Rome Holidays

The capital city of Rome is Italy’s masterwork. You can marvel at the Colosseum, Vatican City and Roman Forum with just 48 hours in the city, thanks to a UNESCO-listed historic centre with a roll call of millennia-old ruins and soaring domes.

Away from the well-worn paths, Rome has plenty of surprises up its sleeve. Dive into tangled medieval neighbourhoods like Trastevere for narrow trattoria-lined streets and hidden chapels - the area comes alive at night with locals enjoying an aperitivo before heading out to dinner. Discover the city's stunning piazzas, framed by ornate buildings and boasting intricate baroque fountains. Or take some time out in the manicured Villa Borghese gardens with ancient villas that showcase some of history's most revered works of art.

And just when you think you’ve seen it all, the city changes. An ever-changing flow of new restaurants, art exhibitions and festivals means that there’s always an excuse to revisit Rome.

  • 111 rooms
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Hotel Victoria is a perfect base for exploring Rome. It's on the beautiful Via Veneto with the Borghese Gardens a short walk away and the city's historic sights close by. It's a traditional hotel with a great service and a stunning roof terrace where you can chill out with a drink at the end of the day.

  • from£487pp
  • 40 rooms

The hotel is located in central Rome near the Villa Borghese gardens. The contemporary interior combined with the traditional 19th century architecture gives it a boutique feel. Enjoy a great service form the friendly staff and comfy rooms to go back to at the end of the day.

  • from£476pp
  • 36 rooms

Located a few steps from the world famous Via Veneto, this hotel offers comfort with a mix of modern and traditional styling. It's close to lots of the city's sights including the Trevi Fountain and Spanish Steps, which are a five-minute walk away. 

  • from£343pp
  • 40 rooms

Hotel Donatello is a warm and welcoming, family-run hotel and a convenient base from which to explore Rome. The San Lorenzo and Pigneto districts are on the doorstep and it's just a 100 metre walk to the nearest bus and metro stations. 

  • from£601pp
  • 43 rooms

Hotel Palazzo Navona has a lovely modern design, incredibly comfy rooms and a fab rooftop bar where you can have a drink during the summer. We love the views from here! The location's spot on too - it's just around the corner from our favourite square, Piazza Navona, and very close to the Pantheon. 

  • from£509pp
  • 127 rooms

Part of the illustrious SINA brand of hotels, the Bernini Bristol Hotel is nestled between the Via Veneto and Piazza Barberini making it the perfect base for taking in the sights including the Trevi Fountain and Spanish Steps.

  • 236 rooms
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With its chic and simplistic decor, the Starhotels Metropole is an idyllic base for exploring all of the sites the historical city of Rome has to offer including the majestic Opera House and famous Trevi Fountain. 


Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica (3 hours)

Take a guided tour of the Vatican Museums - home to one of the most extensive art collections in the world! With skip the line tickets and an expert guide you'll get to see the stunning frescoes, statues and tapestries. Complete your visit to the Vatican with a visit St. Peter's Basilica and the world-renowned Sistine Chapel.

Departs: Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri & Sat from 01 Apr – 31 Oct

Price: £61pp – includes entrance fees. Hotel pick up and drop off is not included

Imperial Rome: Colosseum, Palatine Hill & Roman Forum (2 hours 30)

Visit the three most famous symbols of Ancient Rome - the Coliseum, Palatine Hill and the Roman Forum. With our expert local guide, you'll explore the archaeological area before entering the Coliseum to uncover its history of gladiator fights, recreations of battles, brutal executions and exhibitions of exotic animals. From Palatine Hill, the seat of the Emperor’s Palaces, admire the views over the Forum and the Circus Maximus. Finally, visit of the Roman Forum, the political and economic centre of the Empire. Skip the line tickets included. Not suitable for guests with limited mobility.

Departs: Daily from 01 Apr – 23 Oct

Price: £51pp – includes entrance fees. Hotel pick up and drop off is not included

Panoramic Open Top Bus Tour (24 – 48 hours)

This two-hour bus tour of Rome is a great introduction to the city and stops off at some of the most popular sights. Stay for the whole tour, listening to the taped commentary about the city, or hop on and hop off at your leisure. The tickets are valid for an unlimited number of circuits or stops for 24 or 48 hours after your initial boarding - so it’s a great way to get around the city seeing the sights.

