Cheap Holidays to Rome
The capital of Italy, Rome has a truly ancient history spanning at least 2500 years and one of the world’s most visited cities.
The Vatican is the smallest (and perhaps the most famous) state in the world. Home to the Pope and full of spectacular architecture and icons including the Sistine Chapel, St Peter’s Basilica, Castel Saint Angelo and the Vatican Gardens, the Vatican is definitely worth a visit.
The Spanish Steps are part of the Piazza di Spagna at the foot of Pincio Hill. Built during the 1700’s, the steps were designed by Francesco de Sanctis and link the Baraccia Fountain with the Trinita dei Monti, (a French church at the top of the hill). This area of the city is also where you can find the big name designer boutiques such as Prada, Gucci, Bvlgari, Versace and Valentino.
The Colosseum was built in AD80 as an amphitheatre to seat 55,000 spectators keen to witness gladiator combat and fights between wild animals. Although that form of ‘entertainment’ no longer continues, the impressive amphitheatre remains in brilliant condition considering its age. If you have time, make sure you return to the Colosseum at night time to see it all lit up.
The Patheon is a Roman temple built in AD 125 and dedicated to the ancient Gods of Rome. It features impressive architecture with a huge central dome supported by a carefully designed series of arches.
Other sites worth a visit include the Capitoline Museum (Palazzo Nuovo and Palazzo dei Conservatori), the Museo Nazionale del Palazzo di Vanezia (National Museum) and the Museum of Rome. Be sure to throw a coin into the Trevi Fountain if you want to guarantee a return visit one day.
The Time Elevator is an interactive show full of special effects and a lesson in Rome’s history. If the kids are young then Explora is a great hands-on museum and Rome’s zoo, Bioparco is great fun for all ages. If you need to escape the summer heat, head to Aquapiper, a large water park full of water slides and swimming pools.
Italians tend to eat late at night and outdoor restaurants are very popular (these can be found around almost any square (piazza), but Piazza Navona and Via della Pace are both good places to start. Walk off your evening meal with a stroll along the cobbled streets and then stop off for a cappuccino and pastry at a ‘cornetterie’.
A good spot at night is Trastevere, full of coffee shops, wine bars and restaurants. San Lorenzo is where a younger crowd can be found, close to the main university and Campo De Fiori often has a loud crowd. For a late night club, Monte Testaccio or Ostiense are the places to go.
Please note, there is a city tax in Rome
There is a city tax in operation, which is an additional surcharge to the price of the hotel and is charged per night stayed in the accommodation. currently at the rate of: 4/5 Star hotels a €3 per person per night fee will be applied. 1/2/3 Star hotels a €2 per person per night fee will be applied. From September 2014 4/5 Star hotels a €6 per person per night fee will be applied. 1/2/3 Star hotels a €4 per person per night fee will be applied.