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City Breaks in Rome

As one of the world's most historically enchanting cities, Rome has long been a must-see for European travellers. The city is home to many of the world's great artistic masterpieces:

  • Make sure to set your sights on St. Peter's Basilica;
  • Visit the Museo e Galleria Borghese for your share of Botticelli and Caravaggio
  • Explore some of the ruins of Ancient Rome; 
  • Book a guided tour around the Colosseum.

Guide to Rome on city breaks

Start your visit to Rome by setting off on foot from your hotel to explore the heart of the city centre. Spend time lounging in the sun at the foot of the Spanish Steps in the Piazza di Spagna, before taking a stroll to view the magnificent Trevi Fountain.

Book a guided tour around the Colosseum, built between 70-80 AD, to take in the stunning architecture, view its underground chambers and get a feel for what it might have been like to enter the arena as a competing gladiator. Next door you'll find the Roman Forum, an incredibly important archaeological site filled with the ruins of the city's ancient government buildings.  

If you've time, pay a visit to the Vatican to explore St Peter's Basilica, the largest church in the world. The wonderfully ornate building took 150 years to construct and contains numerous exceptional works of art, along with ornate marble carvings. The nearby Sistine Chapel with its stunning ceiling by Michelangelo is also a must-see. 

Museums and galleries

There's a host of museums worth visiting while in Rome but you're unlikely to be able to fit them all in during a single trip. Head to the Vatican Museums to view works by masters including da Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio. Alternatively, the Borghese Gallery houses one of the world's best art collections, including pieces by Titian and Bernini. Finish off the day at Palazzo Altemps, to the north of Piazza Navona, where you'll find an outstanding collection of sculptures.

Eating and drinking

Fabulous food is on offer at every turn in Rome. Whether you're looking for a small trattoria where you'll be able to enjoy a relaxed lunch and escape the midday sun, or a leading restaurant offering a fine dining experience, you'll have a wealth of options to choose from. An excellent pizza menu is on offer at La Pizzetteria, while Agata e Romeo is a great option if you're looking for a wide choice of local and regional specialities.  

For an afternoon snack or a post dinner treat, track down some Italian-style ice cream, known as gelato. Try ci gusta! Roma on Via della Palombella or Gelateria del Teatro on Via dei Coronari.

Rome is also featured in our guide to luxury and romantic city breaks pages.

How to spend a weekend in Rome