City Breaks in Rome
If you are looking for a city break which is big on culture, why not visit Rome? Dubbed the Eternal City, Italy’s capital has been around for near 3,000 and has an abundance of museums and galleries to visit. However, Rome is not only for the art and history buffs. Great food, quirky shops, world-famous landmarks, there is something for everyone to enjoy in Rome!
The ‘centro storico’ area is the best place to stay in Rome if you are keen to immerse yourself in the history of the Eternal City. Although hotels in this area tend to be more expensive, it’s worth paying more if you want to be in close proximity to the major sites.
If you are planning a cheap city break, check out the hotels around the Termini Station. Here you can find a selection on pleasing but wallet-friendly places to stay. In addition, many hotels offer discounts on rooms during the quieter, winter and spring months.
On the other hand, if you are planning a luxury getaway, Rome’s luxury hotels are among the best in Europe. Rome’s high-end accommodation tends to be clustered around the Via Veneto and Spanish Steps area.
What to Do in Rome
While in Rome, there are plenty of interesting landmarks to visit. Often at the top of travellers’ lists is the Colosseo. The dating back to 70AD, the Colosseo was used to stage events for more than 100 years. Such events ranged from chariot racing to more grisly gladiator battles. Other important attractions include the Forum which dates back 900 years and used to the heart of Rome, the Pantheon and the Mouth of Truth.
Within Rome you will find the Vatican City which is the smallest independent state in the world and is ruled by the Pope. One of the highlights of the Vatican is the Sistine Chapel which was decorated by some of the world’s most celebrated painters. However, it is Michelangelo’s ‘the Last Judgment’ which is the most famous. The painting is on the ceiling of the chapel and it took the artist more than three years to complete the project. While in the Vatican City be sure to check out St. Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican gardens.
If you love shopping, the chances are that you are already aware of Rome’s great shopping opportunities. Along Via Condotti, you will find big designer brands while Via del Corso is home to mainstream chains. If you fancy a try at haggling, head to Porta Portese, the largest flea market in the capital. The market is only open Sundays and sells a range of antiques.