March – May
LCY → FCO
Freedom of movement
Taxi: 24 £GBP (40 min)
Bus: 4 £GBP (40 min)
There’s an old saying in Italian – Roma, non basta una vita – which means a lifetime is not enough life to really know Rome, therefore on Rome holidays you can only scratch the surface. The ‘Eternal City’ will astound and enchant you at every turn and leave you wanting more.
Discover the fascinating history of the Coliseum and the Roman Forum, take a seat on the on the Spanish steps and visit the Trevi Fountain and throw a coin – ensuring you will return to the city. Pay close attention to what the knowledgeable guides tell you at the Vatican City. Just as satisfying is time spent in the rich shoppers’ meccas of Via Condotti and Via Borgognona, or people watch from a Piazza Navona cafe. Lose yourself in the unique buzz of Trastevere where you can rub shoulders with the locals enjoying a leisurely aperitif. Wander up Aventine Hill, where you will find a lush orangery and be treated to spectacular views – for a wonderful surprise make sure to look through the non-descript door known as the Aventine Keyhole during holidays to Rome.
Rome’s climate is Mediterranean making for mild and humid winters and hot and dry summers.
The city’s average temperature annually is more than 20 degrees Celsius (68 Fahrenheit) by day and with a night time average of 10 degrees Celsius (50 Fahrenheit).
The coldest month is January with an average temperature of 12 degrees Celsius (54 Fahrenheit) by day and 3 degrees Celsius (37 Fahrenheit) at night. So consider it before planning your city breaks to Rome. The warmest months are July and August, when the average temperature is 30 degrees Celsius (86 Fahrenheit) by day and 18 degrees (64 Fahrenheit) at night.
Whether you choose a stay in the lively city centre or opt for more quiet out-of-town accommodation, all Rome hotels provide an ideal base for discovering and exploring all famous sights during your Rome holidays.
For a major European capital, purpose-built hotels in Rome are surprisingly few, still there is plenty of accommodation to suit all budgets and tastes. Most of Rome’s best places to stay are housed in historic buildings: palazzo, mansions and villas.
In terms of quantity, the largest accommodation district is centred around Termini Station, just south of the ancient city centre. The full raft of the accommodation sector for Rome breaks can be found here from hostels through to luxury hotels.
Be prepared to pay a premium for a stay in Rome’s centre, especially during busier times of the year. Therefore the answer for many is a stay outside of the city centre.
The drawback of this is many 'resort hotels' with well-known brands that are isolated meaning you have to plan your day around hotel shuttles schedules or paying for taxis. Unless you can find a hotel near a metro station or railway station getting to the city can take a lot of time and become stressful or costly, Rome’s buses can take a long time to reach the centre.
The list of things to do during Rome holidays is so long that one visit is never enough. Explore the multitude of ancient ruins and historic sites, admire the beautiful architecture from the Italian Renaissance and enjoy delicious Roman cuisine.
A tour of ancient Rome begins with the Roman Forum and The Coliseum – it is highly recommended to book an experience to fully appreciate the rich history of the sites. Admire the angels that stand guard over Castel Sant’Angelo and The Pantheon’s incredible architecture – simply walk through the building’s enormous door and look up. The impressive sights continue in Vatican City, where again you can look up to see Michelangelo's magnificent fresco on the Sistine Chapel’s ceiling.
The hectic areas surrounding the Trevi Fountain and the Spanish Steps are great for up-market shopping during city breaks to Rome and draw big crowds. However, there is no need to spend a fortune to enjoy Rome’s shopping. Mix with the locals on Via Giubbonari for some cheaper retail therapy in the Pantheon area. Explore the foodie’s heaven that is Campo De Fiori, or splurge on the perfect Rome souvenir – custom-made shoes for yourself.
Head to Piazza Navona, a pedestrian square with elaborate fountains bordered by elegant architecture and chic cafes. Another hive of activity is the Campo De Fiori area, which is packed with colourful market stalls. If you aren’t a fan of crowds, visit the sights at night, the Trevi Fountain especially looks spectacular when lit at night.
Taste Italian coffee in Centro Storico or sample some traditional Italian gelato. From the Michelin-starred eateries in the centre to traditional trattorias set alongside trendy wine bars in Travestere, whatever your budget you can enjoy mouth-watering Italian food on your holidays to Rome. The Prati area streets are packed with wine bars, Tridente is another dining hotspot and the crisp-white linen covered tables at Quiinal Hill provide authentic Italian atmosphere.