Getting away from it all Rome
From zipping about in a classic car to fast-tracked museum tickets, this Italian city always sets the pace
steeped in history, rome attracts more than 13 million visitors a year to its bustling piazzas, monuments and trattorias. and if the combination of food, frescos and fountains isn’t enough to tempt you in search of la dolce vita, rome was also named best european city break for Families at the Family traveller awards 2015.
BEAT THE QUEUES
a weekend in rome wouldn’t be complete without visiting its most popular attractions. thankfully, there is a way to beat the queues, which can be several hours long. a skip-the-line pass (£66 per person for 48 hours) gives you fast-track entry to the Vatican museums, sistine chapel and colosseum, as well as a hop-on/hop-off bus ticket and entry to the roman Forum and Palatine Hill. don’t miss the panoramic views from the hill at sunset or michelangelo’s world-renowned fresco The Creation of Adam on the ceiling of the sistine chapel.
SLEEP IN STYLE
located just a stone’s throw away from Piazza navona – one of the city’s most famed squares – the five-star navona Palace residenze di charme does not disappoint. after a restful night’s sleep in your apartment-style suite – complete with living room, coffee machine and wooden shutters – tuck into a delicious continental breakfast spread while taking in stunning views of the city from the hotel’s rooftop terrace.
sidestep tacky tourist traps with a short walk from the colosseum to il bocconcino (ilbocconcino.com, meals from £8), which serves locally sourced, seasonal food. start with a caprese salad, made with buffalo mozzarella from Paestum in southern italy, succulent beef tomato and fresh basil. Follow with fresh fettuccine, rabbit ragout and crispy artichokes, then finish with a shot of blush grappa.
it’s worth the 10-minute taxi ride to picture-postcard trastevere. la scala (ristorantelascala.it, meals from £7) offers an innovative take on classic italian cuisine. try the tagliatelle and zucchini flowers, followed by the sliced fillet of beef with balsamic vinegar – delicious!
CLASSIC CAR, CLASSIC SIGHTS
the Fiat 500 has starred in movies from The Italian Job to Roman Holiday, and there’s no better way to see the city than on a tour in a vintage model (£223 per car, seats up to three). Head beyond rome’s city walls to take in lesser-known sights such as the Pyramid of cestius – standing 36m tall! – and the baths of caracalla, the second largest in rome. With charismatic guide tony leading from the front, expect 90 minutes of fun, facts and photo ops!
actress sophia loren once said, ‘everything you see, i owe to spaghetti.’ i reminded myself of this as i filled up on pizza, pasta and other italian delicacies on an eat as the romans do tour (£82 per person for three hours). With five mouth-watering stops, this culinary extravaganza is the perfect way to take in the city. explore areas such as the Jewish quarter and campo de’ Fiori market, and try the city’s white pizza, a foccacia-style sandwich packed with fillings. sup on bianchello del metauro wine, then indulge your sweet tooth with cannoli and nutella-topped biscuits – yum!
Rome is world-famous for iconic sights such as the Colosseum Woman’s Miriam Habtesellasie
Piazza Navona, in the heart of the city, makes a great base Head to Trastevere to try authentic Italian cuisine See the sights from a Fiat 500 Try white pizza from a Roman market stall