St Ambrose's famous advice to St Augustine ‘When in Rome do as the Romans do, when elsewhere, live as they live elsewhere’. This amazing historic and artistic capital of the world traces its roots back over 2000 years and begs its visitors to enjoy its sights, its treasures, its food, its wines and its people. City breaks to Rome are second to none in a destination fit for an emperor.
Rome certainly wasn't built in one day, and for thousands of year’s merchants, pilgrims and tourists have wended their way towards this magical city which crowns seven hills along the winding banks of the Tiber. Rome has unarguably the richest, fullest history of any city on earth. There is undoubtedly, no shortage of things to see and do on Rome holidays.
Its position in the world's greatest Empire, its significance as a religious and cultural centre, its turbulent centuries of upheaval and aristocratic and papal rivalries have led to a culturally, architecturally and artistically unique city. But Rome is far from simply being a museum: it's a colourful and vibrant living city whose food, culture, scenery and ambiance make for an exciting city destination. From the bustling streets and the whir of Vespa’s whizzing in and out through the roads, holidays in Rome are lively, exciting and certainly entertaining.
With its fantastic heritage there is no doubt that the city’s main attraction is its ancient archaeological sites located in and around the centre. From the iconic Colosseum, the Spanish Steps, St Pete’s Basilica, to the beautiful Fonata di Trevi and the Roman Forum, holidays to Rome ensure a packed itinerary. This buzzing metropolis has everything you would want from a luxury European city break. From the local’s vibrant and enigmatic culture to the excellent transport links, the city really is your oyster!
Rome is a world centre for style and design, with some of the most exclusive shops, trendy bars and clubs, as well as a huge choice of places to eat, from sophisticated restaurants to more traditional trattorias. Enjoy an espresso or cappuccino and cornetto (croissant) for breakfast in any local bar or café, and for a light lunch, choose a tavola calda; a bar with informal tables serving a variety of hot and cold dishes. The food is of course, all highly recommended on city breaks to Rome although; it is also well deserved after a long morning or afternoon of sight-seeing.
For evening dining, the word ristorante usually indicates a more elaborate establishment than a cosy trattoria or rustic osteria, but the distinction can become blurred. Delicious fresh ingredients are used, and visitors will delight in the wide choices of antipasti, soups, pasta, pizza, meat, fish, contorno (vegetables), and cheese; local carafes and bottled vintage wines are of course widely available. Desserts are usually gelato, panna cotta, or zabaglione, which should be sent back if not served warm! For those looking to wine, dine, sight-see and experience this energetic culture, holidays to Rome are ideal.