Holidays to Rome

Holidays to Rome

Once the centre of a vast empire that dominated much of the world, Rome's influence has never really waned. It's a city with so much architectural antiquity and religious importance that walking through it can feel somewhat unreal, but don't be deceived, this is a modern, thriving, cultural and vibrant city. The ancient wonders of the city still standing today include the Coliseum, the Pantheon and the Roman Forum. You can explore the Catacombs and see ancient bathhouses, statues and mosaics. Stepping into a different era, you can visit parts of the Vatican and see the treasures in its grand museums. Elsewhere in the city, you'll see marvellous palaces with frescos arching overhead. In the city's galleries there are paintings by masters like Bernini and Caravaggio, and you'll find a thriving contemporary art scene, world-class opera and some of Europe's leading fashion houses.

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Rome Travel Information

There are regular direct flights from UK airports to Rome.

  • Currency: Euro
  • Time difference: (GMT+1)
  • Flight from UK: Approximately 2.5 hours
  • Visa: not required for UK passport holders
  • Language: Italian
  • National drink: Italian Wine, Grappa, Limoncello, Campari
  • National dish: Pasta, Pizza

To skip the queues to the city’s main museums we recommend that you book in advance.

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Rome Activities

Follow in the footsteps of Hollywood stars Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck in Roman Holiday by visiting the Bocca della Verità; housed in the church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin, legend tells that if you put your fingers in the carved face’s mouth and tell a lie, you’ll lose a finger. For an equally grizzly outing, walk the catacombs of St. Callixtus where the bones of martyrs, popes and Christians line the walls. Or head to Mercato Monti, a weekend market held from September to June selling fashion items from fedoras and sunglasses to designer dresses.

Rome Food & Drink

Travel round Italy and you’ll soon discover that each region has its own particular dishes and Rome is no exception. Sit down to lunch or dinner at any trattoria in the city to dine on authentic Roman dishes; Roman artichokes are served fried, steamed, stewed or as a pizza topping, saltimbocca –veal wrapped in prosciutto and sage, marinated in wine and fried – is a hearty option and pastas carbornara, amatriciana, gricia and cacio e pepe are as Roman as you can get.

Rome Attractions

Having chalked up nearly 3000 years of history, Rome bursts at the seams with ancient monuments, grand churches and art-filled museums. As one of the world’s most recognisable landmarks, a visit to the Colosseum is a must on any trip to the Eternal City, walking the passageways that gladiators trod before facing battle. Book yourself an early timeslot and marvel at Michelangelo’s iconic Sistine Chapel in the Vatican City before climbing the dome of St Peter’s Basilica and throw a coin over your left shoulder into the Trevi Fountain to ensure you return to the Italian capital.

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