Departs: Daily from 01 Apr – 31 Oct

Price: £23pp/£30pp – hotel pick up and drop off is not included

Angels & Demons Tour (4 hours)

Discover the secrets if the Illuminati on this tour that was inspired by Dan Brown’s novel. You’ll follow in the footsteps of Dr. Robert Langdon and visit locations from the movie including Santa Maria del Popolo Church, Piazza del Popolo, St. Peter's Square and Piazza Navona to follow the ‘Path of Illumination’.

Departs: Tue, Fri & Sat from 28 Mar – 31 Oct

Price: £60pp – includes entrance fees to Castel San Angelo. Hotel pick up and drop off is not included.

Crypts & Catacombs Tour (3 hours 30)

With millennia of history, Rome is home to some truly fascinating sites. On this tour, you’ll

Head into the Eternal City’s underground burial chambers and crypts from across the ages, to uncover millennia of history. On this tour you’ll visit the fascinating sited of the Cappuccini Crypt that was decorated entirely with human bones, the Domitilla Catacombs (an ancient Christian burial ground) and the Church of San Clemente that has a pagan temple with ruins reaching 57 feet deep.

Departs: Daily from 28 Mar – 14 Nov

Price: £67pp – includes entrance fees. Hotel pick up and drop off is not included.

Trastevere Evening Food Stroll (3 hours 30)

Our passionate local food and wine expert will take you through Campo de'Fiori, Jewish Ghetto and Trastevere, where you'll uncover some of Rome’s best-kept foodie secrets. As you wander, you'll visit celebrated bakeries, delicatessens and wine bars, where you'll have the chance to taste some of Rome’s culinary delights. You'll be introduced to typical Roman specialties such as supplì, steaming rice balls oozing mozzarella, or slice of pizza ‘al taglio’. After strolling through the Trastevre area you'll be ready to sit and relax in a typical romantic trattoria in Trastevere, for your evening meal. Here you can taste different pastas accompanied by fantastic local wines. End your gastronomic feast with some classic Italian gelato from a local gelateria. 

Departs: Mon, Wed & Fri from 01 Apr - 31 Oct

Price: £96pp - Includes food and wine tasting, a local food guide & a sit-down dinner. Hotel pick up and drop off is not included.

Pasta Making & Tiramisu (3 hours)

As any Italian will proudly tell you, the best cooks in Italy are the beloved ‘Nonne’ (grandmas).  This class is a chance for you to learn to cook recipes that have been passed from generation to generation. You'll be welcomed with drinks and antipasti before you begin cooking. Discover how best to stuff ravioli, create the distinct tortellini twist and cook up a delicious ‘sugo’ (sauce) to perfectly coat fresh tagliatelle or fettuccini. Finish off by learning how to make the quintessential finale to any Italian meal, tiramisu. 

Available: Mon, Wed & Fri from 01 Apr - 31 Oct

Price: £76pp - hotel pick up and drop off is not included

Pizza & Gelato Making Class (2 hours 30)

Learn how to make two Italian staples - pizza and gelato. Make pizzas from scratch, knead the dough and cover with your favourite fresh seasonal toppings, to get those mouth-watering flavours only achievable in Italy. Then with the help of our expert chef make some creamy delicious gelato. The reward comes at the end when you'll sit down to enjoy your food with a glass of wine, beer or a soft drink and good company.

Departs: Tues, Thu, Sat & Sun from 01 Apr – 31 Oct

Price: £81pp – hotel pickup and drop off not included

Resort Combination

Rome’s location makes it easy to pair with other destinations in Italy. Jump on the high-speed train and be whisked to Sorrento or the stunning Amalfi Coast; you could be in the centre of Florence in less than 3 hours; or head to the airport for a flight to Sardinia for a perfectly contrasting holiday of city and beach.

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Things To Do

Of all of Italy’s beautiful cities, Rome has to be the most captivating. With more than 3,000 years of history, there is more to see here than any other city in the world. Most of its wonders are not in the museums but in the streets, so it’s just as enjoyable to simply stroll around the city centre and take in the unique atmosphere.

Vatican City and the Sistine Chapel
No visit to Rome is complete without spending time at the Vatican, the world’s smallest sovereign state. We'd recommend planning to spend at least half a day here as the museums and grounds cover around seven kilometres worth of exhibits of Italy’s greatest masterpieces – most notably Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel. Arrive early to beat the crowds.

