When in Rome, you won’t want to go home

My boyfriend and I are planning a four-day trip to Rome in May to celebrate our anniversary. Friends have told us of so many wonderful sights we must visit. However, since it will be our first trip to Rome we might not get the time to fit everything in. Can you recommend the must-see sights and suggest where we should base ourselves?

My boyfriend and I are planning a four-day trip to Rome in May to celebrate our anniversary. Friends have told us of so many wonderful sights we must visit. However, since it will be our first trip to Rome we might not get the time to fit everything in. Can you recommend the must-see sights and suggest where we should base ourselves?

One visit to the Eternal City and I promise you will be hooked, so don’t worry about trying to see everything the first time round. I have had the fortune of visiting Rome on a few occasions and it is probably one of my favourite cities in the world and very few come close.

The city oozes charm and as it is one of the few European cities that escaped World War II intact. Central Rome remains essentially Renaissance and Baroque in character which has left us with some magnificent sights.

The Roman Colosseum and Forum are a must for your first visit to Rome. This is where public meetings used to be held in ancient Roman times. I would recommend taking a guided tour as more frequently than not they are led by colourful tour guides who have fascinating stories to tell which will cast you back to ancient times.

In the centre of Rome is the Vatican City, a separate sovereign state whose territory consists of a walled enclave within the city. A must for any art and history lover is a trip to the Vatican Library which is home to works of the Italian artist, Leonardo DaVinci. The Vatican museums display works from the Roman Catholic Church collection including the world famous Sistine Chapel, which is breathtaking.

Other definites for your agenda include the Spanish Steps which lead up to Piazza di Spanga and the Trinita dei Monto church. The Borghese Garden is the largest and most elegant park in Rome, housing a lake, temples, fountains and several museums and is perfect for a romantic evening stroll.

Rome is very easy to navigate and the best way to see it is on foot. But don’t worry if you prefer not to walk, as Rome has an excellent underground system which is simple to use and will bring you close to all of the major tourist attractions.

People in Rome encapsulate the spirit of the city, and at this time of year in particular there will be many Romans dining al fresco or sipping coffee in one of the many central cafés. As the proverb goes, when in Rome do as the Romans do and take the time out of your busy sightseeing schedule to sit, relax and watch the world go by.

Where to Stay:

Hotel Borromeo (***)

Prices start from €139 per room per night on Hotels.com

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The classic style Hotel Borromeo is located in the heart of the city and is a few minutes away from the Colosseum, Trevi Fountain and the Spanish Steps. Recently renovated, this three star property also features a rooftop breakfast room.

Comfort Hotel Bolivar (****)

Prices start from €192 per room per night on Hotels.com

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Just 500 metres from the Capitoline Hill and Museums, Comfort Hotel Bolivar stands apart from the bustle of Rome on a peaceful cul-de-sac. The Colosseum and the Pantheon are just 1 kilometre from the hotel and the designer shopping district of Via Condotti is less than 2 kilometres away.

The Cinemusic Hotel (****)

Prices start from €134 per room per night on Hotels.com

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The Cinemusic Hotel is located in the oldest neighbourhoods in Rome, and is close to the Colosseum and the Basilica di Santa Croce in Gerusalemme. This four-star hotel boasts a contemporary ArtDeco interior design within a historic building in Via Tuscolana. It features a panoramic rooftop terrace with Jacuzzi.

Artemide Hotel (****)

Prices start from €207 per room per night on Hotels.com

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The Artemide Hotel dates back to the 19th century and till retains original Art Nouveau designs from this period. Each guestroom comes complete with a mini guide to Rome that includes the city’s history and useful information. Located in the Nazionale area, the Exhibition Palace, Trevi fountain and the Spanish Steps are all nearby

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