Christmas Time In Rome

Christmas Time In Rome

Christmas  Time in Rome is a fantastic time to visit because on arrival in the city it will be completely different from any other time of the year.  In Rome you will find restaurants open for dinner even on Christmas Day.  When it gets to the evening the streets come alive as Italian families stroll into the streets for Pizzas and other Italian delicacies. All dining events will be completed some wine and Christmas cheer.

Piazza Navona
Piazza Navona

Rome can be chilly this time of the year it would be wise to carry a light jacket. Check beforehand if your self catering apartment or luxury villa has heating, buy an umbrella and enjoy.

The Rome might not be as popular as during summer months. But most Romans   take off work during the festive season, hence the streets and restaurants come alive with locals enjoying the company of friends and family or last minute shopping. You will also find celebrations like lively  Christmas markets, nativity cribs, choir performance and religious celebrations.

Trevi Fountain
Trevi Fountain

Recommended tours for Christmas in Rome.

The Roman Tombs are surprisingly cozy during the cold weather, not to mention its an incredible visit, you can visit the passages of the Roman Tombs, The Basilica.  There are bus transfers for all these visits that way you won’t experience the cold weather much. You can also use the underground train system.

Trevi Fountain
Trevi Fountain

The Borghese Gallery & Gardens is a great place to visit during quiet times of year since it’s so busy throughout the year, explore artwork by famous artist and beautiful Borghese gardens.

One of the symbols of Christmas is the TREE of course.  Each year several TREES are erected in the city, you can find a huge TREE in Saint Peter’s Square, and two of the large  ones are usually erected in Piazza Venezia and next to the Colosseum. There’s also a Christmas Tree in the area in front of the Museums on the Capitoline Hill.

Piazza Venezia
Piazza Venezia

Your find excellent accommodation hotels and serviced apartments within easy reach of all the Christmas attractions.

Delight yourself with Christmas lights.

During this period the city main streets and monuments looks magical with traditional festive lights and decorations. You’ll also be entertained by roaming musicians and vendors selling roasted chestnuts. Decorations are getting every year more ambitious, with twinklings, light projections, and jumbo screens.

St Peters Square
St Peters Square

The Piazza Navona market is specialized in Christmas decorations, offering everything you could possibly need to create a beautiful tree or add to a nativity scene, from traditional objects to most original ones.

This is why you definitely plan your Christmas trip in this great city. Shouldn’t you?  Our website just happens to have fantastic self-catering apartments in Rome.  Come and go as you please or if you owned a serviced apartment click on Advertise Here its totally free.

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Take a Romantic Trip on Italy’s Amalfi Coast

Take a Romantic Trip on Italy’s Amalfi Coast

The Amalfi Coast is a beautiful and renowned stretch of coastline on the southern coast of the Sorrentine Peninsula in the Province of Salerno in Southern Italy. Tourism is the key commercial venture in this area, hence a major employer to  locals, and be rest assured most of the people you meet can communicate in English and will always do their best to help you decrease any language barrier  encountered.

Positano by night
 Positano by night

When is it suitable to visit the Amalfi Coast?

Spring is always the best to visit the coast of Amalfi during the months of July and August during the high season, the weather is usually hot then (this makes it a good time for exploring the area) and due to the high number of people visiting the coast there may be a challenge in securing a parking for their vehicles.

It is usually not advisable to visit during fall (especially the month of November) and its raining during the winter hence during those months there is nothing much to enjoy. The Ravello Festival which is usually an annual event takes place in throughout in summer in the town of Ravello. The splendor of Southern Italy’s Amalfi coast is famous and many of the living artists, writers and musicians were inspired by its beauty. The beautiful Isle of Capri immortalised in song, can be seen from the coast.

Some of the areas of interest in the Amalfi coast are:-
Museo Correale
 Touring the Villa Cimbrone
 The Sant’Antonino Festival
 Sagra del Tonno
 Africana Club
Shopping at Antonello della Mura
 Touring Duomo

Amalfi Coast
Birds eye view of Amalfi Coast

Self catering villas and apartments in the area are mostly complete with swimming pools, close to the sea and are air conditioned. You can choose your villa or apartment online from the many websites like or with the help of an agent that best suits you and ensure that you enjoy your holiday in style. Most of the holiday self-catering villas and apartments are modern with heating, Wi fi, washing machines, dish washers, microwaves, blender, toasters etc.

