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Top 10 things to do in Rome and where to stay
An expert guide to the best things to do in Rome and where to stay, including the best Rome attractions and places to visit, from the Colosseum and the Vatican City to the Roman Forum and Pantheon, and the best hotels nearby, including five-star hotels, budget accommodation and characterful b&bs.
The biggest amphitheatre ever built and the ultimate symbol of imperial Rome. It’s every tourist’s rite of passage to stroll through the crumbling stadium, once sheethed in marble, and imagine the blood-spattered gladiatorial combats, the lions that once prowled the stadium, the roar of the crowd.
Secret tip: The audio guides are worth investing in but check yours functions before straying far from the rental kiosks; not all of them work. Those with the nerve have been known to surreptitiously tag onto the end of a tour to get in via the group entrance, with its smaller queues. Otherwise, visit first thing or as late as possible in the day to dodge the crowds.
Contact: Piazza del Colosseo 1, 00184 Roma, Italy (00 39 06 3996 7700; coopculture.it)
Where to stay:
It makes no secret of its luxury cachet, this 16-room gem so close to the Colosseum that you can almost hear the lions. From the moment you step through the discreet door to be greeted like visiting royalty, the Manfredi dazzles with its tastefully glamorous décor and magnificent views. The rooftop restaurant is among the most romantic in Rome.
Hotel Celio has great real estate just behind the Colosseum, and is a charming and great value three-star hotel with an obvious love for the history of its neighbourhood. Playful, vintage Rome is the underlying theme, and think Renaissance revival-inspired rooms. In the summer months, the property opens its garden courtyard for tented, alfresco breakfasts.
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