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A Roman Holiday

Explore the delightful Eternal City of Rome in autumn, winter, and spring with all its highlights.

  • Italy

  • 7 nights
  • Half Board with Five Dinners in Local Restaurants
  • Culture

  • Apr

    May

    Sep

    Oct

  • Average group size: 12-14

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Walking grade

Grade 4

This holiday is predominantly sightseeing in nature. However, we will be on foot for most our sightseeing and will cover some distance over the ground. Days will largely be spent on hard concrete surfaces so comfortable footwear is a must. Also remember Rome is built on seven hills so inevitably there is some up and down. The longest walking day is spent exploring a length of the Appian Way when we will cover about 6 miles over generally flat terrain.

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Meticulously curated, guided walking holiday itineraries that delve into the culture, wildlife, cuisine, and rich history of the world.

Overview

Holiday Highlights

  • Hear first-hand as our local guide brings Roman Society, the Colosseum and the Forum to life.
  • View the amazing collections in the Vatican, admire the Sistine Chapel and marvel at the majesty of St Peters.
  • Be astonished by the extensive mosaics of the Roman Merchants at Ostia Antica showing trade across the Mediterranean.
  • See sculptures by the likes of Bernini scattered across the city, the Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps and more.
  • Take in the elegant interiors and art of the Villa Borghese including Bernini’s David.
  • Descend through layers of history underneath San Clemente or the Città dell’Acqua.
  • Most importantly, enjoy a real Italian gelato.
  • Take a walk along the Ancient Appian Way

If you are looking to visit Rome with us have you ever considered staying on and going down to visit Venice as well? If so why not book our two week holiday Rome & Venice!

Imagine a day which starts at the Colosseum with the ghosts of the gladiators, then stroll through the Roman Forum in the steps of emperors and vestal virgins. Climb the Capitoline Hill to the Campidoglio Square designed by Michelangelo, then continue up onto the massive monument to Victor Emanuel II, all with Ramble Worldwide. From here Rome lies all around you, from the towers of St John Lateran to the dome of St Peter's.

Rome is a city where you don’t have to seek out art galleries to see the art – it is all around you. Fountains by Bernini, beautiful baroque squares such as the Piazza Navona, and apartment blocks built into Roman theatres. The churches are treasure troves too. 

And then, as if that wasn’t enough, there is the Vatican City, the Pope’s own country. Besides the Sistine Chapel there are Raphael’s Rooms, including the School of Athens, the greatest celebration of how the classical world was reborn in Renaissance Rome. St Peter’s Basilica itself contains Michelangelo’s Pietà and Bernini’s wonderful tomb of Pope Alexander VII.

Rome also offers a taste of the sweet things in life. You can visit the morning market just around the corner from our hotel and pause for a shot of coffee. Stroll the narrow streets around the Pantheon and grab a gelato.  Each evening we will visit local restaurants and enjoy a variety of cuisines.

We will also have the opportunity to take a day or two out of the city, to Tivoli for the water gardens of the Villa d’Este and the ruins of Hadrian’s elaborate villa. Ostia Antica offers a pleasant day out to an Ancient Roman port city. This is perhaps the best place to get an idea of the life or ordinary citizens in Ancient Rome.

  • Return flights from London to Rome Fiumicino
  • Airport transfers
  • En suite three-star hotel accommodation on half board basis
  • 2024 - Half Board with five dinners taken at local restaurants (See specific holiday information sheets)
  • 2025 - Half Board with dinners taken at the hotel and local restaurants (See specific holiday information sheets)
  • Entrance to the Vatican, the Colosseum, the Forum and, The Borghese Galleries
  • All local transport required for the itinerary by private coach/public bus/train
  • Services of a local guide in the Colosseum
  • Services of a Discover Tour Leader
  • Entrance fees (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Travel Insurance

Holiday Information

Click the button below for a detailed Holiday Information Sheet containing all the particulars about this trip.

