Rome was, is, and probably always will be, one of the world’s most compelling cities with probably more to see here than in any other capital on earth.
You should arrive at the airport to take your flight to Rome. On arrival a coach will take you to your hotel, the four-star Hotel President situated right in the heart of the Eternal City within walking distance of the main Termini station, providing superb transport links via metro and bus to all areas of the city and the main sights – including direct connections to the Colosseum, the Vatican and the Spanish Steps just a few stops away.
The hotel offers stylish, modern accommodation, spacious reception areas, comfortable seating, breakfast room serving a full continental buffet breakfast, restaurant and bar where you can meet your fellow travellers for a relaxing well-earned drink after a day of sightseeing. All rooms are tastefully decorated in a modern style and have private facilities, air conditioning, mini-bar and satellite TV.
After breakfast, we get to know this fabulous city in earnest, taking a sightseeing tour. The monuments are legendary: there is the Trevi fountain, a huge gush of water, streaming from a natural spring over immense rocks, built onto the side of a Renaissance palace. Legend has it you must toss a coin into it, thus ensuring you make a return visit to this most beguiling of cities.
Then there is the Piazza Navona, Rome’s most famous square, as picturesque as any in Italy, lined by cafés and restaurants. You must stroll down the instantly recognisable, 18th century Spanish Steps; in the past, the haunt of artists’ models and now simply the place to be seen. At the bottom is the Piazza di Spagna, home to the poet Keats and visited by Milton, Byron and Shelley – all drawing inspiration from the uniqueness which is Rome. The afternoon is free for you to explore as you wish but whilst you are in Rome, you must visit one of the highlights, the Vatican, the independent state and of course home to the Pope and the largest church in the world, St Peter’s.
Inside, the Sistine Chapel is one of Art’s greatest masterpieces and the largest painting ever created by one man, the genius Michelangelo! This is quite simply the largest, richest and most compelling such museum complex on earth, containing so many artefacts from the city’s history. Many of the finest artists of the Renaissance worked for a variety of Popes but there are other displays too: Egyptian antiquities, furniture, sculpture and silverware.
Holding sway over much of the ancient world for 500 years, Rome was the greatest empire of its time. Legend has it that the city was founded by Romulus and Remus on seven hills. After subduing the neighbouring tribes and the Carthaginians by the second century BC, it became the dominant power in the Mediterranean. Ruled firstly by a series of consuls, then subsequently probably the most famous Roman of all, Julius Caesar, followed by a series of Emperors, each wanted their place in history. Between them they created a unique legacy, the remains of which we see today: the forum, the house of the Vestal Virgins, temples to all the gods, Jupiter, Mars, Venus and even ‘foreign’ ones too like Isis and Diana. Then there are the law courts and the Podium where news of military conquests was announced to an eager public. Then on the nearby Palatine Hill are the remains of the opulent villas of the elite, including the Emperor. Next to this are the immense Caracalla Baths, a veritable Roman leisure centre, plus two of the most famous centres of ‘entertainment’ the world has ever known: the Circus Maximus and the Colosseum. Ancient Rome was a truly remarkable place! This morning we see all of this and more on our fascinating guided tour, with the remainder of the day free for you to explore at your leisure.
This morning we visit the Villa Borghese, a truly remarkable collection of museums set in a tranquil series of gardens which form the city’s largest park. Most famously it houses one of the world’s greatest collections of fine art including outstanding works by Raphael, with another pavilion housing the national modern art museum. The outstanding Villa Giulia is home to the world’s most outstanding collection of Etruscan and ancient Roman artefacts. Its other ceramic and glass items, in almost perfect condition, are displayed next to stunning gold jewellery studded with precious stones, crafted in the most skilful manner. Then there are everyday items too: agricultural implements and cooking utensils, coins, brooches, remains of clothing, leather-wear – even portable wash stands. In fact many are remarkably similar to household items used today. This is a wonderful museum where you can truly lose yourself, but above all it is a poignant reminder that no matter how grand a civilisation is and however sophisticated a race believe themselves to be, in reality we are all very similar and throughout history we have all wanted the same things.
