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The centre of Europe for centuries, Rome is the perfect destination for lovers of history, sophistication and good food. If it’s culture, history and a healthy dose of style that you are after, then look no further than Italy’s capital Rome. The centre of the once mighty Roman Empire and the home of Roman Catholicism has more than enough impressive sights to feast your eyes on for days.

Whether it’s art and history, Italian designer shops, or some mouthwatering cuisine that takes your fancy, Rome has more than enough on offer. Known as the ‘Eternal City’, Rome has to be the world’s biggest open-air museum. This is a place where awe-inspiring Roman remains battle with Renaissance churches and opulent fountains for your attention. The architecture here is mind-blowing, with a kaleidoscope of Baroque, Renaissance and Neoclassical buildings sprinkled throughout the city centre. How about starting with the Colosseum, the Pantheon or the Roman Forum? Or perhaps the Vatican, the Trevi Fountain or the Spanish Steps?

Put aside for a minute the ancient sights, galleries full of priceless artworks and museums bursting with the heritage of the western world and you’ll find a modern city full of noisy Vespas, chic little bistros, designer shops and trendy bars and clubs. A perfect marriage of old and new, Rome will delight visitors of all ages.


Hidden beneath St. Peter's Basilica, the Vatican Necropolis is a wonderfully atmospheric 1st century AD pagan burial ground which is astonishingly well-preserved. In an esoteric corner, cordoned off from the rest of the city of the dead, stands a tomb said to contain the bones of St. Peter himself, lying directly beneath the great altar in the cathedral above. Only 250 visitors per day are permitted, so book ahead via the Vatican website at www.vatican.va. Adults €13, reductions available.


Easter weekend in Rome kicks off with the Via Crucis ceremony on the evening of Good Friday, when Pope Francis leads a torchlit procession from the Colosseum to the Palatine Hill, stopping at the 14 Stations of the Cross along the way to say a prayer. The festival culminates with the great Easter Sunday service in St. Peter's Square.


The Rome Marathon, taking place this year on 2 April, boasts one of the most breathtaking routes in the world. Starting and finishing at Rome's iconic Colosseum, the race's 42km takes in Piazza del Popolo, Vatican City, and nearly all of the city's seven hills. Expect the starting pistol to be fired at 8.40am and Rome to remain tied up until late afternoon. www.maratonadiroma.it


Head to the Castelli Romani district, 25 miles from Rome, for local food festivals in its hilltop towns throughout the autumn. In October, Marino hosts a chocolate festival, with stands selling artisan sweets and hot chocolate from 7-9 October, while 14-16 October sees the annual chestnut festival return to Rocca dei Papi, featuring hot roast chestnuts and food stands galore. Trains to the principal towns of Frascati, Marino and Albano Laziale depart regularly from Termini station.

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