Rome Holidays

Why is Rome called the Eternal City? The ancient Romans believed that no matter how many empires rose or fell, Rome had the power to live on forever. Visit some of the archaeological wonders, or take a leisurely hop on/hop off tour, to make your own memories of the city that all roads lead to.

Rome is often said 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.

With more than 3,000 years under its belt, Rome has long been one of the world’s leading centres of culture. There are masterpieces 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 Trevi Fountain. Maybe you’ll discover a hidden church with beautiful frescoes or a secret trattoria serving excellent wine from the Lazio hills. (See our small-group food tour.) That’s when the phrase ‘when in Rome’ really comes in handy...

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Start planning your Citalia holiday by getting in touch with one of our Personal Travel Planners.

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Handpicked hotels in Rome

Discover the real Rome while staying in one of our carefully selected hotels

Rome Multi Centre Holidays

Take a look at our suggested itineraries for inspiration, or call our Personal Travel Planners on 01293 765055* for a bespoke multi-centre

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Rome and Sorrento

From £1449 per person
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  • Immerse yourself in the history of Pompeii
  • Island hop or explore the spectacular Amalfi Coast
  • Visit the top sights of Rome, the Eternal City

11 day suggested trip

Rome and Amalfi Coast

From £1485 per person
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  • Experience the Amalfi Coast from land and sea
  • Explore the eerie remains of Pompeii and Herculaneum
  • See the epic sights of ancient Rome and the Vatican City
  • Stay in one of the beguiling little towns that cling to the cliffs of the Amalfi Coast

Excursions and experiences in and around Rome

Experience more of Italy by adding an excursion to your holiday.

To pre-book one of our specially selected excursions, please call our Italy Experts on 01293 765055*.

Things to do in Rome

Rome is one of the most-visited cities in the world, reeling in over seven million international travellers a year. There’s a whole list of must-see sights to check off, from world-famous landmarks like the Colosseum to backstreet gelaterie that are among the best in Italy.

Palatine Hill is the best place to start. This vast archaeological dig reveals the powerful Roman heart of the city – from king-sized gladiator stadiums to the pristine Arch of Titus. Pop over to neighbouring Capitoline Hill, which comes topped with a museum-lined square by Michelangelo.

Like Florence and Pisa, the whole of Rome is an art gallery. The Trevi Fountain and Spanish Steps give lessons in baroque architecture, while the Vatican Museums offer a glimpse into the secretive city-state at the centre of Rome.

Escape the lively city streets by spending an afternoon at Villa Borghese. The gardens are just as impressive as the mansion, serving up artful flowerbeds and a boating lake that wouldn’t look out of place in London.

Flight Information

Most international flights arrive into Rome Fiumicino airport (FCO), which is about 45 minutes from the centre of Rome. Direct flights to Fiumicino travel from from Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Jersey, Leeds, London City, London Gatwick, London Heathrow, London Luton, London Stansted, Manchester and Newcastle. The flight time comes in at about 2 hours 30 minutes.

Some direct flights also head to Rome Ciampino airport (CIA); it's approximately 30 minutes away from the city centre. These flights jet off from London Stansted, Edinburgh, Manchester, East Midlands and Glasgow, taking around 2 hours 30 minutes.

When to go

You can visit Rome at any time of the year. The city can be crowded and the weather can get hot in July and August, but you can often find some good hotel offers during this time. Spring and autumn are popular months for visitors. The warm weather makes it one of the best times to wander through Rome's piazzas (via the gelato shops, of course). But winter also has its charms – read our 10 reasons to visit Rome in winter blog post to find out why we love it.

Visa Information

At the current time, British citizens do not require a visa to visit Italy.


Whilst tipping isn’t embedded into Italian culture it is always appreciated as an acknowledgement of good service. Nowadays people generally round up a bill in a bar or cafe and leave 5-10% extra on a restaurant bill. Taxi bills are usually also rounded up.
On guided tours/excursions, it is customary to leave a token of appreciation for the driver and guide.
On small group escorted tours, it is customary to leave a token of appreciation for the driver and guide at the end of the tour.

Introduction to languages

The official language of Italy is Italian. English is widely spoken too, so getting by is easy.

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