8 Things to do in Rome

July 30, 2014

Recently, Etihad Airways announced the launch of its daily direct flights from Abu Dhabi to Rome, which means it's now easier than ever to travel between the UAE's and Italy's capitals. With that in mind, we decided to take a look at the best places to stay and the best things to do when you arrive in bella Italia. TO STAY

1. First Luxury Art Hotel

Just a short walk away from the Piazza del Popolo, Via del Corso and the famous Spanish Steps, this luxurious, five-star hotel is an excellent base to explore the city from. What's more, it's packed full of contemporary artwork from some of the most influential artists on the Italian scene. Details: visit Thefirsthotel.com

2. Gran Meliá

Just a five-minute walk away from the Vatican and St Peter's Basilica, due to its large grounds and impressive pool, the Gran Meliá has the feeling of a secluded resort hotel despite its central location. Details: visit Melia.com [gallery link="none" ids="6375,6376"] TO EAT

3. All'Oro Restaurant

There's no greater honour in the world of cuisine than the Michelin star, and due to its delicious food and inventive presentation, All'Oro, in the heart of the Italian capital, has been awarded exactly that. Try the oxtail dressed up to look like a Ferrero Roche chocolate. Details: visit Ristorantealloror.it/en

4. La Pergola

One Michelin star is pretty good, but La Pergola, under the guidance of executive chef Heinz Beck, is the proud owner of an incredible three. Plus it boasts stunning views over the city from the heights of the Monte Mario. Details: visit Romecavalieri.com/lapergola [gallery link="none" ids="6377,6378"] TO DO

5. The Colosseum

Possibly the greatest tourist attraction in Rome, no visit to the capital is complete without a tour of the stunning Roman Colosseum, which was built nearly 2,000 years ago. Details: visit Archeoroma.beniculturali.it/en

6. St Peter's Basilica

Built on Vatican Hill, across the Tiber River from the historic centre of Rome, it doesn't matter what religion you are - you can't fail to be impressed by this grandiose building. Details: visit Vaticanstate.va/en [gallery link="none" ids="6380,6381"] TO GO OUT

7. La Cabala

Nestled on the third floor of a 15th-century palazzo, La Cabala is a hideaway for the Italian capital's most salubrious residents. Details: visit Hdo.it

8. NurBar

The kind of venue that's equally good for dinner, drinks and dancing, NurBar has the sleek sophistication of a New York cocktail bar as well as a certain rustic charm. Details: visit Nurbar.net [gallery link="none" ids="6383,6384"]