad of fascinating historical sights and things to do, it is also favoured as one of the most romantic destinations in the world. With picture-perfect views and traditional Italian restaurants, there is no better place to whisk your loved-one away than on a last-minute Rome City break.
The Modern Centre is where you’ll find some of the finest 5-star hotels to kick back and relax in – offering the ideal place for city breaks –with the Via Veneto providing plenty of spots to indulge in some retail therapy or linger over a cappuccino in a street side café.
Culture vultures should opt to stay in the heart of ancient Rome in Colosseo. With the spectacular backdrop of the Colosseum, the Imperial and the Markets of Trajan as well as a whole host of museums, this is the perfect place to stay if you‘re looking for a history lesson.
Alternatively, for a spot of romance, revel in the never-ending delights of Old Rome. This Renaissance-style architecture is adorned with beautiful squares and striking cathedrals, not to mention the iconic Pantheon.
The Roman Forum is a must-visit, with the striking silhouette of architectural fragments providing a grand reminder of how this site was used for triumphal processions and elections. Immerse yourself in the bygone days of Rome with a visit to the magnificent Colosseum and the Spanish Steps or experience the intricate religious paintings found in the Vatican Museums. Don’t forget to throw a coin in the Trevi Fountain – legend dictates that by doing this, one day you will return to Rome.
Of course, holidays in Rome are renowned for the deliciously mouth-watering cuisine on offer. From family-run trattorias and pizzerias to chic restaurants oozing with style, you’ll never have to worry about what to eat in the city. An Italian staple is the humble pasta – from carbonara to spaghetti ajo e ojo, a mix of olive oil, garlic and chilli pepper, there are plenty of restaurants that throw their doors wide open and serve up some great hearty fare come evening time.
After all that sightseeing, you’re likely to crave something to cool you down and here is where you’ll discover the wonders of traditional Italian gelatarias. Meander your way through the city’s cobbled streets and you’re sure to find a small shop offering the finest gelato you’ve ever tasted – with every flavour from vanilla to gorgonzola.
If it is nightlife you’re craving, you’re more likely to find a laid-back pace on your Rome holidays. Long evenings unwinding in a piazza or moonlit strolls over the Tiber are the order of the day here. You’ll find plenty of bars in the city centre offering ideal spots for people-watching, while the Piazza Navona is an excellent place for an evening out while the area of Testataccio is a must for clubbers.
Rome is the perfect place to take in with a loved one. Spend your days wandering hand in hand across cobbled streets, leading to beautiful churches and street cafes, opening up onto piazzas where you can stop and take in some of the sunshine sparking through the rooftops. After a day spent discovering the historic and captivating city, spend your evening on a rooftop enjoying a candlelit meal for two and then head back to a five star hotel.
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You can eat like a king or queen in Rome, thanks to its delicious food. Whether you want to find some cheap bites or you wish to enjoy an elegant meal in a fine restaurant, you will find something to tickle your taste buds. Seek out the trattorias that the locals visit for some truly authentic meals such as chicory salad, spaghetti and carbonara, sautéed veal, oxtail stew and, of course, pizza. Top it all off with a rich ice cream from a gelateria and you will be wanting to eat there forever.
Testaccio is a popular place for nightlife, and is where you can find street parties on the weekends, which are great for soaking up the Roman atmosphere. Many areas offer al fresco parties such as these, as it is very much part of the Romans culture to enjoy the outdoors. Tag along on an organised tour, such as The Colosseum Pub Crawl to visit the best drinking venues, or head to a club with a dance floor to spend the night partying away.
Rome is the perfect place for satisfying your inner shopaholic, with some unique boutique offerings for fashion, jewellery, antiques and even artwork. The city has often been nominated as a fashion capital, and you will see this in the shop windows you pass. Via Condotti is lined with designer names that are great for window shopping, and Via del Corso is where you will find some more affordable offerings.
Being known for its culture, there is certainly no shortage of places to explore in Rome. Spend time visiting museums and galleries as well as famous sights such as the Colosseum, the Pantheon and the Roman Forum. Finally, make sure you throw three coins in the Trevi fountain and make a wish; you never know, it might come true.
If you have the time, there are a number of day trips you can go on to explore the regions outside of Rome. Pompeii is well worth the three hour train trip, and offers some truly spectacular sightseeing of ancient buildings and ruins. Ostia Antica makes for a quick and easy visit, showing you an area much like the Roman Forum, but offers more insight into what a Roman City was actually like. After wandering around the sights, you might wish to get away from it all, and a trip to the islands of Ischia and Capri will help you do exactly that.
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Splash out and stay on Rome’s most famous shopping street in the Grand Hotel Plaza, or feel like royalty in the palatial setting of the Hotel Bernini Bristol. For a break in the summer months you can spend days by the lavish pool at the Hotel Radisson, which sits on the Esquiline Hill in the centre of the city.
Trips to Rome do not have to be expensive, so if you want to enjoy a discounted holiday in Rome, there are plenty of cheaper options of accommodation. Hotel Portamaggiore is not only inexpensive, but it sits opposite the famous Porta Maggiore monument in the historical quarter, so is great for sightseeing and exploring the city. The Capri Hotel is also a basic hotel in the centre of the city, just a short walk away from the Santa Maria Maggiore, and within a short distance of the restaurants and bars in the area, so you can enjoy some late nights without worrying how to get back.
Whether you want to keep the budget small, or splash out on a luxury room, there are inner city hotels that sit at both ends. The Grand Hotel Beverley Hills and the Best Western Hotel President are both within the city centre and are great value for money.
The Colosseum is probably the city's most famous sight, so don't miss your chance to see where gladiators and animals fought together, all those years ago. Step inside thousands of years of history with a tour of the arena.
Take a wander around the streets of the city and you will find many fountains. Most are beautifully crafted with statues and monuments surrounding them, but the most striking of all of these is the Trevi Fountain. Completed in 1763, the fountain supplies the fountains across the historic quarter with water. It is surrounded by figures, including the central statue of Neptune, the god of the sea, riding on a chariot that is pulled by seahorses. The horses are of opposing positions, mirroring the variable temper of the sea. Stand with your back to the fountain and toss in a coin and the legend says that you will return to Rome.
You can find the Roman Forum between the Coliseum and the Piazza Venezia. It is the remains of what was once a grand Roman city, and if you look from above, across the entire site, you can picture what the Roman Empire must have once looked like in all its splendour. Highlights of the Forum include the three Triumphal Arches, including the Septimius Severus, and the Curia Julia, where the senate ruling the empire used to meet. You can also see the remains of a few temples across the site, some of which are simply a few columns of what once must have been an imposingly beautiful sight.
The Vatican is certainly one of the most well known sites in Rome, and no journey to the city would be complete without catching sight of its splendour. The Vatican is actually a section of Rome known as Vatican City, and it is home to more cultural artefacts than most cities ever see, as well as being the home of the Pope. There are a number of sights worth seeing whilst you are here, including the uniquely dressed Swiss Guard, and the Vatican Museum, where you can learn about art and history and see some captivating sights. St Peters Basilica is probably the most popular sight in the Vatican, with the famed ceiling design by Michelangelo that will literally take your breath away.