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They say all roads lead to Rome, and we’re not mad about it. After all, the Italian capital offers the perfect combination of food, culture, history and nightlife; what more could you ask for from a city break? Put the Roman in romantic on a couples holiday or do as the Romans do and soak up the Mediterranean sunshine with your mates; there’s a Rome city break to suit every holidaymaker. The Colosseum, the Sistine Chapel, the Pantheon, Vatican City… to say there are incredible sights to see here is an understatement. Your Rome city break awaits.BeachesBeaches and Rome aren’t the most obvious pairing, but did you know that there are beaches under an hours’ drive away from the centre of the city? Take the bus or train and head to Ostia Lido, where you’ll find a bustling promenade and plenty of sea and sand to go with your Italian sunshine.Food & DrinkPizza? Pasta? Gelato? When in Rome… (sorry, but we had to sneak that in somewhere). Food is a way of life in Italy, and it’s a way of life that we embrace wholeheartedly. Want to sample something a bit different? Look out for street food vendors selling ‘suppli’; these crispy croquette-style treats are stuffed with mozzarella, rice and meaty sauce. As for drinks, you’re spoilt for choice. Prosecco, limoncello and Bellini are all originally Italian, and the coffee here is arguably the best in the world.CultureAncient history and hypermodern trends exist side by side in Rome. Whether you want to explore the past by visiting ruins from 40 BC, or you prefer to follow the modern art scene at world-renowned galleries, city breaks in Rome offer it all. Religion plays a huge part in the cultural makeup here, too. Vatican City and the Sistine Chapel might be two of the most famous religious sites in the world, but there are 900 churches in the city to discover. The Great Synagogue of Rome and the Mosque of Rome are also stunning sights. Prefer to take part in a festival? Check out Rome Live Cinema Festival, which celebrates live performances of all kinds.NightlifeRomans eat late, so it follows that their parties start fashionably late too. In fact, it’s not uncommon to see clubs and bars only starting to fill up after 23:00 – although you might bag yourself discounted entry if you arrive early. From a Colosseum made of ice at the Ice Bar, to craft beers and beats at The Basement, Rome after dark is a very different – but no less exciting or welcoming – city.Important informationFlight time: 2.5hrsTime difference: GMT +1hrCurrency: EuroOfficial language: ItalianVisaBritish Passport holders don’t need a visa to visit Italy. Holders of other passports are advised to check with their national embassy for any visa requirements.
Step into history at the ColosseumImagine the Colosseum as it was in its heyday, and you’re looking at something similar to a contemporary football stadium (although there were admittedly a few more man-eating lions in ancient Roman times). Although it’s one of the most popular tourist spots, the crowds certainly don’t take away from how imposing the amphitheatre must have been. You can almost hear the roar of the crowds still! Skip-the-line tickets bought online are a great shout, as queues here can be long.Sample delicious treats at Testaccio MarketRome’s oldest market was recently moved to a much more modern building, but the stalls and sellers inside still offer amazing food and quirky souvenirs that you might not find elsewhere on your city break. A central seating area lets you explore the mouthwatering morsels on offer – from fresh pasta to mini artisanal pizzas and beyond – and pick ‘n’ mix with the rest of your travelling companions. Note bene (take note): Testaccio Market is even occasionally open in the evenings for wining, dining and enjoying live music.Visit the dead centre of town at Cimitero AcattolicoCimitero Acattolico is Rome’s biggest cemetery. Visiting a graveyard might seem like a strange thing to do when you’re on holiday, but there’s a hidden world of stunning sculptures and quiet beauty to be found here. Step away from the hustle and bustle of the busier tourist spots and spend an hour or so wandering the grounds; there are even some really notable graves to look out for, including the English poets John Keats and Percy Bysshe Shelley, who’ve graced many a GSCE exam paper over the years.