Rome is a tourist mecca: there are so many churches, archaeological sites, squares and paintings that it’s really worth seeing. Don’t try to cram too much in; Rome’s pace of life is slower than many northern Italian cities, so enjoy its slower pace by taking time to sit in pavement cafes and wander around the Sistine Chapel.

Wander the ruins

The ruins are steeped in history and a tour with a private guide can bring them back to life, helping you to navigate subtly through charming back streets, into idyllic courtyards and beautiful churches that outsiders would never know existed. Even a visit to the famously crowded Vatican Museums can be a relaxing experience.

Stunning artworks in the residence

The Doria-Pamphilj family’s art collection is spectacular, including the family palace. Art highlights include striking portraits by Velazquez and Bernini of Pope Innocent X of Pomfili, as well as masterpieces by Caravaggio, Titian and Raphael. Truly awe-inspiring!

The Colosseum

Half circus, half sports arena, this is Rome’s most famous classical ruin – especially the passageways that now extend the visitor route under the floor through which the gladiators and beasts of history entered. The huge arena – officially known as the Amphiteatrum Flavium – was inaugurated in 80 AD and could accommodate over 50,000 people.