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Travel from home: your guide to Rome

A woman holding a rose at the Trevi Fountain.

With travel on hold, we’re asking our Contiki Trip Managers to share their advice on recreating their favourite cities to travel from home. Here, European Trip Manager Dora Jokkel shares what to watch, listen to and drink to transport yourself to Italy’s most romantic of cities, Rome.

They say all roads lead to Rome, and though I can’t take you on that road for the moment, I can do my very best to bring Rome to you! This really is my favourite city in Europe. It has everything: history, culture, beautiful architecture, passionate people… and don’t get me started on the food. Here’s how you can bring a slice of Italy’s capital into your home. Get ready to sip that spritz and close your eyes.

Watch in Rome


Some of my FAVOURITE films are set in Rome and Italy. To fuel your wanderlust, settle in with one of these classic movies…

To Rome with Love (2012):

This is Woody Allen’s Magic Realist collection of funny love stories, exploring everything that makes Rome such a charming and romantic place. It’s about romantic love, but also love for the city itself.

Eat, Pray, Love: (2010)

Julia Roberts plays a woman on a journey to find herself. Her quest takes her to India and Indonesia, too , but my favourite scenes are when she stops for pizza, pasta and gelato in Rome.

La Grande Bellezza or The Great Beauty (2013):

This classic film features beautiful scenes around Rome and focuses on the declining upper class of the Roman society.

Listen in Rome


When we arrive in Rome I have my handy Italian Spotify playlist to get my travellers in the mood! If you feel like brushing up on your Italian language skills while learning more about Italy, you need to listen to: Learn Italian with Lucrezia.

And when I want to transport myself to Rome and travel from home in an instant, these are my go-to tunes:

St. Peter's Basilica in Rome, Italy is a magnificent architectural masterpiece that draws millions of visitors each year. With its rich history and stunning beauty, this iconic basilica stands as a symbol of

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Cooking in Rome


Pasta Carbonara – a truly Roman pasta dish that became popular all around the world. One single bite will take you to the Italian capital! Alla carbonara means ‘coal miners’ style.’ Legend says that carbonara was first cooked by coal miners working in the mountains. They were able to collect the ingredients from local farms and cook the dish over wood fire in one pot. Follow this recipe to make the classic from home:

Serves 4



  1. Cut the guanciale into small pieces and simmer in a frying pan over medium heat. 
  2. Whisk the Pecorino Romano with the egg yolks and a pinch of pepper. Stir quickly with a fork – or a hand whisk – until you get a creamy sauce. Set aside.
  3. Cook the spaghetti al dente in boiling salted water.
  4. Drain the pasta and when ready, then put it in the frying pan, over high heat.
  5. When the spaghetti and guanciale are sizzling in the pan, TURN OFF THE HEAT. Now quickly add egg and cheese mixture and stir. 
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Drink in Rome


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Vatican, Rome


OK, it can’t compare to the real thing, but you can take a virtual tour of the Vatican and see all of those Renaissance masterpieces from the comfort of your home. From the Sistine Chapel to Raphael’s Rooms, you can admire the most famous religious art in the world. The best bit? There aren’t any crowds! 

For a beyond beautiful video tour of Rome, you need to check out filmmaker Oliver Astrologo’s R O M A. It will feel like you’re part of the city’s pulsing life…


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