Step Back in Time with a Vacation in Rome
You know the saying: when in Rome, do as the Romans do! So slow down and savor the endless flavors, wonders, and sights all around. With over 3,000 years of influential art, architecture, and stories, it's time to experience la dolce vita in The City of the Seven Hills.
Discover Why Rome Wasn’t Built in a Day
From the authentic Centro Storico to the vibrant Trastevere just across the river, and Cinecittà’s famed studios in the quiet suburbs of south-east Rome, Italy’s capital city is filled to the brim with cultural sights and attractions. Start the day right with a creamy cappuccino and freshly baked cornetto, and immerse yourself in the city's remarkable beauty and heritage.
Witness the Glory of Ancient Rome
Your sightseeing journey will most likely find you in the historical center. Your first stop? The iconic Colosseum — the largest amphitheater ever built — which hosted gladiatorial games for the entertainment of ancient Romans. Continue your exploration with a visit to the Roman Forum. Walking by the ruins of Rome’s ancient marketplace, you’ll be transported back to the time when the site served as the city’s religious, economic and political center. Look up and you’ll spot Palatine Hill, the prestigious area where the elite once enjoyed vistas of the city from their living rooms. Ask your concierge about arranging a private tour of these three must-see archaeological sites that are testament to the past grandeur of the Roman Empire.
To view some of the best artifacts of Ancient Rome in the city (as well as a stunning collection of medieval and Renaissance art), plan a visit to the Capitoline Museums, which sit on the highest of Rome’s seven hills. Housed in two palaces designed by Michelangelo, the Capitoline are considered the world’s oldest public museums! Look out for the mythical Lupa Capitolina (Capitoline Wolf) — the sculpture of a she-wolf suckling the twins Romulus and Remus — as you explore the museums’ many treasures. Got your fix of history for the day? Head up to the rooftop to enjoy commanding views of the city.
When you’re ready to delve further into the riches of the ancient city, make it to the Pantheon, otherwise known as the best preserved ancient Roman ruin. A tour de force of engineering, this remarkable structure, which withstood many raids and battles, was originally built as a temple to the Greek gods. Take a moment to admire its incredible dome (the largest unsupported dome in the world) and oculus.
Complete your tour of the ancient ruins at the Terme di Caracalla, the grandiose public bathhouse of Emperor Caracalla, completed in 217 AD. Back in its heyday, these baths were the place to be for locals looking to socialize, relax, and of course, bathe. But it wasn’t just a spa — besides several baths of different temperatures, the structure also housed a sporting center and a study room. Much of what remains today is of the bathhouse, and the ruins are best discovered with the help of guide who can really paint a picture of the establishment’s past splendor.
Take In The Striking Works of Art
Art lovers are in for a treat: As one of the most culturally and artistically-rich cities in the world, Rome has treasures waiting around every corner. From the Vatican Museums to galleries and contemporary art collections, not to mention hundreds of churches scattered around the city, there’s enough to keep you busy for a lifetime.
Have you always wanted to see the splendor of the Sistine Chapel with your own eyes? Ask your concierge about exclusive private tours of the Vatican for a chance to relish the beauty of Michelangelo's frescoes and the Last Judgement in complete peace. Follow up your tour by climbing to the top of St Peter's Basilica for unparalleled views of the Vatican and the terracotta-colored rooftops of Rome.
A jewel in the heart of Rome, the Galleria Borghese is an art gallery you don’t want to miss either. Feast your eyes on numerous classical antiquities, as well as exquisite Renaissance and Baroque masterpieces, from Caravaggio's paintings to Bernini’s life-like sculptures, and take some time to stroll through the magnificent 17th-century gardens.
Discover Rome through the Eyes of the Filmmaker
From La Vita e Bella to Roman Holiday, La Dolce Vita, Angels and Demons, and countless others, Rome is no stranger to the big screen. If you're a cinephile, a visit to Cinecittà Studios, otherwise known as the birthplace of Italian cinema, is a must: Wondrously referred to as The Dream Factory, the illustrious studios are a real treat for movie buffs and Fellini devotees. Soak up the glamorous history of the area that has been graced by some of the biggest names in film, past and present.
