Rome Holidays

Discover Italy’s iconic capital on holidays to Rome – a time capsule of centuries old history and a chic city break of fashion, frivolity and fabulous food.

Holidays to Rome are as impeccably composed as the thousands of desirable addresses you’ll stumble upon in a city that celebrates history, art, fashion and food in style. The French gifted Rome the stately open-air Spanish Steps, Emperor Vespasian commissioned the world’s most breathtaking amphitheatre in back in AD 72 and the Vatican, now a country in itself, began life in the 4th century as a basilica built over St Peter’s grave. Expect Old Masters housed in private galleries, centuries old history inside fresco-filled churches and stories of bloody gladiator battles and lavish temples dedicated to Olympian Gods. These well-preserved ruins provide a jaw-dropping backdrop to a thoroughly swish city – la dolce vita lived out in Renaissance piazzas, gilded bars and Via Condotti’s high-end fashion.

Rome holidays are as photogenic as your wildest dreams and it does well to walk the ancient sites of the Pantheon and Palatine Hill but also stop and linger a while. There’s the suited and booted sipping espresso in 18th-Century cafes, vespas zipping past ornate piazzas and the glam squad navigating cobblestoned streets in heels with ease as passeggiata unfolds. Roam pretty streets with cut-to-order pizza slices, savour Instagram-worthy gelato, take aperitivo hour in Piazza Navona and dine rooftop, Michelin starred, with fairytale Colosseum views.

Whether you want high tech luxury or a 19th-Century hotel with Roman ruins in its garden, our experts are only a call away to craft your very own Roman Holiday.

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Religious Rome

Rome’s religious buildings are incredibly special. During this half-day locally guided experience, you’ll get to understand the depth of religious importance in the city and see some of the most elaborate art and architecture in the world. Visit the Vatican Museums, which display a colossal collection of religious artefacts. The highlight is the Sistine Chapel, where the 16th-century Michelangelo-painted ceiling will take your breath away. The final stop will be the huge St. Peter’s Basilica, one of the most important Catholic churches, said to be built on the burial site of St. Peter the Apostle.

• Departing Monday - Saturday from Rome
• Operates April – October
• Group experience

Good to know
Includes entrance fees and ‘skip the line’ entry. Transfers not included. St. Peter’s Basilica and the Sistine Chapel are closed to the public on Wednesdays and during religious holidays and special events.

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Archaeological Wonders of Rome

Feel as though you’ve taken a step back in time as you explore Rome’s historical attractions with an expert local guide. On this insightful half-day experience, you’ll start with a visit to the Colosseum: the largest amphitheatre built during the Roman Empire. More than 2000 years after it was inaugurated, this iconic structure is still Italy’s most popular attraction. You’ll then head to Palatine Hill – one of the seven hills of Rome towering above the ancient city with panoramic views – before discovering the dramatic ruins of the Roman Forum, once the hub of daily life in Rome.

• Departing daily from Rome
• Operates April – October
• Group experience

Good to know
Includes entrance fees. Transfers not included.

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Rome By Night

Explore Rome on foot after the sun has set with a knowledgeable local guide. At night, the city takes on a different guise as iconic buildings are beautifully lit and the skyline is reflected on the surface of the Tiber. Wander through the 16th-Century Roman Ghetto, a Jewish neighbourhood with a rich heritage and beautiful architecture. You’ll pass the Pantheon with its towering pillars and head onwards to the ever-popular Trevi Fountain and the Piazza di Spagna, the setting of the Spanish steps. The night draws to a close in the best possible way: with a traditional and tasty frozen treat from a local gelateria.

• Daily departures
• Operates June to October
• Group experience

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Villas of Tivoli

Eighteen miles to the east of the capital lies breathtaking Tivoli, a town of palatial villas, rolling hills and thundering waterfalls. You’ll travel out of town and head for the UNESCO-listed Villa d’Este, one of the finest examples of Renaissance architecture and inspirational landscape gardening. The second World Heritage villa of the day will take you even further back in time – this time to the 2nd Century AD. Villa Adriana was built for the Roman emperor Hadrian as a retreat from the chaos of Rome.

• Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday departures
• Operates April to October
• Group experience

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Encounter Capri from Rome

Feel the sea breeze and experience the sophisticated vibes of Capri on this day out of the city. Travel south to Naples (approx. 2½ hours by road) and hop on board a ferry which will whisk you over to this pint-sized island in the Gulf of Naples where you’ll be joined by a local guide. The highlight of the trip is the visit to the Blue Grotto, a natural sea cave that you’ll access through a low entrance on a small wooden boat.

• Daily departures
• Operates May to October
• Group experience

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Discover Pompei

Sitting in the shadow of the mighty Mount Vesuvius is the city of Pompeii, a settlement frozen in time following the volcano’s 79AD eruption. You’ll explore the streets, public buildings and homes of the settlement’s doomed inhabitants with a local guide and learn what happened on those two autumn days over a thousand years ago. A traditional lunch of Neapolitan pizza will break up your day of discovery.

• Daily departures
• Operates April to October
• Group experience

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Get to know Rome and those important practicalities when planning your perfect holiday.

Capital
TIME DIFFERENCE

GMT +1 hour

CURRENCY

Euro

FLYING TIME TO DESTINATION

2½ hours

RELIGION

Christianity (Roman Catholic)

LANGUAGE

Italian

Where is Rome?
Italy’s capital city is in the central western part of the country in the Lazio region, along the Tiber River.

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Getting around
Rome is a great city to explore by foot, as long as you have a good pair of shoes. With so much to see and do, it’s easy to have walked miles before even realising it. The historic centre itself is compact and easy to navigate. The city also has user friendly and affordable public transport options including the metro and buses. The metro has three lines that run diagonally through the city and stop at most of the major attractions.

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History
Legend has it that Rome was founded by two mythical brothers - Romulus and Remus - in the 8th Century BC. 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. 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.

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Food & drink
18th-Century coffee shops, candy coloured gelaterias, cafes spilling out onto pretty sidewalks and stylish trattorias lined up in gorgeous, cobbled piazzas: dining in Rome is a well-loved and relaxed affair. Expect fresh seafood, fine cuts of beef and Roman classics such as spaghetti all’amatriciana and alla gricia. You’ll find lots of little deli-restaurants, stylish cocktail bars, street food vendors and intimate venues for romance and fine wine. Head to the neighbourhoods of Testaccio and Trastevere for a taste of real Roman cooking, Centro Storico for upscale dining and Monti for stylish wine bars and gourmet cafes.

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Shopping
Handmade leather shoes and bags, fine jewellery, bespoke suits, haute couture, high street brands… Rome packs a lot of fashion into its compact city. You’ll find high-end boutiques on Via Condotti, which runs into the equally glamorous Piazza di Spagna, and high street stores including H&M and Zara on Via del Corso. Piazza Navona, one of the city’s most famous squares, is home to an array of art galleries and antiques stores. Monti is great for one-of-a-kind boutiques and independent designers and Via dei Coronari, one of the prettiest streets in Rome, is the perfect place for fine jewellery and artisan perfume.

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Tourist tax
A city tax of €7.50 per person per day is payable locally at your hotel. This information is correct as of summer 2023 and is subject to increases outside of our control.

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