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A Roman Holiday

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Guided Walking Holidays - A Roman Holiday

Imagine a day which starts at the Colosseum with the ghosts of the gladiators, then stroll through the Roman Forum in the steps of emperors and vestal virgins. Climb the Capitoline Hill to the Campidoglio Square designed by Michelangelo, then continue up onto the massive monument to Victor Emanuel II, all with Ramblers Walking Holidays. From here Rome lies all around you, from the towers of St John Lateran to the dome of St Peter's.

Rome is a city where you don’t have to seek out art galleries to see the art – it is all around you. Fountains by Bernini, beautiful baroque squares such as the Piazza Navona, and apartment blocks built into Roman theatres. The churches are treasure troves too. Take Santa Maria del Popolo under the Pincian Hill. In it is a chapel designed by Raphael and completed by Bernini, another decorated by Pinturrichio and an altar with two stunning Caravaggios.

And then, as if that wasn’t enough, there is the Vatican City, the Pope’s own country. Besides the Sistine Chapel there are Raphael’s Rooms, including the School of Athens, the greatest celebration of how the classical world was reborn in Renaissance Rome. St Peter’s Basilica itself contains Michelangelo’s Pietà and Bernini’s wonderful tomb of Pope Alexander VII.

Rome also offers a taste of the sweet things in life. You can visit the morning market of the Campo dei Fiori and pause for a shot of coffee. There’s great food to be found in local restaurants, and small delicatessens.  Stroll the narrow streets around the Pantheon and grab a gelato.  At the end of the day, stand and watch sunset on the Pincian Hill.

We will also have the opportunity to take a day or two out of the city, to Tivoli for the water gardens of the Villa d’Este and the ruins of Hadrian’s elaborate villa. Ostia Antica offers a pleasant day out to an Ancient Roman city by the sea. This is perhaps the best place to get an idea of life in Ancient Rome.

Holiday Highlights

  • Hear first-hand as our local guide brings Roman Society, the Colosseum and the Forum to life.
  • Amazing collections in the Vatican, the Sistine Chapel and St Peters.
  • The extensive Mosaics of the Roman Merchants at Ostia Antica showing trade across the Mediterranean.
  • See sculptures by the likes of Bernini scattered across the city, the Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps and more.
  • Take in the elegant interiors and art of the Villa Borghese including Bernini’s David.
  • Descend through layers of history underneath San Clemente or the Città dell’Acqua.
  • Most importantly enjoy a real Italian gelato.
The holiday inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What's included in this holiday Items that are covered in the cost of holiday price.

      Return flights from Heathrow to Rome Fiumicino (British Airways)
      Airport transfers
      En suite accommodation with breakfasts taken at the hotel
      Dinners on five evenings taken in local restaurants
      Local English speaking guide on one day
      All local transport costs.
      In 2020 entrance to the Vatican and the Colosseum is included.
Whats not included in this holiday Items that are not covered in the cost of holiday price.

  • Entrance fees to some museums and historic buildings (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Insurance
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Please see Holiday Information Sheet for this holidays individual departures itinerary (located under View Departures & Book tab)

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised programme, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

This departure: Grade SS/3

  1. Day 1

    We fly to Rome and transfer by private hire coach to our centrally located hotel. There might be time for a brief stroll for anyone who might like.

  2. Day 2

    Today we concentrate on the historic centre on foot. From the hotel we walk through the Borghese gardens via the water clock to the Pincio view point and look across central Rome dominated by the Victor Emmanuel building.
    Thence down to Piazza Popolo, Spanish Steps, the Trevi Fountain, and a quick look underground. After a café lunch we continue to Hadrian’s Temple, the Pantheon and Piazza Navona. There are many other things to enjoy on the way. We will jump on a bus back to the Hotel.

  3. Day 3

    The focus today is Ancient Rome. We have the morning with a professional local guide to explain the Colosseum to us and take us through the Forum.
    There may be time to visit the Palatine Hill after the guide has left. This afternoon we take in some ofv the more famous Roman churches.

