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A Roman Holiday

Rome is a fascinating city, one with a long and magnificent history, which becomes more charming with each visit. Its great food, better wine and the effortless style of its inhabitants will bring you back for more.

Go shopping along the upmarket Via Condotti and the Via Cola di Rienzo, which sits behind the stunning Castel Sant’ Angelo, or check out the vintage stores of Monti. Visit gourmet restaurants, or try suppli and gelato at the brilliant Testaccio food market, Rome has some of the best cuisine in Europe. See the Vatican on the left bank of the Tiber, or head to Aventine Hill, whose verdant gardens offer spectacular views of the resplendent city below. Or immerse yourself in the piazza culture of San Lorenzo – watch the world go by as you enjoy a well-deserved aperitivo – after your day of sightseeing Rome’s bountiful monuments. Holidays in Rome don’t get much better.

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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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City break escapes.

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.

Unbeatable luxury.

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.

Romantic getaways.

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-friendly holidays.

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.

The ultimate cultural break.

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.

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