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Holidays in Rome

Rome Holidays

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Holidays in Rome

Whether you’re interested in a leisurely escape or an eye-opening adventure, ebookers can help you organise a holiday to remember in Rome.

With around 2,300,000 proud residents, you're bound to make some new friends!

Not sure where the best place is to start your adventures in this fantastic travel destination? St. Peter's Basilica and Roman Forum are a great start.

Every family member will have a ball at Rainbow MagicLand and Zoomarine. If you're hunting for a bit more excitement, the Explora Children's Museum and Hydromania are a couple of other options.

Plunge into an entrancing underwater world that's teeming with marine life at Mediterraneum Aquarium Rome. Actually, come to think of it, it might be better to remain on dry ground. Some of these critters shouldn't be messed with!

Witness the wonder and amazement in your children's eyes when they meet the amazing animals at the Bioparco di Roma. The Zoo Marine also offers an educational and interactive experience.

Wine aficionados can spend a little time exploring the area's scenic vineyards. Plenty of tasty drops are available at Fontana Candida and the Gotto D'Oro-Cantina Sociale di Marino. The La Luna del Casale and the Rutuli Vineyard are two other worthwhile stops where you'll get a deeper understanding of the region's wine industry.

You needn't be a gardening enthusiast to get something out of the gorgeous garden beds at the Botanical Gardens and the Orto Botanico.

There's no need to venture deep into the forest to see a bit of greenery. Villa Borghese and the Vatican Gardens are just two of the impressive recreational spots you'll find amid this concrete jungle. Alternatively, head outside and get moving at Lake Albano or Villa Torlonia.

Keep an eye out for some of the area's birdlife at Lake Nemi. Or, if you're in the mood for a bit of excitement, why not investigate if there are any water sports at Tiber River?

Slip on some comfy shoes and get ready for an adventure. There are a number of nature reserves around this area that are just waiting to be enjoyed. The clean, crisp air and natural surroundings at Baths of Caracalla and Lupercale are as energising as it gets. Parco della Caffarella and Parco Archeologico Appia Antica are two more that are worth checking out.

If you're after a couple of tranquil places to unwind and maybe even discover a thing or two, go to the Capitoline Museum and the Vatican Museums. Enquire about group tours or just study the interesting displays on your own. The MAXXI - National Museum of the 21st Century and the Museum of Roman Civilization are also leading alternatives.

Ship building and navigation techniques have played a massive role in shaping many nations throughout the world. To learn more about the seafaring past of the region, head to the Museo delle Navi Romani.

Learn all about the most recent in scientific innovation at Rome Observatory. The journey of discovery doesn't have to end there. INAF Osservatorio Astronomico di Roma is packed with even more science items and exhibits that are just waiting to be explored.

You'll discover all sorts of specimens and other objects from the natural world at the Crypta Balbi and the Ara Pacis. To see more from this versatile planet, continue on to the Museo delle Navi Romane and the Museo delle Mura.

With quite a few superb art exhibitions to select from, you might need a helpful push in the right direction. We suggest grabbing a coffee and heading straight to the Castel Sant'Angelo or the National Gallery of Modern Art. If you've still got an itch to scratch, you can also feast your eyes at the Borghese Gallery and the Galleria Doria Pamphilj.

Step back in time and uncover the events and people that have helped shape this region at the Trajan's Market and the Montemartini Museum. For an even deeper peek into past events, also check out the Central Museum of the Risorgimento and the Historic Museum of the Liberation.

Enjoy some insight into the past by checking out some of Rome's historically important sites. Though you're spoilt for options, Colosseum and the Pantheon are a good place to start. If you're still looking for more, the Spanish Steps and the Arch of Constantine are also worthwhile attractions.

Ponte Milvio and Ponte Sisto have stood over Rome's waterways for what feels like forever, so the least you can do in return is pop by for a visit. They aren't the only historic crossings. Ponte Sant'Angelo and Vittorio Emanuele II Bridge have also been patiently awaiting you since the days of yore.

"If you've got it, flaunt it!" It appears as though something along the lines of this was on the minds of those who designed Palazzo Farnese and Palazzo Venezia. Of course, they're not the only fantastic dwellings you'll run into in Rome. Palazzo Barberini and Palazzo Chigi are also well worth a visit.

Castello di Giulio II appears as though it belongs in a book of myths and legends. Drop by and imagine what it must have been like to live in this majestic building. Lunghezza Castle and Castle of Julius II are two more that are also really impressive.

Whether you're spiritual or simply after a little tranquillity, Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore and Basilica di San Giovanni in Laterano are sure to add some deeper meaning to your adventures. If you want to discover even more, continue on to Sistine Chapel and Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls.

