Seeking out the perfect seven day romantic holiday or honeymoon? Look no further than the Western European boot-shaped peninsula better known as Italy. Approximately half way up the boot you’ll find Rome, a cosmopolitan city built upon ancient ruins that still manages to dazzle its tourists with romance, history, architectural splendor and la dolce vita-- the sweet life.
According to legend, ancient Rome was founded on April 21, 753 BC by the mythical twin brothers Romulus and Remus who were said to have been abandoned by their parents and left to die on the banks of Tiber. After being raised by a she-wolf, the brothers established their ancient city but then got to arguing over who’d be the head honcho.
Romulus ended the argument when he killed his brother and thus began a centuries long series of back-stabbings and murders on behalf of those whose sole passion was to become Caesar of Rome. From Julius Caesar to Nero to Mussolini, many of these decadent rulers would die a violent death. But they would also leave their individual indelible architectural mark on the great city, much of which is still visible today such as the Roman Coliseum, the Spanish Steps and even the super efficient rail system.
Today Rome is a bustling eclectic cosmopolitan menagerie of open bars, cafes, food shops, gelato stands, palazzos, fountains, churches, museums, high-end stores, trattorias, parks, baths, tombs, grand hotels and five-star eateries. To summarize, it’s the perfect place to share an amazing vacation with your significant other.
How To Get There From Here
Flight time from New York City to the Leonardo da Vinci (Fiumicino) airport, which is located about 16 miles southwest of Rome, runs about eight hours depending upon the winds. Once on the ground you have several options for getting into the city, be it taxi, rental car, bus or train. While these days the roundtrip transatlantic fare will run anywhere from $625US off-season to $1,280US during peak season, the domestic transportation costs remain affordable even for the tightest budgets.
Plan on spending about 40EUR for a taxi from the airport to your Rome hotel. But an even better deal is the hotel shuttle service which will run somewhere in the ballpark of 17 to 20 EUR per person. A rental car will run about 15EUR per day plus fuel. If you prefer the comfort of the train, figure about 10EUR.
For those who really want to go economy, take the bus. It’s only 5EUR a head.