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A Roman Holiday

from £1065
Explore the delightful Eternal City in autumn, winter, and spring...
  • Product Code 18140
  • Holiday Type Sightseeing And Walking Holidays
  • Grade Grade 4
  • Holiday Duration 7 Nights

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. Or just stand and watch sunset on the Pincian Hill, stroll the narrow streets around the Pantheon and grab a gelato.

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

  • Savouring a gelato on the Spanish Steps.
  • Sipping an espresso in the Campo dei Fiori morning market, a quintessential Roman experience.
  • Listening to your guide bring ancient Rome alive in the Forum.
  • Immersing yourself in world class art: the Sistine Chapel, Raphael’s Rooms, and Michelangelo’s Pietà.
  • Strolling amongst Tivoli’s fountains, water, water everywhere.
  • Ostia Antica - a day at an Ancient Roman city by the sea.
  • The peaceful gardens of the Villa Borghese.
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 Heathrow to Rome Fiumicino (British Airways)
      Return flights Manchester to Rome Fiumicino (Jet2)
      Airport transfers.
      B&B en suite accommodation.
      Dinners on five evenings in hotel and local restaurants.
      Local guide on one day.
      All local transport costs.
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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Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised program, 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/4

  1. Day 1

    We fly to Rome and transfer by private hire coach to our centrally located hotel.

  2. Day 2

    Today we concentrate on the historical centre on foot. Highlights include the Borghese Gardens, Spanish Steps, the Trevi Fountain and Pantheon.

  3. Day 3

    The focus today is ancient Rome. We have the morning with a professional local guide to explain the Coliseum to us and take us through the Forum. This afternoon we have time to take in a few of the more famous Roman churches.

  4. Day 4

    We walk along the Tiber past the Bocca de la Verita and Castel Sant'Angelo. We have an afternoon visit to the Vatican including the Vatican Museums and St Peter's.

  5. Day 5

    We head west out of the city by train to Ostia Antica, the former port of Ancient Rome, which covers a vast area. In the afternoon we return to Rome and have a chance to visit the Aventine Hill and the church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin.

  6. Day 6

    Today we walk in the Caffarella Valley and on to the ancient Appian Way. We will take in Roman baths and catacombs on the way back to the city.

  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 can imagine. Then through the town of Tivoli and its mediaeval houses to the Villa Gregoriana and on to Hadrian’s Villa.

  8. Day 8

    Finally subject to flight schedules we may have some free time with the possibility for those that would like to visit the Borghese Gallery before transferring back to the airport.

Travel Details

  • Arrival transfer by road (c45mins)
  • Flights: Heathrow-Rome Fiumicino, British Airways.
  • We can offer regional flight options and often there will be up to two transfer vehicles (which may include coaches, minibuses or taxis) from the airport to the hotel and vice versa which will minimise any waiting time at the overseas airport.

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Hotel Albani, Rome

You will stay in the contemporary 4-star Hotel Albani, ideally located for our explorations with easy access to the city. Villa Borghese, Galleria Borghese, Pincian Hill and Via Veneto are a short walk away. Decorated in a strikingly Italian style the hotel is welcoming and comfortable. Ensuite twin bedded and single rooms are well equipped with hair dryer, air conditioning, satellite TV, telephone and mini bar. The hotel has Wi-Fi in the communal areas. The electricity supply is 220V AC. Wi-Fi access can be found in the lobby. All breakfasts and dinners on 5 days are included. Breakfasts will be taken in the hotel, with dinners taken in the hotel and local restaurants. Lunches are not included.

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