The 'Eternal City': a living history of Western Civilisation from its birth, through the Renaissance to the modern day in an unbroken thread of 3,000 years, this Italian holiday offers a breathtaking abundance of art, architecture, monuments and ruins.

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The Papal audience takes place at St Peter's each Wednesday, unless the Pope is absent.

Italian food may have spanned the globe but there’s far more on offer than just pizza and pasta. Roman cuisine is rich and varied, from traditional and earthy dishes originating in the meat markets, through the classic spaghetti alla carbonara, to more than one hundred different flavours of ice cream. Pecorino romano and ricotta are the city’s favourite cheeses, while a platter of delicious antipasti will reflect whatever is in season at the local markets.

A bruschetta topped with tomatoes or artichoke makes a quick snack; for a real Roman experience try visiting the authentic area of Trastevere, full of trattorias and pizzerias offering alfresco dining opportunities during the long summer evenings.

Local wines to try include the crisp white Frascati, and the Est! Est! Est! wine, taking its name (‘Here it is!’) from the words written on a wine shop door by a medieval papal messenger sent to find the best one in town!

In one of the world’s most cosmopolitan cities, the shopping will not disappoint. As to be expected, Italy’s top designers are out in force, mostly around the Via Condotti at the bottom of the Spanish Steps - Prada, Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana, Versace and more - but part of the appeal of shopping in Rome is finding treasures to take home that are uniquely Roman and not available elsewhere.

Best buys include leather goods, in particular gloves in rainbow colours from tiny boutiques in hidden corners, ceramics and handicrafts, not to mention gorgeous, handmade stationery. Or try the Sunday morning flea market at the Porta Portese for something different.

Monumental Rome

Ideal for the first time visitor to Rome, including the city's highlights such as the Trevi Fountain, Piazza Navona and the Fountain of the Four Rivers, the Pantheon, St Peter’s Square and entrance to St Peter's Basilica.Departs: daily. Duration: half day.
Adult from £24, child from £19.

Tour of Ancient Rome

Visiting the antiquities of Rome, incorporating the Piazza Venezia, the Roman Forum, the Imperial Forum and the Forum of Julius Caesar, the Colosseum and the Circus Maximus.

Departs: daily. Duration: half day.
Adult from £41, child from £33.

Tour of Artistic Rome

The highlights of the vast Vatican museums, such as the Candelabra Gallery, the Raphael Rooms and, above all, the Sistine Chapel and the famous 'Last Judgement' by Michelangelo.

Departs: daily. Duration: half day.
Adult from £47, child from £37.

Papal Audience

Experience an audience with the Pope in St Peter's Square. Each Wednesday when the Pope is in Rome.

Departs: Wednesday. Duration: half day.
Adults from £24, child from £19.

Naples and Pompeii

A day to discover Naples and the ancient city of Pompeii, with lunch included.

Departs: daily. Duration: full day.
Adults from £93, child from £74.

Naples and Capri

Discover the city of Naples and the beautiful island of Capri, with lunch included.

Departs: daily, April-October. Duration: full day.
Adult from £107, child from £85.