Best for… Classical ruins, ancient hill towns and a glass of Chianti
El viaje: 221 millas (724 km)
Start your tour in lazy old Rome, where classical sites are high on the agenda. After strolling the ruins of the Roman Forum and following in the footsteps of gladiators at the Colosseum, tackle massive portions of gelato – try unusual flavours like lavender and pear. The famous Pantheon looks uncompromisingly squat on the outside but has a perfectly proportioned domed ceiling within. A true architectural marvel. At the top of Aventine Hill, look through a keyhole in a gate for a special, secret view of St Peter’s Basilica down an avenue of trees. Pre-dinner drinks are best served in the quieter Trastevere neighbourhood.
You’ll want to wake early to queue for the Vatican. Don’t forget to look out for Da Vincis and Caravaggios in the Vatican Galleries before seeking out the stunning Sistine Chapel.
The Inn at the Spanish Steps is a small luxury hotel spread over multiple buildings. All the rooms are colourful and chic. For a complete mood shift, pop into the house nearby where the Romantic poet John Keats died of tuberculosis. If you want a super stylish room, The First Roma Arte Hotel Roma is a boutique hotel that feels like the apartment of your cool, rich friend. Right near the grounds of the Villa Borghese, it’s topped with a gorgeous rooftop terrace.
If Amalfi were a colour it would be yellow – for its lemon groves, colourful facades and local limoncello.