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It’s a Roman Holiday!


Countless movies have been set in Rome and one of the best things to do in a major city is take yourself on a self-guided tour of your favorite movie scenes. Not only do you get to see loads of attractions in the city, but you’ll travel through the well, less-traveled parts of a city. We have great hotels in Rome  on the site, so start planning your star-struck trip now.

Let’s start with the movie that really started the world’s love affair with Rome – Roman Holiday. Via Margutta is a cobbled street near the Spanish Steps, draped in ivy and lined nowadays with art galleries, restaurants and boutiques. Many of the world’s famous lived near here, including Federico Fellini and Truman Capote. If you’ve seen the movie, you’ll know the significance of number 51, where Crown Princess Ann (Audrey Hepburn) began her enchanting relationship with American foreign correspondent, Joe Bradley (Gregory Peck).

The Talented Mr Ripley took full advantage of the unique Roman landscapes and the characters move through the city with a casual familiarity. Take a walk yourself down through the Piazza Navona and tell yourself: “I’ve never been happier. I feel like I’ve been handed a new life.” Well, it worked for Matt Damon. Look out for the Spanish Steps – this is where Ripley arranges for them all to meet.

You’ll know the Trevi Fountain, but do you remember the scene in La Dolce Vita where Anita Ekberg wades through the waters, getting Marcello Mastroianni to come join her, in Fellini’s most famous movie? And Via Veneto is the grand shopping street where Ekberg and Mastroianni meet. Bonus! You can do some shopping here yourself after making your way through the wonderful galleries and boutiques in the surrounding streets.


When in Rome…!


…do as the Romans do. Which is to say enjoy life, eat gelato, drink lots of coffee, shop, run about on scooters and shout a lot. Of course, you’ll need a hotel room and luckily Cheap Rooms, have a vast range of cheap hotels in Rome and the rest of Italy, too.

Getting flights to Rome is easy – it’s a popular city and you’ll get a direct flight from New York. Rome is an exciting, busy and beautiful place so check Cheap Rooms for the best deals (and don’t forget the lowest price guarantee).

All roads lead to Rome, and holidays to Italy should start here – if only because you must see the Sistine Chapel before you die. It’s one of the true seven wonders of the world and to see Michelangelo’s work up close is a joy reserved for just a few.

The rest of Rome is wonderful as well. Pop in to the Coliseum for a look at real entertainment! The sight of this soaring monument as you step out of the metro station will live with you forever. As you leave, late in the late afternoon, head up the Oppio Hill, just above the Colosseo metro station and take photos of the sun setting against the Coliseum – glorious!

The Vatican City area of Rome is its own city state. Here’s where you’ll find St Peter’s Square, St Peter’s Basilica and the world famous Vatican Museums which house many of the world’s great collections of art. The Sistine Chapel is visited by some 4 million people every year. But you also don’t want to miss the Castel Sant’ Angelo. It was a home, then a fortress and now houses papal art. The Pantheon was a 2000 year old temple, and is now a church. There’s so much to see in this tiny area that you should allocate a couple of days at least.

Rome is also a shopper’s delight. You can find all the major fashion houses here, but the really great ‘finds’ lie in the back streets of centro storico, or, the center of town. Most Romans are stylish and elegant and the back streets are where they shop. Porta Portese is a street market held every Sunday from the early morning until around 1 o’clock. It’s mostly new and some second hand clothing and very trendy. You’ll find it on the left bank of the Tiber. The Via Sannio market is a fun market next to San Giovanni station on Line A of the Rome Metro. You’ll find bits of everything, but mostly clothes and accessories. The centre of the market is covered, with stands on the surrounding streets and is open weekdays.

If you think your job is tough…


Rome – we all need a holiday


What is there to say about Rome that hasn’t been said a hundred times? It is that most glorious of cities; where old means thriving new, where passionate people gather to play and where you’ll never, ever run out of things to see or do.

Take your time in Rome. The sights are mostly centrally located so you can easily pick a geographic area and focus on that for the day.

Perhaps start at the Coliseum end of town. take in this extraordinary place and let your imagination take you back to days of real mortal combat, wild animals, Christians, and Chariot Races. Bread and circuses certainly worked for a while.

A visit to the Vatican is a must – take in the view of St Peter’s Basilica from St Peter’s Square, wander through the most impressive church you’ll ever see and then spend the afternoon in the Sistine Chapel. Michelangelo’s masterpiece took some four years. Twenty-eight years later he was invited back to paint the far wall. It is, of course, utterly glorious and worth the queues and the hassle to get in. (You’re up against four million visitors every year!)

The Trevi fountain is okay – you have to do it to say you’ve been there! But the Pantheon is another ‘must see’. This glorious temple looks rather simple from afar and is exquisite up close. Climb the stairs, turn and take in the view – you’ll never be the same afterwards.

The Spanish Steps are worth the photo opportunity, but your real highlight will be Villa Borghese. set in magnificent grounds the villa itself is home to one of Italy’s, and the world’s, great art collections. Name a master and you’ll find him here.