There’s a big birthday coming up. Rome is said to have been founded by Romulus and Remus in the year 753 BC, which by our maths will make Italy’s capital 2,769 years old. We think it’s looking good for its age.
Rome’s birthday, or Founding Day, is celebrated in the city on the closest weekend to 21 April, when processions, parades and fireworks light up the city. In the spirit of the celebrations, we think it’s the perfect time to do Rome proud with the ultimate city break. Here’s how to spend a luxury weekend in the Eternal City.
If you’re looking for classic Roman luxury, the only choice is La Pergola. It’s the only three Michelin-star restaurant in Rome, serving gourmet Mediterranean cuisine from the top floor of the Rome Cavalieri hotel, with views across the city skyline. Regularly rated Rome’s number one restaurant, La Pergola is a unique experience, from its beautiful frescoed ceilings to its 60,000 bottles of wine. There’s even a water menu with 30 choices. Unsurprisingly, you should book well in advance.
A luxury stay
Hotel de Russie is peaceful retreat in heart of Rome. Offering the full five-star experience, the hotel’s designer gardens and stylish spa allow you to sit back and enjoy some pampering in between sightseeing and shopping. The rooms and suites perfectly combine classic and contemporary with views across the city, while the Le Jardin de Russie restaurant serves up gourmet cuisine in the beautiful terrace garden.
See the sights in style
No trip to Rome is complete without seeing its world-famous sights, but forget traipsing around with the crowds – on this trip, you can do it in style. Our Rome by night panoramic tour takes you around sites like the Trevi Fountain at sunset, the most beautiful time of day. You’ll see the sights all lit up after dark and take a passeggiata (evening stroll) through a lovely medieval neighbourhood, as well as dining in a local restaurant. Perfetto.
Shop like an Italian
On a luxury break in Rome, a little retail therapy is the icing on the cake. The best shopping area in the city is around the Piazza di Spagna, by the Spanish Steps – so you can cross them off your must-see list, too. Via del Corso is lined with high street names plus a handful of independent shops and book stores, as well as the chic Galleria Alberto Sordi mall. The beautiful Via Condotti is the go-to for designer labels like Gucci and Prada.
Take a special tour
Push the boat out and plan a special occasion while you’re in Rome. We love the Espresso and Gelato Tour, which does what it says on the tin – a small group of you will set under the guidance of a local connoisseur to find the best coffee shops and gelaterie in the city. Love Italian food? Don’t just eat out in Rome – take the secrets home with you with our exclusive cooking lessons. On this tour, you’ll visit local stores to pick your fresh ingredients before creating a typical Roman meal under the watchful eye of a chef.
Want to wish Rome a happy birthday in person? Find out more about our holidays in Rome.