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From the Romans to the Renaissance, Rome has played a starring role in many mighty moments in time. It's also the reason why it has such a fine collection of ancient sites and artistic masterpieces. Long known as the 'Eternal City', Rome is certain to leave a lasting impression on you.

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Explore Classical Rome

Explore Classical Rome

Be transported back in time to the days of ‘Gladiator’ when you visit Rome’s epic monuments. Go to the Colosseum and imagine what it was like standing in the arena and hearing the roar of the crowd. Or follow in Julius Caesar’s footsteps when you stroll around the magnificent marble Pantheon and Roman Forum.

2. Hang out in a piazza

Hang out in a piazza

Soak up the atmosphere as you sip an espresso in one of the city’s squares. Hang out in Piazza Navona and you’ll be entertained by street performers while you admire the ornate buildings and fountains. The Piazza di Spagna has the Spanish Steps at the top – the perfect place for a Roman photo op.

3. Stroll around fountains and villas

Stroll around fountains & villas

The ornate, swirling Trevi Fountain is one of the city’s iconic sights. Its Neptune and frolicking horses are best seen lit up at night – and it’s likely to be less crowded the later you go. Throwing a coin into the fountain means you’re sure to return to Rome one day. Great escapes from the bustle of the city are the gardens of the Villa Borghese and Villa Torlonia.

4. Visit the Vatican City

Visit the Vatican City

The smallest state in the world is in the heart of Rome and packed with must-sees. St Peter’s Basilica and St Peter’s Square, where the Pope holds his audiences, is here. So is Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel with its fabulous frescos. You can enjoy some peace and quiet in the cool greenery of the Vatican gardens.

5. Eat gelato

Eat gelato

What’s the difference between ice cream and gelato? Basically, gelato is made with less cream than ice cream. And lots of people think it’s much nicer. Rome is full of places selling the delicious dessert, so make sure you eat enough to judge for yourself. Gelateria Valentino and Gelateria II Dolce Sorriso are among the top picks.

FREE 22kg hold baggage!

FREE 22kg hold baggage!

We’re giving you 22kg hold baggage on all city breaks to Rome. All this extra space means you don’t have to worry about decanting toiletries and squeezing everything into your hand luggage. Instead you’ll get loads of room for extra outfits and sightseeing essentials, not to mention all those souvenirs you can bring home too!

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The Basics

  • LANGUAGE: ITALIAN
  • CURRENCY: EURO
  • TIME DIFFERENCE: +1HR
  • COST OF A BEER: £3
  • 24 HOUR UNLIMITED METREBUS TRAVEL: £5
  • 3 COURSE MEAL: £45

Insider Tips

Rome

★ To get a feel for the real Rome, head south of the river to the maze of medieval streets in Trastevere. Bars, artists’ workshops and restaurants abound in this less touristy area and it’s perfect for a relaxed meal or quiet evening drink.

★ Take a break from the bustle of the city in Rome’s beautiful parks. The Villa Borghese is the best of the bunch, with its gorgeous fountains, monuments and even a Renaissance art gallery.

★ Rome is famous for its archaeological sites, yet some of the best-preserved structures actually lie just outside the city at the ancient port of Ostia Antica. It’s a great idea for a day trip.

Food and drink

The quieter, less travelled streets of the Trastevere district offer you the opportunity to try Roman delicacies such as bruschetta and spaghetti carbonara in atmospheric surroundings.

You’ll also find fine dining restaurants clustered around the Via Nazionale and Via Veneto, serving delights like the crisp white wines of Lazio and artichokes soaked in fragrant olive oil. It’s well worth visiting Monteverde Vecchio to eat like the locals too.

Shopping

A classy shopping destination, Rome’s most upmarket area for fashion is the Piazza Spagna at the foot of the Spanish Steps, lined with Italian designer boutiques including Gucci, Versace and Prada. Via del Corso is also a central street featuring international brands in the historic centre of Rome. Alternatively, Campo de Fiore is the city’s oldest market, offering an array of fresh produce and souvenirs.

Roman Forum

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Walk in the footsteps of emperors, in awe of the huge milk-white columns of the Roman Forum. Once the centre of Roman public life, the dramatic Forum is still considered one of the most celebrated meeting places in the world - a certain must see that is not be missed during a visit to the Eternal City.

Vatican City

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The smallest state in the world is in the heart of Rome and packed with must-sees. St Peter’s Basilica and St Peter’s Square, where the Pope holds his audiences, is here. So is Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel with its fabulous frescos. You can enjoy some peace and quiet in the cool greenery of the Vatican gardens.

Colosseum

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Visit the impressive Colosseum and imagine what it was like standing in the arena and hearing the roar of the crowd. Considered one of the greatest ever works of architecture, the Colosseum is also the largest amphitheatre ever built and as such is a must for any visitor to the city!

Trevi Fountain

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Marvel at the rearing white stone horses of the Trevi Fountain and throw a coin in to ensure you return back to Rome. The stunning setting will appeal to film fans given its notable appearance in Fellini's classic La Dolce Vita, with Anita Ekberg and Marcello Mastroianni.

Villa Borghese

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Take time out and stroll round Villa Borghese and make time for the fantastic Galleria Borghese, home to an impressive collection of original works by Caravaggio and Raphael as well as legendary sculptures by Bernini.

Getting around

Getting Around

Rome’s Metropolitana system is especially well developed, and travels around all of the main attractions spread across the large city. It’s well worth considering a Roma Pass too, as this includes free admission to attractions along with access to public transport.

You can also hop on the city’s electric buses, which have six different tramlines and take you through the narrow streets in the historic centre.

Carnevale

Rome

Date: 09/02/2016

One of Italy's biggest festivals, this celebration often starts two or three weeks before actual carnival day. You’ll find a crazy swirl of horse shows, races, dancers, music and costumed performers all over the city.

Jazz Festival

Rome

Date: 02/11/2016 - 08/11/2016

Throughout November you can enjoy a series of Jazz concerts at the Auditorium Parco della Musica. This year's festival features a performance by the renowned American jazz musician Gregory Porter.

Festival Noantri

Rome

Date: 15/07/2016

Held in one of Rome’s most lively night quarters, expect plenty of food, wine and dancing with an impressive fireworks display to finish.The city's historic bridges are a great spot to watch the procession along the Tiber.

Click here to check out our European events calendar for a comprehensive round-up of the goings-on in 2016.

Please note, dates are subject to change.

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