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Want to go on a winter holiday? Rome is your best bet

If you’re planning a winter escape this year, you might want to head to Rome, the destination which topped both best winter vacation and best affordable winter vacation lists.

travel Updated: Oct 19, 2017 13:57 IST
For the first time in decades, visitors will be able to climb to the top of Rome’s Colosseum and take in the views 120 feet (37m) above ground as of November 1.
For the first time in decades, visitors will be able to climb to the top of Rome’s Colosseum and take in the views 120 feet (37m) above ground as of November 1. (Shutterstock)

All roads lead to Rome, Italy, which topped both best winter vacation and best affordable winter vacation lists. In the US News & World Report, experts compiled a list of the best destinations for either escaping the winter cold or revelling in it this year, and named Rome as the No 1 winter destination of 2017-2018.

But why should you head to Rome in the winter? “You’ll avoid Rome’s notorious summer crowds, plus you can warm up with a cappuccino or a plate of fresh pasta,” editors point out. Likewise, for the first time in decades, visitors will be able to climb to the top of Rome’s Colosseum and take in the views 120 feet (37m) above ground as of November 1.

During its Gladiator days, the highest levels were reserved for the lowliest members of society, far from the bloody and gruesome battles raging below.

Auckland is one of the best places for winter vacations. (Shutterstock)

After Rome, Dubai, Honolulu, Quebec City and Auckland round out the top five spots. Of the top five destinations, Quebec City serves as the token representative for snow bunnies and winter lovers. Good news for budget-conscious travelers: The Eternal City also topped the report’s most affordable winter vacations list as well.

And while traditionally, most winter “best of” lists are made up of sun-soaked beach destinations, this year’s editors also created a list of the best cities for getting into the Christmas holiday spirit. Topping that list is Prague, followed by Vienna.

Whether you’re looking to escape winter, Christmas, or turn up the dial on the festivities, check out the list of best winter vacation ideas by US News & World Report:

Best winter vacations

1. Rome
2. Dubai, United Arab Emirates
3. Honolulu-Oahu
4. Quebec City
5. Auckland, New Zealand

Best winter family vacations

1. Orlando-Walt Disney World
2. Anaheim-Disneyland
3. Branson, Missouri
4. Honolulu-Oahu
5. Whistler, British Columbia

Best affordable winter vacations

1. Rome
2. Quebec City
3. Auckland, New Zealand
4. Seville, Spain
5. Costa Rica

Best Christmas vacations

1. Prague
2. Vienna
3. Taos, New Mexico
4. London
5. New York City

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