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Rome City Breaks

A Rome City Break Guide

Rome is undoubtedly one of the most stunning cities in Europe, if not the world. From its ancient history, dating back more than 2,500 years and stunning architecture, to its modern fashion scene and trendy shopping, there's plenty to enjoy and explore. A cheap city break in Rome should definitely be on your bucket list.

One of the great things about a city break in Rome is that it doesn't have to cost a fortune, and you can do as little or as much as you like. If the thought of wandering around the numerous museums and monuments that Rome has to offer doesn't appeal, the relaxed cafe culture certainly will.

Getting to, from and around Rome

Flights to Rome can be incredibly affordable, particularly during off-peak seasons. Both the main scheduled and low-cost airlines fly direct from the UK to Rome and is ideal for a weekend break.

When flying into Rome's Fiumicino Airport, the easiest way to get into the city is by train. Regular services run into Termini, Rome's main train station where you can then get access to the Metro.

The main three Metro lines in Rome serve the majority of the tourist sites and travel cards can be purchased to save money and time.

Things to do in Rome

Rome is a city like no other, and there are plenty of cheap things to do in this incredibly capital.

If you are visiting Rome on a city break, one thing you should definitely do is visit the Colosseum, one of Rome's most iconic landmarks which was built nearly 2,000 years ago, hosting the likes of gladiator battles and the recreating of naval battles. An audio tour of the impressive amphitheatre is the best way to learn about its amazing past.

Another must-see is the Vatican City and St. Peter's Basilica. This tiny state in the centre of Rome remains the home of the Catholic Pope and even has it's own television channel, but it's the Vatican Museums that everyone comes here for, and to see The Creation of Adam, Michelangelo's beautiful painting on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. If you're in town on a Sunday and the Pope is in residence, you may also get the chance to see him as he preaches to the crowds in St. Peter's Square.

Where to stay in Rome

Staying in Rome can be cheap, however, staying central can come with a premium price. Be careful about hotels that say they are in Rome but are actually much further out to the coast. Always do your research. A cheap city break in Rome may cost you a lot in bus and metro fares.

If you are on a budget, hostels are a great option on a Rome city break, some even offer private rooms at a fraction of the price of a hotel.

If on the other hand you fancy something a little better, has a great range of hotels for all budgets both within Rome city centre and on the outskirts.