Rome - a giant outdoor museum

Take an extra memory card - Rome has more photo opportunities than you can shake a stick at. Marvel at Michelangelo's work in the Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica and take in the immense Colosseum.

 

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What to do

Spanish Steps

The perfect place for a spot of people watching. The steps connect the Piazza di Spagna at the base and Piazza Trinita dei Monti at the top. Before you climb the 137 steps take a snapshot of the Barcaccia Fountain - it's pretty famous! Try going late afternoon when the crowds die down, the top of the steps is a great place to watch the sun set.


Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius

Escape the hustle and bustle of Rome's city centre and take a day trip out to Pompeii. Europe's only active volcano - Vesuvius - erupted in 79AD and devastated the town of Pompeii and Herculaneum. As you walk around Pompeii, the sights will both shock and amaze you. Everything from tables, paintings, jars and people have been frozen in time; giving you an amazing opportunity to really see how people lived over 2,000 years ago. Visit the Forum, to view the astonishing death plaster casts of Pompeii's victims.

After walking around the town make your way to the volcano, and make the 20 minute hike up for an unforgettable view of the perished town below.

 


Explore the Vatican City

Reserve a whole day to explore the sights of Vatican City. First stop will be to wander around the grand St Peter's Square, soaking up the historic atmosphere. From here you can enter St Peter's Basilica, said to be the largest religious building in the world. Be on the lookout for Michelangelo's Pietà (in the first chapel), the masterpiece dates back to 1499. After exiting the basilica walk across the square to the Sistine Chapel - here you'll be astounded by Michelangelo once again. His work on the walls and ceilings is truly inspirational.

Tip: You won't find many restaurants inside Vatican City itself, so after a hard day's sightseeing make your way over St Angelo's Bridge for a spot of late lunch in one of cafes just outside the city gates.