They mightn't be on the cover of any travel magazines, but the Parco di Roma Golf Club and Palazzo della Civilta Italiana are still worth stopping by. You shouldn't miss the Vatican Library and the National Central Library of Rome either.

Hotels in Rome

With such a fantastic range of things to experience, you'll need to secure a comfortable hotel in Rome. Booking is easy, with some 2808 properties on ebookers' hotel travel guide.

Whether you're hoping for a basic room to rest your head or one with all the extra bells and whistles, this city has you covered. For great service at a decent cost, take a look at the Manfredi Luxury Apartments (Palazzo Manfredi Via Labicana 125) or the Mood 44 (Vicolo della Torretta, 44). Or, maybe you'd rather live like a king as the able staff at the Rocco Forte Hotel De Russie tend to every desire? The First Roma is one more popular choice for those who relish the finer things in life.

If you're here on a stopover and only have time for Rome's must-see attractions, book in at the Palazzo Manfredi - Relais & Chateaux or the Rome Unique Colosseum Apartments. They are both within walking distance from Colosseum.

Top Rome attractions


One of the world’s most recognisable monuments, this colossal stadium was where Roman emperors would curry favour with the masses by providing bloody entertainment on an epic scale (one bout of ‘games’ lasted over 100 days and involved around 10,000 gladiators and wild beasts fighting to the death). The crumbling ruins are breathtaking, and since mid 2010 visitors have also been able to tour the Colosseum’s underground chambers, where gladiators and ferocious beasts were held before a fight.


The ‘Temple of the Gods’—as it was known until it was converted into a Christian church—is arguably the top architectural triumph of the Roman Empire. From the sturdy, commanding columns at the entrance to the remarkably well-preserved marble interior, the building is magnificent. But the true testament to its visionary leaders is the mighty dome, which remained the world’s largest for almost 1,500 years. Even today, there is no other dome of similar dimensions built without reinforced concrete.

Vatican City

This enclave of the city is actually the smallest country on the planet, though its widespread influence as the heart and soul of the Catholic Church more than makes up for its size. But you don’t have to be religious to marvel at St. Peter’s Basilica— the burial spot of the first pope—and the world-beating collection of fine art and sculptures in the vast Vatican Museums.

Spanish Steps

Though relatively modern at barely 300 years, this world-renowned staircase, which connects the Piazza di Spagna with the Trinità Church, is one of the city’s most popular spots for tourists and locals alike. The photogenic structure is especially attractive in spring, when adorned with white and pink azaleas. And for some trivia: the opening of a McDonald’s restaurant near the steps in the mid 1980s inspired the slow food movement, which promotes sustainable gastronomy throughout the world.

Roman Forum

The remains of the historical centre of ancient Roman social and political life include the Arch of Titus and the Temple of Saturn.

Church of San Luigi dei Francesi

This church features the famous depiction of the life of St. Matthew by the great 15th-century artist Caravaggio.

Galleria Borghese

The building in which the art collection of Cardinal Borghese is housed is as much an artistic monument as the sculptures and paintings inside.

Salumeria Roscioli

Experience the special flavours of the wines, cheeses and smoked meats of Italy in this family owned wine cellar.

Piazza Navona

This square dates back to the Baroque period and features the Bernini fountains and the Church of Sant'Agnese.

Fontana di Trevi

This is the legendary fountain of Rome where whoever throws a coin into it will supposedly return to the city.

The Sistine Chapel

Located within the Vatican City, this church is the site of the famed ceiling paintings by Michelangelo.

The Coliseum

This ancient stadium was built for 55,000 spectators, who watched gladiators and wild animals fight to the death.

Castel Sant'Angelo

This historical museum has served as a prison and a papal residence, although it was originally built as a mausoleum.

Piazza di Spagna

This 18th-century square features the renowned Spanish Steps, which lead to the 15th-century Trinitadei Monti church.

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The Park of Aqueducts

Dating back to 312 BC, the ancient Roman aqueducts in this historical park supplied the city with water.

Baths of Caracalla (Termi de Caracalla)

In the summer, you can watch operatic performances at the site of public baths that were built by the Roman emperor Caracalla.

The Protestant Cemetery and the Pyramid

Poets John Keats and Percy Bysshe Shelley are buried here, and Keats' grave lies not far from the Pyramid of Gaius Cestius.

Cat Sanctuary

A cat sanctuary amid the Torre Argentina ruins houses 400 of the most fortunate of Rome's 300,000 stray cats.

San Lorenzo

This neighbourhood is a must-see for those who enjoy a bohemian, avant-garde atmosphere that is dominated by inexpensive student bars and cafés.