NOTE: Itineraries and Holiday Information Sheets can vary by a specific date chosen

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Tour Codes

18140

Itinerary & Travel

Itinerary Details

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised programme, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

Your Itinerary

Day 1

Benvenuti a Roma

Meals

Dinner

Accommodation

Welcome to Rome! After landing, you will transfer by private hire coach to your centrally located hotel. If your flight arrives early enough, there might be time for a brief independent stroll in the nearby Borghese Gardens.

Transfer Time = 45m

Day 2

Roman Wanderings

Meals

Breakfast

Accommodation

Today, you will concentrate on the historic center on foot. From the hotel, you will walk through the Borghese Gardens via the water clock to the Pincio viewpoint, where you can look across central Rome dominated by the Victor Emmanuel building.

Then, you'll head down to Piazza del Popolo, the Spanish Steps, the Trevi Fountain, and take a quick look underground. After a café lunch, you will continue to Hadrian’s Temple, the Pantheon, and Piazza Navona. There are many other sights to enjoy along the way. At the end of the day, you'll jump on a local bus back to the hotel.

Day 3

Following the Gladiators Footprints

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

The Colosseum

During the Roman Empire and under the motto of "Bread and Circuses" the Roman Colosseum (known then as Flavian Amphitheatre) allowed more than 50,000 people to enjoy its finest spectacles. The exhibitions of exotic animals, executions of prisoners, recreations of battles and gladiator fights kept the Roman people entertained for years.

The Colosseum remained active for over 500 years.

Today, your focus is on Ancient Rome. In the morning, a professional local guide will explain the Colosseum to you and take you through the Forum.

After the guide has left, you may have time to visit Palatine Hill. In the afternoon, you'll explore some of the more famous Roman churches.

Day 4

The Ancient Appian Way

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

Today, you will leave the hustle and bustle of Rome city center behind as you head to the ancient Appian Way. Don't forget to pick up a picnic on the way. Heading back toward the city, following in the steps of St. Peter, you'll pass several interesting places, including former Christian catacombs, the Quo Vadis Church, and the massive Baths of Caracalla— as impressive as any of Rome’s ancient monuments. You will cover about 6 miles over mostly level ground.

Day 5

The Port of Ancient Rome

Meals

Breakfast

Accommodation

You will head west out of the city by train to Ostia Antica, the former port of Ancient Rome, abandoned in the 4th century. It covers a vast area, with one of its highlights being the Square of the Merchants, showcasing extensive mosaics depicting many facets of life in the port.

You will enjoy a picnic during your explorations before taking the train back to the city, where you'll visit the Borghese Gallery. Afterward, you'll take the tram back to the hotel.

Day 6

The Vatican City

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

The Vatican

Nestled within Rome sits the city-state of the Vatican City. Home to the Pope, it is also home to iconic art and historic buildings including the Sistine Chapel, famous for Michelangelo's ceiling.

You will take a tram from near the hotel to Vatican City for a timed entry to the extensive museums, including the Raphael Rooms and the Sistine Chapel. In the early afternoon, you will visit St. Peter’s. Afterwards, you can explore a little more of this area, walking past Castel Sant’Angelo.

Day 7

The Garden of Fountains

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

You will travel east out of the city by private coach to Tivoli. You will walk in the grounds of Villa d’Este, which has more fountains than you could imagine. Then, you will pass through the town of Tivoli and its medieval houses to Villa Gregoriana, set in a gorge with a waterfall, ideal for a picnic. After a short coach ride, you will reach Hadrian’s Villa, where the ruins still reveal the vast complex built for his retirement.

Day 8

Ciao Roma

Meals

Breakfast

It's time to say goodbye to Rome, and head to the airport for your return flight.

Departure dates for your selected tour

21st Sep 2024 - 28th Sep 2024 (7 Nights)

26th Oct 2024 - 2nd Nov 2024 (7 Nights)

Travel Details

  • Return flights from London to Rome Fiumicino
  • Arrival transfer by road (c45mins)
  • Upgrades are available on most flights. For scheduled flights, this may be Premium Economy, Business or First Class. Most low-cost carriers also have extra legroom seats.
  • For this holiday we do not offer regional flights with airport to hotel transfers but there is a wide choice of regional flights operating from the UK, which you may choose to book independently. We can offer lots of advice regarding easy transport options to/from your resort.
  • We can often offer add-on flights to a London airport at a competitive rate. Please ask us for details and a competitive quote.

