History is around every corner of Rome. From the Pantheon and the piazzas to Vatican City’s Sistine Chapel, the ‘Eternal City’ is one of the world’s most historically significant destinations. In Italy’s capital, you’ll discover cultural remnants of the Roman Empire, awe-inspiring Renaissance art, numerous historic landmarks as well as the culinary delights of la dolce vita – the sweet life.
A city break in Rome offers countless things to see and do, buy or eat. Some of the world’s most influential art is here – both inside museums and outside in the public squares and parks. Walk among ancient ruins of the Roman Empire or drop a coin in the Trevi Fountain. Buy Italian leather goods in the market and order fresh gnocchi at dinner.
One of the most iconic images in the world is the Colosseum. When you’re in Rome, no visit would be complete without a trip to the world’s largest amphitheatre. Built in the first century, it could hold up to 80,000 people and hosted events like chariot racing and gladiator games. In more recent times, it’s been a venue for concerts and theatrical performances. One of the main hubs of Italian history is the Roman Forum. It’s been called the most celebrated meeting place in the world and is home to shrines, temples and political buildings throughout the ages.
Although the Metro is useful for getting from A to B, the best way to see Rome is definitely on foot. Take a stroll around the city to marvel at the ancient architecture and famous landmarks. Rome is a sprawling city, but it’s easy to see all the sights if you know how. Start at the Roman Forum, before exploring the Colosseum and the Pantheon. This will then give you the perfect opportunity to stop for lunch and enjoy some authentic pasta or traditional gelato. Finally, visit the Vatican and St. Peter’s Bascilia for a view of the Sistine Chapel.
When in Rome, do as the Romans do, which in this case is sampling delicious, authentic food. There are hundreds of tasty restaurants in Rome, but there are some places you should make a special effort to visit. Head to Testaccio, a neighbourhood known for its delicious cuisine and rich history surrounding food. Its ancient port took deliveries of olives, grains and wine to the city, which are still firm favourites on Italy’s menu. Make sure you try some traditional thin-crust pizza by the slice, plenty of delicious pasta and leave room for gelato.
A city break in Rome isn’t complete without visiting this centre of the Catholic world. Vatican City is an area of Rome rich in romance, religion, culture and history. Home to the Pope, Vatican City has the world’s largest church and hundreds of ancient works of art. Climb up the 323 steps to the top of St. Peter’s Basilica’s dome. Once you’ve reached the highest point, you can enjoy staggering 360 degree views across the city. For art lovers, you’ll want to visit the Sistine Chapel which is home to the world famous Creation of Adam mural by Michelangelo.
There are plenty of places to go to after sundown in Rome. The cobbled streets are full of colourful characters, all looking for a night out in the Italian capital. Head to an Irish bar, which are surprisingly popular with Italian locals. Ostiense is the place to be, packed with bars, clubs of every genre and discos. Rome is a beautiful place to be, especially in the summer, where festival events become more frequent and draw in the crowds. If you fancy something more relaxed, go for pre-dinner drinks at one of the wine bar near Campo de’ Fiori.