So this afternoon what is it to be? Take a coffee in the famous Caffe Greco, window shop along the Via Condotti for some of the finest clothes you will find anywhere. Perhaps most satisfying though, is simply to let yourself be captivated and enchanted by this truly entrancing city.
Today the coach will take you to Rome airport, at the appropriate time, to take your return flight home, after a really memorable tour.
(Selected departures Jun 2017 to November 2019)
|DATE||DEPARTURE TIME||DEPARTURE POINT||ACCOMMODATION||PRICE FROM (pp)|
|05 Jun 2017||09:25||London Gatwick Airport||President Hotel Rome||£689.00|
|11 Jul 2017||08:30||London Gatwick Airport||President Hotel Rome||£579.00|
|20 Aug 2017||06:40||London Gatwick Airport||President Hotel Rome||£659.00|
|20 Sep 2017||09:15||London Gatwick Airport||President Hotel Rome||£729.00|
|12 Oct 2017||09:15||London Gatwick Airport||President Hotel Rome||£659.00|
|05 Nov 2017||09:10||London Gatwick Airport||President Hotel Rome||£639.00|
|12 Apr 2018||06:40||London Gatwick Airport||President Hotel Rome||£679.00|
|26 Apr 2018||06:40||London Gatwick Airport||President Hotel Rome||£689.00|
|10 May 2018||06:40||London Gatwick Airport||President Hotel Rome||£709.00|
|21 May 2018||06:40||London Gatwick Airport||President Hotel Rome||£709.00|
|17 Jun 2018||06:40||London Gatwick Airport||President Hotel Rome||£709.00|
|24 Jun 2018||09:05||London Gatwick Airport||President Hotel Rome||£709.00|
|10 Jul 2018||06:40||London Gatwick Airport||President Hotel Rome||£629.00|
|04 Sep 2018||06:40||London Gatwick Airport||President Hotel Rome||£729.00|
|23 Sep 2018||09:05||London Gatwick Airport||President Hotel Rome||£729.00|
|07 Oct 2018||09:05||London Gatwick Airport||President Hotel Rome||£699.00|
|08 Nov 2018||09:10||London Gatwick Airport||President Hotel Rome||£689.00|
|22 Jun 2017||07:25||London Heathrow Airport||President Hotel Rome||£709.00|
|07 Sep 2017||08:30||London Heathrow Airport||President Hotel Rome||£729.00|
|03 Oct 2017||10:40||London Heathrow Airport||President Hotel Rome||£719.00|
|09 Nov 2017||07:00||London Heathrow Airport||President Hotel Rome||£549.00|
|22 Apr 2018||07:00||London Heathrow Airport||President Hotel Rome||£729.00|
|13 May 2018||
|London Heathrow Airport||President Hotel Rome||£749.00|
|14 Jun 2018||07:00||London Heathrow Airport||President Hotel Rome||£749.00|
|10 Sep 2018||07:00||London Heathrow Airport||President Hotel Rome||£769.00|
|04 Oct 2018||07:00||London Heathrow Airport||President Hotel Rome||£739.00|
|13 Jun 2017||08:45||London Stansted Airport||President Hotel Rome||£659.00|
|07 Sep 2017||08:45||London Stansted Airport||President Hotel Rome||£709.00|
|08 Oct 2017||06:25||London Stansted Airport||President Hotel Rome||£709.00|
|31 May 2018||08:45||London Stansted Airport||President Hotel Rome||£709.00|
|28 Jun 2018||08:45||London Stansted Airport||President Hotel Rome||£679.00|
|30 Sep 2018||06:25||London Stansted Airport||President Hotel Rome||£729.00|
|11 Oct 2018||08:45||London Stansted Airport||President Hotel Rome||£699.00|
Midlands, North Departures and Bristol:
|DATE||DEPARTURE TIME||DEPARTURE POINT||ACCOMMODATION||PRICE FROM (pp)|
|22 Jun 2017||06:50||Birmingham Airport||President Hotel Rome||£689.00|
|05 Sep 2017||06:50||Birmingham Airport||President Hotel Rome||£709.00|
|03 Oct 2017||06:50||Birmingham Airport||President Hotel Rome||£689.00|
|12 Apr 2018||06:50||Birmingham Airport||President Hotel Rome||£699.00|
|10 May 2018||06:50||Birmingham Airport||President Hotel Rome||£729.00|
