Rome City Breaks 2014

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Once known as the ‘Capital of the World’, Rome has long maintained an allure of power and innovation.

Today, Rome city breaks are perfect for those looking to absorb everything this stunning historical place has to offer – devastatingly beautiful architecture, historic grandeur, effortless style and cuisine of the highest calibre Italy’s capital is the perfect destination for a city break. Intoxicating, seductive and full of surprises, it captivates all with every curve of its amphitheatres, taste of its gelato and every ray of its ever-present sun. Stroll the ancient streets, shop in style at chic boutiques and gorge yourself on traditional Italian treats – there are plenty of things to do in this magical city.

A Room with a View

A city break in Rome has so much to offer. Art lovers, party animals, fashionistas and families can all feel at home in its patchwork of neighbourhoods. Those looking to be immersed in the Rome depicted in history books should stay in the city centre. Nestled between the dramatic ruins of the Pantheon, countless ornate churches and the magnificent Camp de’Fiori are numerous hotels, perfect for culture vultures.

To experience Rome’s contemporary side, there are sleek 5-star hotels in the centre, giving you the opportunity to explore the sights from a city base. For an elegant mix of culture and beauty, stay in Colosseo – home of the notorious colosseum as well as a selection of fascinating museums.

Le Dolce Vita

For many, the allure of Rome lies in its artistic heritage. From its Etruscan roots to modern day avant-garde scene, the artists of the city have been pushing boundaries and breaking rules. Visible in its marble statues, baroque-style churches and Renaissance frescoes, the Roman artistic flair is distinctive and powerful. Wander its magnificent galleries, marvel at the array of architectural prowess on display and feel inspired by the city’s unique aesthetic.

Rome city breaks are not solely about sightseeing and culture – there is of course, the notorious cuisine. From gastro bistro finery to home-cooked rustic meals complete with checked table-cloths and wine bottle candles, the city’s food options are endless. As well as the quintessential pizza and pasta, Roman chefs serve up great speciality seafood dishes, not to mention the ever-growing flavours of gelato available!

While city breaks in Rome are a menagerie of romance and historical charm, this is also a city with its feet firmly in the modern world. Edgy designers flock to its piazzas for inspiration while quirky bars create a lively atmosphere with the latest in cutting-edge music. Get under this city’s skin and you’ll discover the vitality that pulsates through its very core.

Out and About in Rome

To catch a glimpse of one of Rome’s most awe-inspiring sights, take a trip to the Colosseum. Grand, majestic, haunting – this ruin is all of the above. With a vivid insight into Rome’s ancient civilisations and home for innovation, this is sure to be top of your list on your Rome city breaks.

The rambling climb of the Spanish Steps offers a picturesque setting to take the weight off your feet and bask in the surroundings of the stunning Piazza de Spanga. Wander across to the Trevi Fountain to join the many that have exchanged their pennies for a dose of luck, through the ritual of throwing money over the shoulder and into the fountain’s depths.

Art-lovers will embrace the Galleria Doria Pamphilj. Despite its shabby exterior, it hosts the finest collection of classical art the city has to offer. With pieces by Raphael, Titan and Velazquez to name but a few, hours can feel like minutes in this creative treasure trove.

Important Information

Travel Information
Language: Italian
Currency: Euro
Local time: GMT/BST +1 hour
Local airport: Rome Fiumicino (FCO)
Flight time: 2 hours 25 minutes

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Activities

Rome is a wonderful city for a romantic getaway: just look at the love story of Roman Holiday or the recent Woody Allen film, To Rome With Love. During the day you should make a pilgrimage to the main film locations with a Vespa tour or walking tour which explores the real-life places you've seen on screen. For more information, see the Rome film map on the blog.

The city is particularly beautiful at night and there are some excellent restaurants and bars to enjoy delicious candlelit meals or a quiet drink for two. Couples can enjoy a wide selection of boutique hotels and even spas and, during the day, enjoy strolling through the cobblestone streets and piazzas, and stop for a picnic in one of the lush green parks.

Cuisine

Italian food is world-renowned for its variety and sumptuous flavours and a trip to Rome is the ideal place to enjoy some authentic dishes. As well as delicious pizzas, you'll find that the local cheese, wine and pastries are superb. If you're on a health kick then don't panic as there are many healthy meals you can enjoy without compromising on taste, such as fresh salads, soups and seafood.

Try to head out of the tourist areas to find some really authentic spots. Italians love their coffee and a cappuccino or espresso is ideal mid-morning with a light snack.

Nightlife

Romans enjoy drinks and hors d’oeuvres, or aperitivi and antipasti, before dinner in one of the attractive piazzas. After dinner, there are many bars, clubs and live music venues, as well as Irish pubs. For something a little different, there are plenty of theatres and performing arts venues, hosting music and dance, as well as theatre, though it will be in Italian. Rome Opera Ballet and the RAI Symphony Orchestra are well-worth seeing.