Luxury holidays in Rome
Star in your own Roman holiday, trying to look as good as Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn on the back of a Vespa as you do it. The faithful flock to the Vatican, but pilgrims of an artistic persuasion can also take their pick from Caravaggio-clad churches, Old Masters-filled museums and a vibrant street-art scene. Stroll the Eternal City’s mediaeval streets and baroque piazzas, ticking off the Colosseum, the Forum and Palatine Hill along the way, then indulge in la dolce vita – shop the bijou boutiques of Trastevere, mainline gelato, people-watch at a Campo de’ Fiori café, and sip an aperitivo or two at sundown. When in Rome…
When to go
In summer, the city is at its busiest and sweatiest; spring and autumn hit the warm-weather sweet spot, but winter is the quietest.
PlanesRome has two international airports: Fiumicino and Ciampino. Flights from most major European cities touch down at Fiumicino, as well as intercontinental flights (both direct and connecting) from cities including Beijing, Hong Kong, New York, Philadelphia and Toronto. Alternatively, fly into Ciampino from European cities including Athens, Dublin, Edinburgh, Lisbon, London, Manchester and Marseille. From Fiumicino, hop on the Leonardo Express train to the central Stazione Termini; from Ciampino, it’s a 15-kilometre taxi ride to the city centre.
TrainsRome’s main station, Stazione Termini, has express connections to other Italian cities, including Florence, Milan, Naples and Venice.
AutomobilesDriving in Rome is not for the nervous; unless you plan to venture outside the city, skip the rental altogether.
TaxisYou can hail them everywhere, and taxi ranks display numbers to call. Avoid the many unofficial and unlicensed taxis, especially for airport rides – if in doubt, ask your hotel to arrange transport.