Rome city breaks

Italy’s capital is a place like no other. Situated in the Lazio region along the shores of the Tiber, Rome is a mixture of old and new, tradition and progress. The romantic atmosphere, the history it so fondly preserves, and the art it generously shares with everyone who visits are precious gifts. Rome suits all tastes. Whether you are a history buff, an art-lover, or a refined foodie, Rome city breaks have all you need.

From the one-of-a-kind Colosseum, up to the Spanish steps of Piazza di Spagna and down to the magical Trevi Fountain in search of some luck – the Eternal City will simply enchant you. Not to mention the culinary scene! Rome’s hidden alleys and bohemian streets of Trastevere all celebrate the same idea: life is good if the food is! The Roman dolce vita (the sweet life) is a real lifestyle for its residents and whoever finds pleasure in the little things. As the famous proverb says, ‘when in Rome, do as the Romans do!’.

 

Things to do and great sightseeing locations

Take your pick, and you will not be disappointed. A city break in Rome offers countless opportunities, and so do its outskirts. Whether you love the city’s fast-paced rhythm or you’d prefer a more peaceful getaway, Rome has you covered.

 

The Vatican

If you want to explore the city, you could start from the area around the Vatican. The square has been designed to look like arms extended in an embrace to welcome each of its visitors. You don’t need to be religious to appreciate it – it’s sure to steal your heart.

 

St. Peter’s Basilica

Visit the architectural majesty of St. Peter’s Basilica and the great masterpieces by Bernini and Michelangelo. But make sure to save some time for the Vatican Museums! They exhibit antique sculptures and breathtaking pieces of ancient and modern art. Most importantly, they’re home to Michelangelo’s astonishing Sistine Chapel – a real delight for the eyes. 

 

Castel Sant’Angelo

If you head south, you’ll run into Castel Sant’Angelo, one of Rome’s most distinctive landmarks. If you’re not yet ready for a break, climb to the top and breathe in the magic of Rome.

 

Villa d’Este & Garden of Ninfa

If you want to witness the charm of nature, pay a visit to Villa d’Este. This 30 thousand square-metre villa is only 30 minutes away from the capital and features 50 fountains and 255 waterfalls. Don’t forget to pay a visit to the Garden of Ninfa as well. This is among Italy’s most beautiful botanical gardens – a crumbling medieval town framed into a thousand shades of plants and flowers.

 

Ancient History

Rome is a continuous surprise, and its gems unfold before you even have a chance to grab your camera.

Rome city breaks mean, above all, lots of history. The way its ruins and archaeological sites are preserved will take you back in time to the glory that was Rome. The capital’s narrow and crowded streets can be somewhat disorienting. Still, one thing is sure: if you take the Colosseum as your point of reference, you will never get lost. Rome’s gladiatorial arena is the most monumental ancient sight. It’s almost 2,000 years of history include gladiator fights, exotic animal exhibitions, and recreations of battles.

You can stroll through an impressive sprawl of ruins- not far from the Colosseum – the Roman Forum. First developed in the 7th century BC, it gradually became the social, political, and commercial hub for the Roman Empire. If you head north, you’ll bump into Rome’s best-preserved building from ancient times: the Pantheon. The name refers to a temple for all the gods, but the Pantheon is where Rome’s kings are buried. When looking around, don’t forget to also look up! The dome’s oculus is open to the sky, letting Rome’s charismatic and romantic breeze drift in.

 

Vibrant nightlife

If the streets look too empty at 7pm, don’t panic – Roman nightlife doesn’t really kick off until midnight. The two best neighbourhoods for a night out are a little outside of the city centre. If you want to dance the night away, then Ostiense and San Giovanni are for you. If you prefer something more low-key, then Trastevere is your best bet. In the summer, the Tiber banks are filled with outdoor bars and restaurants that offer all kinds of drinks and food. Sit along the river and enjoy the sun setting on the splendid Eterna.  

 

Food and drinks

What did we say at the beginning? Life is useful if the food is! The power of a great culinary experience is also something to consider when going on a city break, especially in Rome. The capital has a strong sense of tradition and a longstanding love for eating out.

Are you a pasta-lover? If yes, then you are in the right place. Italy is the homeland of pasta, with 350 different types to taste and try. But Rome has its own style. Make sure you try the Cacio e Pepe at Roscioli and the carbonara and amatriciana at Lo Scopettaro or Perilli restaurants. Pasta in Rome is one more kind of art. 

If you have a sweet tooth, Rome has something for you too: Gelato, of course! You won’t need to look far for your fix since there are gelato spots virtually everywhere. They sell scoops of classic and whimsical flavours to satisfy all tastes.

And if you feel a little thirsty after all this food, Rome certainly knows how to help you. Stop for a drink in one of the bars along the Tiber and enjoy a refreshing Aperol Spritz with some early snacks. Not a fan of alcohol? Italy is also famous for its coffee. The secret? If you add some sugar and it takes a moment to sink, you’re about to taste one of the city’s best brews!

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Leonardo da Vinci/Fiumicino International Airport (FCO) is 26km southwest of the city centre

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Foodies: If you’ve had your fill of gelato, try tiramisu – a combination of cheese, chocolate and coffee.

Art enthusiasts: Marvel at the frescos lining the interior of the Vatican’s Sistine Chapel.

Couples: Walk through the piazzas and along the Tiber River as the sun sets.

 

Fast facts for Rome

Language: The language spoken in Rome is Italian

Currency: The currency used in Rome is the Euro (€)

Local time: Rome is 1 hour ahead of GMT/UK time

Fly: Leonardo da Vinci/Fiumicino International Airport (FCO) is 26km southwest of the city centre

Flight time: 2 hours 30 minutes

Tourist information: Further Rome tourist information can be found at www.turismoroma.it

Getting around Rome

By foot: The city centre is easiest to cover on foot. Look out for mopeds and bicycles when crossing the street at busy intersections.
 
By tourist bus: When not walking between attractions, try one of the many hop-on/hop-off, open-top tourist buses.

By bus or metro: Buses are a reliable (but crowded) way to get round the city. A 2-3 day Roma Pass includes all public transport, entrance fees to two attractions and discounts to many other museums.

By taxi: Taxi stands are at all the piazzas and train stations. Make sure the meter is running. If paying by credit card, inform the driver before starting the journey.

Events in Rome

White Night: On La Notte Bianca, the Eternal City becomes a pedestrian zone and stays open all night, offering street dances, concerts, wine tastings, museum tours and children’s activities. Rome’s ancient monuments are lit and open to the public.

Estate Romana (Roman summer): If you can bear the heat, Rome has an extraordinary cultural programme throughout the summer. Over a thousand performances, events and exhibitions are held, including an open-air cinema and pop-up shops and food stalls on the Tiber riverbank.
 
Easter Sunday: On Pasqua, the Roman Catholic Pope gives a blessing and an Easter message from the balcony of St Peter’s Basilica to everyone gathered in St Peter’s Square.

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