|04 Jun 2018||06:50||Birmingham Airport||President Hotel Rome||£729.00|
|04 Sep 2018||06:50||Birmingham Airport||President Hotel Rome||£749.00|
|04 Oct 2018||06:50||Birmingham Airport||President Hotel Rome||£719.00|
|20 Aug 2017||15:50||East Midlands Airport||President Hotel Rome||£649.00|
|24 Sep 2017||15:50||East Midlands Airport||President Hotel Rome||£709.00|
|08 Oct 2017||15:50||East Midlands Airport||President Hotel Rome||£709.00|
|22 Apr 2018||15:50||East Midlands Airport||President Hotel Rome||£689.00|
|13 May 2018||15:50||East Midlands Airport||President Hotel Rome||£709.00|
|17 Jun 2018||15:50||East Midlands Airport||President Hotel Rome||£709.00|
|16 Sep 2018||15:50||East Midlands Airport||President Hotel Rome||£729.00|
|14 Oct 2018||15:50||East Midlands Airport||President Hotel Rome||£699.00|
|03 Sep 2017||08:30||Leeds Bradford Airport||President Hotel Rome||£759.00|
|15 Oct 2017||08:30||Leeds Bradford Airport||President Hotel Rome||£679.00|
|15 Oct 2017||08:30||Leeds Bradford Airport||President Hotel Rome||£729.00|
|23 Sep 2018||08:30||Leeds Bradford Airport||President Hotel Rome||£749.00|
|07 Oct 2018||08:30||Leeds Bradford Airport||President Hotel Rome||£719.00|
|13 Jun 2017||07:15||
|President Hotel Rome||£679.00|
|11 Jul 2017||07:15||Manchester Airport||President Hotel Rome||£599.00|
|05 Sep 2017||07:15||Manchester Airport||President Hotel Rome||£699.00|
|15 Oct 2017||07:15||Manchester Airport||President Hotel Rome||£679.00|
|05 Nov 2017||14:00||Manchester Airport||President Hotel Rome||£659.00|
|08 Apr 2018||07:15||Manchester Airport||President Hotel Rome||£699.00|
|26 Apr 2018||07:15||Manchester Airport||President Hotel Rome||£709.00|
|06 May 2018||07:15||Manchester Airport||President Hotel Rome||£729.00|
|31 May 2018||07:15||Manchester Airport||President Hotel Rome||£729.00|
|28 Jun 2018||07:15||Manchester Airport||President Hotel Rome||£699.00|
|10 Jul 2018||07:15||Manchester Airport||President Hotel Rome||£649.00|
|16 Sep 2018||07:15||Manchester Airport||President Hotel Rome||£749.00|
|30 Sep 2018||07:15||Manchester Airport||President Hotel Rome||£749.00|
|11 Oct 2018||07:15||Manchester Airport||President Hotel Rome||£719.00|
|08 Nov 2018||08:25||Manchester Airport||President Hotel Rome||£709.00|
|17 Sep 2017||07:45||Newcastle Airport||President Hotel Rome||£709.00|
|21 May 2018||07:55||Newcastle Airport||President Hotel Rome||£739.00|
|10 Sep 2018||07:55||Newcastle Airport||President Hotel Rome||£759.00|
|05 Jun 2017||12:10||Bristol Airport||President Hotel Rome||£689.00|
|03 Sep 2017||12:10||Bristol Airport||President Hotel Rome||£739.00|
|12 Oct 2017||12:10||Bristol Airport||President Hotel Rome||£699.00|
|09 Nov 2017||17:00||Bristol Airport||President Hotel Rome||£549.00|
|08 Apr 2018||12:10||Bristol Airport||President Hotel Rome||£679.00|
|14 Jun 2018||12:10||Bristol Airport||President Hotel Rome||£709.00|
|06 Sep 2018||12:10||Bristol Airport||President Hotel Rome||£729.00|
|14 Oct 2018||12:10||Bristol Airport||President Hotel Rome||£699.00|
The price of this holiday is per person, based on two people sharing a twin room. Single rooms subject to availability at a supplement of £169 per person in The President Hotel or £159 in the Hotel Ripa. The price includes return flights as indicated and four nights bed and breakfast accommodation based on two people sharing a twin room, airport departure taxes, all tours as mentioned, timed entrance to the Villa Borghese (reservation fee included, entrance approximately €9 payable locally) and the services of a professional tour manager.
