Such is the breadth and depth of history, art and culture in Rome that you could easily dedicate a Big Short Break to one of many themes. However, our favourite Rome trip still always remains one that gives you a little bit of everything. To give you an idea we've come up with the classic three day whistle stop tour.
After an early morning flight, arrive into central Rome via a private airport transfer and check in to your hotel. Then, bags dumped and sun cream applied, head out and start exploring Rome.
First stop - lunch. We provide all of our clients with a handy destination dossier containing our recommendations for the best places to eat so you can avoid all the classic touristy haunts and head straight for an authentic restaurant, safe in the knowledge that you're really living like a local. Our team will happily make reservations for you prior to departure and while you're on holiday, or leave you to be spontaneous, whichever you prefer. There's no such thing as light lunch here so embrace the indulgence and remember the saying - when in Rome! Feeling fully refuelled it's time for an afternoon of exploration. Despite the wealth of things to do and sites to see, Rome is a surprisingly small city, and often best explored on foot. For first timers it's probably best to start at the beginning with a tour of the ancient city centre - the Forum, Palatine Hill and Colosseum. We will arrange for a private guide to meet you and their local expertise will bring these ancient sites to life with fantastical tales and impressive historic details. Head back to your hotel in the late afternoon and, after a quick shower and change, it's back out for dinner (cue our handy dossier again).
Enjoy a lie in and a leisurely breakfast this morning, you've got a busy day ahead.
Pay a visit to Vatican City. Aside from keeping an eye out for the Pope, make sure you see St Peter's Basilica, the enormous but perfectly proportioned church (surprisingly it's not technically a cathedral) and, of course, the Sistine Chapel, home to Michelangelo's masterpiece ceiling.
It might be your final day but the trip isn't over yet.
A visit to the effortlessly fashionable Italian capital wouldn't be complete without a spot of shopping; so whether you treat yourself to a new Prada handbag, a classic Italian scarf, or just a great bottle of wine, make sure you do go home with some goodies. After one last leisurely lunch and a gelato in the sun, head back to your hotel where a private transfer will take you to the airport. Catch your short flight and make it home in time not to be too tired for work tomorrow.
If you would like to book the itinerary mentioned above, with economy flights, during mid-season and staying in our preferred room category at our preferred hotels.
If you would like to pare back the above itinerary by travelling at non-peak times, staying in a standard room and removing some or all of the guided activities.
If you are looking for something extra special, we can discuss with you upgrading your accommodation, flights or activities.
We rarely boast about our service but we believe it's what sets us apart and makes us truly original, so please forgive this moment of unabashed self-promotion.