  4. Day 4

    Today we walk in the Caffarella Park and on to the ancient Appian Way. We can pick up a picnic on the way. Heading back towards the City, in the steps of St Peter, we pass a number of interesting places amongst them former Christian Catacombs, the Quo Vadis church, and not least the massive Baths of Caracalla – as impressive as any of Rome’s ancient monuments. We will cover about 6 miles over mostly level ground.

  5. Day 5

    We head west out of the city by train to Ostia Antica, the former port of Ancient Rome, abandoned in the 4th century. It covers a vast area. One of its highlights is the square of the Merchants with its extensive mosaics showing many facets of life in the port.
    We will have a picnic during our explorations. We take a train back to the city when finished.

  6. Day 6

    We take a tram from near the Hotel to the Vatican city for a timed entry to the extensive museums including the Raphael rooms and the Sistine Chapel. Early afternoon we go into St Peter’s. Afterwards we can explore a little more of this area walking past Castel Sant’Angelo.

  7. Day 7

    We travel east out of the city by private coach to Tivoli. We walk in the grounds of Villa d’Este- more fountains than you could imagine. Then through the town of Tivolli and its mediaeval houses to the Villa Gregoriana set in a gorge with its waterfall and ideal for a picnic. After a short coach ride we reach Hadrian’s Villa – the ruins still reveal the vast complex built for his retirement.

  8. Day 8

    Return flight – finally subject to flight schedules we may have some free time to finish our explorations before transferring back to the airport.

Travel Details

  • Arrival transfer by road (c45mins)
  • Flights: Heathrow-Rome Fiumicino, British Airways.
  • For this holiday we do not offer regional flights with airport to hotel transfers but there is a wide choice of regional flights operating from the UK, which you may choose to book independently. We can offer lots of advice regarding easy transport options to/from your resort.

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Our Accommodation on this holiday

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday. If you are on a multi-centre holiday, these are highlights of the places where we stay. Please refer to your Holiday Information sheet (which can be found under View Departures & Book), for your departure date and for all your accommodation details.

Hotel Albani, Rome

Our Roman home is the 4-star Hotel Albani decorated in a strikingly Italian style, it is welcoming, comfortable and is ideally located for our explorations.

All rooms are well equipped with hair dryer, air conditioning, satellite TV, telephone and mini-bar.

The hotel has Wi-Fi but the signal may not be brilliant in rooms however there is always a good signal in hotel reception.

Breakfasts will be taken in the hotel, which offers a good selection on the breakfast buffet.

Five evening meals are included where your leader can choose from a variety of characterful restaurants near to the hotel. All will be authentic ‘Rome restaurants’ but each will have its particular style.

On our first night, we might well visit a Roman ‘bistro’ where an assortment of salads, cold platters of cheeses and cooked meats is a great way to start the meal. This can be followed by a crafted and unusual pasta dish (no they won’t give you the recipe, we have tried) and a choice of light desserts. A great start to the holiday.

We certainly will visit the nearby Pizzeria, with a roaring wood burning oven, producing the thinnest, crispest pizzas you have ever experienced. It is always full of local diners, a good sign of quality. A fish restaurant is close by, where the fish greet you at the door lying on beds of ice, maybe hold back a bit on the pasta that night. They serve rather good meat dishes too. 

When we visit the Vatican, we can choose one of the many boutique restaurants hidden in the streets behind St Peters. Probably after a long day we can let ourselves go with huge plates of spaghetti.  Or maybe, if we are early enough, they will just have prepared the Lasagne………it soon goes!

For vegetarians, have no fear, all the restaurants have excellent choices. We can even find pizzas which are gluten free, if wheat is a problem.

What else? A rustic meal with pitchers of red wine in a cellar restaurant, an elegant restaurant with a slightly Turkish inspired menu, everywhere some of our clients may well choose yet another pizza with a side salad which can be a meal in itself.

For lunch we might have a Caprese Salad or restrict ourselves to bruschetta with mediterranean tomatoes which melt in the mouth and always, always there is gelato. It has been suggested by several clients, that you can have a gelato twice a day for the whole tour and feel no side effects whatsoever.

If there is one thing the Romans do well that is eat!