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By The Kirker Team, 06 December 2016

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I never get tired of travelling to Rome. This was my third visit to the Italian capital and it won't be my last: I still feel as if I have only scratched the surface of this fascinating city, which is so uniquely packed with history and culture.

Although it was only a brief visit this time, it was enough for me to manage a very overdue visit to one of the most awe-inspiring monuments: the Colosseum. Thankfully we had our pre-booked entrance tickets already organised through the trusty Kirker Concierge before we travelled. We saved hours of queuing, which was a priceless benefit on such a short visit to the city. The Colosseum and the Roman Forum which is almost adjacent, exceeded my expectations in every way. My only regret, however, was not booking a guide. You forget how large and expansive the site is and it is easy to feel overwhelmed and a little lost without expert guidance. That will have to be saved for my next visit…

I stayed at the Bernini Bristol, a very centrally located hotel and a great base to use for a short hop as all the main attractions were within walking distance. The hotel boasts a Michelin-starred restaurant and wonderful roof terrace with panoramic views over the city. Travelling in the heat of August, the roof terrace was a fabulous venue to start the evening with an aperitif. 

I also decided to use the Kirker Concierge to book a restaurant: Da Luigi was a fabulous choice, one of the oldest trattorias in the city and we were able to enjoy dinner al fresco. Again, having booked a table in advancetook all the stress out of the evening. There is such an overwhelming choice of restaurants in the city, which makes it too easy to end up in a busy touristy place with a high price tag, devoid of any character.

Rome really is the perfect city in my opinion. It is a city you can enjoy discovering on foot; around every corner there is another beautiful landmark to unearth. You don't have to travel hours to see some of the world’s most iconic landmarks and you have a huge diversity of restaurants, shopping and excellent hotels.

On this trip I continued from Rome to spend some time relaxing in the Umbrian countryside. However, I am so pleased that I took a couple of days here first, instead of driving straight through. Whether it's just for a couple nights within a longer itinerary or a stand-alone short break, Rome never disappoints. Architecture, culture and excellent food make it perfect place to revisit time and time again. 


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