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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.


If you've ever wondered what Rome's crumbling monuments must have looked like in all their glory, this experience is for you. Livitaly Tours have introduced virtual reality goggles to their Colosseum, Palatine Hill and Roman Forum tour, enabling you to glimpse a digital recreation of the city at the height of the Empire while you wander through the ruins. Suitable for all ages; tour lasts 3 hours. www.livitaly.com


In celebration of the 100th anniversary of Picasso's arrival in Rome, ushering in a new wave of creativity for the Spanish artist, Hotel de Russie (where the artist stayed) is hosting an exclusive exhibition of his ‘La Célastine' engravings, a series of dry-points, etchings and aquatints, open to guests and clients throughout the month of February. Have a drink in the hotel's Stravinskij bar to channel the spirit of 1917, or book a night or two in the recently refurbished Picasso Suite, with its own private terrace overlooking the Eternal City. https://www.roccofortehotels.com/promotions/promotion/celebrate-picasso-with-hotel-de-russie/hotel-de-russie/


Testaccio's former slaughterhouse complex has been transformed over the past decade, and is now a cultural hub in a series of very atmospheric halls. Housing a contemporary art gallery, MACRO Testaccio, an outdoor space for concerts and festivals, two restaurants and an organic supermarket, architecturally it's also a fascinating, 19th century industrial space that really left its mark on this corner of Rome. Entry is free except for concerts and certain exhibitions at MACRO. Piazza Orazio Giustiniani 4, Rome


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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