The capital of Italy, and well known for it’s romantic ambiance, this magnificent city has everything that the discerning traveller needs. Steeped in culture, architecture and history – Rome is a stunning “must-see” city.
Rome has a mediterranean climate with a balmy mid-temperature Spring and Autumn but a hot and humid August. The strong sunshine and high temperature send most of the locals to the coast during the summer months, but this does not stop all the summer carnivals and festivals from taking over the city during the summer!
Rome is well connected to the rest of the country in terms of road and rail network. There is an extensive tram system throughout Rome making transport across the city easy and convenient. There are numerous iconic and historical sights which simply must fit somewhere in your itinerary. Here’s our pick of the top few:
The Sistine Chapel is an absolute must whether you are cultural or not. The magnificent art work is world renowned and a one off piece, so why not take a glance?
The Colosseum, although a very popular choice, is a masterpiece of ancient roman architecture.
The Trevi Fountain is a place you must leave time to visit. Toss a coin and make a wish for you and your new husband.
Vatican City – This walled city is the smallest independent state in the world!
The Piazza del Popolo is a large urban square in the centre of Rome. There are beautiful fountains and gardens to walk through whilst you soak up the Italian ambiance.
If you want to experience Rome as a whole, why not take a cycle ride around the whole city? This is unique experience will allow you to experience not only the usual iconic locations, but will let you discover the beautiful cobbled passages winding their way between the houses.
Frascati – Once you have had your fill of historic monuments and impressive buildings, take a train (3 euros, 30 mins) out of Rome to Frascati. Nestled on the edge, at one of the volcanic hills surrounding the city, this charming little town enjoys cooling breezes in the Summer months and incredible views across vineyards, olive groves and fields back towards Rome. If you want to learn how olive oil and local wine, Frascati, is made – then the vineyard is definitely worth a visit. The tour finishes with wine tasting in a cool “cave,” followed by a traditional lunch in the town.
Where to stay?
Hotel Locarno– Hotel Locarno is an Italian gem at the heart of Rome – only moments away from the famous Piazza del Popolo, Colosseum and Vatican. Made up of two buildings (dated 1905 and 1920) adjoined by a delightful garden bursting with wisteria, Locarno is the perfect place to experience original 1920s design and decor. For more information, click here.
Jumeirah Grand Hotel Via Veneto – If you’re looking for a central hotel which balances chic modern interior with original historical charm, then the Jumeirah Grand is the perfect choice. Displaying famous art pieces by Picasso and Cascella, this hotel is ideal for cultural art-loving couples. Waking distance from historical landmarks such as the Spanish Steps and the Trevi Fountain – the 19th century hotel boasts the perfect location for exploring this wonderful City. For more information, click here.
Gran Melià Hotel Rome – A unique luxury urban resort which sets new standards for luxurious hotels in Rome. On the banks of the River Tiber, Gran Meliá is just a 15 minute walk from Rome’s Piazza Novona, with the iconic Trastevere and Castell Sant’Angelo on it’s doorstep. Boasting a top Mediterranean restaurant and a selection of stunning bars, there are plenty of dining options. For more information on the Gran Meliá, click here.
J.K. Place Roma, Eternal City – Nestled in a little side street, this stunning hotel is just a stone’s throw from some of Rome’s top attractions. This ultra stylish property boats sumptuous canopy beds, opulent marble bathrooms and the latest technology in each room. If you’re looking to relax after a day of sightseeing, the hotel’s in-room massage service is a must.
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