Rome

Annabelle's verdict
It wasn’t built in a day, nor can Rome be seen in a weekend – unless you want to charge around like a headless gladiator. Limit your choices by focussing on an area of the city such as the Centro Storico around Piazza Navona with its Renaissance palaces and Baroque fountains. For a retail fix, the stylish Via Condotti is nearby. Head to Trastevere for its authentic buzz. Abercrombie & Kent is the go-to for seamless luxury and fascinating experiences.

Recommended travel company: Abercrombie & Kent

Abercrombie & Kent says

In addition to its ancient monuments, medieval churches, fountains, museums and Renaissance palaces, 21st-century Rome earns its position as Italy’s capital. It is a unique, exciting, bustling and lively city with beautiful people, incredible food and fabulous night life.

Rome has all the ingredients for the perfect break, ideal for all age groups whether it’s a romantic escape with your other half, a cultural family adventure, a reunion with friends or a solo pilgrimage – Rome is the city everyone should have on their bucket-list.

No matter when you visit, there are always special events in the Eternal City from classical music to art exhibitions, street markets to theatre.

When it comes to somewhere to stay, we have selected two luxury hotels, each with its own distinctive character.

Hotel de Russie, a Rocco Forte Hotel is a unique gem of a place which sits between Piazza del Popolo and the Spanish Steps. For a hotel in such a central location, we love the rare sense of calm, exceptional hospitality, elegant design and the terraced gardens that include a Butterfly Oasis and the world-class Wellness Zone.

Located on the banks of the Tiber River, close to Trastevere, Gran Meliá Rome Villa Aggripina is perfect for a city break with more of a resort feel. Formerly home to the Roman empress Aggripina, it is set amongst two acres of magnificent gardens with a fabulous outdoor pool and very spacious guest rooms. There’s a free shuttle service to the centre of Rome for the best of both worlds.

Matt Barber is our Rome expert, on hand to arrange a wide range of experiences for you. Foodies can book our three-day Gastro Rome break or simply add on a foodie Vespa tour, a tour of Rome’s food markets and pizza-making classes. Other ideas include gladiator school and a guided tour of Rome’s catacombs and crypts or the Vatican’s gardens.

If you have a specific interest in art & architecture, Matt can tailor make an itinerary for you – this 6 day Rome and Venice private tour for example.

Our three-night breaks in Rome cost from £725 per person including flights and private transfers. Find out more about our collection of short breaks in Rome and other luxury city breaks worldwide.

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