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Nicknamed the City of Light, Paris is an elegant and time-honoured city with a rich cultural history and classic spirit. Everything about France's capital oozes elegance, from its world-famous landmarks to its fine dining and luxury fashion. Discover iconic artefacts at the Musée du Louvre, enjoy a picnic lunch at Luxembourg Gardens, or fall in love with the city’s moonlit landscape from the top of the Eiffel Tower.
Paris city breaks will take you to a vibrant haven with plenty to explore. Don’t be fooled into thinking this city’s attraction revolves solely around its history – Paris has so much more to offer. From cruising the canals to floating in a hot air balloon over the city’s rooftops, adventure and relaxation await you when you visit this must-see destination.
Things to do
Whether you’re enjoying a romantic getaway with your significant other or a cultural retreat with friends, a trip to Paris caters for one and all. Breaks to Paris mean getting lost in the rich cultural history that the city is so renowned for. From the many museums and monuments scattered across the landscape to the vibrant shopping scene and wealth of restaurants and cafes, Paris’s streets are a maze of wonder and enchantment.
Visit the museums
Paris is home to many magnificent museums which showcase evidence of the city’s illustrious history. Wander down to the Centre Pompidou, where you’ll find the Musée National d’Art Moderne. Globally renowned for its 20th and 21st-century art collections, this museum features iconic artists such as Matisse and Picasso, to name a few.
Join a tour
If you don’t feel like uncovering the secrets of Paris solo, consider joining one of the many guided tours around the city. From gourmet French food walking tours to skip-the-line tours of the Louvre, learn about Paris with in-depth knowledge and information from the experts. And if you don’t fancy exploring by foot, take a ride on one of the hop-on, hop-off buses where you can experience panoramic views of the world’s most romantic city.
When it comes to attractions in Paris, you’ll be completely spoilt for choice. This wonderful city offers an array of fabulous architecture that enchants visitors from all over the globe.
The Eiffel Tower
It doesn’t get much more iconic than the Eiffel Tower. One of the world’s most famous landmarks, this architectural masterpiece soars to an impressive height of 324 metres.
Climb to the top and witness picturesque panoramas of the city’s outstanding monuments. You’ll snap plenty of pictures from the tower alone. But be sure to save some room on your camera for other picture-perfect spots across the city, like Notre-Dame Cathedral and Montmartre.
A trip to Notre Dame de Paris will simply take your breath away. This majestic 14th-century cathedral is situated right in the city’s historical and geographical heart. Despite the fire damage from 2019, you can still see most of the cathedral from the outside – including the stunning gothic façade. And you can also visit the archaeological crypt, with the rest of Notre Dame expected to reopen in 2024.
Located on the Right Bank of the Seine, the Louvre stands as the world’s largest museum, home to some of Western civilisation’s most renowned masterpieces. Stroll around at your leisure and witness Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa and Veronese’s Les Noces de Cana, among other works.
Often referred to as the ‘City of Love’, Paris has a world-renowned reputation for romance – and with good reason. The Seine winds its way through the heart of the city, which gives it an alluring charm. You can stroll along the river and browse the street stalls for one-off buys before crisscrossing the water and stumbling across landmarks like the Champs-Élysées and the Jardins du Trocadéro.
Meander through the alleys and side streets and find a quiet corner in a cosy café or settle down for a candlelit meal for two. Whether you’re exploring the city with a partner or sharing the experience with a cherished friend, the wonder of Paris is sure to capture your heart.
Parisian cuisine is undoubtedly something to savour while you’re in town. Whether you have a set meal in a traditional eatery or push the boat out with an opulent dinner cruise along the river, the food in Paris is sure to delight.
Dinner in Paris means a hearty steak frites or a fresh seafood plate, among other delicious dishes. Book a table at iconic bistro Le Dome in Montparnasse for exquisite seafood menus that will tantalise your tastebuds. And for an appetiser that is sure to impress, give escargot (snails) a try. Typically cooked with chicken stock, garlic butter, or wine, it's a beloved French delicacy celebrated by locals all over the city. For the best in Paris, pay a visit to L’Escargot Montorgueil for an evening of outstanding authentic French cuisine.
