Rome holiday highlights

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. Settle down for drinks at Piazza di Spagna, take a pew on the Spanish Steps for a classic photo opportunity and peruse the art-filled walls of Palazzo Colonna.

Dedicate a day to the world’s last papal state in Vatican City, guarded by the unique and colourful Swiss Papal. It’s highly recommended to pre-book tickets as this attraction gets extremely busy.

Discover masterpieces at the Vatican Museum; fling a coin into the Trevi Fountain to guarantee a return to Rome; marvel 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 should find a charming spot on Via Veneto or spend an afternoon in the bohemian Monti area.

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. There are plenty of opportunities to combine a stay in Italy with a cruise, beginning your holiday with a few nights in Rome.

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

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.

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.

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. Don’t miss the sweetest of treats at Rome’s oldest chocolate shop, Confetteria Moriondo e Garigolio, where you’ll find the most spectacular bon bons and fruit jellies.

Rome key facts

Time difference

GMT + 1 hour

Currency

Euro

Flying time to destination

2¼ hours to Rome

Language

Italian

Rome good to know

Etiquette

  • A tourist tax applies to all hotels in Rome and is only payable locally.

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.