Your Itinerary

Day 1

Benvenuti a Roma

Meals

Dinner in the hotel

Accommodation

Welcome to Rome! After landing, you will transfer by private hire coach to your centrally located hotel. If your flight arrives early enough, there might be time for a brief independent stroll to orientate yoursleves.

Transfer Time = 45m

Day 2

Roman Wanderings

Meals

Breakfast & dinner in a local restaurant

Accommodation

Today, you will concentrate on the historic center on foot. From the hotel, you will walk through the Borghese Gardens via the water clock to the Pincio viewpoint, where you can look across central Rome dominated by the Victor Emmanuel building.

Then, you'll head down to Piazza del Popolo, the Spanish Steps, the Trevi Fountain, and take a quick look underground. After a café lunch, you will continue to Hadrian’s Temple, the Pantheon, and Piazza Navona. There are many other sights to enjoy along the way. At the end of the day, you'll jump on a local bus back to the hotel.

Day 3

Following the Gladiators Footprints

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner in the hotel

Accommodation

The Colosseum

During the Roman Empire and under the motto of "Bread and Circuses" the Roman Colosseum (known then as Flavian Amphitheatre) allowed more than 50,000 people to enjoy its finest spectacles. The exhibitions of exotic animals, executions of prisoners, recreations of battles and gladiator fights kept the Roman people entertained for years.

The Colosseum remained active for over 500 years.

Today, your focus is on Ancient Rome. In the morning, a professional local guide will explain the Colosseum to you and take you through the Forum.

After the guide has left, you may have time to visit Palatine Hill. In the afternoon, you'll explore some of the more famous Roman churches.

Day 4

The Ancient Appian Way

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner in the hotel

Accommodation

Today, you will leave the hustle and bustle of Rome city center behind as you head to the ancient Appian Way. Don't forget to pick up a picnic on the way. Heading back toward the city, following in the steps of St. Peter, you'll pass several interesting places, including former Christian catacombs, the Quo Vadis Church, and the massive Baths of Caracalla— as impressive as any of Rome’s ancient monuments. You will cover about 6 miles over mostly level ground.

Day 5

The Port of Ancient Rome

Meals

Breakfast & dinner in a local restaurant

Accommodation

You will head west out of the city by train to Ostia Antica, the former port of Ancient Rome, abandoned in the 4th century. It covers a vast area, with one of its highlights being the Square of the Merchants, showcasing extensive mosaics depicting many facets of life in the port.

You will enjoy a picnic during your explorations before taking the train back to the city, where you'll visit the Borghese Gallery. Afterward, you'll take the tram back to the hotel.

Day 6

The Vatican City

Meals

Breakfast & dinner in a local restaurant

Accommodation

The Vatican

Nestled within Rome sits the city-state of the Vatican City. Home to the Pope, it is also home to iconic art and historic buildings including the Sistine Chapel, famous for Michelangelo's ceiling.

You will take a tram from near the hotel to Vatican City for a timed entry to the extensive museums, including the Raphael Rooms and the Sistine Chapel. In the early afternoon, you will visit St. Peter’s. Afterwards, you can explore a little more of this area, walking past Castel Sant’Angelo.

Day 7

The Garden of Fountains

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner in the hotel

Accommodation

You will travel east out of the city by private coach to Tivoli. You will walk in the grounds of Villa d’Este, which has more fountains than you could imagine. Then, you will pass through the town of Tivoli and its medieval houses to Villa Gregoriana, set in a gorge with a waterfall, ideal for a picnic. After a short coach ride, you will reach Hadrian’s Villa, where the ruins still reveal the vast complex built for his retirement.

Day 8

Ciao Roma

Meals

Breakfast

It's time to say goodbye to Rome, and head to the airport for your return flight.

