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, vespers 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.

Tell us you want to throw a coin in the Trevi Fountain and we’ll agree you must, but also recommend a late night return as the stone glows gold in the moonlight. If you’re inspired by movie scenes set in Rome we’ll put you in the heart of Villa Borghese, Piazza del Popolo and the Mouth of Truth in the portico of Santa Maria in Cosmedin Church. Or ask us about the Colesseum and we’ll share secrets of the Third Tier underground tunnels and also suggest walking at dusk behind Palazzo dei Senatori to see the ancient Forum ruins illuminated after dark.

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

Top hotels in Rome

Deluxe Room

Palazzo Naiadi

from £839

Artemide

from £1,022

Leon's Place

from £638

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Time difference:

GMT + 1 hour

Currency:

Euro

Flying time to destination:

2¼ hours to Rome

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When to visit Rome

Jan

Could be Recommended

might be time to escape

Feb

Could be Recommended

might be time to escape

Mar

Recommended

Good time to escape

Apr

Highly Recommended

Perfect time to escape

May

Highly Recommended

Perfect time to escape

Jun

Highly Recommended

Perfect time to escape

Jul

Recommended

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Aug

Recommended

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Sep

Highly Recommended

Perfect time to escape

Oct

Highly Recommended

Perfect time to escape

Nov

Recommended

Good time to escape

Dec

Could be Recommended

might be time to escape

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Recommended Rome Hotels

Palazzo Naiadi

5 nights, Room & Breakfast, 02 Dec '18

from £839

Artemide

5 nights, Room & Breakfast, 09 Oct '18

from £1,022

Leon's Place

5 nights, Room & Breakfast, 06 Nov '18

from £638

Palazzo Montemartini

5 nights, Room & Breakfast, 13 Oct '18

from £989

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This ancient city is ideal for exploration on foot. The iconic sights of the historic centre are abundant, easy to find and sometimes inadvertently discovered.

With the aid of a decent map, it is worth strolling the narrow streets off the main roads admiring age-old fountains or buildings and encountering photogenic piazzas. The city buzzes with life after dusk and it is perhaps unsurprising to discover that restaurants are plentiful and the quality of food almost always exceptional. Be sure to accept a cold Limoncello as a digestif after your meal if offered!

Vicky Simovic