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Rome City Breaks

Sometimes called the world's biggest open-air museum, a holiday or city break in Rome should be on everyone's bucket list. A mighty centre of power for some 3000 years, Rome is home to some of the world’s most iconic sights, from the Colosseum to the Vatican, and it’s a challenge to get around the city without bumping into yet another historical landmark.

Fortunately, we offer many different ways to get the most out of your time in the Eternal City thanks to our extensive selection of Rome city breaks, holidays and escorted tours.

Best Places to Stay


Just a short stroll from the Colosseum, Forum and Termini station, Monti is Rome’s hippest neighbourhood. Monti is a local-mainly area, so it’s the perfect place to experience the real Rome that many tourists miss.

If you opt to stay around here, look out for the majestic Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore, which was first built in the 5th century and make sure you indulge in a spot of people watching in Piazza Della Madonna dei Monti, which is centred around a pretty Renaissance fountain.

Pantheon & Piazza Navona
Pantheon & Piazza Navona

The area to opt for if you want to be able to walk everywhere and don’t mind braving a few crowds of tourists, visitors staying here can immerse themselves in the historic centre of Rome.

The area’s major landmarks are Piazza Novana, famed for its magnificent central water feature, the Fountain of Four Rivers by Bernini and nearby Campo Fiori, which is known for its lively market.

Spanish Steps
Spanish Steps

The area surrounding the Spanish Steps combines both an accessible city-centre location with a leafy setting.

The neighbourhood is situated close to the beautiful Villa Borghese, a peaceful landscaped park that spans 80 hectares and includes a renowned art gallery which makes it ideal for families or anyone who want to be close to nature without compromising on location.


Sitting on the west bank of Rome’s Tiber river, just below Vatican City, Travestere is a lively and artistic neighbourhood.

Populated by locals, the area has many great restaurants and bars as well as a good selection of hotels.

Soak up the bohemian atmosphere as you wander the pretty cobbled streets, which are just a 30-minute walk from Rome’s main attractions.

Things to do


An incredible feat of ancient engineering, designed as a temple for the worship of all the gods, the current structure was completed in 120 AD under the orders of Emperor Hadrian who, as an architectural enthusiast, enlisted the expertise of acclaimed Greek architect Apollodorus of Damascus.

The highlight of this Roman landmark is the incredible dome and oculus, a circular opening at the top of the dome and, today, the Pantheon still holds the record for the largest unsupported dome in the world.



For a true taste of Roman cuisine and culinary heritage, head to Testaccio Market.

Filled with over 100 stalls, this lively local market sells top quality fresh produce and is worth visiting for the atmosphere and spectacle alone.

Don’t leave without sampling a sandwich from Mordi e Vai. Carnivores will love its brisket stuffed sandwiches, but there’s also a delicious braised artichoke version for non-meat eaters.

Testaccio Market


Home to some of the most valuable and mind-blowing artistic treasures in the world, it would be very remiss to experience a Rome city break and not stop by the Vatican.

Whilst it may be overly optimistic to attempt to see every exhibit contained within the Vatican Museums (the hallways span over 7km), it’s certainly worth making a beeline for the Raphael frescoes and, of course, Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel.



Easily one of the world’s most exceptional private art collections, art lovers in Rome should prioritise a trip to Galleria Borghese. This 17th-century mansion is the former home of Cardinal Scipione Borghese who was an avid collector and patron of the arts. As a result, the priceless artworks on display include Masters such as Titian, Raphael, Bernini and Caravaggio.

If the weather is good, head outside to explore the verdant 80 hectares oasis of the Borghese Gardens.

Galleria Borghese


Be it cacio e pepe or carbonara, Rome is the birthplace of some of Italy’s most loved pasta dishes and, when in Rome, it’d be rude not to indulge in one or two local specialities.

There’s much discussion over the key to a perfect spaghetti carbonara, but the essentials are that it should never include cream and should always be made with guanciale or pancetta.

We recommend booking a table at new Trattoria Santo Palato, which is already receiving rave reviews for chef Sarah Cicolini’s masterful renditions of classic Roman dishes.



One of the earliest and most important roads in the Roman empire, the Appian Way was Rome’s arterial vein which connected the capital to Naples and Puglia.

Built at the request of Appius Claudius Caecus, the route was constructed in 312 BC and was the longest and widest road to date.

Appian Way

Best Ways to Get Around


The historic centre of Rome may be relatively small, but the city itself is large and sprawling, which means you’d be wise to make use of the capital’s public transport system.

Walking should be your first preference, but if you want to venture further out, then the metro and bus are the most inexpensive and convenient options.

Rome’s metro stops are somewhat limited as the city only has two metro lines, but fortunately all tickets bought for the metro are also valid for the bus and are typically available at newstands, tobacconists and Metro stations or large bus stops.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Rome has two airports, Leonardo da Vinci Fiumicino and Ciampino.

    At 15km from the heart of Rome, Ciampino is significantly closer to the city centre, and the airport is served by plenty of shuttle bus services that ferry passengers into Rome.

    Fiumicino is the Italian capital’s international airport and, as a result, it’s much bigger than Ciampino. It’s 30 km from Rome city centre, and the quickest way to get into Rome is by train. The Leonardo Express train, which takes 30 minutes and runs directly to Rome Termini station every half an hour, is the fastest route into town.