If Romans believe one lifetime is not enough, then vacations 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 time again.
Discover the tales behind the Roman Forum and the Coliseum, 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 time can be spent in the exclusive Via Borgognona, shopping along Via Condotti and people watching from a café on the Piazza Navona.
Rome is bursting with world-famous sights - from ancient marvels like the Colosseum and the Pantheon, to the baroque magnificence of the Trevi Fountain. Between sightseeing, wander around the city’s trendy boutiques, or sample a creamy gelato from one of the many gourmet gelatarias. Then, jump on a train or hire a car to travel to the beautiful city of Naples. Visit the Pantheon-inspired Royal Palace, enjoy the most authentic Neapolitan pizza in the world, before taking a show at the stunning Teatro San Carlo.
From the magnificent ancient Forum and stunning Spanish Steps, to the Renaissance splendour of the Sistene Chapel – Rome is filled with world-famous sights. Discover yet more architectural gems as you wander around the streets before stopping for a traditional Carbonara in a lively trattoria. From there, visit the spell-binding city of Florence. Known for its beautiful architecture, historic culture and for being the heart of Renaissance art. Florence is regularly voted the most beautiful city in the world, and has to be seen to be believed.
Fly with us to romantic Rome. Enjoy an evening stroll past the illuminated Trevi Fountain, marvel at the magnificent ancient Pantheon and take a tour of Vatican City. Cool off after sightseeing with a scoop of traditional gelato. Then, travel by car or train to chic Milan. Browse in designer boutiques or hunt for bargains at a flea market. Gaze up at the towering spires of the neo-gothic cathedral, then stop for lunch and a glass of wine at a canal-side café in pretty Navigli.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
You’ll find plenty to do on city breaks in Rome. Combine history and culture, with shopping and sightseeing. Discover fascinating ruins, stunning architecture and irresistible Italian cuisine. Rome is home to many iconic sights – so toss a coin into the Trevi Fountain, people watch at the Spanish Steps, or simply relax at the Piazza Navona. Go to Vatican City and admire Michelangelo’s famous artwork in the Sistine Chapel. Don’t forget to enjoy an aperitivo in the early evening and join the locals for a great night out in one of Rome’s hip neighbourhoods.
Our five star hotels in Rome are the perfect starting point for your luxury break. Stay at the Gran Melia Rome, an urban resort with an impressive outdoor pool. Or The St Regis Rome, a traditional hotel with a classical style. Spend your time shopping in designer boutiques on the famous Via dei Condotti or eating exquisite food in Michelin-starred restaurants. Sip cocktails at celebrity hotspots in Tridente or stay at Hotel De Russie, with its trendy cocktail terrace and fantastic views of the city.
Rome is the perfect place to enjoy a romantic break. This sensual city is home to breathtaking sights and plenty of places to create special memories. Enjoy a cruise along the River Tiber or stroll hand-in-hand up to the Pincio and admire one of the city’s most spectacular views. Hire a rowboat on the lake at Villa Borghese or share an intimate meal and treat yourselves to mouth-watering Italian delicacies, divine wine and maybe some gelato for desert.
Family holidays in Rome are fantastic, with exciting history and unforgettable sights. Many of our hotels in Rome accommodate families and you’ll find child friendly restaurants across the city. Everyone will love learning about the Collosseum and Roman Forum, use your imagination to transport yourself back to the Roman Empire. A tour of Vatican City will leave you bursting with new information, from intricate details about art movements to the influence of the Pope and his followers.
Rome culture is defined by the past and present, which exist harmoniously in this spellbinding city. The eclectic mix of the arts, fashion and historic architecture create a cosmopolitan atmosphere with many things to do. Historic monuments, like the Colosseum and the Roman Forum, exist amongst modern buildings and create an enchanting and contrasting destination. Food is an integral part of the culture in Rome and time spent enjoying the Italian cuisine and relaxed piazza lifestyle is an integral part of any city break.