Rome City Breaks
Once the undisputed capital of the world, Rome is easily one of the planet's most iconic cities, brimming with incredible monuments and world-class attractions which chart the Eternal City's triumphs across the last 3,000 years. The mighty Vatican is also within the city's boundaries.
The 'Eternal City' is packed with sights to see and places to explore. There isn't a city in the world with as many world-class sights as Rome - not even Athens, New York or London. Rome's architecture charts the passage of time as clearly as anywhere in Europe; with wonderfully preserved monuments from the early Romans and beautiful buildings with distinctive Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque features. The most famous sights are a real wonder to behold - no photo can prepare you for the awe-inspiring sight of the Colosseum close up.
Each of our Rome city breaks first takes you on the Eurostar from St Pancras International in London to Paris, then on to Rome on an overnight sleeper service. For your Rail & Stay short break to Rome, you have the option of choosing a morning or afternoon Eurostar service to Paris.
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Popular attractions on Rome city breaks
The Roman Forum was the political, commercial and religious centre for the Roman Empire. Now just a ruin, it is possible to make sense of what it was like in its heyday by viewing the best-preserved sections.
Rome city breaks wouldn't be complete without a visit to one of the most familiar symbols of this ancient city - the incredible Colosseum. The Colosseum is part circus, part sports arena. Although time, weather, pillaging and earthquakes have taken their toll on the classical ruin, it is a breathtaking sight and contains the original pathways, ramps, cells and corridors used by gladiators, slaves and animals to enter the arena.
The beautiful, curving Spanish Steps lead from the Piazza di Spagna up to the Piazza Trinità dei Monti and the Trinità dei Monti Church. Known in Italian as 'Scalinata della Trinità dei Monti', the 138 Spanish Steps are the widest staircase in Europe.
Rome's most famous (and arguably most beautiful) fountain almost fills the small Piazza di Trevi. The statues adorning the fountain represent Abundance, Aquippa, Saubrity, the Virgin and Neptune guided by two Tritons. By tossing a coin (over your shoulder with your back to the fountain) you are said to be guaranteed a return visit to Rome.
Regarded as one of the world's most inspiring architectural designs, the Pantheon has a perfectly proportioned floating dome which sits on tall marble columns and is one of the best-preserved classical buildings in the city.
Another popular attraction on short breaks to Rome is the attractive and lively central square. It is surrounded by restaurants and cafés which spill out into the square and create the perfect place to indulge in a popular Italian pastime - people watching.