LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Aug. 2, 2012) - The 'Eternal City' of Rome is a stunning UNESCO World Heritage Site, with history and culture at every turn, making it an ideal holiday destination for those who love iconic architecture, fascinating museums and delving into the past.
There's no shortage of beautiful ancient buildings in Rome: St Peter's Basilica, the Coliseum, the Spanish Steps, and the Pantheon are just a few of the must-see sights in this city. However, if you'd like to take the road less travelled, it's also worth visiting the equally spectacular Baths of Caracella ruins and the underground catacombs.
Of course, Rome isn't just about history; it's also an exciting, vibrant modern city with a buzzing nightlife and many lively cafés and bars in the city centre. Enjoy a relaxing afternoon cappuccino or an evening beer in one of the city's many piazzas - although these tourist-friendly bars may be slightly pricier, it's often worth it for the sense of atmosphere and great views.
Venice is an equally beautiful destination, famed for its unique combination of canals, palazzos, and villas. Known as the 'City of Lovers', Venice is perfect for a short romantic break, and, as in Rome, there's no shortage of historic buildings. St Mark's Basilica and the Rialto Bridge are both breath-taking, contributing hugely to the city's UNESCO World Heritage Site status.
When visiting Venice, taking a ride on a gondola is a must to get about town, but there are also boat trips to Murano, an island in the lagoon famous for its glass-making, or to the Lido beach, where you can sunbathe next to Venice's natural harbour.
Wherever you choose to travel in Italy, there's plenty to do and see, making it ideal for couples, groups, and families alike. Rome and Venice are great destinations for a weekend away or for using as a base for a longer holiday: spend a week in either city and you can visit the gorgeous surrounding Italian countryside on day trips and excursions.
Monarch Airlines is offering frequent flights to Venice and Rome this summer from the UK's major airports, helping you to escape the unpredictable British weather! Flights to Venice from Monarch are available from Manchester, Birmingham, and London Gatwick, and Monarch's frequent flights to Rome leave from Birmingham and London Luton. With fantastic low prices on flights available online, booking your summer getaway is fast and affordable.