Say hello to... Rome
From the Romans to the Renaissance, Rome has played a starring role in many mega moments in time. It's also the reason behind its extensive fine collection of ancient sites and artistic masterpieces. Long known as the 'Eternal City', a Rome holiday is certain to leave a lasting impression on you.
No.3-TripAdvisor's Top 25 Destinations
It’s hardly surprising that this jaw-dropping, time-treasured Italian favourite has been voted number 3 in TripAdvisor’s Top 25 Destinations in the World.
Food & Drink
The quieter, less travelled streets of the Trastevere district allow you 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.
Rome’s Metropolitana system is well developed and travels around all of the main sights. It’s well worth considering a Roma Pass too – this includes free admission to attractions, along with access to public transport. You can also hop on the city’s electric buses, with six different tramlines to take you through the narrow streets.
- Foodies –Who doesn't love Italian food? Enjoy bruschetta and spaghetti carbonara in atmospheric surroundings. If your a fan of gelato you must try Giolitti on the Via degli Uffici del Vicario, they've been churning ice cream since 1900!
- Culture vultures – From the awe-inspiring setting of St Peter’s Basilica to the iconic sight of the Colosseum dominating the skyline, there's nothing quite like the culture-rich experience of Rome.
- Shoppers – A classy shopping destination, Rome’s most upmarket area for fashion is the Piazza Spagna at the foot of the Spanish Steps. 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.
Rome has plenty of visitor hotspots these are just a few of the 'Must do's'
- Colosseum – When in Rome the Colosseum is a must-see. One of the city’s most awe-inspiring landmarks, it was once the venue for gladiatorial contests in front of up to 80,000 spectators. These days, you can wander around at your own leisure or take a guided tour that includes the upper level and underground passageways.
- Vatican Museums – Prepare for some serious jaw dropping on a visit to the Vatican museums. Every room brings spectacular splendour on a huge scale – not least the Sistine Chapel with its fresco-filled ceiling by Michelangelo. Also check out the Candelabra Gallery and the Raphael Rooms, with its breathtaking colour and detail.
- Trevi Fountain – The Trevi Fountain is just as impressive as they say it is. It’s got star quality, having appeared in Federico Fellini’s La Dolce Vita. It’s so popular, you’ll need to jostle for space to take a photo. Don’t forget to toss in a coin and make a wish – apparently you should throw with your right hand over your left shoulder.
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Evening visits to the Vatican- April-October 2020
From April to October, you can visit the Vatican Museums at night. Every Friday, spaces like the Egyptian Museum, Raphael Rooms and Sistine Chapel open up to small tour groups so you can see these famous sights in peace.
New Year's Eve Celebrations- 31st December 2020
A New Year’s Eve in Rome promises to be remarkable. Head to piazza del Popolo for a free concert, then grab a good vantage point to take in a sky full of fireworks as the clock strikes midnight.
January Sales- January 2021
Do as the Italians do and bag some serious style in the New Year sales. For designer boutiques, it's got to be Via Condotti near the Spanish Steps, or head to the trendy Monti district for more original finds.
Natale di Rome- April 2021 TBC
With fireworks and free entrance to various museums and historical sites, Rome celebrates its birthday with a bang. Don’t miss all the festivities.
Please note, the event dates above are just a guide and could be subject to change.