City breaks to Rome
Rome's cultural splendour
Rome's magnificent culture was honed throughout the history of the Roman Empire, which spanned almost 1,200 years. Today, the Italian city boasts some of the most beautiful monuments in the world, earning it the title of the Eternal City. Buildings designed by 17th century architect Bernini mingle seamlessly with modern day architecture and historic monuments, such as the Roman Forum and the Colosseum. Art created during the Renaissance and Baroque periods sits alongside modern-day creations in the many art galleries and museums. Visitors enjoy the Vatican, the Forum Museum, the Piazza di Spagna, Galleria Borghese and the Domus Aurea, all tributes to Rome's rich cultural heritage.
A journey of flavours
Rome's gastronomical richness is a major part of its traditional culture. Food is an integral part of the Roman lifestyle, with dishes full of flavour reflecting old traditions. Meats, fresh vegetables, cheese and pasta are typical ingredients of local cuisine. Restaurants flourish in Rome, with family-run trattorias, pizzerias and modern restaurants at the forefront of local life. Food festivals are an important part of Rome's culture and typically celebrate the local heritage, or welcome a season. An annual spring festival, the Sagra del Carciofo, for example, celebrates a staple ingredient in local cuisine, the artichoke, showcasing many local delicacies made with the succulent vegetable.
Rome's enthralling streets
Rome's busy network of streets is the result of five periods of growth within the city. Its main street, Via Sacra, is flanked by stunning public and religious buildings. Spanning out from the centre are many streets and bridges, linking the Tiber to the gates of the walls. Further growth was experienced in the Renaissance period between 1550 and 1600, creating a splendid access to the Vatican Palace and St Peter's. The Via del Corso, another main street in Rome's historical centre, is unusual for being completely straight in an area characterised by small piazzas and meandering alleys. Approximately 10 metres wide, the northern end of the street is a popular pedestrian area.
Choosing a luxury hotel
If you're looking for high-quality accommodation in Rome, you won't be disappointed. Choose from our selection of hotels, where luxury is the key. Many of the hotels offer their own entertainment for the discerning visitor, including relaxing in the swimming pool and spa. One of the best districts to stay is in the location of Termini Station, to the south of the city centre. Known as the gateway to Rome, it offers plenty of transport links, such as the metro lines, central bus station and trains to the cruise port of Civitavecchia and Fiumicino airport.
Another popular hotels area is around the Colosseum, in particular the Monti district. An atmospheric maze of lanes, it's a great place to stay, with plenty of luxury accommodation and restaurants. The Morgana Hotelis a charming 4* hotel, located within easy distance of major sights such as the Colosseum, Trevi Fountain and the Roman Forum, where our members will enjoy a bottle of wine upon arrival!
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