Words alone cannot do justice to Rome. Those who haven't been should do so as a matter of priority, while those who have will need little or no persuading to return. Walk back in time through the Forum of ancient Rome to the Colosseum, witness the staggering opulence of St. Peter's Basilica, or take a twilight passeggiata stroll in the Pincio Gardens above the Piazza del Populo for a spectacular view over the city. Everyone from Caesar Augustus to Michelangelo and Mussolini has left their mark on this extraordinary city. From the evocative Appian Way, where Spartacus' men were crucified, to Bernini's
fountains and Fellini's film La Dolce Vita, Rome is a phenomenal concentration of history, legend and artistic masterpieces. Inject some culture into your Rome holiday by exploring its incredible architecture, bustling food markets and piazzas, and its myriad historical sites, or simply throw yourself into that dolce vita lifestyle as you enjoy long al fresco lunches, wonderfully indulgent gelatos and strong shots of fresh coffee in sleepy streetside cafes. Explore on foot to get a real sense of the city while you get pleasantly lost in the maze of cobbled streets and saunter through stunning piazzas. Visit the famous seven hills that are rich in ancient ruins and don’t miss a guided tour of the Colosseum where you can learn about the fearsome gladiators who fought there.
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We had a lovely time - the hotel was gorgeous - very comfy and in the perfect spot and they were very helpful and nice. Our two guides were excellent - very knowledgeable and interesting. It was great - all round! We were lucky and had beautiful weather too (blue sky and sun - but freezing, which was great).
Thank you so much for everything - it was all perfect (transfer was great too).
The city is, of course, famous for its thousands of years of history and has so much to offer that it is hard to know where to begin. From the sublime Pantheon, built by the emperor Hadrian, to the bustle of the food market at Campo de' Fiori, a holiday in Rome bristles with memorable sights. With 400 churches, 300 fountains and countless ruins and museums, historical gems are scattered throughout Rome like a big handful of confetti thrown into the wind. Visit the mighty Colosseum, ancient Palatine Hill, crumbling Roman Forum and chic Capitol square. Throw a coin into the Trevi Fountain (legend has it that this ensures you’ll return to the city) and admire the magnificent Fountain of the Four Rivers in Piazza Navona. Take a tour of the Vatican City and admire the artistry of the Sistine chapel where you’ll see Michelangelo’s world-famous frescoes. Continue your art-gazing in the Borghese Gallery, an opulent villa which houses a vast collection of paintings from world-famous artists such as Caravaggio and Botticelli. For awe-inspiring architecture, check out the ancient Golden House and grand Basilica of St. John Lateran or head underground to explore the eerie warrens of the Catacombs. Cool down with a gelato while strolling through the iconic Piazza di Spagna and the edgy streets of Trastevere.
Who are Rome holidays best for?
Rome is perfect for urban dwellers, history buffs and culture vultures. For anyone who wants a taste of la dolce vita and a taste for some of the country’s most tongue-tantalising flavours.
The best ways to discover Rome
Head to Rome for a long weekend or slower-paced week-long escape and explore on foot to see the many Roman sites across the city.
Special experiences on a trip to Rome
- Visit the richly-ornate 18th-century Cafe Greco where famous figures such as Casanova, Keats and Byron sat to enjoy a steaming cup of coffee
- Rambling through this utterly romantic city at night is a key ingredient of the Dolce Vita
- Relax in one of the many trattorias or pizzerias of the Trastevere district, or enjoy an aperitif at one of Rome's legendary cafés and watch the world go by.