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Holidays in Rome, Italy

Posted December 23, 2010 by BookingBuddy

Holidays in Italy are incomplete without a few days in Rome, the Eternal City. From ancient ruins to modern fashion, eye-catching architecture to palette-pleasing cuisine, Rome truly is a feast for the senses. Crane your neck to witness Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel masterpiece ceiling, channel your inner Audrey Hepburn with a run down the Spanish Steps, or pretend you're a gladiator at the Colosseum. Finally, to ensure a return visit (as the legend says), don't forget to toss a coin into the Trevi Fountain before you leave this spectacular city.

 

Eat

Campo dei Fiori, a marketplace in the heart of Old Rome, offers delights for chefs and diners alike. If you prefer to cook for yourself, this market and the piazza's surrounding shops offer no shortage of fresh produce, baked goods, meats, spices, and more. However, if you just want to sample the wares, the square is also packed with trattorias, forni (pizza and bread bakeries), cafes, and gelaterias (ice cream shops). It's a perfect one-stop location to discover all of Rome's gastronomic treats while on holiday.

 

Stay

As a tourist's haven, there is no shortage of option for hotels in Rome.  Overlook some of Rome's most famous monuments by staying at The Hotel Navona, an accommodation situated between the Pantheon and Piazza Navona. Antique furnishings, frescoes, and fresh flowers are featured throughout the hotel; rooms have mini-fridges, air conditioning, and private baths. Rates start at €80 and include daily breakfast.

 

Shop

Rinascente, the first department store to open in Rome, offers a little something for everyone. A grand dame among the shops along Via del Corso, Rinascente sells fashion, jewelry, housewares, cosmetics, gifts, and more, all under one roof. If you have a favorite designer, you'll be sure to find his or her collections here. Giorgio Armani got his start here (designing store windows), so even if you're just browsing, you'll still find plenty to catch your eye.

 

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City Breaks In Rome – Rome Hotels

Posted July 27, 2009 by BookingBuddy

Il-gelato-di-san-crispino-1 They say all roads lead to Rome, so why not take a trip to the Eternal City this summer? The Mediterranean climate allows you to enjoy the outdoors without worrying too much about the weather. With so much to see and so, you’ll want to spend as much time outside as possible. And if the humidity gets to you, then cool off by indulging in a gelato or three!

Stay
Hotel des Artistes – Just a quick walk from Termini Station, this hotel has a variety of rooms to suit most budgets. Plush 3-star rooms are available on the upper levels, and backpackers will be pleased to learn that they’ve not been left out – the hotel has dorm rooms available on the lower floors.
On a sunny morning, enjoy your breakfast on the leafy rooftop terrace while looking out at splendid views of the city. Room rates start from around £25 per person.

See
Catacomb di San Sebastiano -  Should the summer heat get too much, then retreat underground for a tour of this catacomb dedicated to Saint Sebastian. The saint was buried here in the 3rd century after being martyred. The tunnels feature mosaics and frescoes, some dating from as early as the 2nd century. Tickets cost about £6 for adults, with concessions available.

Eat
San Crispino Gelateria – When you need something cold and sweet to beat the heat, then head straight to San Crispino’s, where they take gelato very seriously. Critics have constantly heaped accolades upon this gelateria, so why not find out for yourself if it lives up to the hype? All their gelato is lovingly made from scratch, with an emphasis on using fresh, seasonal ingredients. This commitment is evident when you taste the rich, creamy gelato – much thicker than what you’re probably used to. The crema di limone is a highly recommended classic.

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