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 accommodation based on two sharing a standard room at the 3* Hotel Espana, located in the centre of the city. Continental breakfast is included.
The city breaks are for three nights, flying out on Saturdays only from Glasgow Prestwick. Available dates for your trip are: 19th and 26th March and 16th and 23rd April.
The Hotel Espana is located in a stylish 1920s villa building close to Termini station, in a neighbourhood handy for exploring the city’s ancient monuments.
Bright, airy guest rooms are equipped with all modern amenities. A continental buffet breakfast is served each morning.
There is no shortage of dining options close to your hotels 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 its fans on TripAdvisor:
‘The room was clean and tidy and the bed was comfy. Breakfast was good and filling, the staff were very helpful. It was everything we wanted.’
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.