If you enjoy city breaks, Europe is the continent for you. The capital cities of practically every country are great for tourists. Most of them have a long history, which means they are interesting places, but it can also mean that you need to stay for at least a couple of weeks if you want to see and do everything.
Some cities are just better for weekend breaks than others are. Rome is one of those.
There is an awful lot to see and do in the city, but most of the important sites are centrally located. This means that you can get a lot done in one day. It is a compact city, which is ideal for those who do not have a lot of time.
Plenty of history to enjoy in Rome
If you enjoy visiting historic sites, you are spoilt for choice, in Rome. You will see a lot just by walking around. In fact, a walking tour is an excellent way to see the most important sights and get your bearings. One of the best is the free walking tour that leaves from just outside the Spanish Embassy twice a day. You can find out more about it here.
Unfortunately, there is not a lot that you can do free in Rome, but the entrance fee for most of the attractions is low. For example, a tour of the Rome Opera House takes 4 hours, but only costs 10 Euros per person. On this tour, you get to see behind the scenes of the opera house and get an insight into the massive amount of work that goes into each performance.
If you want to see a performance, there are plenty of opportunities to do so. Most of the tickets are not expensive, but the opera is very popular in Rome, so it is always wise to book well in advance.
Great food and drink at a reasonable price
Italy has a reputation for good food and drink, and it is a well-deserved one. It really matter where you stay in Rome you are never far away from a friendly bar or a great restaurant. If you are on a budget, all you need to do is to make sure that you eat a few streets back from the main tourist areas or attractions.
Relatively close to the airport
Unlike some other cities, Rome is relatively close to the airport. Typically, it will take you between 45 minutes and an hour to reach the city centre. There is public transport available, but the easiest and fastest way to do it is to pay a little extra and book yourself onto one of the many transfer services that are available.
Plenty of accommodation
Finding accommodation in Rome is relatively easy. During the week, the big hotels are full of businessmen and women, but at the weekend, they tend to empty out. This means that there are plenty of rooms available for city break tourists, and that the prices are very reasonable.