Rome has everything you'd want from a modern city break holiday but critically, it's the city's history that acts as the principal magnet. From the remains of its imperial glory days to the Renaissance and baroque riches of its historic centre, Rome is a glorious architectural patchwork - a living masterpiece.
Begin your journey at the Vatican City (4 km)
declared an independent state in 1929 and home to St. Peter's Basilica
(the largest church in the world), the Vatican Museum
and the shining star of the Italian Renaissance, the Sistine Chapel
. The awe-inspiring architecture and art collection makes the Vatican City top of the list of must-sees.
While there's no escaping Rome's illustrious past, modern Romans embrace the present. So do as they do and throw yourself into the life of the city.The abundance of restaurants and wine bars
make it a nightlife hotspot for both tourists and locals; tuck in for a traditional meal of gnocchi (usually eaten on Thursdays) or the Roman speciality, pasta coda alla vaccinara, a ragu made from braised oxtail stew.
During the day, catch the morning market with vendors selling locally made limoncello, pasta, and juicy, ripe produce at their stalls, or shop along the famed Via Cordotti
and pick out glamorous fare at Prada or Valentino.