The Colosseum
The Colosseum is one of Rome’s most iconic landmarks. For over 450 years this impressive arena drew in the crowds as it hosted deadly gladiator combats, animal hunts and re-enactments of famous battles. First commissioned in 72 AD, this imposing building has stood the test of time and is still one of the city’s top attractions more than 2,000 years later.

Palatine Hill & Imperial Forum
The Roman Forum was at the very heart of ancient Rome and boats some of the city’s best-preserved monuments like original Roman roads, the magnificent Arch of Titus and the Basilica of Maxentius – the Forum’s largest structure. Head up the Palatine Hill for impressive views over the ruins. Booking onto a tour is highly recommended as a knowledgeable guide can highlight the most interesting monuments.

This is one of the best-preserved buildings of ancient Rome and dates back  to 27 AD. It stands an impressive 43-metres tall and the ancient marble floors are illuminated only by the seven-metre wide oculus in the roof. To this day, the Pantheon remains the world’s largest unreinforced concrete dome, a remarkable feat.

Spanish Steps
Rome’s famous Spanish Steps boast a majesty and beauty that attract tourists from around the world. You’ll find a bustling atmosphere around the 135 steps that link Piazza di Spagna and Trinita dei Monti Church. The area boasts its fair share of gelateria too, including the world famous San Crispino - grab a scoop or two and take some time out to admire the newly-restored Fontana della Baraccia at the bottom of the steps.

Trevi Fountain
The Fontana di Trevi depicts Neptune's chariot being led by Tritons with seahorses. It was completed in 1762 and has recently been restored to almost its former glory. Tucked away in a small piazza, the fountain attracts many tourists who admire the intricate marble and throw in a coin to ensure their return to Rome someday.

Villa Borghese Gardens & Museums
These centrally-located gardens offer a peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. There’s more than 148 acres of grounds to explore – take a picnic and enjoy an al fresco lunch on the manicured grass. The gardens house some incredible sights including an exact replica of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and an ingenious water-powered clock. There are also several beautiful villas nestled within the grounds, one housing the Galleria Borghese Museum that has works of art from Bernini, Raffaello and Titian.

Piazza Navona
This busy square is one of Rome’s most beautiful open spaces. Impressive baroque fountains, including the famous Fountain of the Four Rivers, take centre stage and the piazza is surrounded with lively cafés, restaurants and the Church of Sant'Agnese. Street performers, artists and market traders are here regularly, making Piazza Navona an ideal spot to stop for a coffee before continuing sightseeing.

For a taste of authentic Rome, hop across the River to the Trastevere neighbourhood. It’s an ideal place to head in the evenings for dinner in a local trattoria before enjoying one of the many local bars. During the day, you’ll find shops lining the cobbled streets and historic churches to explore.

Appian Way
The Appian Way is the remains of a road built in 312BC to connect Rome with Capua. No road has ever matched the importance of this one. Today you can explore to historic remains and enjoy the many monuments that line the paths.

Aventine Hill
Aventine Hill is a great place for a quiet stroll away from the busy centre of the city. And it hides a secret - from here you can see one of the best views of St. Peter’s Basilica from Knights of Malta keyhole. A quiet residential area sits at Aventine’s core and is fringed with important churches and green gardens.

Local foods to try

Coda alla Vaccinara is an oxtail and vegetable stew that is cooked slowly and enjoyed over pasta.

Spaghetti Cacio e Pepe is a simple yet elegant dish with spaghetti cooked with parmesan and black pepper.

Carciofi alla Romana or ‘Roman artichokes’ are very popular in the city. Try them deep fried or steamed with garlic and herbs.

Pizza al Taglio is Rome’s take on pizza and is a range of personal pizzas or flatbreads with fresh toppings.

Supplì are rice croquettes cooked with tomato sauce, wrapped around mozzarella and deep fried.

Good to know

  • Buy a Roma Pass for discounted entry into many museums and archaeological sites plus free public transport for 48 or 72 hours
  • Head to Aventine Hill for a unique view of St. Peter's Basilica through a keyhole
  • Remember to toss a coin into the Trevi Fountain to ensure your return to Rome - nearly €700,000 worth of coins are thrown in each year!
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