The city of Rome isn’t just Italy’s capital - it is also its finest masterpiece and a destination where exploring the streets can feel like a step into the distant past. Rome has awe-inspiring ancient buildings, famous fountains and unforgettable artworks - not many cities can boast rich heritage like this ancient capital. Bring a little action to your sightseeing trip with one of these adventurous city break ideas:
City Tours by Night
Rome highlights for first-time visitors include throwing a coin in the Trevi to make a wish, climbing to the dome of St. Peter’s Basilica and staring up at the Sistine Chapel. Once you've had lunch, there is the ancient Colosseum, the Roman Forum and the Pantheon to check in at.
If you've visited this UNESCO heritage site before why not take an escorted night tour through the city? There’s nothing quite like seeing the Colosseum illuminated against the night sky. You can also choose to skip the lines by taking smaller, private tours of the Vatican museums after sunset. Evening tours can often be more intimate and atmospheric, especially when visiting the Colosseum’s underground levels and arena area or visiting the Sistine Chapel after public closing time.
Rome by Boat
If you’re looking for an intimate dining experience whilst still being able to view Rome’s skyline then a cruise down the Tiber River should be on your itinerary. There is a 24-hour ticket option available that allows visitors to hop on and off boats and coaches whenever they feel like exploring a point of interest. The 24 hour ticket is a great option for those who don’t want to be restricted to the scheduled tours. Dining on board a cruise allows guests to enjoy a four course Italian meal and check out the sights in style.
A hot-air balloon journey might be a step too far for some, but it is definitely one of the most incredible ways to see Rome and the surrounding countryside. Take off from the village of Magliano Sabina and fly high above the Lazio hills, lakes, vineyards and castles. A professional will be on board to captain the balloon and as many as 16 people can be included in one journey.
Holidays to Rome should always include sight-seeing tours but don’t just stick to the typical tourist ideas. Book a city break with a difference and take in the sights of Rome at night, from the river or from the air.