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Enjoy La Dolce Vita in the Eternal City
Italy’s capital is rich in culture and offers 3000 years of history in its vast number of monuments, fountains and buildings. When in Rome, do as the Romans do and stroll the many piazzas, often described as immense open-air museums for their colossal feats of architecture, each one telling a unique story.
Rome is a beautiful city for indulging in delectable cuisine, enjoying café culture and for people-watching. There is arguably more to see in Rome than any other city in the world, with awe-inspiring relics and ruins packed into this elegant metropolis. Rome is a sophisticated mixture of medieval and ancient history, Baroque architecture, Italian art and modern, designer boutiques and restaurants. One visit is never enough.
Best time to visit Rome
• It is always a good time to visit the historical cities of Italy. During spring and summer you can dine al fresco in charming piazzas and stroll leisurely around the many gardens
• In autumn and winter you can stay cosy and warm in romantic hotels
• All year round you can explore Italy’s vast cultural heritage, visiting world-famous galleries, museums and historic monuments.
• In Rome in particular there is a warm and temperate climate with cool winters and warm - and sometimes hot - summers
• In August many locals take their summer holidays leading to some restaurants and other attractions closing or open for fewer hours
• Easter week is very busy in Rome with many people visiting the city's churches and museums.
Rome holiday highlights
Italy’s capital is a vast metropolis converging on the Modern Centre where most hotels, shops and restaurants are located and the city’s best nightlife is found. For the Renaissance and Medieval centre of Rome and numerous piazzas and historic streets lined with trendy and traditional cafés and restaurants visit the neighbourhoods of Campo de Fion and Pantheon of Old Rome. Enter the heart of Catholicism and the world’s last papal state in the Vatican City where you will witness colourfully attired Swiss Papal Guards and the beautiful and world-famous St Peter’s Basilica. It is highly recommended to pre-book an excursion as this attraction is very popular and extremely busy at times.
With a history that spans over 2500 years it is no surprise that the ‘Eternal City’ is host to a plethora of historic buildings, landmark attractions and ruins. Discover masterpieces at the Vatican Museum; fling a coin into the magnificent Trevi Fountain to guarantee a return to Rome; wonder at Hadrian’s impressive 2nd-Century Pantheon; survey the majesty of the Colosseum or wander through the ruins of the Empire’s former seat of power, the Roman Forum. For those who like to shop or sit and watch the world go by at a streetside café then the Via Veneto is the place for you.
The city boasts a huge number of museums and galleries, charming squares and narrow medieval streets; it will take a few days just to scratch the surface of this city, once the centre of one of the most powerful empires on earth. From the couture boutiques of the Piazza di Spagna, located close to the Spanish Steps, and Via Condotti to the flea market of Porta Portese, there are shopping opportunities in Rome for all budgets. Italian high street stores can be found on the Via de Corso and the Piazza Navona, one of the city’s most famous squares, is home to an array of art galleries and antiques stores.
The port city of Civitavecchia, which is located approximately 50 miles to the north west of Rome, is the setting off point for many Mediterranean cruises with the likes of Azamara Club Cruises, Princess Cruises and the ultra-luxe cruise line Seabourn all sailing from here each summer and autumn. There are plenty of opportunities to combine a stay in Italy with a cruise, whether you wish to begin your holiday with a few nights in Rome, a relaxing Tuscan escape or a self-drive along the Amalfi Coast.