Those with a sweet tooth can savour ‘baba au rhum’ after their main meal, a sumptuous sponge cake soaked in rum and filled with raisins and whipped cream. And when you’ve indulged in all you can eat, head out for some cocktails in the Pigalle Quarter before a show at the spectacular Moulin Rouge.
As the global centre of fashion and style, Paris is home to a vibrant shopping scene that attracts millions of visitors year after year. From reasonably priced clothing collections at vintage shops to many designer stores, Paris shopping has something to suit every budget.
If you’re a lover of all things designer, head to the Triangle d’Or, where you can dip in and out of some of the most fabulous Haute Couture shops, including Chanel, Prada, and Dior. Or make your way to Boulevard Haussmann, where you can sample Parisian department stores selling everything from gourmet food to designer clothing ranges for men and women.
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Rome holidays are like no other. From rooftop cocktails overlooking Palatine Hill to Gucci and Versaci shopping sprees along Via del Corso and spaghetti-stuffing in front of the Pantheon. With an exciting mixture of old meets new, one minute you’ll be admiring 70 AD structures, the next you’ll be enjoying a tipple in one of its trendy ice bars. Italy’s idyllic capital suits all tastes, whether you’re a history buff, an art enthusiast, or a refined foodie!
If one thing is for sure, Rome city breaks are bucket list-worthy. 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 its culinary scene! The city’s hidden alleys and bohemian streets of Trastevere all celebrate the same idea: life is good if the food is! And as the famous proverb says, ‘when in Rome, do as the Romans do’, so expect to fill your face.
6 reasons to visit Rome:
- Year-round destination: Whether you’re indulging in gelato during peak summer or exploring big-name attractions with fewer crowds in winter, there’s never a bad time to visit Rome. But for a comfortable climate and little to no rainfall, spring and autumn holidays are best.
- World-famous landmarks: Colosseum, check. Trevi Fountain, check. Vatican City, check. Pantheon, check. The list of iconic sites is endless!
- Foodie paradise: Bring your appetite because if Rome excels at anything, it’s good grub! Think creamy spaghetti carbonara, tomato-stuffed Bucatini all’Amatriciana pasta and hearty Coda alla Vaccinara (Oxtail Stew).
- Heavy history: Want to take a step back in time to the days of the gladiators and Roman Empire? Check out the Roman Forum and learn a thing or two about the religious, political and social history of the city. Or, maybe a trip to the capital’s longest-standing landmark - the Temple of Hercules Victor.
- Shopping haven: Tucked away amidst its cobbles you’ll find quirky antique stores at Via dei Coronari, haute couture boutiques at Via Dei Condotti and global logos such as Calvin Klein and Zara at Via Cola di Rienzo.
- Romance: From swoon-worthy sunset views at the top of the Spanish Steps to rooftop drinks overlooking St. Peter’s Basilica’s awe-inspiring dome and picnics at Villa Borghese, no wonder Rome is one of the world’s most romantic cities.
Things to do and great sightseeing locations
Rome city breaks are all about hopping from one landmark to the next. Whether you’re hitting the Roman Forum, Sistine Chapel and Monument of Vittorio Emanuele II in one fell swoop or sipping glasses of Cabernet Sauvignon among Lazio’s vineyard. There are endless adventures to be had.
If you want to visit the smallest country in the world, then head over to Vatican City. Although surrounded by Rome, this state is very much independent from Italy and is ruled by the Pope. You can visit 54 richly decorated rooms at the Vatican Museums, including the Gallery of Maps and ceramic treasures from the Etruscan showcase. But the real highlight is the Sistine Chapel, which is regarded as Michelangelo’s masterpiece. And if there’s one direction you want to be looking, it’s up! With a ceiling full of artwork around the nine stories from Genesis, you’re bound to be captivated.
St. Peter’s Basilica
When you’re done exploring the Sistine Chapel, you’ll find more of Michelangelo’s creations in the architectural majesty of St. Peter’s Basilica, including its iconic Dome. As one of the holiest temples in Christendom and one of the largest churches across the globe, you’re sure to get your history fix.
