Sightseeing in Rome
A definite must whilst on a break in Rome is the Vatican City where your first stop should be the awe-inspiring depiction of The Creation by Michelangelo in the Sistine Chapel.
The Vatican Museums alone could easily eat up a day or two of a trip to Rome. Highlights include the Stanze di Raffaello (Raphael's Rooms), the Etruscan Museum (depicting Italy before the Romans) and the Pio-Clementino Museum containing the world's largest collection of classical statues.
Even though only the skeletal framework remains, the Colosseum is still a sight to behold. Construction began in 72AD on the arena, which was the scene for entertainment such as gladiatorial conquests between men, lions and wild beasts with death guaranteed!
The best preserved of Rome's ancient monuments, the Pantheon has become an emblem of the city. The Pantheon was built between AD119 and AD128, as a temple to the gods. The radius of the dome is exactly equivalent to its height. A 9 metre (30ft) hole, known as the oculus, in the dome's centre allows light (and rain) into the building.
The imaginative Trevi Fountain is situated on a tiny piazza and is one of the most romantic and popular sights in the world. This wonderful water feature is a popular destination for Rome’s visitors, always busy and always worth a visit! Throw a coin into the fountain and legend has it that you will return to Rome again one day.
Fun Seekers in Rome
For something a little more bohemian get off the beaten track and head to the district of Trastevere. Packed full of wonderful restaurants, bars and pizzerias, the area comes alive at night as musicians busk in the main square and the ever-fashionable Italians take a walk before their evening meal. If you’re determined to seek out a club, Rome also has its fair share, many of which can be found in and around the Testaccio area. Pubs in the centre of town are great places to begin, and the Irish bars get particularly merry. Pull up a chair on the tables dotted about outside the venues and people-watch until the small hours. In the summer most nightclubs close down, and nightlife relocates to the seaside and to 'villages' around the edge of town.
If shopping's your thing start at Piazza di Spagna and visit all the glamorous shops that Rome has to offer. There are plenty of high-street names in the city and lots of big names too including Prada, Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci and Armani!
Rome is an extravagant and beautiful city, a place to see the sights and soak up the Italian charm. It's also fantastic by night, particularly in summer when several outdoor concerts and events take place. Resident’s tend to spill out onto the streets to enjoy all that the city has to offer. Why not enjoy a nice glass of wine and watch Rome go by! With romance, culture, nightlife and great shopping it’s an exceptional destination for a weekend break. What are you waiting for?
Activities in Rome
Top Tours in Rome:
Papal Audience at Vatican City
Attend a Papal Audience in the Vatican City...
Illuminated Roman Attractions
Experience the historical charm of Rome by night as you see the brightly lit Colosseum and squares...
Tiber Dinner Cruise, Rome
Enjoy an authentic Italian meal and magnificent views of the city on this Tiber dinner cruise...
Rome Segway Tour
Enjoy breathtaking panoramic view of Rome while enjoying the coolest ride of the 21st century...
The Angels and Demons Tour
Take the Angels and Demons tour and decode the secret messages hidden in the Galileo texts...
Family Fun in Rome
Rome has plenty of sightseeing activities to entertain the whole family. For a slice of culture visit the ancient monuments, especially the Colosseum and the Trevi Fountain. Many of the city's museums regularly include new exhibits for children such as the Musei Capitolini, well worth a visit for their new children’s addition. With fantastic weather, great food and plenty to see and do, Rome is a great place for the whole family to holiday whether for a week or a long weekend.
Somewhere the kids will love a bite to eat is the Pub Hallo’ween which, as the name suggests, is a Halloween themed restaurant/café. Decorated with fake spiderwebs, skulls and spiders, the food is delicious, reasonably priced and also themed as well. The filling Frankenstein (double cheeseburger) is worth a visit alone! For the adults beer and cocktails are available and there is a daily happy hour with free appetizers.
Near to Rome is Luna Park, an amusement park with two haunted houses, a rollercoaster and plenty of rides for all ages that guarantee a fun-filled day out for all the family. If you don’t fancy leaving the city then take a trip to Rome’s very own Zoo.
Romantic Breaks in Rome
Experience the beautiful city of Rome where romance is never far away with the stunning architecture, laid back Italian atmosphere and indulgent food. Couples should head to the Trevi Fountain, made famous by ‘La Dolce Vita’, where they can throw 2 coins in the water to fall in love and 3 to be married in the city. When the sun sets this is the perfect area to stay for a meal and then a few drinks in the warm evenings. Grab yourself one of the restaurant tables lining the streets and watch the world go by. In summer, locals and tourists alike fill the streets for the city's regular outdoor concerts showcasing Rome's musical talent covering all genres.
If you’re looking for a romantic meal to end the day then look no further than the Taverna dei Quaranta restaurant, where violinists wander around the outdoor seating. You can choose from a varied menu of traditional mouth-watering Italian dishes and wine selection for a decent price.
Top Tips for Rome
Fans of Dan Brown may want to go on the "Angel and Demons" Tour departing from Rome. The 4 hour tour commences from the front of the church Santa Maria del Popolo in Piazza del Popolo. Along the way you will uncover answers to many questions, such as "Who were the secret Illuminati?" and "What are the hidden secrets of the Altars of Science?"
- Yes – Si
- No – No
- Excuse me – Mi scusi
- Hello – Buon giorno
- Goodbye – Arrivederci
- Thank you – Grazie
- Please – Per favore
- Where is the nearest…? – Dov’e il…piu vicino?
- Do you speak English? – Parla inglese?
- How much is this? – Quant’e per favore?
- What time do you open/close? - A che ora apre/chiude?
- I would like… – Vorrei…
- Do you have…? – Avete…?
- Do you have a vacant room/double room? – Avete camere libere/una camera doppia?
- I have a reservation – Ho fatto una prenotazione
- Do you have a table for two? – Avete una tavola per due?
- I am a vegetarian – Sono vegetariano/a
- The bill please – Il conto, per favore
Cost of a pint of beer:£4.00