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Be romanced by Roman holidays

If Romans believe one lifetime is not enough, then holidays in Rome can only touch the surface. This Eternal City will surprise and delight you at every turn giving you the appetite to visit time and again.

Discover the tales behind the Roman Forum and the Colosseum, find a space on the Spanish steps and throw a coin into the Trevi Fountain. Listen intently to the knowledgeable guides at the Vatican City, who have a wealth of information to share. Or equally as satisfying can be time spent in the exclusive Via Borgognona, shopping along Via Condotti and people watching from a café on the Piazza Navona. Immerse yourself in the buzz of Trastevere as you enjoy a leisurely aperitif with the locals. Or journey up Aventine Hill, where you’ll be rewarded by a verdant orangery and spectacular city views – make sure you take a peek through the Aventine Keyhole for a wonderful surprise.

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Wander the streets of the Centro Storico to the Pantheon. As you step into the beam of light look up and marvel at the Rotunda – a coffered concrete dome with a central opening (oculus) to the sky. Romans had perfected the use of arches which helped sustain the weight of their magnanimous buildings.

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Ponte Sant'Angelo.

Ponte Sant'Angelo

Take a leisurely stroll towards the River Tiber, following no particular route – you'll discover so much more. Walk over the Rome Ponte Sant'Angelo bridge to admire its travertine marble façade and overseeing angels. Completed in 134 AD, by Roman Emperor Hadrian, to span the Tiber from the city centre to his newly constructed mausoleum – now the towering Castel Sant'Angelo.

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Castel Sant’Angelo.

Castel Sant’Angelo

The Mausoleum of Hadrian, known as Castel Sant'Angelo, is a towering cylindrical building in Parco Adriano. Initially commissioned by the Roman Emperor Hadrian as a mausoleum for himself and his family. Avoid visiting on a Monday as it's closed.

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Basilica di San Pietro.

Basilica di San Pietro

The Basilica di San Pietro, in Vaticano, is one of the largest churches in the world and is regarded as one of the holiest Catholic sites. If time is not permitting then visit a nearby roof top bar or restaurant to admire the cupola. The Gran Meliá Rome hotel is nearby and a particular favourite place to stop for refreshments.

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Piazza Navona.

Piazza Navona

Head back to the Piazza Navona – Rome's most iconic public square. Marvel at the lavish Baroque architecture, find the three fountains, but most importantly enjoy a spot of people watching over a glass of vino. Etabli Caffe is one of my favourites, located on Vicolo delle Vacche, just off Pizza Navona. It is a chic, yet retro style bar with a great wine list and serves delicious tapas or a light evening dinner.

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Spanish Steps and Trevi.

Stay in the heart of Rome, amongst the hustle and bustle of two of the city’s most popular attractions – the Spanish Steps and Trevi Fountain. This busy area will not disappoint, with its upscale shopping along Via del Corso and luxury accommodation that enjoys an exclusive address on the famous Via Veneto. Explore by foot and stumble across hidden treasures like the Piazza Colonna with its towering column and the boutiques and trattorias nestled within the tightly packed lanes.

Termini and Repubblica.

The city’s main transport hub and for many the gateway to Rome - you won’t be overwhelmed by its sights or seduced by its atmosphere but you can’t beat this areas convenient location. Termini Central Station provides easy access to the major sights and offers unbeatable budget accommodation. Follow Via Cavour to the historic ruins of the Roman Forum and Colosseum. Or choose to stay around Republicca and Via Nazionale and peruse the shops as you head into the centre.


This picturesque neighbourhood retains an element of locals Rome, with its vibrant foodie scene and laidback lifestyle. Take a stroll and simply soak up the atmosphere as you wander the narrow cobbled streets, where washing is strung between distressed apartment buildings and alfresco dining takes place from early until late. At its heart you’ll find buzzing Piazza Santa Maria in Trastevere with its beautiful 12th century church and central fountain that is spectacularly illuminated at night.

The Vatican and Prati.

Absorb the charm of the left bank with its broad boulevards and slower pace. The world’s smallest state, Vatican City, boasts everlasting appeal. See Michelangelo’s famous ceiling in the Sistine Chapel, climb the dome at St Peter’s Basilica for unbeatable views or admire treasured artefacts at the Vatican Museums. It’s well worth pre-booking your sightseeing experience to skip the line and beat the queues. Cross the Tiber on the Ponte Sant’ Angelo, admiring the statuesque angels as you approach the Castel St Angelo.

Colosseum and Roman Forum.

Experience the wonders of ancient Rome around the Colosseum and Roman Forum. As two of Rome’s most popular attractions, it’s well worth pre-booking your tickets before you go – choose an audio guide to help visualise these remarkable ruins in their heyday. For a verdant retreat head to Aventine Hill, where you can enjoy spectacular city views from the orangery and a perfectly framed snapshot of St Peter’s Basilica through the Aventine Keyhole. Nearby San Giovanni is great for dining and usually buzzing with locals.

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