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Rome: The city break

Easter is the perfect time to go on a sightseeing jaunt to Rome – the temperatures will be comfortable enough so you can spend days walking around the open-air sights without being reduced to a sweaty mess. Now it’s time to tick all those big-hitters off the bucket list. 

The world-renowned Colosseum, which dates back to 80AD and was the site of the legendary gladitorial battles to the death, is a must-see.

Stop by Vatican City to gawp at the intricate painted ceilings of the Sistine Chapel (and give a wave to the all-new Pope Francis).

Also on your checklist should be the Pantheon, an ancient temple built to honour the gods in AD126, having a gelato by the baroque Trevi Fountain and the Spanish Steps – its 135 steps make it the most famous staircase in Europe.

More: See rome.info.

Getting there: easyJet flies direct from London Gatwick to Rome from £97 return. 

 

Day tripping: Visit the best of British hotspots

Staying close to home over the bank holiday weekend? Make sure you get out of the city to visit one of these top British sights instead.

Bath

Who needs to go abroad for hot springs and Roman ruins? Head to Bath for a splash around at the steamy Thermae Bath Spa or visit the Roman Baths museum, where you can check out the magnificent, steam-filled bathing complex and temple that dates back to 70AD.

As this year is the 200th anniversary of classic English novel Pride And Prejudice, the city is also celebrating its connection with Jane Austen.

Bath was the setting for two of the famed author’s novels, Northanger Abbey and Persuasion, and she lived here from 1801 to 1806.

Learn more at the Jane Austen Centre, or take a walking tour to find out more about her life. 

More: visitbath.co.uk; janeausten.co.uk

Stonehenge

If you’ve never seen one of the of the most hotly debated sights in the world, now’s the time to visit Stonehenge.

Whether you’re convinced they’re a prehistoric temple, a mystical calendar, a sign of life from outer space or just a jolly good British mystery, paying a visit to the standing stones of the Salisbury Plains definitely makes for a great day trip. 

More: stonehenge.co.uk


Brighton

Like to be beside the seaside? Head to the coast to enjoy all the top traditional coastal activities Brighton has to offer.

As well as shopping in the Lanes, a day out here wouldn’t be complete without scoffing fish’n’chips and supping a pint on the pebble beach, walking along the pier to drop a few quid in the slot machines, taking a ride on the Brighton Wheel or visiting the Sea Life Centre. Oh, and, of course, running for cover as soon as the rain starts.

More:  visitbrighton.com

Photos: Thinkstock; Getty


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