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Built on seven hills along the banks of the River Tiber in the Lazio Region, Rome is a collision of ancient empires and a modern metropolis. Glamorous locals sip espressos in the central Piazzas (squares) or zip past the cities Roman structures on pastel-coloured Vespas, while priests clothed in monastic robes wander through Rome's holiest of sanctuaries – Vatican City.

Effortlessly chic, Rome‘s combination of luxury hotels and rich cultural heritage has drawn visitors for centuries and many choose to visit Rome and combine it with a twin-centre stay in another of Italy's irresistible cities, such as Milan, Venice or Florence.

Rome’s cultural wonders

Few countries, let alone cities, can rival Rome for its cultural riches. Three thousand years of creativity has given rise to Baroque palaces that line medieval squares, Roman ruins that intersperse Renaissance art galleries and grand churches that overlook piazzas which have hosted truly civilisation-defining events.

Perhaps it’s best to start at the beginning. While the 16 giant Corinthian columns of the 2,000-year-old Pantheon stands as the city’s best-preserved evidence of its Roman founders, it’s the Colosseum that impresses most, a monument to ancient excess.

View of the Colosseum in Rome, Italy
The Colosseum, Rome

Then, after marvelling at the Forum where excavators are still unearthing new secrets concerning Rome’s first centre, move on to the city’s subsequent movements. The Baroque and Renaissance are both evidenced across world-beating museums, skyline-curving basilicas and pretty piazzas.

For the highest concentration, head to the Vatican City, whose influence reaches out far beyond its half-a-kilometre-square slice of masterpiece artworks, Sistine Chapel beauty and Catholic riches. It’s all best explored with a private guide.

Fine art, opera & dining

In between the annals of history, there is plenty of the present to enjoy. Ease yourself into the city’s Mediterranean rhythms with trattoria lunches and whole afternoons whiled away sipping macchiatos in street-side cafés.

The fine-dining scene is equally impressive, with its 23 Michelin-starred restaurants, including the three-starred La Pergola, leading a cast of thousands. Indeed, with so many excellent spots to choose from, don’t forget to ask our specialists for their personal recommendations.

Freshly baked Pizza at a typical Rome café

And, between meals, there are plenty of options to get you excited. For a quintessentially Italian experience, perhaps take in the city sights on a Vespa tour, or why not enjoy a night at the opera in the art form’s homeland? We’ll be happy to book your seats to the best shows. 


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Rome holiday ideas

Roman Forum, Rome

The Italian Job: Rome, Florence & Venice

6-day tailor-made holiday from £1,460 pp incl. flights

Explore the iconic sights, grand architecture, gourmet restaurants and world-class museums and galleries of Rome, Venice and Florence on this classic tailor-made holiday.

Florence, Italy

Classic Italy: Rome & Florence

7-day tailor-made tour from £2,195 pp incl. flights

Immerse yourself in Italy’s rich heritage and artistic delights with everything from private tours and stays in two of its finest hotels to First Class rail travel and the services of private drivers. After Rome and Florence's competing wonders, take in Tuscany for vineyards and medieval charm.

Top places to stay in Rome

Baglioni Hotel Regina

Baglioni Hotel Regina, Rome

Guide price from £1,190 pp

Located on the central Via Veneto, moments from Villa Borghese, Piazza di Spagna and Via Condotti, the 5-star Baglioni Hotel Regina is supremely well situated.

The Inn At The Roman Forum

The Inn at the Roman Forum, Rome

Guide price from £560 pp

Designer rooms, a rooftop terrace and an ancient Roman crypt have all contributed to this boutique property right finding its place among the Luxury Small Hotels of the World.

The Inn At The Spanish Steps

The Inn at the Spanish Steps, Rome

Contemporary hotel

This converted 19th century stately home is listed as a national monument; unsurprisingly it’s a member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World.

Hotel de Russie

Hotel de Russie, Rome

Historic hotel

This city-centre oasis enjoys historic views and luxury that dates back to the 1800s, complement by a contemporary style.

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When to go to Rome

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A cultural guide to Italy

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