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Rome Destination Guide

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Your guide from the Luxury Travel Experts


Welcome to the Elegant Resorts Destination Guide for Rome , created to help make your choice of luxury holiday as easy as possible. Here, you will find more detailed factual information about the destination you have selected.

If you require further information, not featured on this page, please call one of our Travel Consultants.

Overview+

Language Italian
Time Difference 2 hours
Currency Euro
Voltage 220V

Beautiful Rome stretches across the seven hills that rise from the Tevere River, while its culture spans some 3,000 years of history, boasting some of Europe's finest examples of Classical, Romanesque, Medieval and Renaissance architecture in its vast number of heritage buildings and monuments. Ancient Rome’s historic architectural delights include the Roman Forum, Arch of Constantine, the Pantheon and, of course, the Colosseum. In the centre of the ancient city lies the Vatican, home to comprehensive collections of art and the renowned St Peter’s Basilica.

Along with unrivalled sightseeing, shopping is a major highlight in Rome, particularly the narrow streets of Trastevere that brim with artisan shops, alongside designer boutiques. The triangle between the Spanish Steps and Piazza del Popolo − named the Tritone − buzzes with locals, shoppers and café-loungers during the day, while the fashionable area of Via Margutta, once home to the Italian Film Director, Federico Fellini, is the location of modern and classical art galleries, and the romantic Osteria Margutta restaurant that displays a collection of paintings by famous artists.

The capital of Italy’s exquisite cuisine, do ensure you refuel every so often with a delicious gelato or an oven-fired pizza, washed down with an Italian coffee. In the evening, the city comes alive with many fine-dining restaurants to choose from, as well as stylish bars and nightclubs that stay open to the early hours. Don’t leave before tossing a coin into the Baroque Trevi Fountain – legend has it that if you do, you are sure to return to this glorious city.

Highlights+

The Vatican
The Catholic Holy See has its own country, Vatican City, in the centre of Rome, its collection of artefacts from the history of Christianity making it well worth a visit. St Peter's Basilica is the most important church for Catholics around the world, in which the Pope holds mass every Sunday, and at which millions of pilgrimages end every year. The Vatican museum itself is extraordinary, showing the wealth accumulated by the Catholic Church throughout its history. Don't miss Michelangelo's masterwork on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel – one of the most famous and recognised paintings in the history of man. We recommend visiting Vatican City in the morning if you want to avoid the queues.

Villa Borghese Park
Stunning year round, though particularly beautiful in springtime, Villa Borghese Park, in the northern part of Rome, offers green space dotted with lakes, temples, statues, a zoo and several museums. It is also the home to the Galleria Borghese, the city’s most famous private art collection that houses works of masterpieces from icons including Caravaggio, Titian, Rubens and Raphael.

The Colosseum
No trip to Rome would be complete without visiting the mighty triumph of architecture, the Colosseum. Inaugurated in AD 80, this impressive 50,000-seat Colosseum, also known as the Flavian Amphitheatre, held violent gladiatorial combats. After the fall of the Roman Empire in the 5th century, the Colosseum was abandoned and was plundered of its precious travertine and marble. The striking building is spectacularly lit up at night, adding a certain ghostly magic to its exterior – you can almost hear the roar from the Roman crowds.

Pantheon
The Pantheon is a remarkable 2000-year-old architectural gem; once a temple, it is now a church and is the best example of Rome’s ancient monuments, and one of the most significant buildings in the western world. Built by Hadrian, the Pantheon has stood since around AD 125. Considered the ancient Romans’ greatest architectural achievement, until the 15th century it was the largest cupola in the world and is still the largest unreinforced concrete dome in existence.

Trevi Fountain
The spectacular Trevi Fountain takes up the entire side of the 17th-century Palazzo Poli, famously pictured in the 1960 film, La Dolce Vita. Designed by Nicola Salvi in 1732, the Trevi Fountain depicts sea-god, Oceanus, in a shell-shaped chariot being led by Tritons with seahorses. It is tradition to throw a coin into the fountain and an estimated 3,000 Euros are wished upon each day!

Travel Gems+

Travel Planning
Our Travel Consultants can advise on, arrange and pre-book many things to enhance your holiday. This includes everything from spa reservations and dinner reservations, to a range of special experiences available in our featured resorts that you may not know about.

Climate+

Generally, spring and summer are the best times to visit Rome, when it's warm and often sunny. July and August can get very hot. The mild weather may continue through to December.

Temperature Guide

These figures show monthly average maximum temperatures and monthly average rainfall for Rome.

  Temp °C Rain mm
January1283
February1375
March1668
April1862
May2345
June2737
July3019
August3025
September2775
October2297
November17117
December1398

Getting There+

Flight Information
British Airways from London Heathrow and London Gatwick to Rome. UK regional departures and charter flights are also available.

Flight Time
From London Heathrow and London Gatwick to Rome: 2 hours, 35 minutes.

Travel Documentation+

Travelling With Children or Without an Adult

Children travelling without both parents should be aware that some countries require documentary evidence of parental responsibility before allowing lone parents to enter the country (for example, South Africa) or, in some cases, before permitting the children to leave the country. Please contact the relevant Embassy for the county you are travelling to for further information.

Visa and Advance Passenger Information

All passengers must ensure they have a valid, acceptable passport, any required visa and any other documentation for both the final destination and any stop-off points en route. Please make sure that Advance Passenger Information is submitted in advance to travel for all destinations. Failure to hold correct documentation or submitting incorrect details with Advance Passenger Information or Visa applications may result in refusal of carriage or entry into a country. Please check with the relevant Embassy regarding visa requirements well in advance of your travel date. Charges may apply for some visas.

Passengers not travelling on a British Passport are advised to contact their relevant Foreign & Commonwealth office for individual Visa requirements.

For up-to-date resort information, visit www.fco.gov.uk

Health+

Health facilities, hygiene and disease risks vary worldwide and you should take health advice about your specific needs from your general practitioner or a specialist clinic as early as possible before travel. Those planning to become pregnant should discuss their travel plans with their healthcare provider to assess their risk of infection with Zika. For information about Zika, other mosquito-borne diseases (such as Dengue fever and Chikungunya), Lyme Disease (caused by tick bites), and to receive advice on mosquito bite avoidance measures, please visit http://travelhealthpro.org.uk/insect-tick-bite-avoidance/

In addition, we highly recommend that you seek specialist advice from your doctor and, where recommended, obtain vaccinations or tablets for protection against, for example: Malaria, Hepatitis A, Polio and Typhoid. In some cases, treatments for Malaria should begin well in advance of travel. Travellers may also be required to show Yellow Fever Certificates on arrival in certain destinations ie, some African countries. Please note that you are strongly advised against scuba-diving for 24 hours before travelling by air. We would also like to draw your attention to the risk of DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis) and recommend that you consult with your doctor before travelling.

Visit the FCO website and select your destination country for the very latest travel advice: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice. Additional sources of information include: www.hpa.org.uk, http://nathnac.net, www.fco.gov.uk, www.hpa.org.uk and www.nathnac.org, your General Practitioner or a specialised clinic.

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