21st March 2008 at 00:00
There's more to Easter in Rome than "Urbi et Orbi", the Pope's famous blessing. However, every year the faithful will flock to Vatican Square on Easter Sunday, and many will join the Via Crucis on Good Friday. This torch-lit procession from the Colosseum to the Monte Palatino, led by the Pope, re-enacts the stations of the cross.

To sample Rome's museums, get a three-day Roma Pass (, EUR20), which allows free transport and discounted or free entry to events. To go beyond the city boundaries buy the Roma Piu Pass (EUR25).

If you're searching for la dolce vita, the former working-class district of Trastevere is the place to find evocative winding streets and romantic bars and cafes. Or, to do as the Romans do, have a drink or an ice-cream in Piazza Navona at dusk.

Fly low-cost into Ciampino and stay in luxury at Hotel d'Inghilterra, near the Spanish Steps (00 39 06 699 81204,, where a double room, with champagne, fresh strawberries and rose petals scattered on the bed costs from pound;385 per person for two nights, including breakfast and a candlelit dinner. For a family break try Interhome (020 8780 6633,, which has a flat sleeping six near the Fontana di Trevi (for that Anita Ekberg experience) from pound;1,318 for a week in April. Visit

Renata Rubnikowicz

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