With 3,000 years of history, it can be hard to know where to start on a short break in Rome. Book a Rome hotel and see all the highlights with our attraction-packed itinerary.
<h3>Rome short break day one, morning</h3>
Step back in time on a short break in Rome, starting with ancient history at the 2,000-year-old Colosseum arena, where men and animals fought for the crowd’s entertainment. A lift leads to the second floor for views of the underground cages. Cross the road to the Roman Forum, included in the Colosseum’s ticket price. You won’t need a vivid imagination to visualise bustling ancient Roman life among the scattered boulders, fallen pillars and crumbling arches to life. <br /> <br />Start: Colosseum. <br />Nearest metro Colosseo <br /><br />
Exploring the past works up an appetite, so cross Via dei Fori Imperiali to reach Via Cavour and the atmospheric Cavour 313 wine bar. After a glass of wine accompanied by a pasta dish or cheese platter, follow Via dei Fori Imperiali north for a post-lunch visit to the Capitoline Museums. There are baroque paintings by grand masters but the stand-outs here are ancient statues like the Dying Gaul, Capitoline Venus and She-Wolf. <br /> <br />Start: Via Cavour. <br />Nearest metro Colosseo <br /><br />
Catch sunset views of the Roman Forum from Michelangelo’s Capitoline Hill terrace. Then do as the locals do and take an early-evening passeggiata (leisurely stroll) north to Rome’s historic centre. Stop off for an aperitif at a bar on Campo de’ Fiori before making your way to nearby Piazza de’ Ricci to find an outdoor table at Pierluigi’s. This popular trattoria restaurant has been serving classic Roman dishes like thinly sliced octopus and veal scaloppini since 1938. <br /> <br />Start: Capitoline Museums. <br />Nearest metro Colosseo