Departure dates for your selected tour

19th Apr 2025 - 26th Apr 2025 (7 Nights)

10th May 2025 - 17th May 2025 (7 Nights)

20th Sep 2025 - 27th Sep 2025 (7 Nights)

25th Oct 2025 - 1st Nov 2025 (7 Nights)

Travel Details

  • Return flights from London to Rome Fiumicino
  • Arrival transfer by road (c45mins)
  • Upgrades are available on most flights. For scheduled flights, this may be Premium Economy, Business or First Class. Most low-cost carriers also have extra legroom seats.
  • For this holiday we do not offer regional flights with airport to hotel transfers but there is a wide choice of regional flights operating from the UK, which you may choose to book independently. We can offer lots of advice regarding easy transport options to/from your resort.
  • We can often offer add-on flights to a London airport at a competitive rate. Please ask us for details and a competitive quote.

Accommodation

Accommodation information

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday across all departure dates. Please refer to the Itinerary for more detail about each night's accommodation for each departure date.

Hotel Albani

Our Roman home is the 4-star Hotel Albani decorated in a strikingly Italian style, it is welcoming, comfortable and is ideally located for our explorations.

All rooms are well equipped with hair dryer, air conditioning, satellite TV, telephone and mini-bar.

The hotel has Wi-Fi but the signal may not be brilliant in rooms however there is always a good signal in hotel reception.

Hotel Caravel

Hotel Caravel, located in the heart of Rome, offers a blend of modern comfort and classic Italian charm. This stylish hotel provides easy access via local bus and underground to some of Rome's most iconic landmarks, including the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Vatican City, making it an ideal base for your holiday. Each room is elegantly furnished, featuring contemporary amenities such as free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, and air conditioning, ensuring a comfortable stay.

Guests can enjoy a delightful breakfast buffet each morning and the hotel also boasts a chic bar and lounge area, perfect for relaxing after a days activity. 

Locally you will find all the amenities that make your stay easier such as ATM's, pharmacies and supermarkets.

Trip Information

All the details you need

Holiday Grade

This holiday is predominantly sightseeing in nature. However, we will be on foot for most our sightseeing and will cover some distance over the ground. Days will largely be spent on hard concrete surfaces so comfortable footwear is a must. Also remember Rome is built on seven hills so inevitably there is some up and down. The longest walking day is spent exploring a length of the Appian Way when we will cover about 6 miles over generally flat terrain.

Walks & Excursions

Local Transport Costs

In the holiday cost, we've included all local transport expenses related to the advertised activity programme for your convenience. If there are additional visits or excursions to enrich your experience, you can choose to participate and cover the costs locally. Depending on the itinerary, local transport may involve a mix of private hire coaches, taxis, local buses, and ferries.

Optional Excursions

At your destination, you may have the option to book various local excursions and activities through a local operator. It's important to note that we are not involved in these activities or excursions, and we do not operate, supervise, or control them in any way. Your contract will be directly with the local activity supplier, and we bear no responsibility for their actions or omissions.

Spending Money

Holiday Budgeting

As you plan your holiday budget, it's essential to account for expenses such as drinks, meals not covered in the holiday price, entrance fees not included, optional local excursions, and any souvenirs or additional services like laundry. For a rough estimate, budgeting around £10-£20 per person per day for lunches and drinks is a helpful guideline.

Entrance Fees

Some entrance fees to sites are included. The Colosseum, Forum,Vatican Galleries and Borghese Villa (if your return flight departure time allows).

If all other museums and galleries are visited this could cost a further £80.00 for the week.

Currency in Italy

The currency in Italy is the Euro.

Tipping

In your holiday price, we've included tipping for our local suppliers, covering hotel and restaurant staff, local guides, and drivers. Should you wish to make an extra contribution for a specific service, this should be given directly to the recipient at your discretion.