Make a pit stop at the Eternal City’s most iconic water spot dating back to 19 BC. Legend has it, if you throw one coin into the Trevi Fountain you’ll return to Rome, throw two and you’ll fall in love and if you throw a third, you’ll marry that person. But be sure to do it with your right hand and over your left shoulder! Or, just grab a gelato and admire the work of creator Giuseppe Pannini.
If you head south, you’ll run into Castel Sant’Angelo, one of Rome’s most distinctive landmarks. This once prison, now a museum, is split into five floors. Here you’ll see the cells in which a number of historical figures were incarcerated. Alongside a weapons room from the Renaissance period. And have your camera on standby when you approach the rooftop terrace for the awe-inspiring city views that wait.
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 check out the Garden of Ninfa as well. This is among Italy’s most beautiful botanical gardens – a crumbling medieval town framed by a thousand shades of plants and flowers.
Rome city breaks are full of surprises, but above all, lots of history. The way its ruins and archaeological sites are preserved will take you back to the city’s glory days. From its cobbled alleyways leading you to the Spanish Steps to the square of Piazza Nova which once held 20,000 spectators in 86 AD. And you’ll never get lost with the Colosseum and its 2,000 years' worth of history dominating the city centre. Rome’s gladiatorial arena is the most monumental ancient sight in the capital, taking you back to a time of fighting, exotic animal exhibitions and recreations of battles.
You can stroll through an impressive sprawl of ruins not far from the Colosseum known as the Roman Forum. First developed in the 7th century BC, it gradually became the social, political, and commercial hub of the Roman Empire. If you head north, you’ll bump into the city’s best-preserved building from ancient times: the Pantheon. The name refers to a temple for all the gods, but the Pantheon is where the kings of Rome are buried. Don’t forget to also look up! The dome’s oculus is open to the sky.
If the streets look too empty at 7 pm, don’t panic. Nightlife in Rome doesn’t kick off until around midnight. You can start your pre-drinking game at Marmo, home to some of the best mixologists in town and a live music only policy. While Baja is a cocktail venue for the Insta account. This fancy conservatory-looking structure floats on the Tiber River, and is a must-visit in summer. Voodoo is the ultimate place to unwind after a day of exploring. Think tapas spreads, Latin-American tunes and a Caribbean themed bar. But for early-hour partying, Circolo Degli Illuminati will see you dancing to Tech, House and Hip Hop until 4 am.
Food and drinks
What did we say at the beginning? Life is good 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’re in the right place. Italy is the homeland of spaghetti dishes, with 350 different types to taste and try. But Rome has its own style. Make sure you try the Cacio e Pepe (a stripped-down mac and cheese) at Roscioli alongside the carbonara and amatriciana (a spicy tomato and bacon dish) at Lo Scopettaro restaurant.
If you have a sweet tooth, you won't be disappointed to find many gelato spots dotted around the city. From your classic strawberry and chocolate flavours to scoops of Kinder Bueno and Snickers.
If you’re feeling 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. Italy is also famous for its coffee. And we’ll let you in on a little 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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Venice holidays will have any old-world romantic swooning over its moonlit gondola rides, Lady and the Tramp style spaghetti-filled hotspots and fairytale-like palaces. That’s when its UNESCO World Heritage Site backdrop made up of 400 timeless bridges and 16th-century Baroque churches aren’t capturing the hearts of history hunters. And that’s before we mention its alluring art scene! Think Picasso, Dali and Miro creations decorating the walls of the Palazzo Venier dei Leoni.
With our Venice city breaks, you’ll witness dreamy sunsets over the Grand Canal, sip macchiatos on rooftop terraces and lose yourself among winding cobbles adorned with cosy cocktail hideaways and chic boutiques. Sounds enchanting, right?
6 reasons to visit Venice
- Captivating culture: From Italian Renaissance art to Byzantine-influenced architecture and 100 history-stuffed museums, Venice is packed with over 1,200 years of rich heritage.