The public transport along the coast is cheap and fairly efficient.
Ferries connect to the resorts of Amalfi and can be much quicker than buses. Incase you decide to use a ferry there is always tourist information office where you can get a timetable to catch the boats and this is a much more comfortable mode than a bus.

Amalfi Road
Amalfi Road to a wonderful holiday rental accommodation

Alternatively buses can be used, you can buy a ticket online or queue and pay as u enter the bus, no need to book in advance but incase you want to be sure especially during the peak season you can call the bus companies and make an enquiry.

Bear in mind that the buses may not stop close to your self-catering accommodation, and streets can be steep, or no more than staircases. Ask your hotel for precise directions, and if necessary carry the address in your hand, and ask the first locals you see. Some holiday rental accommodation offer their own minibus service for pick-ups, trips down to the beach etc.; find out about this if your hotel is one of them. Our team at Goholidaylets and always available to assist you enquiry. Please feel free to call us on 00441213149153
This is one destination for a holiday or a romantic get away for those may be who want to propose to their partner by the beach or just spending

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Getting around Rome can be easy the self catering way

Getting around Rome can be easy the self catering way

The eternal city of Rome attracts thousands of visitors each year. They will be traveling from all over the world. All coming for various reasons, cultural tours, religious pilgrims to the Vatican and to see the Pope or just to savior the delights of the Italian capital. But most will have similar concerns and problems. How will we get there and how will we again get around while visiting Rome.

Roma Terminal
Roma Termini

Short stay accommodation or holiday accommodation have a wide selection of choice. For your transportation needs here under we have listed a few options.

Rome has two airports – Fiumicino (Leonardo da Vinci) and Ciampino.

Fiumicino. This is Rome’s main airport and is well-connected with the centre during the day by an express train.

You can buy Roma Pass online and benefit from various discounts and services that make it easier and cheaper to enjoy Rome.

The historic centre is not particularly large and so is easy to visit on foot, as most monuments are to be found in the same area.

Rome Tram System
Rome Tram System


Rome‘s bus network is extensive and functions quite well, but the metro is much simpler for the short-term visitors to master.

Public transportation Tickets must be purchased in advance from tabacchis, newsstands, bars, or vending machines (exact change only!) at metro and major bus stops.


The Roman metro (called Metropolitana by residents) goes round rather than through the historic city. It has only two lines, A (red) and B (blue), which cross at Termini Central Station.

Trains run approximately every 7-10 minutes, from 5:30am until 11.30pm every day (until 0:30am on Saturdays).

Metro Map of Rome
  Metro Map of Rome


There are hundreds of bus lines, running from 5:30am till midnight. All buses and trams travel in both directions.


If you need a taxi, remember to look for the official metered white or yellow taxis. There are taxi ranks in many locations throughout the center, but is nearly impossible to hail one driving down the streets, particularly at night. Make sure your taxi is metered; insist on the metered fare, rather than an arranged price.


Although most of the sights in Rome are within walking distance or accessible by public transportation, two wheels will give you the freedom to see exactly what interests you, and in less time.

To really “do as the Romans do”, you have to drive around on a Vespa. You’ll have no trouble finding rental places all around the city.

Grab a Scotter
Grab a Scooter

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Historic Sites of Rome

Historic Sites of Rome


Rome is one of the ancient cities in Italy that dates back to the 5th century. It rapidly grew to be become famous for its historic sites and culture.  Italian is the official and most widely spoken language in Rome, though English has been adopted quickly to cater for the large number of tourists. Rome is a welcoming city with accommodation to suit all budgets.  From 5 star hotel to basic overnight hostels Rome has it all.  An ideal accommodation solution is a Rome self-catering apartment.  Rome residents are very friendly and helpful to visitors; knowing the basics such as “Si” meaning yes, “grazie” meaning thank you, “prego” meaning you’re welcome, “per favore” meaning please and “mi scusi” meaning excuse me will make your visit much more easier and interesting as you blend with the locals.

There is so much to experience in Rome; the culture, the cuisine, wine, the people, sites and scenes. With its rich past and captivating culture, there is so much to see and do in Rome. Some of the marvelous places to visit while in Rome include the Trevi fountain, the colosseum, St. Peter’s square, the Borghese gallery, Ostia Antica and catacombs venue.  Rental accommodation can be found near all these locations.

