Richard Webber is your Rome guide with his run-down of everything you need to know about a break in the Italian capital

A holiday in Rome

Our Rome guide features everything from purse-friendly hotels to delightful Italian restaurants tucked away down tiny streets.

We also cover the city’s best sights including the Vatican and Circo Massimo.

Stay

If you don’t want to spend the earth, try Hotel Modigliani (0039 06 4281 5226; rooms from £75). Bang in the centre, it’s owned by artists, explaining the modern art on the walls.

If you’re happy to stay just outside the central zone, the modern H10 Roma Città (0039 06 556 5215; rooms from £152 B&B) overlooks the River Tiber and is surrounded by a garden. Has an outdoor pool, and operates a shuttle bus to the city centre.

For a touch of luxury, Hotel Raphaël (0039 06 682 831; rooms from £170 B&B) enjoys panoramic views from its rooftop terrace. Situated in a charming square, its 65 bedrooms are stylish.

Eat

Tucked away in the Old Town, La Rosetta (0039 06 6861002) is among the city’s best seafood restaurants, combining classic dishes with modern creations. Open since 1966, the menu includes crispy red mullet with black truffle and green beans.

Just behind the Colosseum, Cafè Cafè (0039 06 700 8743) serves snacks, lunch and dinner.

With rustic wooden tables and pastel-coloured walls, it’s a cosy eatery. Try one of 40 herbal teas with a homemade pastry.

Don’t visit Italy without having pizza. In the elegant Prati district, close to the Vatican, La Pratolina (0039 06 3600 4409) serves delicious oval-shaped pizzas.

A Roman holiday

Wander

History oozes around every corner. The impressive Roman Forum was once a showpiece centre containing temples, public areas and government buildings. Stroll around the ruins before heading to the Colosseum. Once, 55,000 spectators poured through 80 arched entrances to be entertained by gladiators.

Don’t miss Circo Massimo. Now resembling a huge park, it was a chariot race track, where a quarter of the city’s population filled a 250,000-seater stadium.

No visit is complete without visiting the Vatican. Admire the enormity of St Peter’s Square and enjoy the Vatican Museums, home to great Raphael frescoes and Michelangelo’s famous ceiling in the Sistine Chapel.

Tip Buy a three-day Roma Card, €36, for free public transport and entry to two museums.