- World-renowned cuisine: Heavily influenced by the lagoon’s bounty, expect calamari rings, scallops and shrimp dipped in batter and crisped to perfection! That’s when you’re not chowing down on bolognese or creamy risotto.
- Never a bad time to visit: Venice city breaks are year-round with hot summers and cool winters, but the best time to visit is during spring and autumn.
- Iconic hotspots: Rialto Bridge at sunset, Peggy Guggenheim Collection for iconic art, All’Arco for a true Venetian Breakfast and Doge’s Palace for your history fix.
- Laid-back lifestyle: Immerse yourself in the Venetian way of life - relaxed, care-free, and somewhat otherworldly.
- Wine for days: Dotted with wine bars, including the popular Vino Vero, Al Merca and Estro, it won’t be hard to find a glass of prosecco rosé or a bottle of fruity Valpolicella (a medium-bodied red).
Things to do
Combine museum-hopping in the Dorsoduro District with market browsing at Rialto and orchestral sounds at Piazza San Marco with our Venice city breaks. For panoramic views check out the 360-degree vistas at St. Mark’s Campanile. Or maybe you’re a foodie searching for the best Cicchetti (an Italian tapas dish) in one of the city’s waterfront bacaros AKA wine bars. Either way, there are endless big-name attractions in Italy’s Floating City. After all, it wasn’t dubbed the centre of European art and architecture for no reason.
Explore its beautiful backdrop
The real star of any holiday to Venice has to be the city’s mesmerising setting. Located in northeast Italy along the country’s Adriatic coast and built on almost 120 small islands, it’s unlike any other destination in the world. And the best way to see it? Well, it can only be by gondola or waterbus (vaporetti), of course!
Ride the Grand Canal and wind through idyllic alleyways passing must-visit sites such as the Rialto Bridge, Ca D’oro and the Peggy Guggenheim Museum along the way. Get off at St. Mark’s Square, one of the most famous piazzas across the globe, for a bite to eat at Osteria Ae Sconte. This delicious hotspot is open until 11pm and has gained quite the reputation for its seafood risotto!
But there’s more to this Italian gem than cityscapes, and Lido di Venezia is it. Best known for its toe-sinking sands and proudly the home of Venice Film Festival, this blissful beach resort is perfect for sun-seeking couples.
Get lost among world-famous architecture
No trip to Venice is complete without admiring its most historic structures. You only have to take one look at 900-year-old St Mark’s Basilica to see what all the fuss is about. We’re talking 500 Byzantine columns, 85,000 square feet of mosaics made out of real gold and an altar constructed of pearls, sapphires and rubies!
Doge’s Palace should also be on your radar. As the former home of 120 Dukes and a prison of the Venetian public. With over 1,000 years of influences from the Byzantine, Gothic and Renaissance eras, you can explore everything from works of art by Veronese, Titian and Tintoretto that depict the city’s history to weapons and cells deep down in the dungeons.
For examples of old meets new, the Punta della Dogana is a former 16th-century Venetian Republic Customs House that splits the Grand Canal from the Giudecca Canal with its triangular form. It’s now used as a contemporary art space housing collections from François Pinault after undergoing a striking reinvention by Japanese architect Tadao Ando in 2009.
Discover one of Europe’s most romantic destinations
Looking to reignite an old spark? Or maybe you’re thinking about the ultimate proposal spot. With a Venice Holiday, you’ll fall head-over-heels not only for each other but your surroundings. Every night is date night in the Floating City, and nothing will captivate you more than a love story showcased through ballet and opera at Theatre La Fenice. And is there anything more romantic than snuggling up under the moonlit sky on a gondola as you coast the Grand Canal? Ask to float by the Bridge of Sighs, the rumour has it, if you kiss while passing under the 1,600-year-old structure you’ll find happiness and eternal love.
Drift over to Torcello and follow in the footsteps of the great writer Ernest Hemingway. Escape the crowds and opt for a cosy lunch at the Michelin-starred Locanda Cipriani, also a renowned wedding hotspot. Before checking out the Byzantine mosaics in the 7th-century Cathedral of Santa Maria Dell ‘Assunta. Or follow one of the many walking paths through the nature preserve that makes up most of the island.
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