Tour Leaders & Local Guides

Tour Leaders

Your tour leader plays a crucial role in enhancing your holiday experience, and they share your passion for exploring the world on foot. In addition to being resourceful and organised they are also well-travelled and deeply enthusiastic about showing you new destinations.  Your tour leader takes care of all the local administration, ensuring you can fully enjoy your holiday without worrying about the logistics. While leading group holidays, they always keep in mind that each group is composed of individuals. Each tour leader brings their unique style, talents, and professional background to the table. Rest assured, they are all trained, qualified, experienced, and dedicated to making your holiday as enjoyable, interesting, and inspiring as possible. Remember, your leader, while on holiday, is your first port of call for any issues, ensuring a smooth and worry-free experience for you.

Leader's Evening Briefing

Each evening, your tour leader will meet with you to review the programme for the next day. This is your chance to discuss details and ensure that the planned activities align with your walking ability. If you have any concerns about clothing or equipment, feel free to bring them up during this discussion. If, for any reason, you prefer not to participate in the organised group programme, please inform your leader. Your preferences are important, and your leader is there to make sure your experience aligns with your expectations.

Local Guides

To enhance your experience, as well as your tour leader, each holiday will be accompanied in some centres by a well qualified and knowledgeable English-speaking local guide.

Your Travel Details

Transfers between Rome Airport and the hotel are by road and take approximately 1 hour. 

For clients making their own way to the hotel it is an easy journey. From Fiumicino Airport take the train to Rome Termini station. From here take a taxi for the short (and relatively cheap at approximately €15) ride to the hotel. The alternative is a few stops on the bus or metro followed by a short walk to the hotel but it would not be pleasant to do this with luggage.

Whilst in Rome we will use public transport to move around the city and its surrounding areas.

Booking Your Own Travel Arrangements

If you prefer to arrange your own flights from a non-UK or regional airport or travel to your holiday destination by rail or car, you may qualify for 'land only' reductions, and we can provide details upon request. Feel free to reach out to us for more information.

Before finalizing any independent travel arrangements, especially if you're doing so 12 weeks or more before your intended travel date, please check with us first to ensure your holiday has been cleared to operate. If you plan to join your holiday locally, kindly inform us at least 14 weeks in advance.

If you're joining and leaving your holiday overseas, we assume, unless you specify otherwise, that you will join and leave the holiday at your hotel.

Although airport transfers are not included for those making independent travel arrangements, you may have the option to join the group at the overseas airport, depending on your flight arrival time. If interested, contact us at least 5 weeks before departure for more details.

Please be aware that your flight must arrive within 30 minutes of the group flight to be eligible for the group transfer. Additionally, we'll need your flight number, arrival time, and departure point to ensure the group leader can meet up with you. If you have a mobile, please ensure we have the number, and it is turned on while you are traveling for effective communication.

Hotel Transfers

When you book a Flight-Inclusive holiday, transfers between the airport and hotel and back are included. On some holidays, where we offer various flight options, the transfer vehicle may wait for all flights to land before transferring to the hotel.  

Luggage Allowance & Travel Documents

If you're booking a flight or rail inclusive holiday, rest assured that details of your travel arrangements and baggage allowance will be clearly outlined in your 'Final Travel Documents'. These will be sent to you approximately 10 days before your departure, ensuring you have all the necessary information for a smooth and well-prepared journey.

Personal Details Check

To ensure the accurate administration of your holiday arrangements, kindly verify that the personal details we have for you are current and correct. Confirm that you've given us all the necessary information for securing your travel and accommodation. Please review your passport details, date of birth, and any other pertinent information crucial for the management of your holiday.

Additionally, please make us aware of any dietary allergies or intolerances you may have. Your well-being is important to us, and this information will help us make appropriate arrangements for your meals during the trip.

You can access and update the provided information or add missing details through the "Manage My Booking" feature on our website at www.rambleworldwide.co.uk. Alternatively, reach out to our Sales and Reservations team at +44 (0)1707 331133. Upon receiving your booking confirmation, promptly check the details. Your cooperation ensures a seamless and enjoyable holiday experience.

Passports and Visas

European Passport Advice

If you are planning to travel to an EU country (except Ireland), or Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino or Vatican City, you must meet the Schengen area rules.

