Rome is a truly unique destination steeped in history and legend that spans over 2,500 years
Today, the city is a blend of ancient buildings like the Colosseum, to more modern masterpieces like The Tempietto. Its rich cultural heritage spans from the city’s heyday as the epicentre of the Roman Empire which dominated most of Europe and parts of Africa. And this notable past echoes through all areas of the city even to this day.
With so much to experience in this vibrant place, the difficulty is knowing where to start. You may decide to begin with a trip to Vatican City to take in some of the breathtaking historic buildings there, like St Peter's Basilica and the Apostolic Palace.
Ancient Rome will be top of the list for many too. Here you can see the Roman Forum, Domus Aurea and the Pantheon. It’s one of the few places in the world where you can really step back through the many centuries and get a sense of what life was like.
Rome was also at the heart of the Renaissance movement, so you can see architectural masterpieces like Michelangelo’s Piazza del Campidoglio and huge, extravagant villas like Palazzo del Quirinale.
Parks like Villa Borghese and Villa Ada are all a product of this era and the perfect spot for a holiday snap.
The completely gorgeous and world-famous Trevi Fountain is definitely worth a peek too, as are the intriguing ancient catacombs beneath the city.
Rome is a city packed with cultural and arty hotspots, so if that’s your thing you’ll have plenty to keep you entertained.
To give you just a taste, some popular places include Le Domus Romane di Palazzo Valentini where you can wander through the house from the ancient ruins at the basement, up to the more modern floors above.
The Borghese Gallery is great for beautiful painting and sculptures. The Palazzo Doria Pamphilj is an intriguing place to discover as both a gorgeous building, but also for the art exhibits along the way. And the National Roman Museum is worth checking out, set on the site of the ruins of the Domitian theatre.
To get the evening going with style and make the most of your city break in Rome, try some of the local bars. Cioccolata e Vino serves delicious shots, Gregory's is a lively Jazz club, and you can cool off in the Ice Club.
When it comes to dining out, look for some of the city’s great eateries like Pane & Vino where you can grab a hotdog, I Vicini Bistrot which is a winery and bistro, and La Pizzetteria for great pizzas.
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