Rome. They call it the Eternal City for a reason. It wasn’t built in a day, all roads lead there and Audrey Hepburn met Gregory Peck on a memorable cinematic visit.
Today’s Big Deal can’t promise romance with Aud or Greg, but offers an unforgettable Roman holiday in the Italian capital that has been a favourite destination for visitors ever since the Visigoths dropped in for a mini-break in 410.
They are still clearing up after that party.
The Big Deal, exclusive to 5pm customers, flies you to Rome, a city rich in history, culture and romance, home to many of the world’s greatest monuments and art treasures, not to mention some of Italy’s finest nightlife and restaurants.
The Big Deal offers return flights with Ryanair from Glasgow Prestwick with 10kg cabin luggage allowance and three nights room only accommodation based on two sharing a standard room at the 3* Hotel Espana, located in the centre of the city.
The city breaks are for three nights, flying out from Glasgow Prestwick on Saturdays. Available dates for departure are:
22nd, 29th April
6th, 13th, 20th May
3rd, 10th, 17th June
Flights are direct. Outbound flights will depart 06:30, arriving at 10:30. Inbound flights will depart 21:30, arriving 23:40.
Other airports and dates may be available subject to extra surcharge. Please enquire by calling directly.
The Hotel Espana is a relaxed establishment located in a stylish 1920s villa building close to Termini station, in a neighbourhood handy for exploring the city’s ancient monuments.
It’s an elegant building with cream exterior and light pastel interiors. Traditional décor guestrooms are equipped with all modern amenities.
There is no shortage of dining options close to your hotel and hotel staff can offer restaurant recommendations.
Let’s not kid ourselves here, you are never going to see all that Rome has to offer in three days. Instead, take a stroll and soak up the atmosphere of this unique city, and get a sense of its classical origins from street level.
Resist the urge to overdose on history and culture and focus on one or two attractions during each day of your stay. Cinema enthusiasts will be keen to spot all the classic movie locations from the Trevi Fountain to the Spanish Steps, and will also want to take the Metro journey out to the iconic Cinecitta studios.
The Sistine Chapel and the outstanding art collections of the Borghese and Doria Pamphilj Galleries will be a highlight for many, but are understandably popular.
Visitors looking for a less crowded cultural experience should head for the hip northern Rome quarter of Flaminio and the cavernous curves of the striking modern MAXXI gallery designed by Zaha Hadid.
The Hotel Espana has attracted plenty of positive feedback on TripAdvisor. These are recent reviews, edited for length:
‘The room was clean and tidy and the bed was comfy. It was everything we wanted.’
‘The hotel is in a quiet residential street but only 5 minutes walk from the metro. It’s also within easy walking distance of the Colosseum and there are some nice restaurants around the area as well.’
‘The staff were friendly and helpful, booked us a taxi and helped out with the questions we had.’
You can hardly go wrong with a break in one of the world’s great cities. Today’s Big Deal break to Rome provides direct flights and a handy and hospitable base right in the heart of the action.
Whether you have a hankering for culture, classical antiquities, romance or just a decent ice-cream, all roads lead to Rome.