Your passport must meet 2 requirements. It must be:

  • less than 10 years old on the day you enter (check the ‘date of issue’)
  • valid for at least 3 months after the day you plan to leave (check the ‘expiry date’)

For some Schengen countries your passport may need to be less than 10 years old during your whole visit, and the 3 months at the end of your visit may need to be within 10 years of your passport’s issue date.

Check both the issue date and the expiry date in your passport. If you renewed your passport early, extra months may have been added to its expiry date. This could affect the requirement for your passport to be less than 10 years old.

Non British Passport holders should consult the host country’s embassy for applicable passport and visa entry requirements.

Footwear & Kit List

Footwear

Lightweight waterproof walking boots with a good moulded sole (such as Vibram or similar) and a deep tread and which provide ankle support are strongly recommended and may be essential for some walks.

General Kit List

Outdoor activities are always safer and more enjoyable if you are prepared.

If you have not travelled with us before the following list might be of use:

  • Waterproof jacket (Goretex or similar) and trousers
  • Lightweight quick-drying trousers
  • Walking T-shirt/shirts
  • Walking socks
  • Fleece or jumper
  • Sun hat, sunglasses, lip salve and sun block
  • Warm hat and gloves (if appropriate)
  • Swimwear (if appropriate)
  • Day sack (this should be able to carry all you would need for the day's activity)
  • Day sack liner
  • Water bottle - at least 1 litre capacity (more than 1 bottle may be required)
  • Basic first aid kit
  • Lunchbox
  • Walking poles (should you find them useful)
  • Sit mat

This list is not exhaustive and every walker is different and may have their own preference.

Travel Documents Checklist

Documents and Information to take with you:

  • Passport (make sure it's yours and valid)
  • Your travel tickets or e-ticket itinerary
  • Any visa or electronic travel authorisation (if required)
  • Holiday money
  • Credit or debit cards (and separate details of who to call if lost)
  • Car parking ticket and car park directions (if prebooked)
  • Coach or rail travel tickets (if prebooked)
  • Your holiday Booking Confirmation document
  • Your travel insurance details
  • Alternative form of identification (such as a driving licence)
  • Photocopy of the personal details pages of your passport
  • A valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) if relevant
  • Details of any medical condition or allergy your holiday leader should know about

Electricity in Italy

Electricity in Italy is supplied at 220 Volts. If you wish to use electrical equipment you will need a European two pin adaptor with round pins. More information can be found at https://www.power-plugs-sockets.com/

Water To Go

Opting for filtered water from a reusable bottle with its built-in water filter, like the Water-to-go bottle available at www.watertogo.eu, is a sustainable alternative to single-use sealed water bottles. Simply refill it from any water source and contribute to saving the environment from disposable plastic bottles.

Exciting news: Water-to-go has introduced two new bottles to their collection. The Active bottle is designed to fit bike water bottle holders, and the Sugarcane bottle is an even more planet-friendly option. Crafted from fibrous cane, a by-product of liquid extraction, it undergoes a process to create plant-based plastic. Explore the details on the Water-to-Go website for this innovative new range.

As a token of appreciation for your commitment to the environment, we've secured an exclusive 15% discount with Water-to-Go for you. Visit www.watertogo.eu and use the code RWH17 during your order.                        

Note: If you're booked on a long-haul holiday departing after November 1, 2023, you'll receive a complimentary Water to Go bottle, sent to your home address 2 or 3 weeks before your holiday. Thank you for being a part of our sustainable journey!

Maps, Guidebooks & Other Information

Maps, Guidebooks & More

For those keen on research we recommend two films:

A Roman Holiday starring Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn. A nostalgic view of Rome in the 50’s

Angels and Demons starring Tom Hanks. An entertaining modern day adventure. Perhaps the fun to be had here is the spotting the artistic license taken with Rome’s geography.

The Map Shop

If you cannot find the maps or books locally we recommend:

The Map Shop
5 High Street
Upton upon Severn, Worcs
WR8 0HJ
England

Tel: 01684 593 146
Website: www.themapshop.co.uk
E-mail: themapshop@btinternet.com

If you key many of the local places mentioned in this holiday fact sheet into YouTube, you will find a vast array of spectacular footage of the area.