Historic Sites
The Trevi fountain is one of the sites in Roman culture known as Fontana di Trevi. It is located in Trevi district standing 26.3 meters high and 49.15 meters wide. Coins are purportedly meant to be thrown using the right hand over the left shoulder into the fountain, a ritual done by thousands of tourists for reasons such as a guarantee return to Rome, to find love while others say it leads to marriage! Many movies have been shot at this locale and romance lovers find it to be a perfect place to be. The Municipality of Rome decided to collect the coins from the Trevi Fountain on a daily basis to prevent theft and created a fund to finance a special supermarket that serves the poor in Rome with the help from the Italian Red Cross.
The Colosseum is an iconic symbol in the of the city of Rome built of concrete and stone, it is the largest amphitheatre ever built and is considered one of the greatest works of architecture and engineering. It is situated east of Rome with a capacity of up to 80000 people back in the medieval era for entertainment then later reused housing, workshops, a fortress, a quarry, and a Christian shrine. Despite looking rugged and old, the pope leads a torch lit procession each Good Friday to symbolize the way of the cross, a practice of the catholic faithful. Today it’s a major tourist attraction with thousands of tourists each year paying to view the interior arena. Though entrance for citizens of the European Union is partially subsidized, entrance is free for EU citizens under eighteen or over sixty-five years of age.

Vatican City is the smallest state in Europe and in the world.  It is a roughly 0.17 sq mi lying near the west bank of the Tiber River and to the west of the Castel Sant’Angelo. The Vatican area comprises the following St. Peter’s Square, enclosed by Giovanni Lorenzo Bernini’s quadruple colonnade; St. Peter’s Basilica, the largest Christian church in the world, to which the square serves as an entrance; Belvedere Park; the pontifical palaces and the Vatican Gardens. Outside Vatican City, a number of churches and palaces such as Lateran Basilica and Palace in the Piazza San Giovanni, the Palace of San Callisto at the foot of the Janiculum hill, and the basilicas of Santa Maria Maggiore
St. Peter’s Square or Piazza San Pietro is a large plaza located directly in front of St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican City. At the centre of the square is an Egyptian obelisk, erected at the current site in 1586. Gian Lorenzo Bernini designed the square including the massive Tuscan colonnades, four columns deep, which embrace visitors in “the maternal arms of Mother Church.”  The Vatican has it own religious tourism where Roman Catholics arrived from all over the world to attend and view ceremonies.   Self-catering and hotel accommodation can be found within the general area.


The delights of an Italian Holiday

The delights of an Italian Holiday

Italian food is one of the most popular and widely adopted cuisines the world over. The joy and I mean the joy of a carefree self-catering holiday is that you can sample the food delights at your leisure.  Italians believe in simplicity and respect for good produce, so some of the most beloved dishes of Italians comprise just a few simple ingredients, carefully selected and served at their prime. Spaghetti bolognese is now so popular that it could almost be classed as our adopted national dish, although an authentic.

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Italian version would, in fact, be fettuccine al ragù. Italians were among the first to show us how to appreciate good coffee, use olive oil for cooking rather than as a medicine, embrace garlic, and understand the joys of fresh pasta and antipasto. For Italians, cooking and sharing food is no less than a way of life, whether it is at home with friends, in a humble trattoria or a fine-dining restaurant. Wherever it’s eaten, it’s always based around fresh, seasonal produce, which is the main reason that it is hard to talk about “Italian food” as a single entity.

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In fact, Italian food varies widely by region – and even village to village – and according to the time of year. Italians can be fiercely parochial when it comes to food and invariably think of their version of a dish as the best. Many ingredients are used across the country with some more so in certain regions than others. Broadly speaking, northern Italian food centres around butter, meat, potatoes, pork, Parmigiano and other types of cheeses, while southern cooking is more focused on olive oil, tomatoes, eggplant, capers and fresh fish. Some key Ligurian ingredients include fish and seafood, basil (as featured in the popular pesto alla Genovese), prosciutto, sausage, salami, and truffles.  You can find holiday rental accommodation in most of these locations and to be honest they are every bit as exquisite as the food.

But above all, Italians believe in simplicity and respect for good produce, so some of the most beloved dishes of Italians comprise just a few simple ingredients, carefully selected and served at their prime. Cheese and wine are a major part of the cuisine, as is coffee, particularly espresso.