Holiday To ROME...THE ETERNAL CITY
This stunningly beautiful city, famous for its history, art, architecture and ancient ruins, is a very popular destination all year round. Rome was called the ‘Eternal City’ by the Ancient Romans because they believed it would always remain standing. A major settlement for nearly 3,000 years, its layers of historical treasures and masterpieces are there to be enjoyed within a living city.
We recommend at least a 4 day break to appreciate the delights of this Italian capital and of Vatican City, the smallest country in the world, located inside Rome’s city boundaries. So if you are seeking world class cuisine, amazing shopping and masses of culture, look no further...
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WHY VISIT ROME?
1. Ancient Ruins and Architecture
The entire city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and it would take a lifetime to fully delve into all its treasures! The iconic Colosseum is the largest amphitheatre in the world while next door is the Roman Forum, the centre of Roman public life.
The Pantheon, a former Roman temple and now a church, has the largest unsupported dome in the world with an oculus in the centre as the only source of light. Explore Circus Maximus, the ancient Roman stadium and the round castle Sant’ Angelo, which is now a museum. Climb the 135 Spanish Steps, the widest staircase in Europe, and throw a coin in the Trevi fountain so you will return to Rome again!
2. Incredible Works of Art and Masterpieces
In museums, churches and palaces there are countless outstanding pieces of art. See Raphael’s frescoes in Villa Farnesina and Bernini’s ‘Apollo and Daphne’ sculpture in Galleria Borghese. Caravaggio paintings are in Contarelli chapel and Cavallinis’ mosaics in Basilica of Santa Maria, one of the oldest churches in Rome.
3. Vatican City
The sacred Vatican City is a pilgrimage site for Catholics and Christians. The main papal home since 1378, hear the Pope’s address every Wednesday morning in St Peter’s Square. St. Peter’s Basilica is the world’s largest church, and home to the Pieta sculpture by Michelangelo. His ‘Creation of Adam’ fresco on the ceiling of the Sistine chapel and ‘The Last Judgement’ on the alter wall are among his most famous works of art. The Vatican museums are full of paintings, sculptures, frescoes and tapestries.
4. Food and Drink
For fresh, simply cooked and flavoursome food, Rome is your place with a wide range of eateries from world class Michelin restaurants to street food stalls selling Trapizzino. Pizza Romana and Spaghetti Carbonara both originated here. Porchetta, slow roasted pork, is delicious. Delights with Jewish influences include Ricotta cake and Concia (fried courgette). Sip local wines, coffee, Prosecco and Aperol Spritz.
There are a full range of outlets for all budgets. If you are seeking Italian fashions, branded
leather goods and cosmetics, Rome is the place to come.
Travelling further afield?
Fabulous Florence is approximately 276km away
How about a day trip to Mount Vesuvius and Pompeii?
Beautiful beaches are about one and half hours away.
Tours & wine tastings are possible in the nearby Frascati wine region.
The Villa d’ Este and its stunning Tivoli Gardens is only 34 km East of Rome.
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When To Go
April, May, September and October are the best times to visit. August is very hot and busy.
Rome is easy to walk around and we don’t recommend hiring a car when exploring the city.
2.5-3 hours from the UK to Rome