Rome City Breaks
It does not matter how long you visit Rome, 3 days or 3 weeks, you will always find something new and exciting in the former Caput Mundi (capital of the world). You can follow the typical tourist paths or you can be brave enough to go off the usual tracks. Rome is one of the world's most picturesque cities, something which comes as little surprise when you consider its rich history.
The ancient capital of Italy is believed to have been founded in 753 BC and is an epic metropolis, featuring both modern and historic landmarks. It's the famed city of the Roman Empire, the Seven Hills and La Dolce Vita (sweet life). Rome is one of the world's most beautiful cities, so be prepared to enter an open-air museum with numerous romantic sights and historical monuments such as the Vatican, the Trevi Fountain and the iconic Colosseum. The historic centre of the city was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site and boasts splendid palaces and ancient basilicas.
Rome will seduce you whether you spend your time sightseeing or simply relaxing in a café whilst sipping an espresso or a glass of wine. This spirited city harbours lost empires and boasts magnificent architecture and a unique atmosphere. People chatting away, priests strolling along the streets, and inviting restaurants emitting the aroma of delicious pizza, pasta and other regional delights to add to the experience.
- Flight time from London: 2 hours 25 min
- Ciampino–G. B. Pastine International Airport: 16km from the city centre; transfer time about 30 min
- Nearest railway station: Roma Termini railway station
- Currency: Euro
Rome is known as a city full of luxury, so strolling around the Piazza di Spagna with plenty of exclusive shops and boutiques will be a delight for anyone looking to snap up a few holiday purchases. Many antique shops and stores selling leather items and glassware are to be found at Margutta, Via del Corso and Via del Banbuino.
If you are looking to take in the vibrant and more colourful atmosphere of Italy's capital, head for the lively markets in the city centre.
Spanish Steps - Via dei Condotti
This street is one of the best for shopping in Rome and one of the richest streets in Italy.
Via del Corso
Via del Corso is popular with tourists and locals. The bustling pedestrianised street runs down from Piazza del Popolo to Piazza Venezia.
This place is known to serve delicious food at surprisingly decent prices. The restaurant sits just a minute away from the Trevi Fountain and guests are likely to enjoy a welcoming atmosphere, especially in the cavern-style part of this eatery. Mouth-watering traditional Italian dishes such as bruschetta, risotto and tiramisu are served by the very friendly staff.
This marvellous restaurant has been known as a fantastic place to enjoy Italian food since 1965. Using only carefully selected ingredients for every special plate, dishes appear to be nothing short of perfect. Delicious food such as pizzas garnished with top quality mozzarella, parmesan pasta from local producers, and mouth-watering desserts are served in a welcoming atmosphere.
This is one of the most popular restaurants in the capital. The place holds a Michelin star and is a welcoming 16th-century building. Cuisine is based on the finest fresh ingredients from local markets, including dishes such as tuna with caramelized chestnut honey, ginger and green apple mash; spaghetti served with a ragout of artichokes and tuna roe; breast of guinea fowl in a mustard crust; or salt cod confit with tomatoes, spring onions, olives, Jerusalem artichokes, and eggplant.
Panattoni - 53 Viale Trastevere
A buzzing, friendly pizzeria in the beautiful district of Trastevere. Thin-based Roman-style pizzas are the speciality.
Antico Moro - Via del Moro 61-62
This is a non-touristy authentic Roman restaurant in the heart of Trastevere. Great appetisers and superb pasta are served.
Fishbone - 62-64 William Street Calderini
This Italian restaurant is maybe a bit pricey but definitely worth it. The restaurant serves sushi and sashimi as well as delicious Italian cuisine.
A definite must-see is the Colosseum. This iconic structure creates a special ambience which transports guests back centuries to when the arena was home to brutal battles between man and beast.
Go up to the top of the striking St Peter's Basilica and enjoy a breath-taking view of the city. The spectacular interior was designed by Michelangelo.
Several nativity scenes can be seen in most churches and in some of Rome's prominent civic spaces (St Peter's Square, the Spanish Steps, etc.).
Throw a coin into Rome's most spectacular fountain, the Trevi Fountain, and see if your wish will come true ...
The Vatican Museum
Alongside the Sistine Chapel, other rooms such as the Gallery of Maps and the Room of the Immaculate Conception will make for a fascinating visit.
Parioli is a district just north of the city centre where many of the city's wealthier citizens live. It is a good place to have lunch or a coffee at one of the many bars and restaurants and take a stroll to the lovely Villa Ada park on a sunny day.
La Palma - 35 Via Guiseppe Mirri, Tiburtino
This former industrial building is now a venue for all the hippest and most happening musical events.
The Rocks - Via Galvani 54:
A wonderful place to start an evening in the buzzing district of Testaccio.
Joia - Via Galvani 20
Starting off the evening as a restaurant and piano bar, this place later transforms into a busy club. Joia is quite expensive and the ambience is chic, so dress to impress.