Departure28 October 2021 I'm flexible
Nights1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14
BoardAll-inclusive Full-board Half-board Breakfast Self catering Room only
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The 'Eternal City': a living history of Western Civilisation from its birth, through the Renaissance to the modern day in an unbroken thread of 3,000 years, this Italian holiday offers a breathtaking abundance of art, architecture, monuments and ruins.
Food and drink
Italian food may have spanned the globe but there’s far more on offer than just pizza and pasta. Roman cuisine is rich and varied, from traditional and earthy dishes originating in the meat markets, through the classic spaghetti alla carbonara, to more than one hundred different flavours of ice cream. Pecorino romano and ricotta are the city’s favourite cheeses, while a platter of delicious antipasti will reflect whatever is in season at the local markets.
A bruschetta topped with tomatoes or artichoke makes a quick snack; for a real Roman experience try visiting the authentic area of Trastevere, full of trattorias and pizzerias offering alfresco dining opportunities during the long summer evenings.
Local wines to try include the crisp white Frascati, and the Est! Est! Est! wine, taking its name (‘Here it is!’) from the words written on a wine shop door by a medieval papal messenger sent to find the best one in town!
In one of the world’s most cosmopolitan cities, the shopping will not disappoint. As to be expected, Italy’s top designers are out in force, mostly around the Via Condotti at the bottom of the Spanish Steps - Prada, Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana, Versace and more - but part of the appeal of shopping in Rome is finding treasures to take home that are uniquely Roman and not available elsewhere.
Best buys include leather goods, in particular gloves in rainbow colours from tiny boutiques in hidden corners, ceramics and handicrafts, not to mention gorgeous, handmade stationery. Or try the Sunday morning flea market at the Porta Portese for something different.
When to visit
If you're planning a holiday in Rome, our top picks for the best time to travel would be February and October
Italy is perfect for a Valentine getaway. Still a little cool, though warmer than the UK, it makes an ideal weekend destination to break up the winter months.
Rome in October is the perfect time to visit. The crowds have dispersed and while the temperatures have fallen, it's still a very pleasant 18°C - perfect for exploring.
Books inspired by Rome
Our hand-picked selection of books to get you in the mood for your Rome holiday
Travelscoop's Stuart's favourite novel about the ultimate likeable anti-hero. Tom Ripley is talented and scheming with a burning ambition for success that he's prepared to kill for. A gripping psychological thriller which forces the reader to question why they're willing him to get away with it. Italy forms the wonderful backdrop - and it'll make you want to go!
A well-written, tense novel in which the dead bride's father-in-law is convinced the grieving husband killed her and becomes obsessed with vengeance. Set in Rome and the streets and canals of Venice, a deadly game of cat-and-mouse builds as each becomes the hunter and the hunted.
Rome Blog posts
From the UK's most popular travel bloggers
12th February 2021 by AndyCheapest places to holiday in October
October is off-season in many of the world’s top destinations, which means fantastic news for your travel budget! You’ll find great package deals to beach destinations where the sun is still shining, cheaper hotels in big cities and savings on long-haul flights.Check out our top picks for October holidays and be sure to stay up-to-date with our weekly deals, to catch some great bargains.Beach HolidaysDon’t despair about autumn weather in October, as it’s still warm enough for a sunny...
27th April 2021 by Inside the Travel LabThe best area to stay in Rome: A cheat sheet on where to stay in the Eternal City
Wondering where to start when it comes to finding the best area to stay in Rome? Here's our inside guide to the best neighbourhoods in Rome to help you out. There's even a map as well. Looking for a quick answer? My top pick for the best neighbourhood in Rome for first time visitors Trastevere. It avoids the crush of the centre, offers authenticity with a splash of romantic charm, and is well connected to the rest of the city. It also has great food....
27th April 2021 by Inside the Travel Lab21 unusual things to do in Rome to escape the crowds
There are plenty of ways to get off the beaten path in Rome and enjoy the plethora of alternative things to do. But there are some things that are so special and so unique, you simply won't find them anything else. Let's talk about those. And after that, I've split this collection of unusual things to do in Rome into categories to help you find your way around....
17th October 2019 by PommieTravelsColosseum Rome tours that you will never forget
Visiting Italy once again I decided to find the best Colosseum tour, since I have been dreaming of seeing this place for a long time. I wanted to feel the atmosphere of old days, tough people and heroism. Looking back, I must admit that I made the right choice of my trip destination. One of the main historical Rome attractions amazes with its greatness. Everyone would be deeply impressed imagining gladiatorial battles that took place in the arena....
15th August 2019 by Rachel NicoleItaly for opera lovers
If you are a big opera fan, Italy is a great place to head to. It is quite literally the home of opera. Most historians agree that the first opera, Daphne, was performed in the home of Jacob Corsi, in Florence. From that moment, the Italians took this musical art form to their heart. So, if you want to enjoy opera in all its forms, Italy is the place to head. As you will see, when it comes to Opera Tickets Italy offers plenty of choice. Below, is a quick round–up of the towns and cities where...
16th February 2019 by PommieTravelsTop 10 things to do in Rome
Rome needs no introduction. Not only is it the capital of Italy, it is also the seat of the Papacy and its history spans over two and a half thousand years. There is so much history to see here, that you could could rent an apartment and spend weeks or even months exploring the world’s largest open-air museum. Whether you take private flights to Rome or travel through a usual flight, going to Rome will always be worth the visit. These are just some of the top things to do in Rome....
27th November 2018 by PaulRome travel guide
Holiday Extras are doing a good series of YouTube destination guides. This one covers the Italian capital city of Rome. Modern Rome is a mesmerising mix of contemporary Italy and historical sights. Millions of tourists visit every year, but make no mistake, Rome is not a city dependent on tourism in the same way as one such as Venice. We loved it!...
Weather in Rome
Our month-by-month guide to the weather and climate in Rome