Weather

Visit the following websites for an idea of the climate in your destination:

Staying Healthy On Holiday

Health requirements in destination can change, and it's crucial for you to take responsibility in staying informed. Ensure that you consult a professionally qualified source and comply with any health requirements at least 6 to 8 weeks before your departure. Your GP can provide advice on vaccinations. Stay proactive about your health preparations to ensure a safe and enjoyable travel experience.

Health Advice for Italy

No compulsory immunisations are required for visits to Italy.

You should be up to date with the usual immunisations recommended in the UK. 

You may wish to consider immunisations against Tetanus and Tick-borne Encephalitis.

Further Travel Advice

For further advice please visit:

You might wish to take a small bottle of antibacterial hand gel with you for times when you're unable to wash your hands.

Travel Insurance

It’s a condition of booking that you obtain adequate travel insurance, from a reputable provider, to undertake the holiday, including UK trips chiefly due to the cancellation element of cover.

The policy must cover the period from the date of booking to the last day of your trip and should include, as a minimum, cover for: medical expenses (including the consequences of a Covid positive test result), mountain rescue including helicopter rescue, death, repatriation, cancellation and curtailment and shall not have exclusion clauses limiting cover for the activities you will partake in on your trip, including altitudes reached in the holiday arrangement. It is your responsibility to check that your policy is adequate for the nature and destination of the holiday booked.

Once you have obtained your travel insurance, please provide us with the name of your travel insurer, the policy number and the insurer’s 24 hour emergency assistance number.

In the event that you fail to obtain suitable Travel Insurance we shall not be liable for any costs incurred or claims made against us due to your failure to comply with this term.

If travelling outside the UK you must carry proof of insurance with you and produce it if reasonably requested to do so by RWH Travel staff, tour leaders or suppliers. No refunds will be made should you be excluded from the walking programme through being uninsured or you being unable to demonstrate that you are insured.

Our house broker MPI should be considered for whom we are an affiliate and contact information is on our website and will be referred to in your booking confirmation.

If you are travelling to an EU country or Switzerland please also ensure that you have either an existing valid EU EHIC card (European Health Insurance Card) or a valid UK GHIC (Global Health Insurance Card). You can apply for a UK GHIC free of charge on the NHS website at https://services.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/cra/start.

EHIC & GHIC Cards

Starting January 1st, 2021, you, as a UK traveller, can continue using your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) throughout its valid five-year period, granting you access to medical assistance during your holiday until its expiry date. Be aware, though, that this coverage will no longer extend to Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, or Switzerland. In case you don't have a valid EHIC, you can apply for a new UK Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC), which will replace the EHIC as it gets phased out.

It's essential to emphasize that the EHIC/GHIC, while valuable, should not be regarded as a substitute for comprehensive medical or travel insurance. For your peace of mind and comprehensive coverage, considering additional insurance is highly recommended.

For more information, please visit www.nhs.uk/ehic

Personal Safety

The UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office is your go-to for the latest info on security, local laws, and the nitty-gritty of passports and visas at www.gov.uk/travelaware. Make sure to take a quick peek at the current advice for your upcoming destination—it'll only take a few minutes.

When you're out and about, stay aware of your surroundings. Take smart precautions with your credit cards and passport, and maybe tone down the flashy accessories. Less is more, especially when it comes to carrying cash—just enough for the day will do. Consider using a money belt for that extra layer of security. Stay alert, stay safe, and make the most of your travels!

Cultural Awareness

Italian Laws & Customs

In some Italian towns and cities you may be fined for dropping litter and in some towns or cities it’s an offence to sit on monument steps or to eat and drink in the immediate vicinity of main churches, historic monuments and public buildings. It’s also an offence to enter or bathe in public fountains.

In May 2019, the Municipality of Capri introduced a law forbidding the use of any disposable plastic objects such as bags, cutlery, plates, cups, food packaging, trays, straws on the island of Capri. Violations can incur a fine of up to 500 euros.

Illegal traders operate on the streets of all major Italian cities, particularly tourist cities like Florence, Venice and Rome. Don’t buy from illegal street traders. You could be stopped by the local police and fined.

