Ancient Architecture and Cultural Hot Spots: A Luxury City Break to Rome
Such is the breadth and depth of history, art and culture in Rome that you could easily dedicate a Big Short Break to one of many themes. However, our favourite Rome trip still always remains one that gives you a little bit of everything. To give you an idea we've come up with the classic three day whistle stop tour.
Itinerary at a Glance:
- Marvel at the intricacy of Michelangelo's masterpiece ceiling in the Sistine Chapel.
- Eat and drink your way around the bohemian Trastevere district.
- Take a guided tour of the ancient city centre.
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Day 1: Flight & Ancient City Tour
After your flight, arrive into central Rome via a private airport transfer and check in to your hotel. Then, bags dumped and sun cream applied, head out and start exploring Rome.
First stop - lunch. We provide all of our clients with a handy destination dossier containing our recommendations for the best places to eat so you can avoid all the classic touristy haunts and head straight for an authentic restaurant, safe in the knowledge that you're really living like a local. Our team will happily make reservations for you prior to departure and while you're on holiday, or leave you to be spontaneous, whichever you prefer. There's no such thing as light lunch here so embrace the indulgence and remember the saying - when in Rome! Feeling fully refuelled it's time for an afternoon of exploration. Despite the wealth of things to do and sites to see, Rome is a surprisingly small city, and often best explored on foot. For first timers it's probably best to start at the beginning with a tour of the ancient city centre - the Forum, Palatine Hill and Colosseum. We will arrange for a private guide to meet you and their local expertise will bring these ancient sites to life with fantastical tales and impressive historic details. Head back to your hotel in the late afternoon and, after a quick shower and change, it's back out for dinner (cue our handy dossier again).
- Explore the catacombs
- Visit Rome's Renaissance palaces
Day 2: Vatican City
Enjoy a lie in and a leisurely breakfast this morning, you've got a busy day ahead.
Pay a visit to Vatican City. Aside from keeping an eye out for the Pope, make sure you see St Peter's Basilica, the enormous but perfectly proportioned church (surprisingly it's not technically a cathedral) and, of course, the Sistine Chapel, home to Michelangelo's masterpiece ceiling.
- Visit the Spanish Steps
- See the iconic Trevi Fountain
Day 3: Shopping
It might be your final day but the trip isn't over yet.
A visit to the effortlessly fashionable Italian capital wouldn't be complete without a spot of shopping; so whether you treat yourself to a new Prada handbag, a classic Italian scarf, or just a great bottle of wine, make sure you do go home with some goodies. After one last leisurely lunch and a gelato in the sun, head back to your hotel where a private transfer will take you to the airport ready to catch your flight home.
- Explore the beautiful Borghese Gardens
Kate L is our expert for this itinerary and, as a seasoned traveller, has the inside track on the most memorable adventures.