If you love ro­mance… ROME

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What to do

 Stroll hand in hand in the Villa Borgh­ese gar­dens, Rome’s third largest park. Think tall pine trees, a boat­ing lake, hid­den foun­tains and a replica of Shake­speare’s Globe The­atre.  For the best view of the city, head to the top of the Span­ish Steps and en­joy a cof­fee at a nearby café. Then, at the foot of the steps, you’ll find the best ode to ro­mance at the Keats- Shelley Memo­rial House at Pi­azza di Spagna. Here you’ll find manuscripts and mem­o­ra­bilia of English poet John Keats, who died in Rome at a trag­i­cally young age while pin­ing for his love back home.  Visit the Cas­tel Sant’an­gelo, on the banks of the Tiber, where you’ll find de­pic­tions of Cupid and Psy­che in the pri­vate apart­ments of Pope Paul III of the 16th cen­tury.  You can’t avoid Rome’s most his­toric sym­bol: The Colos­seum is a must-see for its bru­tal his­tory (which will cap­ti­vate your part­ner) and its im­pres­sive struc­ture.

Stretch your Rands

Let’s face it, the ex­change rate is not in our favour, and Rome can be ex­pen­sive. Here are sim­ple ways to en­joy it within your bud­get:

1 Go out of sea­son

Not only do you avoid the masses, trav­el­ling out of sea­son means that all the costs are much cheaper.

2 Travel by train

The train sys­tem in Italy is af­ford­able and easy to use. Clean, ef­fi­cient and reg­u­lar, you can travel be­tween cities with ease. Sim­ply book on­line – most web­sites and ticket ma­chines have an English lan­guage op­tion. Within the city, the metro sys­tem is quick. Buy sin­gle jour­neys or a bun­dle of four trips to make it more cost ef­fec­tive.

Race around the beau­ti­ful city like Au­drey Hepburn and Gregory Peck in Ro­man Hol­i­day.

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