If you are 65 or over, or under 18, under current Italian law entrance to any state owned museum is free for citizens of Britain and other European Union countries on production of your passport.
The 4* Hotel President is part of the prestigious Roscioli hotels – (www.rosciolihotels.it), family run, where four generations have personally managed the properties for over 70 years. The hotel is situated right in the heart of the Eternal City within walking distance from the main Termini station, providing superb transport links via metro and bus to all areas of the city and the main sights – including direct connections to the Colosseum, the Vatican and the Spanish Steps are just a few stops away. The hotel offers stylish, modern accommodation, spacious reception areas, comfortable seating, a breakfast room serving a full continental buffet breakfast, a restaurant offering both local and international cuisine and a bar where you can meet your fellow travellers for a relaxing well-earned drink after a day of sightseeing. All rooms are tastefully decorated in a modern style and have private facilities, air conditioning, a minibar and satellite TV.
The 4* Hotel Ripa (www.ripahotel.com) – situated in the Trastevere district of Rome, one of the city’s most desirable areas, full of lovely cafes, excellent restaurants and picturesque medieval squares. When the Romans dine out Trastevere is where they come! Just outside the hotel is the tram stop which takes you directly to Rome’s Baroque areas, home of the Trevi fountain, Piazza Navona and Spanish Steps in less than ten minutes. The rooms are modern in style, fully air-conditioned and have a TV, safe and mini bar.
The 4* Hotel Milton, a former convent and sensitively converted into a very comfortable, modern, centrally located hotel with a metro station opposite allowing easy exploration of the sights. It combines past architecture and the practicality of the present, offering a relaxed and stylish atmosphere. The tastefully decorated lobby features stylish leather armchairs and light-wooden parquet flooring plus arched doorways so typical of Rome. All rooms are sound proofed and air conditioned with a mini bar, flat screen TV and safe. The hotel has a small bar and an excellent selection of nearby restaurants. An ideal base for your stay in Rome.
Rome is one of the world’s most compelling cities with probably more to see here than in any other capital. Boasting an uninterrupted recorded history for upwards of 2,500 years, it has heritage of classical antiquities, and medieval buildings from Renaissance palaces to intricate Baroque piazzas. From the grandeur of the Colosseum, the Appian Way where Spartacus was crucified, the magnificence of St. Peter’s, the grandeur of the Vatican, the sheer brilliance of the Sistine Chapel, to the Trevi Fountain and flamboyant Baroque buildings.
The vivacious, emotional and noisy Italians add to this very unique atmosphere: the best-dressed and most stylish people. The shopping is legendary too with so many famous labels. It costs nothing to look and not everything is of the designer variety. You will find some very good value items, particularly leather goods.
Italy also boasts one of the world’s greatest cuisines. Fresh vegetables and salads abound, with succulent meats, seafood, a hint of garlic, the finest olive oil, combined with wonderful wines.
The best way to explore this wonderful city is to wander through its beautiful piazzas lined with layers of history, where the smell of fresh coffee drifts from the numerous cafes.