It is illegal to remove sand, shells or pebbles from coastal areas in Italy. Doing so may result in heavy fines. It’s also forbidden to collect various species of flowers, plants and herbs from mountain and wooded areas. For more information, check with the regional authorities of the area you’re visiting.

Responsible Travel

We are dedicated to promoting responsible travel practices that prioritise the well-being of both the environment and local communities. We believe in the transformative power of travel and aim to minimize our ecological footprint by selecting eco-friendly accommodations, encouraging waste reduction, and supporting sustainable transportation options where possible. Our walking tours are designed to immerse participants in the local culture, fostering meaningful connections with the communities we visit. We strive to leave a positive impact by engaging in responsible tourism activities, respecting local customs, and contributing to the preservation of natural landscapes. Through our commitment to responsible travel, we aim to create enriching experiences for our guests while actively contributing to the conservation of the destinations we explore.

The Ramble Worldwide Outdoor Trust

Unlike many other tour operators, we take pride in our unique approach. Ramble Worldwide channels its surplus profits back into various outdoor, walking-related, or environmental conservation projects in the UK through our own trust. When you choose us, you contribute to this impactful initiative.

The Ramble Worldwide Outdoor Trust is passionate about making the outdoors more accessible for more people from all communities. We grant funds to many organisations and have recently partnered with Mind Over Mountains, Adaptive Grand Slam and other groups to create an enduring impact on people’s lives and to support them to enjoy the outdoors. In addition, the Trust makes many small grants to local organisations such as Ramblers Groups, Walkers are Welcome, My kind of Books and recently provided a small grant, via his scouting group, to enable a young man whose family had fallen on hard times to complete his DofE Gold award.

Patron of the Trust is the renowned explorer, Mark Wood. Over 20 years Mark has undertaken expeditions to some of the most remote parts of our planet. Our shared values make for an exciting partnership, and we believe that by standing shoulder to shoulder we can encourage people from all communities to enjoy being active outdoors in whatever way suits them best.

For more comprehensive details, please visit the 'About' section on our website and click on the Charitable Trust link. Your choice to travel with us goes beyond a memorable vacation; it contributes to meaningful projects that have a positive impact on our community and environment.

Heart and Sole

We appreciate that we are in a fortunate position to be able to use our profits to help make a difference to people's lives. Heart & Sole is a venture managed by our office staff, whose aim is to reach the heart of the communities in the countries we visit. Through Heart & Sole, we hope to make more of a long term, direct impact to these communities, particularly in less developed countries where even a small amount goes a long way. See our website for more information and details of some of the projects we support.

Staying In Touch

Mobile Phones

Kindly share a mobile phone contact number with us. We'll utilize this solely for crucial communication pertaining to your holiday arrangements.

Ensure your mobile phone remains switched on and easily accessible when en route to the airport or during transit delays. This way, we can promptly reach you with any last-minute updates concerning your travel plans.

In consideration of others, we request that you switch off your mobile phone during walks or make an effort to limit its usage. Additionally, during group meals, please minimize the use of mobile devices. Your cooperation ensures a seamless and enjoyable experience for everyone on the journey.

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Italy

  • Capital

    Rome

  • Currency

    Euro

  • Language

    Italian

  • Time Difference

    UTC +02:00

  • Flight duration

    2.5hrs from UK

Visas and Passports

No Visa Required

Average weather

  • January

    6°C

    Avg. Rain: 67mm

  • February

    7°C

    Avg. Rain: 62mm

  • March

    9°C

    Avg. Rain: 63mm

  • April

    12°C

    Avg. Rain: 61mm

  • May

    16°C

    Avg. Rain: 56mm

  • June

    20°C

    Avg. Rain: 47mm

  • July

    22°C

    Avg. Rain: 35mm

  • August

    22°C

    Avg. Rain: 48mm

  • September

    20°C

    Avg. Rain: 64mm

  • October

    15°C

    Avg. Rain: 89mm

  • November

    10°C

    Avg. Rain: 96mm

  • December

    7°C

    Avg. Rain: 82mm

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