Remember that iconic scene where Anita Ekberg coaxes Marcello Mastroianni to wade in the Trevi Fountain with her? You might be surprised to hear that this scene was actually filmed on a set in the studios. By the time you visit, you will have probably already see the real Baroque fountain with your own eyes, and besides the setting, you’ll be hard-pressed to spot many differences.
For Luxury Shopping, There’s No Place Like Rome!
Whether you’re searching for international brands, Italian hand-crafted leather pieces, or the latest inspirations from independent boutiques, Rome is a haven for premium shopping.
In Campo Marzio, right by the iconic Spanish Steps, you’ll find prestigious flagship stores. Wander down the glamorous Via Dei Condotti and spot Italian favorites including Missoni, Dolce and Gabbana, Prada, and Valentino. Need to refuel? Plan a stop at ritzy Antico Café Greco, serving up refreshments since 1790. Once you’ve hit all the must-see on Via Condotti, cross over to the quieter cobblestoned Via Borgognona for international favorites and independent boutiques.
If you’re more into markets, you’re in luck: Scattered around Rome you’ll find various bazaars and pop-up boutiques selling everything from artisanal crafts, to vintage finds, and designer garments. Check out the Borghetto Flaminio Market for an eclectic mix of everything, or the Porta Portese Market for leathers and antiques.
Treat Your Taste Buds with Indulgent Italian Flavors
You’d be hard-pressed to visit Rome without devoting much time to savoring all of the delicious eats that the city has to offer. Whether you’re looking for gastronomic dishes or prefer traditional trattorias, opportunities to spoil your palate are never too far from reach.
Worked up an appetite from all that exploring? Follow your nose to a traditional Italian trattoria, serving up fresh pizzas, pastas, and other aromatic favorites, along with the mandatory curated wine list to match. The neighborhood of Trastevere, just across the river, offers a jamboree of tasty spots to satisfy your appetite. Favored by Rome’s “in-the-know” crowd, most establishments in this charming slice of the city are a guaranteed hit.
Of course, no trip to Rome would be complete without an ice-cream (or two). Opt for an authentic Roman gelato from one of the city’s best artisanal gelaterias: Whether it’s fig and melon, black rice and rose petal, or classic pistacchio, these decadent treats made from all-organic, fresh ingredients will make you feel like you’re in ice-cream heaven. Cono o coppetta?' ('Cone or cup?')
If you’re looking to have an authentic culinary experience in the comfort of your villa, why not learn the art of pasta-making or discover the secrets of typical Roman cuisine with a local chef? Pick up some local delicacies at the bustling Campo dei Fiori market, then enjoy your dinner alfresco with an expertly-paired Italian wine after the hard work is done.
Experience Luxury with a Rome Vacation Rental
Whether you're planning a romantic escapade, a family holiday, or extending a business trip for a few days of discovery, stay close to the city's many attractions and sample the sweet life in your own luxurious hideout. Our handpicked properties in the Italian capital offer the perfect place to unwind after a day of exploring.
Our luxury apartments in Centro Storico will place you in the heart of the action. Spend your days admiring the city's art and architecture, then retreat to your luxurious vacation rental to relax and unwind. Featuring stunningly high ceilings, expertly curated works of art, and open spaces, our homes in Centro Storico make the perfect Roman hideaway.
Planning to shop to your heart’s content while in the Italian capital? Opt for Campo Marzio — a neighborhood brimming with glamorous boutiques, gourmet restaurants, and Baroque splendor. Conveniently located close to Via dei Condotti, the high-end shopping artery, our gorgeous Campo Marzio apartments will have you living the high life. Perfectly located near iconic sights like the Spanish Steps, bustling squares like the Piazza di Spagna, and gourmet trattorias where you can treat your taste buds, you’ll feel like a local in no time.