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

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WHY GO?

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.

DIN­NER TIME

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!

FOODIE FUN

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!

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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

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