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Rome is one of the world's most beautiful ancient cities, a romantic holiday destination with a unique heritage. There is a huge amount to see, from some of the world's most important Christian sites like the Basilica of St John Lateran and Saint Peter's Basilica in Vatican City (the Pope's official residence), to the wonders of the ancient world like the Colosseum, the Pantheon and the Roman Forum.
It is far too vibrant a city to shut yourself away in a hotel every night, and self-catered accommodation is a great way to get closer to the everyday life of the modern Romans. As well as all the heritage sites, there are also the restaurants, shops and night life that you would expect from a modern European capital city.
Further out, beyond Rome itself, is the lovely region of Lazio, which contains everything from sandy beaches to the Preapennine Mountains, all within easy striking distance of the capital.
A modern European capital city comes with a hefty pricetag for family holidays, and Rome is no exception when it comes to hotels. If you are looking to get the most out of a holiday in Rome, then the best money saving option is certainly self catering accommodation.
As well as carrying echoes of the Roman lifestyle, villa holidays are great for children as they tend to be a little further out of town and the kids can let off steam without worrying about disturbing the neighbours. They are family friendly properties, with a swimming pool almost coming as standard in the Lazio region. For around £1,000 a week you can get a villa just an hour's drive away from Rome for a family of four - six, and there are plenty of deals to be had during the low season to make this even more attractive!
If you would like to experience the hustle and bustle of city life in Rome, you can rent apartments from around £55 per night, even near the Vatican or the Trevi Fountain, where a hotel room will set you back a great deal more. With an apartment, you also have the freedom to eat out in restaurants or to have a more frugal meal at home, before going out to enjoy Rome's nightlife.
Whether you are going to Rome to see the seat of the Roman Empire or the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, or just to explore beautiful countryside with your family, the wide array of villas and apartment rentals will help you save money and enjoy a more authentic Italian holiday.