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Got some time to get away? Channel your inner Audrey Hepburn or Gregory Peck and book a holiday to Rome with lastminute.com.au. You’ll be cruising around on a motor bike and climbing the Spanish Steps faster than you can say “Ciao, bella”. Explore ancient ruins, immerse yourself in world-class art and throw your low-carb diet to the birds in a cosy piazza café. Once considered the centre of the Western world, Rome has a few modern tricks up its sleeve, too, so come for the avant-garde fashions and stay for the al fresco nightlife.
Located about 30 km east of Italy’s central coast, this capital city is surrounded by natural reserves and breezes off the Tyrrhenian Sea. The Italian capital is kind of a big deal, so you won’t waste any time finding accommodation in Rome. If Florence and Venice sound good, too, book hotels in Italy’s top cities and tour Europe’s “Boot”—a fine, hand-crafted leather boot, that is.
When you’ve got your suitcase stashed in one of the gorgeous hotels in Rome, it’s time to party like it’s 70 A.D. Yeah, baby! Just outside of Termini Station you’ll find Vatican City, home to the Pope and the Vatican Gardens, a sprawling complex of fountains and flowerbeds, but don’t be surprised if you get distracted by the Swiss Guards’ colourful uniforms. Visit the Sistine Chapel, where no one ever seems to notice the intricate tile floor. From there, make your way to the Pantheon to see its iconic Corinthian columns before heading south to the Coliseum. Pre-game for that tour with a viewing of Gladiator, staring Russell Crowe as a weary Spanish farmer-turned-warrior—because all the Spanish actors were busy that year. Close out the day in Trastevere, a neighbourhood on the west bank of the Tiber River, when you’re ready to ditch the crowds for wine bars and chatting with locals in Piazza Santa Maria. After drinks you could retire to some snazzy Rome accommodation, or you could dive headlong into the party scene in Campo de’ Fiori—filled with busy market stalls by day and shenanigans by night.
Book flights to Rome with lastminute.com.au and touch down at Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport (FCO), located about 30 km west of the city centre. You can catch direct rail service toward downtown, and the subway system is great for daytime commutes. In the evenings, hail a taxi or navigate the busier neighbourhoods on foot.
When you’re ready, Rome is ready. Weather is mild year-round with balmy climes between June and August and cool nights in January. Plan around events like the Rome Marathon (March) and White Night of Rome (September). The latter is a city-wide festival of live music, local artisans and 24-hour free museum admission.
Let’s do this. Score stellar deals on airfares and Rome hotels with lastminute.com.au and take off on a holiday that even the god Apollo would envy.