Enter a riotous world of chic, Vespa-riding locals, mighty ancient monuments, surreally beautiful churches and fantastic pizza and pasta – Rome holidays are simply full of romance and wonder. As the home of the Pope and the Catholic Church, Rome also has some of the world’s finest religious architecture and buildings filled with works by legendary artists like Michelangelo, Caravaggio and Raphael.
Its many glorious museums are crammed full of everything from Greek and Roman treasures to important contemporary art, and, in the centre of the city, vast monuments of ancient Rome still stand as they have done for more than 2,000 years. However, Rome is not just a museum city. It fizzes with life and energy. The sunny climate means that life is generally lived outdoors, and part of the joy of being here is taking an early evening stroll (the famous Italian ‘passeggiata’), before settling down to sip a drink in a piazza.
Rome has great food as well, which includes world-leading pasta, deceptively simple meat and fish dishes, and sizzling thin-crust pizzas, washed down with local wines. From the legendary Colosseum to film-star fountains and intimate restaurants, holidays to Rome will thrill gladiator-loving kids as much as honeymooning couples, and you’ll soon be planning a return visit.
Over 2,000 years old, this vast stadium still stands in central Rome. Visit it to see where wild beasts, prisoners and gladiators once fought to provide entertainment for the masses and their emperors.
The Sistine Chapel
In the Vatican Palace, this chapel is most famous for its ceiling, which Michelangelo painted in the 16th century. It is considered one of the world’s finest works of art.
The Trevi Fountain
Rome’s most famous fountain (and the setting of the famous scene in ‘La Dolce Vita’) almost fills a whole piazza. Tradition says that if you throw a coin in over your shoulder, you’ll return to Rome.