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Stop-you-in-your tracks ancient sites, delicious restaurants and a lively vibe ensure a holiday in Italy’s Eternal City is always an ace weekend away for couples, friends and families alike.

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You don’t have to be a history lover to marvel at the dozens of spectacular sites that call this city home. From the towering curves of the Colosseum, the largest amphitheatre in the world, to the majestic columns of the Pantheon, this is a city that oozes ancient splendour.

While part of the pleasure is strolling the cobbled streets – taking in the assorted fruit markets, bustling piazzas and ornate fountains –  diarying something special just adds to the fun, whether it’s experiencing the thrill of a concert at the Circo Massimo, where chariot racing once took place, or booking a city tour in a hot-pink Fiat 500.

Astounding food is never far away, from crispy Roman-style pizzas laden with fresh mozzarella and other lush toppings, to the creamiest gelato you’ll ever try, followed by a rich espresso made by some of the continent’s finest baristas. Soak up the sunshine or sightsee for hours, Rome never disappoints.