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Rome, the Eternal City, is often considered to be the world’s greatest open-air museum, boasting hundreds of historic sights around every corner and in every square. There’s so much to see and do that you’d need a month to take it all in, but a week or less is enough to give you a taste of Italy’s incredible capital (for a short city break, our 48 hours in Rome guide will help you experience the best bits).

With more than 3,000 years of life, the city has long been one of the world’s leading centres of culture, and today reveals an array of diverse attractions. There are master artworks like the Sistine Chapel, numerous wine-fuelled feasts to partake in, and a raft of iconic sights, including the world’s largest amphitheatre – the Colosseum. Best of all, the majority of Rome’s attractions are within walking distance of each other, so you’ll be able to soak up the Roman way of life as you walk to the Pantheon or the Trevi Fountain. Maybe you’ll discover a hidden church with beautiful frescoes or a secret trattoria serving excellent wine from the Lazio hills. That’s when the phrase ‘when in Rome’ really comes in handy...

 

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Things to do in Rome

No city break to Rome would be complete without taking in a few iconic landmarks. Explore the Colosseum, Pantheon, Vatican City and St. Peter's Basilica to name just a few. Marvel at the Roman Forum, one of Rome's most important attractions, with its collection of marble fragments, triumphal arches and temple ruins. Act out your Roman Holiday fantasies on the beautiful Spanish Steps, or simply enjoy the vibrant atmosphere surrounding this iconic area. The steps were constructed in 1725, connecting the Chiesa della Trinità dei Monti with the piazza below. Climb the 138 steps for views of the city's bustling streets and the piazza below.

After exploring Rome's historic sites, sit back and watch the world go by with a coffee or aperitivo in one of the city's bustling squares. Rome's piazzas boast impressive baroque architecture and usually contain a renowned statue and fountain, each with a story to tell. Piazza Navona is the city's most celebrated square and is home to street performers, artists and not one, but three fountains. Rome's most famous fountain is the Trevi Fountain, and tradition will have you believe that throwing a coin into its waters will ensure your return to the ancient city.

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Top Tips from our Destination Experts

Iulia Robe

Italy Expert
If you're looking for something quirky to visit on your city break to Rome, I'd recommend a trip to the Casina delle Civette. Set in the Villa Torlonia park, about 10-15 minutes' bus ride from the city centre, it's a museum housed in a really unusual building that looks like something from a storybook.
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Flight Information

The majority of international flights arrive into Rome Fiumicino airport (FCO), which is approximately 45 minutes from the centre of Rome. Direct flights to Fiumicino are available from Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Jersey, Leeds, London City, London Gatwick, London Heathrow, London Luton, London Stansted, Manchester and Newcastle and take approximately 2 hours 30 minutes.

Direct flights to Rome Ciampino airport (CIA), which is approximately 30 minutes from the centre of Rome, depart from London Stansted, Edinburgh, Manchester, East Midlands and Glasgow and take approximately 2 hours 30 minutes.

When To Go

It's possible to visit Rome throughout the year. In July and August, the city can be crowded and the weather can get hot, but you can often find some good hotel offers during this time. Spring and autumn are popular months for visitors, with warm weather making it pleasant to wander through the city and stop for a gelato in a piazza. But winter also has its charms - read our 10 reasons to visit Rome in winter blog to find out why we love it.

Rome Specialities

When it comes to mealtimes, Rome doesn't disappoint. Choose from high-end restaurants and family-run cafes where you'll experience real Italian cuisine. Roman food is simple, but portions are generous and the dishes are rich in flavour. Dining out can last for hours, with locals ordering at least two courses, plenty of wine and stretching the evening out further with animated conversation. Expect to find plenty of fresh vegetables, meat and delicious appetisers on menus throughout the city. Of course, a visit to Italy wouldn't be complete without trying the vast array of pasta and pizzas on offer. Don't leave Rome without trying pizza bianca (white pizza), which is a focaccia-style pizza and can be found in bakeries across the city.

History

Few cities in the world are steeped in myth and history quite like Rome – there’s around 2,500 years to account for, after all. Considered one of the birthplaces of Western civilisation, Rome was the capital of the Roman Kingdom, Roman Republic and the Roman Empire. The city was one of the centres of the Renaissance from around the 14th century, seeing both Baroque and Neoclassicism flourish. Much of this period gave Rome the breathtaking sights and art that bring millions of visitors every year, from Michelangelo’s Piazza del Campidoglio to the Trevi Fountain. Finally, in the 20th century, it settled as capital of the Italian Republic and earned its place on the UNESCO list as a World Heritage Site. 

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Excursions in and around Rome

The Vatican Museum and St. Peter's Basilica

Guided tour of the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel.

Archaeological Wonders of Rome

Explore the Roman Forum, Colosseum and Palatine Hill.

Hop On / Hop Off Bus Tour

24 and 48-hour passes for this sightseeing bus.

Florence

Spend a day discovering Florence’s art and architecture.

Rome by Night

Enjoy a coach tour of the Eternal City by night.

Catacombs and Old Appian Way

Discover underground treasures hidden beneath the streets of Rome.

Naples and Pompeii

Full-day tour to the archaeological ruins of Pompeii.

Exclusive Cooking Lesson in Rome

Whip up a traditional Roman meal in this chef-led cooking class.

Espresso and Gelato Tour, Small group

Walking tour taking in the city’s best coffee shops and gelaterias.

Borghese Gardens and Gallery

Guided tour of the Borghese Gallery and Villa Borghese gardens.

Pizza-making Class

From kneading dough to topping like a pro, learn the secrets of making authentic Italian pizza.

Tasting Tour of Rome

Sample Roman delicacies on this foodie walking tour.

Gelato-making Class

Learn how to make artisanal Italian gelato.

UNESCO Jewels: Assisi & Basilica of St. Francis

A full day exploring the architectural delights of medieval Assisi.

Borghese Gallery & Picnic in the Park

Tour the Borghese Gallery and enjoy an Italian picnic in the surrounding gardens.

Authentic Tiramisu-making Class

Learn how to prepare your own classic Italian dessert under expert chef guidance.

UNESCO Jewels: Tivoli and its Villas

Escape the city for a morning tour of Italy’s most famous Roman villas.

Capri from Rome

Spend the day on the beautiful island of Capri.

Farmers Market Food Tour

Walking tour of the Organic Farmers Market.

Private Classic City Tour of Rome

An exclusive tour of Rome’s best-known sights, including private car and guide.

Private Tour of Vatican Museums & Galleries

Experience these world-famous galleries with a private car transfer and guide.

Vatican Museum and St Peters, Small group

Learn all about Rome’s most famous site in this guided, small group tour.

Cooking Lesson Rome, Small group

Cook classic Italian dishes in the country’s capital with this small group cooking lesson.

The Glory of Ancient Rome and Colosseum, Small group

This guided tour takes you around the highlights of Ancient Rome in small groups.

Vatican Museum by Night with Dinner, Small group

Experience the Vatican at its most atmospheric on this evening tour, with dinner.
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