Quick Guide to Rome
Rome is the capital of Italy, the former heart of the Roman Empire and also the seat of the Catholic Church. It's also a favourite destination for Italian city breaks. This European destination has more historical sights and attractions than you can shake a stick at and cheap holidays to Rome are filled with days strolling the cobbled streets, admiring yet another stunning interior and relaxing in pavement cafes watching the world - and the crazy motorists - go by. Holidays to Rome are a great way to get a taste of this thrilling city, but with far too much to pack in you'll want to head back again!
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City breaks, Roman delights, Lively locals
Leonardo da Vinci, Ciampino Airport
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The Coliseum in Rome has over 80 different entrances and can accommodate around 50,000 spectators.
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Top 5 Things to See in Rome
With an abundance of ancient structures, you could spend the entirety of your holiday to Rome in a time warp. A good spot for nightlife and good quality cheap meals is the Trastevere area. For an interesting day trip, the Vatican City is just a short drive away.
- Gladiators used to fight for their lives here. Today it's a spectacle to visit and marvel at the ancient design.
- Roman Forum
- Once the political heartbeat of Rome, today you can witness the marble fragments and columns of the building where Caesar used to give his speeches.
- The best preserved of all Rome's ancient monuments. It houses the tombs of kings Vittorio Emmanuele II and Umberto I, along with the painter Raphael.
- Trevi fountain
- The largest fountain in Rome is also the most beautiful. You shouldn't leave without a picture of it in your camera.
- Spanish Steps
- Named after the nearby Spanish Embassy, the steps are Rome's most famous staircase. Head to the top to see the church Chiesa della Trinità dei Monti.
Rome Weekend Breaks
Cheap weekends in Rome go down like one of the city's many fine wines.
Look left - the Colosseum. Look right - the Vatican. Turn around - St Peter's Basilica. Luckily, many of Rome's most famous sights are in walkable distance - and a lot are free to see! A cheap weekend to Rome is all about the sights and food - thankfully, that's more than doable in two days, especially if you aim to get a hotel in the city centre and cut down your travel time.
A 48-hour Roma Pass can be bought for a mere €28. Not only does it provide you transport for your cheap weekend in Rome but it also gets you entry into two museums free of charge, as well as reducing the price of getting into others.
As for the sights you choose to see, it's entirely up to you. Keep in mind, if you're in Rome for a long bank holiday weekend, it's best to visit the Vatican on a Thursday or Friday. It's closed to visitors on a Sunday which creates a queue backlog on Saturdays and Mondays as tourists flock to see it. Buy queue-jump tickets to avoid disappointment!
Where to stay in Rome
The city centre is fairly compact and can be explored on foot; however, it is worth choosing a hotel in Rome that is close proximity to the sights that interest you. For those visiting Rome for the ancient history, the area around the Colosseum is ideal as it is crammed with archaeological treasures. Alternatively, choose to stay near the Spanish Steps if you plan to shop as the famous Via del Corso will be right on your doorstep.
Christmas in Rome
Most people take the period from Christmas to the New Year off work in Italy, so the streets and restaurants come alive with locals enjoying the company of friends and family or shopping for last minute presents. Then there are the celebrations - lively markets, outdoor ice rinks, nativity scenes, choir performances and religious parades. Plus, you'll feel like you have the run of the place - it's much less packed with tourists than the peak months! Italy holidays have never looked better - and are looking ever-so-tempting for 2018.
When to go to Rome
Rome is a year-round destination - its attractions are just as incredible in summer as they are in autumn and winter. Though winters can be chilly, they are still mostly mild compared to those in the UK, and offer a great opportunity to wander the winding streets of the city and catch a glimpse of its iconic attractions - sans the many millions of tourists that descend on the city during the warmer months. From June until August is peak tourist season, so while it's great gelato weather, you'll be spending a lot more time in lines. August also sees many Roman families take their holidays, so expect limited facilities. However, many hotels offer cheaper rates in August.
Spring also sees heavy traffic through Rome, as the Catholic masses descend on the Vatican for Lent. Visit between Easter and June, and in October for cheaper prices and weather that is still sunny and bright. if you really want to save, February and November are the cheapest (though some of the chilliest) months.
How to get to Rome
Rome is situated in the central western section of the Italian Peninsula with flights to Rome from the UK taking around two and a half hours. Rome is served by two airports; most major airlines use the Leonardo da Vinci Airport at Fiumicino, located around 30 kilometres from the city. Some budget airlines use the smaller Ciampino Airport, which is also located just outside the city. Rome car hire can be arranged at either airport if required.
City Breaks to Rome From Manchester
Rome is a a convenient city break destination if you are travelling from Manchester airport. With numerous airlines (Ryanair, Jet2 and Vueling) offering direct flights to Italy's capital it is possible to find good availability and competitive prices. It takes just under three hours to fly from Manchester to Rome but do check the time to transfer into the city and to your hotel.