Rome city breaks

Discover the history of Italy's capital on a city break in Rome

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. 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.

What to see on a Rome city break

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.

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Why book a Rome holiday with Inghams

We've carefully picked our hotels in Rome to offer good quality and a fantastic location. They're all central so the sights are in easy reach. Enhance your stay with our fantastic range of excursions too - we've got everything from pizza making to walking tours of the tops sights. Your holiday is in safe hands with Inghams.

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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.

  • 40 rooms
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This hotel's 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£416pp
  • 36 rooms
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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£283pp
  • 40 rooms
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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. 

  • 43 rooms
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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£457pp
  • 127 rooms
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Part of the illustrious SINA brand of hotels, the Bernini Bristol Hotel is located between 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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Starhotels Metropole is a great base for exploring all of the sites the historical city of Rome has to offer including the majestic Opera House and famous Trevi Fountain. The station's just around the corner and after a busy day, the hotel's comfy beds are great to sink in to.

Excursions

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Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's Basilica from £61 per person (3 hours)

Take a guided tour of the Vatican Museums and see 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 excursion with a visit to St. Peter's Basilica and the world-renowned Sistine Chapel.

Departs: Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri & Sat from 01 Apr – 31 Oct. Includes entrance fees. Excludes hotel pick up and drop off.

Imperial Rome: Colosseum, Palatine Hill & Roman Forum from £51 per person (2 hours 30 mins)

Visit the three most famous symbols of Ancient Rome - the Colosseum, Palatine Hill and the Roman Forum. With an expert local guide, you'll uncover the history of gladiator fights in the Colosseum, admire the views over the Forum and the Circus Maximus from Palatine Hill and visit the Roman Forum, the political and economic centre of the Empire. Skip the line tickets are included. Not suitable for guests with limited mobility.

Departs: Daily from 01 Apr – 23 Oct. Includes entrance fees. Excludes hotel pick up and drop off.

Panoramic Open Top Bus Tour from £23 per person (24 hours) or £30 per person (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.

Departs: Daily from 01 Apr – 31 Oct

Angels & Demons Tour from £60 per person (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. Includes entrance fees to Castel San Angelo. Excludes hotel pick up and drop off.

Crypts & Catacombs Tour from £67 per person (3 hours 30 mins)

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 sites 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. Includes entrance fees. Excludes hotel pick up and drop off.

Trastevere Evening Food Stroll from £96 per person (3 hours 30 mins)

Join a passionate local food and wine expert through Campo de'Fiori, the Jewish Ghetto and Trastevere. Visit celebrated bakeries, delicatessens and wine bars to taste some of Rome’s culinary delights. You'll be introduced to  specialties like supplì (steaming rice balls with mozzarella) and pizza ‘al taglio’. After, relax in a typical trattoria in Trastevere for dinner and taste different pastas accompanied by local wines. End your gastronomic feast with some classic Italian gelato from a local gelateria. 

Departs: Mon, Wed & Fri from 01 Apr - 31 Oct. Includes food and wine tasting, a local food guide & a sit-down dinner. Excludes hotel pick up and drop off.

Pasta Making & Tiramisu from £76 per person (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 tiramisu. 

Available: Mon, Wed & Fri from 01 Apr - 31 Oct. Excludes hotel pick up and drop off.

Pizza & Gelato Making Class from £81 per person (2 hours 30 mins)

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 an expert chef, make some creamy 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.

Departs: Tues, Thu, Sat & Sun from 01 Apr – 31 Oct. Excludes hotel pickup and drop off.

We act at all times as a selling agent for the suppliers. All excursions require minimum numbers to run and are subject to change. Some excursions may not be available to pre-book in low season but may be available to book locally subject to numbers. Prices will be confirmed at the time of booking. Please see our Terms & Conditions.

Things To Do

Things to see and do

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: Spend at least half a day here as the museums and grounds cover around seven kilometres of exhibits, most notably Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel. Arrive early to beat the crowds
  • The Colosseum: 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
  • Palatine Hill & Imperial Forum: The Roman Forum was at the very heart of ancient Rome and has some of the city’s best-preserved monuments
  • Pantheon: One of the best-preserved buildings of ancient Rome, dating back  to 27 AD
  • Spanish Steps: We love the 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!
  • Trevi Fountain: Tucked away in a small piazza, the fountain is a must-see to admire the intricate marble details
  • 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
  • Piazza Navona: Impressive baroque fountains, including the famous Fountain of the Four Rivers, take centre stage here and the piazza is surrounded with lively cafés and restaurants
  • Trastevere: For a taste of authentic Rome, hop across the River to Trastevere. It’s a great place to have dinner

Food & drink

While you're in Rome, make sure you try some of our favourite dishes. 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 too. Try them deep fried or steamed with garlic and herbs. Try Rome's take on pizza with pizza al taglio. They're a range of personal pizzas or flatbreads with fresh toppings, best eaten in front of a fountain in a piazza.

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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