City Breaks: Rome
For over 3,000 years the Italian capital has been largely influential in the world of architecture and culture. Through the ancient ruins of the Colosseum and the Forum, you can explore legacy that has been left behind by the Roman Empire. The weather is nearly always beautiful in the Eternal City which is just as well when the majority of their best attractions are outdoors. If you’re planning on visiting Rome, then remember to renew your EHIC card in advance so you can still be covered against any expensive medical bills should you require any healthcare during your stay in the Italian capital.
This astonishing marble structure was initially built so more than 500,000 spectators to witness the slaughter of wild beasts and bloody sporting contests. Also known as the Flavian Amphitheatre, the Colosseum was built between 70-80 AD of concrete, sand and marble, and is the largest amphitheatre of its kind ever built. There are a number of different tours you can take of the Colosseum including an underground tour that includes the usually restricted 3rd tier. The tours can be very popular so book in advance or expect to join some lengthy queues.
Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore
Burial site of Bernini, the famous architect, the church was first founded in 432 AD and is absolutely stunning both inside and out. Inside you’ll find the most beautiful gold (including the Christopher Columbus gold ceilings) along with all the paintings, stained glass windows and honours to various religious leaders.
Home to a collection of preserved sculptures, ancient mosaics and paintings that range from the 15th to the 18th century, every year thousands of visitors flock to Borghese Gallery to take in preserved masterpieces from the likes of Antonello da Messina, Raffaello and Caravaggio. Enjoy a two hour tour with insightful commentary and background information where you can learn more about the history of the many artistic masterpieces under this roof.