Short Breaks to Rome
Short breaks to Rome are ideal for history buffs, anyone who is interested in art and architecture, lovers of good food and wine, and compulsive shoppers. In short, a visit to Rome will suit just about anyone. The city is compact enough to see the major sights in a few days, although it would take a lifetime to see everything.
Truly named The Eternal City, Rome has many layers of history. Here, in the course of a day, you can wander from ancient Roman ruins to narrow medieval streets, from grand Renaissance buildings to wide modern boulevards. The city is well stocked with museums and art galleries, but Rome is a work of art itself, with piazzas, palaces, and churches filled with countless art treasures.
Rome is about more than history and art, though. It is the center of the Catholic faith, and most visitors make time to visit the Vatican City. It is full of parks and open spaces, where you can take a leisurely stroll, or stop for the legendary Italian ice cream. Sophisticated shopping is available, too, with high fashion and designer boutiques.
When evening comes, watch the locals as they congregate in the piazzas, greeting their friends and chatting aimlessly. Then it is time to decide where you will eat, perhaps in an open air restaurant, or a traditional trattoria hidden away in a side street. As the wine flows, and you tuck into your pasta or risotto, you will understand why people come to Rome time and time again.
Things to Do and See
Altare della Patria
Constructed from white marble and standing at 70 metres in height, the Altare della Patria monument is visible from most of Rome and showcases many different design styles typically associated with Roman architecture.
Cafés and Piazzas
With an abundance of piazzas (public squares), a popular thing to do in Rome is simply sitting outside a café with an espresso or an ice cream, watching the world go by.
With so many restaurants serving up excellent traditional Italian meals you really are spoilt for choice when it comes to dining out. As with most popular tourist destinations though, the best restaurants in terms of quality and value for money are to be found away from the main tourist areas which typically charge more for lesser quality dishes.
St. Peter’s Basilica and Vatican City
The dome of St. Peter’s Basilica is a prominent feature of the Rome skyline, while the impressively decorated interior is the largest of any Catholic church. Vatican City is also home to the museums, Sistine Chapel and Saint Peter’s Square.
The Colosseum was the largest amphitheatre built by the Roman Empire and capable of seating 50,000. The focal point of the city’s entertainment, it is best known for staging brutal activities such as gladiatorial contests and public executions. Today visitors can experience the subterranean passageways in addition to a dedicated museum. Please visit http://www.the-colosseum.net/around/visit.htm for further details.
At almost 2,000 years old and in constant use even up to the present day, the Pantheon is a living piece of history and one of the best preserved buildings or monuments from ancient Roman times. In front of the Pantheon is the Piazza della Rotonda where you can spend some time soaking up the immense history of the area.
Trevi Fountain (Fontana di Trevi)
Rome’s Trevi Fountain is amongst the most elaborate and famous fountains in the world, and sits at the end of what was one of Rome’s most significant aqueducts. Thousands of coins are thrown into the fountain everyday by visitors in accordance with the legend that doing so will ensure a return to Rome in the future.
The Vatican Museums reside within the walls of the autonomous Vatican City. Opened to the public over 500 years ago, they are home to the Sistine Chapel and a number of significant masterpieces from Renaissance artists including Leonardo da Vinci and Raphael. Please visit http://www.museivaticani.va/3_EN/pages/MV_Home.html for further details regarding opening hours and how to pre-book tickets.
Villa Borghese Gardens and Zoo
Rome’s second largest public park is an idyllic place to take a break from the often overcrowded main attractions of the city. It is full of interesting points of interest including lakes, sculptures, buildings and even has its own zoo http://www.bioparco.it/english_site.html.
- See Michelangelo’s paintings on the roof of the Sistine Chapel
- Experience fine traditional Italian food washed down with a glass of wine
- Relax in one of Rome’s parks away from the bustling streets
- Explore the Colosseum and subterranean chambers
- Throw a coin in to the Trevi Fountain
Hotels in Rome
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