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Rome

Rome, the Eternal City, the Capital of the World, the City of Love – for millennia the iconic Italian capital has captured the imaginations and hearts of holidaymakers, cementing it in the history books as a luxury holiday destination that’s not to be beaten. With narrow winding streets and broad tree-lined avenues lined by restaurants, bars and boutiques, Rome is a vibrant and lively gem of a destination, where you can sate your historical curiosity, clamouring for culture and your hunger for exquisite food all at once.
 
Rome’s great beauty is thanks to centuries as a capital of world art and culture, from the time of the Roman Emperors through the Renaissance to the Roaring Twenties and the present day. Great artists and architects have left their mark on the city, and the likes of Virgil, Michelangelo, J.M.W. Turner, Federico Fellini and Orson Welles have been inspired by the city’s beauty. Follow in the footsteps of the greats and fill your Instagram feed with views from the top of Rome’s seven hills, images of baroque palazzos or even the exquisitely prepared food found on every street. 
 
Ever since the great dinner parties of the ancient aristocrats, Rome has been a hub for nightlife and entertainment, and its avenues and streets abound with bars and nightclubs that continue this tradition into modern times. Whether you prefer the chic wine bars of Navona or the lively vibrant clubs and discos of Testaccio and Ostiense, you’re certain to have one of the best nights out of your life, and the social, laissez-faire atmosphere that really embodies Italian culture is certain to infect you too.
 
As a destination for history buffs, Rome simply can’t be beaten. Whether you’re a major nerd for Renaissance architecture or simply have a casual interest in gladiators, popes or World War II, Rome is certain to satisfy your thirst for knowledge with its range of monuments and museums from the ancient Roman Forum to the Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps and Altar of the Fatherland. To make the most of your visit to the Eternal City, make sure to book yourself a place on one of the myriad of walking tours available, so you can experience as many of the marvellous treasures of Rome as possible.
 
If you prefer a more laid-back getaway, the relaxed atmosphere present across every aspect of Italian life makes for the perfect destination for you too. The gorgeous climate of the Mediterranean Basin makes sunbathing and siestas a necessity, giving you the perfect excuse to kick back and unwind – you are on holiday after all. If you fancy heading to a quaint café and people watching in the sunshine or simply want to recline on your hotel terrace and enjoy a glass of prosecco, whatever your guilty pleasure, Rome can indulge you.
 
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A decent camera is a must when visiting Rome – every corner offers stunning monuments or glorious views that you’ll definitely want to capture to ensure you never forget your trip to this iconic city.

 
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  • Time difference: UTC +1
  • Currency: EUR
  • Flying time to destination:
    2-hours and 30-minutes from London
  • Instagram Opportunity: Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels and Martyrs

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Rome In A Nutshell

  • Italian food is a favourite the world over, and Rome is the perfect place to go to experience everything that this vibrant cuisine can offer. Almost every street is lined with restaurants, bars and cafés that can serve a dazzling variety of pastas and pizzas, as well as seafood, stews and soups, that will suit even the pickiest of eaters. The hallmark of Roman food in particular is the extensive use of fresh and flavourful ingredients from the Lazio region that surrounds the city, where herbs, vegetables, meat and exquisite cheeses have been produced for centuries.
     
  • For an authentic taste of Roman cuisine, head to the Testaccio district to the south, famous for both the ancient Pyramid of Caius Cestius and Monte dei Cocci, and for being Rome’s culinary capital. Nowadays it’s packed with retro style restaurants and boutiques which showcase some of the traditional tastes of the city, including coda alla vaccinaria (oxtail stew) and carciofi alla guidia (Jewish-style artichokes). Artichokes are very popular in the city and can be prepared in an astonishing variety of ways – one particularly delicious style is carciofi alla romana, in which the artichokes are sautéed with parsley and garlic.
     
  • Pasta is a staple of the Roman diet, and some of the most globally iconic pasta dishes have their origins in this city, including carbonara, amatriciana and gricia. A favourite of the Eternal City is the simple yet delicious cacio e pepe, which is created using just pecorino cheese and ground black pepper – a refreshing meal perfect for reinvigorating the tired traveller. Not all the pasta dishes you’re used to will be found on the menus here – several are inventions of America or Britain – so be sure to let your adventurous side out and try something new. 
     
After Dark Destinations 
 
  • Rome has been a centre of entertainment and culture since the times of Julius Caesar and Cicero, and it’s no different today. Bars and nightclubs are a major part of Roman life and make its ‘Eternal City’ epithet all the more appropriate, as the fun continues throughout both day and night. Shari Vari Play House is located just south of the Pantheon and by day it’s an excellent restaurant that showcases the best of Italian fine-dining, while by night it becomes one of the most unique and exclusive nightclubs in Rome, reminiscent of a 1950s playhouse or saloon. 
     
  • The up-and-coming Pigneto neighbourhood hosts the charming Necci Bar, whose picturesque courtyard garden is ambiently lit until closing time at 1am – the ideal spot to relax of an evening with a large glass of wine and chat with your friends. Of a morning, the venue transforms into an excellent breakfast bar where the itinerant Briton can stop and refuel on a continental or a full English before starting their day of exploring the city
     
  • With 18 Michelin-starred restaurants across the city, Rome is certainly a destination for those who love some fine dining, and the plethora of family-run cafés and bistros that dot the streets are equally perfect if you want a taste of authentic Roman cuisine. Whether you want an evening of refined gastronomy or a night on the town followed by some classic Italian street food, you’re guaranteed to have your needs met here. 
     
Soak Up The Culture 
 
  • Experience La Dolce Vita – the sweet life – in the illustrious Roman suburb of Ludovisi, where celebrities and diplomats have wined and dined and socialised since the 1880s. The hallmark of the highlife in Rome is the Via Veneto – Italy’s answer to Knightsbridge, the Champs-Élysées or Tauentzienstraße. Elegant and sophisticated, it is lined by illustrious hotels and restaurants with Michelin stars and Gault Millau points abounding, and if you keep an eye out you might spot a famous face or two. Over the years its bars and lounges have attracted Aubrey Hepburn, Orson Welles, Coco Chanel and Gary Cooper, among others, and Federico Fellini’s magnum opus was centred on the street and its neighbourhood due to the all-pervading sense of class and refinement to be found here.
     
  • Dotted all over Rome are a dazzling variety of beautiful churches, from the ancient Pantheon to the Renaissance masterpieces of Michelangelo and Ferdinando Fuga. Most are open to the public and all are well worth a visit to marvel at the wealth of art and history present in these gorgeous buildings – there’s more to Rome than just the Vatican. The Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore just off Via Cavour is certainly not to be missed and contains several mosaics dating from the 5th century – some of the oldest depictions of the Virgin Mary in the world. In Ludovisi you can find the church of Santa Maria della Concezione dei Cappuccini, whose huge ossuary is one of the grandest in Europe. One of Michelangelo’s greatest works is the church of Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri on the Piazza della Repubblica, which sits within the 3rd-century Baths of Diocletian and features one of the oldest meridians still in use.
     
  • Of course we can’t talk about Rome without discussing some of the spectacular monuments that represent the vestiges of the empire that once bore the city’s name. The Roman Forum in the south of the city is one of the greatest sights in all of Europe to experience the majesty and grandeur that made Rome such an iconic city for three millennia. From the Colosseum to the Arch of Septimus Severus and the Circus Maximus to Trajan’s Column, the sheer scale and opulence of this iconic ancient capital is clear to see everywhere you turn. Your Instagram feed is sure to be packed with views of the Eternal City’s monuments and masterpieces, and your historical curiosity is bound to be sated. 


     
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