Romantic Rome City Breaks
Brimming with ancient ruins, effortless contemporary chic and exuding romance from every nook and cranny, Rome city breaks are like no other. Seducing culture vultures, history fans and art lovers from all corners of the globe, this hub is a fantastic way to discover Italy.
Despite its wealth of renowned landmarks and monuments, Rome is much more than an enduring ancient civilisation. Stylish boutiques, trendy cafes and the graceful cool of the locals combine to create a city with its feet firmly in the present. Rome city breaks are prefect for those looking to get away and sink into the beauty of one of the world’s greatest destinations.
Elegant Hotels and Charming Apartments
Rome is a city of many different facets. Whether you are visiting for a family holiday, short city break or romantic getaway, you are sure to find a place to call home somewhere tucked away in one of Rome’s cobbled streets.
If you are keen to soak up legendary legacy on your city breaks to Rome, head to the historic city centre where a wealth of beautiful hotels and apartments can be found. Here you will be in close proximity to the incredible Pantheon ruins, stunningly gothic churches and the imposing Campo de’ Fiori.
To explore the more contemporary side of this fascinating city, work your way towards the buzz of the modern centre. Countless stylish hotels, chic boutiques and experimental restaurants can be found here, and this neighbourhood benefits from its proximity to the beautiful historic Rome.
Most popular Rome hotels
Fragrance ST Peter Hotel
The K Boutique Hotel
Hotel Romanico Palace
c-hotels Club House Roma
Nova Domus Hotel
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Rome City Couples Holidays
Rome is a wonderful city for a romantic getaway: just look at the love story of Roman Holiday or the recent Woody Allen film, To Rome With Love. During the day you should make a pilgrimage to the main film locations with a Vespa tour or walking tour which explores the real-life places you've seen on screen. For more information, see the Rome film map on the blog.
The city is particularly beautiful at night and there are some excellent restaurants and bars to enjoy delicious candlelit meals or a quiet drink for two. Couples can enjoy a wide selection of boutique hotels and even spas and, during the day, enjoy strolling through the cobblestone streets and piazzas, and stop for a picnic in one of the lush green parks.
Italian food is world-renowned for its variety and sumptuous flavours and a trip to Rome is the ideal place to enjoy some authentic dishes. As well as delicious pizzas, you'll find that the local cheese, wine and pastries are superb. If you're on a health kick then don't panic as there are many healthy meals you can enjoy without compromising on taste, such as fresh salads, soups and seafood.
Try to head out of the tourist areas to find some really authentic spots. Italians love their coffee and a cappuccino or espresso is ideal mid-morning with a light snack.
Romans enjoy drinks and hors d’oeuvres, or aperitivi and antipasti, before dinner in one of the attractive piazzas. After dinner, there are many bars, clubs and live music venues, as well as Irish pubs. For something a little different, there are plenty of theatres and performing arts venues, hosting music and dance, as well as theatre, though it will be in Italian. Rome Opera Ballet and the RAI Symphony Orchestra are well-worth seeing.
Rome City Family Holidays
Rome is one of the cultural capitals of the world. Must-sees include the famous sights such as the Colosseum, Spanish Steps and the breathtaking Sistine Chapel. The city is full of beautiful squares, or piazzas, including the Piazza della Rotonda, spread out in front of the Pantheon. Rome is full of top galleries and museums; some of the best including the Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna and the superb Vatican Museum.
Rome is a fashion capital, and the famous Via Condotti is the main street for high fashion and designer stores. The other main shopping areas include Bia del Corso and the surrounding streets, with a mixture of high end and affordable boutiques and chain stores. There are several large shopping malls, gift shops in the main tourist areas and La Rinascentre, Rome’s first ever department store, opened in 1887.
Ostia is a residential town just outside the centre of Rome. It can be reached in about 40 minutes and is a pleasant place to visit and relax on the beautiful beach, Lido di Ostia; a welcome break from the bustle of the city. There are also several well-known Etruscan cities near Rome, including the incredible preserved Cerveteri, an UNESCO World Heritage Site. If you’re up for the journey, the famous Pompeii is around 3 hours from the city.
Fans of Italian food will be spoilt for choice in Rome. The city is full of restaurant choices, but for some really authentic cuisine, head out of the touristy areas to residential parts and eat where the Romans do. Be sure to try some real pizza and stop for a delicious Italian espresso and sweet pastry. Another must is a gelateria, an Italian ice cream parlour.
Rome City Sightseeing Holidays
One of Rome’s most famous landmarks, the Colosseum is a must-see on any holiday to Rome. Known officially as the Flavian Amphitheatre, it once sat over 50,000 and saw bloody battles between gladiators and exotic animals.
The stunning Trevi Fountain, made famous in the film Three Coins in the Fountain, is now one of Rome’s most popular sights. Hidden away in the Piazza di Trevi, it gleams in gold baroque style with Ocean, a bearded figure in a chariot, at its centre. You'll find that the fountain is a lot bigger than it looks in the photos! In order to make sure you return to Rome, you must throw a coin into the fountain.
The Roman Forum
The Roman Forum should also be part of your sightseeing tour. The political and religious heart of the whole Roman Empire, it is a must-see for anyone interested in the city's history. Wander around the ruins which include the Basilica Aemilia, the Arch of Titus and the Temple of Julius Caesar.
Vatican City, the home of Catholicism, is the only Papal state in the world. It is easily reached from Rome, even on foot, and is enjoyable exploring on foot, although a lot of it is not open to tourists – the best places to see is the Vatican Museum and Basilica of St. Peter, as well as the Swiss Papal Guards at the entrance of the city who protect the Pope.
It’s no secret that a huge part of this city’s undeniable charm stems from its artistic and architectural expertise. Rome is teeming with galleries and museums, showcasing works that span from its ancient Etruscan beginnings to the modern day. The more romantic, softer side of Roman art is also tangible within its ornate statues, stunningly crafted frescoes and magnificent renaissance churches. It’s easy to while away hours of a Rome city break exploring the masterpieces lining its marbled gallery walls.
It is impossible to not be tempted by the local cuisine on Rome City Breaks. You may think you know pizza, pasta and ice cream, but when you taste them in this city you will think again. Whether you fancy a gastro-chic dining experience or are happy to pull up a stool and tuck into a cheesy pizza slice, you will not be disappointed with the array of Italian cuisine on offer. That’s not to mention the local wines and beers that are a must for any connoisseur.
Aside from the decadent beauty and captivating historical significance that Rome city breaks offer, the city balances out its ancient magic with an unstoppable energy and appetite for fun. As well as scores of renowned designers who report to have ‘found themselves’ wandering Rome’s cobbled streets and who showcase their designs in its many boutiques, experimental chefs tempt travellers and locals alike with daring gastronomy feats, while trendy bars and clubs beckon all with edgy DJs and dusk-til-dawn parties. You know what they say – when in Rome…