• Rome – A City for All Seasons

    by  • March 1, 2017 • City Breaks, Rome

    There are so many sights worth exploring in Rome at any time of year.



    The ever-popular Italian capital has plenty to offer the visitor, whatever time of year you go.  The winter months are certainly the best time to visit from a cost point of view.  Some very attractive prices await the city-break traveller between November and March, particularly if they can book early.  However, if Easter falls in March, prices over that period will be extremely high as Easter is probably the busiest time of all in Rome and is really best avoided if you have any choice in the matter.  In 2017 the Easter holiday is in the middle of April.  It’s a lovely time of year to visit Rome but this year I would choose another month!  The months of July and August are also not to be recommended unless you enjoy being in a hot, busy city.  The weather tends to be much more pleasant for sightseeing in September and October, although prices can also be rather high during these peak season months.


    Rome just has to be one of the most beautiful and fascinating cities in Europe, with the likelihood of finding Roman remains hiding around almost every corner.  On a Rome Experience holiday you can sample a few of the highlights of this incredible city.  A private walking tour with a guide is surely the best way to see the world famous St. Peter’s Basilica, the Vatican Museum and the Sistine Chapel.

    Another superb guided walking tour includes the spellbinding  Colosseum, the Forum and the Palatine Hill.  These highlights of Classical Rome are really not to be missed on any visit to the city and are made even more special by the local knowledge of a specialist guide.


    If you have time, it’s also well worth wandering along the historic streets of the old town around the Pantheon, the Trevi Fountain and the Spanish Steps.  If time also permits, I would highly recommend a walk to the Circus Maximus.  Situated in the valley between the Aventine and Palatine hills, in Roman times this was a chariot racing stadium, being the first and the largest stadium in the Roman Empire.  It could accommodate over 150,000 spectators.  The Circus is currently used as a large park area but is also used for concerts and meetings.  In 2007 the band Genesis performed a concert before an estimated audience of 500.000 people and in 2014 the Rolling Stones attracted and audience of over 71.000.  The Circus has also hosted victory celebrations following the Italian World Cup 2006 victory and the A.S. Roma Serie A victory in 2001.






    With a degree in Geography under her belt, Ann felt that a career in travel might be a good choice. Fast forward over thirty years, and Ann is still in the industry so her instincts have served her well. Ann spent much of her early career working for big names such as Global Overland and Wallace Arnold where she was involved in the contracting and operation of coach tours on a large scale. Taking time out to raise her family, Ann returned to the industry working for Cities Direct. Her desire to travel is as strong as ever and she loves nothing better than visiting a new destination and being able to relay her experiences first hand to Cities Direct clients.