The Real Deal: Round-trip airfare on Alitalia to Rome; four nights at the 41-room Hotel Siviglia; breakfast daily; a half-day city tour of St. Peter's Basilica, the Piazza della Repubblica, the Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon, and other sites; hotel taxes; and fuel surcharges, from $769 per person—plus estimated airport taxes of up to $136.
When: Through March 31, 2010; blackout periods around Christmas and New Year's Eve apply.
Gateways: Boston, Miami, New York City. Additional departure cities are available; to get the most accurate price quote, call Central Holidays with your proposed travel dates.
The fine print: Airport taxes are up to $136 per person. Airport-hotel shuttle service is $32 per person each way. Based on double occupancy; single supplement is $102. Read these guidelines before you book any Real Deal.
Book by: Jan. 15, 2010.
Contact: Central Holidays, 800/539-7098, centralholidays.com.
Why it's a deal: According to a recent search on Kayak, the lowest round-trip fare between New York City and Rome is $627 with taxes for travel in early December (British Airways). For an additional $278, the Central Holidays Rome Winter Special covers the international airfare, as well as four nights' accommodations, breakfast daily, a half-day city tour, fuel surcharges, and all other taxes and fees.
More: Optional activities include a Rome by night tour ($108 per person) and the following half-day tours: Imperial Rome ($31 per person), Roman castles ($49 per person), and Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel ($70 per person). Extend your stay at the Siviglia for $82 per person per night.