St Peter's Square

St Peter's Square

Just a week since Pope Benedict XVI resigned, lastminute.com has seen a 26 per cent rise in flight bookings to Rome compared to the week before, as people rush to catch a final glimpse of the Pontiff.

With the Pope preparing to hold his final farewell on 27th February, in St Peter’s Square, and his last recital of the Angelus on 24th February, from his apartment window, there’s still time to see the Pontiff before he retires.

Mark Maddock, Managing Director at lastminute.com UK and Ireland, said: “In just a week, we’ve seen a sudden surge in last minute bookings to Rome as people rush to see the Pope’s final recitals and the big farewell.

“This is clearly a historic event that many want to be a part of.”

Last minute deals to Rome to see Pope Benedict XVI:

Stay for two nights at the four-star Gambrinus Hotel from just £255pp. Located minutes away from the charming and quiet historic centre of Rome, this hotel is within easy reach of the city’s main attractions. The price includes breakfast and return flights departing from London Heathrow on 23rd February 2013. To book, visit www.lastminute.com 

Stay for two nights at the four-star Marcella Royal Hotel from just £294pp. In the heart of Rome, strategically located next to the Spanish steps, the Trevi fountain and all the main historical monuments of the city, the Marcella Royal Hotel is the ideal place to spend a holiday in full relaxation. The roof garden is an oasis of beauty and tranquillity, offering a breath-taking view of Rome. The price includes breakfast and return flights departing from London Heathrow on 23rd February 2013. To book, visit www.lastminute.com

Stay for two nights at the four-star Romanico Palace & Spa Hotel from just £272pp. Proud owner of a terrace with a 360-degree view over the Eternal City, this classic Hotel is perfect for tourists. Positioned in the centre of Rome, historical monuments such as the Spanish Steps, The Trevi Fountain and the Galleria Borghese are within easy reach. The price includes return flights departing from London Heathrow on 23rd February 2013. To book, visit www.lastminute.com  

Stay for two nights at the four-star Starhotels Michelangelo from just £390pp. This deluxe Hotel is in the ideal location, very close to the centre of Rome and just a short walk from St Peter's Basilica and the Vatican Museum. The fantastic location makes this striking hotel idyllic to enjoy the delights of Rome. The price includes breakfast and return flights departing from London Heathrow on 23rd February 2013. To book, visit www.lastminute.com

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