Rome - 4 nights

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A few days in Rome at the Casa per Ferie of the Sisters of the Order of St. Joseph of the Apparition overlooking the Vatican or at a hotel close to the Vatican


Eternal, infernal, exhausting but inexhaustible, Rome gives its visitors everything from catacombs and cathedrals to the Colosseum, from bridges and fountains to neck-breaking viewing of high-set statuary, and from a spiritual experience to designer shopping, pausing in parks, piazzas, and pavement cafés. This tailor-made tour shows you the history, heart, and soul of the city. With expert local guides, each day includes a morning walking tour, starting with a stroll or short bus ride from your accommodation, and ending in the city, to leave your afternoon at leisure for independent exploration.

Designed to suit your style and tempo, the tour offers two very different places to stay. The Starhotels Michelangelo is a modern hotel, with a bar and restaurant, positioned close to the Vatican; while the Casa per Ferie forms part of a convent, with a chapel, lounge, and garden, set on a hillside overlooking the Basilica, about a 15-minute walk away. Run by the Sisters of the Order of St. Joseph of the Apparition, this is a peaceful place, providing unpretentious comfort, with a low tariff. The choice is yours, and both offer the option of a two-night extended stay in the city.  

Key Features

Cultural Short Break
Jules Verne Sightseeing
No Single Supplement
Local Expert Guides


Day 1 Fly from London Gatwick to Rome and transfer to Casa per Ferie guesthouse or the 4-star Starhotels Michelangelo for a four-night stay.

Day 2 This morning’s guided walking tour concentrates on Vatican City, and begins with a reserved visit to the collective of Vatican Museums, taking in the Pinecone Fountain, set into a niche in the Vatican wall; the 16th-century Octagonal Courtyard, designed by Pope Julius ll to display ancient Roman statues; the bronze-gated Candelabra Gallery, with its huge candelabra, marble pillars and Greek and Roman sculptures; the Tapestry and Map Galleries; the Room of the Immaculate Conception, commissioned by Pope Pious lX, its fantastic frescoed walls, by 19th-century painter Francis Podesti, taking nine years to complete; and the adjacent rooms known as Raphael’s Stanzas, with 16th-century Renaissance frescoes by Raphael. Continue to the art and atmosphere of the sacred Sistine Chapel, taking its name from Pope Sixtus lV, and gaining its fame from Michelangelo’s breath-taking work; and finally visit the focal point of the Vatican, the Papal Basilica of St. Peter, the holiest of Roman Catholic churches, believed to be the burial site of St. Peter, and a vast and magnificent monument, from Bernini’s majestic colonnaded courtyard to the acres of marble and gilding within, the altars and chapels, the tombs of the popes, and Michelangelo’s affecting Pieta sculpture. Afternoon at leisure. (B)

Day 3 Ancient Rome is the focus of today’s walking tour, commencing in the centre of the city with a reserved visit to the Colosseum, the largest ancient amphitheatre ever constructed, the scale as terrific as its gladiator contests were terrifying. Continue to the 2,000-year-old Arch of Titus, built in honour of Emperor Vespasian and his son Titus; visit the Roman Forum, a centrepiece for ceremonies, markets, and in its heyday, now hemmed by whole or partially surviving structures including the Senate House and several temples; Capitol Hill, one of the Seven Hills on which the city was founded; the Piazza Venezia meeting point of Rome’s major streets; Trajan’s Column, a triumphal celebration of Emperor Traiano, erected in 113AD; and the Mercati di Traiano (Trajan Markets) museum, a sizeable 2nd-century archaeological complex. Afternoon at leisure. (B)

Day 4 Walk through Renaissance and Baroque Rome, starting at the 18th-century Rococo-style Spanish Steps, a trio of staircases leading from the Piazza di Spagna, at the base, to the Holy Trinity church (and fabulous views) at the top; have coins in hand for a wish at the Trevi Fountain pools; and see the carved Doric column of Marcus Aurelius; the 7th-century Pantheon, the best-preserved of ancient structures, with various incarnations as a temple to all deities, a burial ground for kings and artists, and a Catholic church; and complete the tour in the Baroque grandeur of Piazza Navona, focused on the Fountain of Four Rivers. Afternoon at leisure. (B)

Day 5 Transfer to the airport for your return flight to London Gatwick. (B)

  • Key
  • B - Breakfast
  • L - Lunch
  • D - Dinner


Visits are on foot including some uneven surfaces and inclines.


per person in a twin room Casa per Ferie (Oct - Starhotels Michelangelo)
easyJet from Gatwick

Date Price
October 11 £1490


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Supplements per person

Single Supplement

Twin for sole use £55 (Oct £445)

Accommodation Upgrades

Starhotels Michelangelo £345
Single supplement £445

Extension Options

Extension - Rome
Casa per Ferie £160
Double for sole use £30

Starhotels Michelangelo £315
Single supplement £225

Tour Only

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Arrival or departure transfer add £35

Price Includes
Air travel and taxes, transfers, 4 nights' accommodation, breakfast daily, services of local guides and representatives. If our specially negotiated airfares are unavailable at the time of booking, a supplement may apply.

Not Included
Travel insurance, optional excursions, tipping, any government and local tourist taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.

An accommodation tax is payable locally to the Rome authorities, currently €3.50 (6 from Oct) per person per night.

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