Best time to go on holiday to Rome

The weather in Rome is pleasant throughout the year. The coolest months of the year are January and February, when temperatures are between 4°C at night and 12 to 13°C during the day. July is the hottest and sunniest month, with 11 hours of sunlight per day, highs of 31°C and lows of 18°C. July and August are the peak tourism months, and Rome offers a quieter atmosphere in warm and sunny May or slightly rainier October. Ebookers has great deals for air tickets as well as hotels and rental cars no matter when you want to visit Rome.

Rome highlights

Experience an al Fresco Opera

What better place to listen to opera than the country in which it was invented? The Teatro dell’Opera is where the big productions are held, though you’d be forgiven for focusing your attention on the impressive collection of frescoes as much as the singers. During the summer months, shows are often held outdoors, with the ruins of the Baths of Caracalla providing an achingly attractive backdrop.

Become a Gladiator

Get handy with a sword and sandals with Gruppo Storico Romano, an independent history group that offers the chance to train at a modern gladiator school. Tourists will like the casual one-day option, though the centre also offers two-month training courses for those who really want to release their inner Russell Crowe.

Shop for Style

Make the most of your Italian holiday to improve your fashion credentials. From household names to up-and-coming local designers, there are stylish outfits to be found all over the city. The area near the Piazza di Spagna is where the top-end stores are clustered, while the Via del Governo Vecchio and Via del Corso offer a less expensive path to elegance.

Soak in Traditional Baths

After visiting some of the ancient Roman baths, you might be tempted to try the modern version. The AcquaMadre Hammam, in the Jewish quarter, is a monument to relaxation and well-being; a mixture of hot and cold baths and massage therapy will invigorate the body before the next round of sightseeing.

Take a Day Trip to Pompeii

Rome has more than enough to keep its guests entertained, but the drive through rolling vineyards towards Mount Vesuvius is a tempting alternative activity. Near the base of the infamous volcano is Pompeii, the town buried by a giant eruption nearly 2,000 years ago. Though the population was wiped out, the excavated remains of the city are beautifully preserved, and offer a great insight into day-to-day life when the Roman Empire ruled the world.

Where to stay in Rome

Almost falling under the shadow of the Colosseum, the charming Inn at the Roman Forum Hotel is nicely placed for discovering ancient Rome’s historic treasures. In fact, the hotel itself houses some ruins of its own, in a stone gallery. There are only a handful of rooms at this boutique lodging, but each is finely furnished and equipped to five-star standards.

Close to Vatican City, the Grand Hotel Palazzo Carpegna is set among pleasant gardens a little away from the hectic city centre. The grand building has recently been renovated, and rooms now have a cutting-edge design and are decked out with the latest technology. The hotel also boats a decent in-house restaurant and some rooms have special features for wheelchair users.

If you’d rather forgo luxury and find a no-nonsense, good value place to stay while you explore Rome, the Impero Hotel is an excellent option. The location by the opera house means most major sights and activities are reachable on foot, while the petite rooms are surprisingly comfortable.

In the middle of one of Rome’s most fashionable districts, the Romanico Palace Hotel is infused with Italian art and culture. The hand-painted frescoes on headboards of deluxe beds are a constant reminder of where you are, while the stack of Roman literature in the hotel bar is a good accompaniment to a long cocktail.

As a major tourist destination Rome offers thousands of sleeping options, so, no matter what your requirements, you’ll easily find the right hotel in Rome for you.

How to move around in Rome

Airport Arrival

Your flight to Rome will land at the Fiumicino ‘Leonardo da Vinci’ Airport, around 30 kilometres away.

The smooth Leonardo Express train runs from the main terminal to the centre throughout the day, with the journey costing €11 (£9) and lasting around half an hour. There is also a shuttle bus that is a little cheaper but takes twice as long, while a taxi will set you back around €40 (£35).

Getting around Rome

Between the numerous buses, trams and underground, the public transport systems cover Rome very well. Standard tickets, which start at €1 for a single journey, have to be bought from ‘Tabacchi’ shops and are compatible with the different types of public transport. You can also get a different view of the city during a cruise along the River Tiber.

If you are staying for at least three days, consider buying a €25 (£20) Roma Pass, which entitles you to free use of public transport, as well as admission into some museums.

There are plenty of taxis in Rome, though flagging them down can be tricky as most use designated taxi ranks. Be careful not to use unlicensed taxis, which generally will not use a meter. Also note that if you book a taxi by phone, the meter will start running as it comes to collect you, and not when you get in.

You might consider Rome car hire to give you added flexibility during your stay, and enable you to explore beyond the city. If you plan to remain in the city, though, chaotic traffic, poor road signs and parking difficulties might put you off.

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