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The 13 best bars in Rome

The 13 best bars in Rome

When in Rome, do as the Romans. Has there ever been an article written about the Eternal City that didn’t use that famous phrase? No matter how cliched it might be, it is definitely true when it comes to the best bars in Rome. People have been having a good time here since the beginning, and they’ll be partying in the Italian capital for the rest of time. That whole ‘Eternal City’ thing isn’t just a name, you know.As is the general rule with nightlife in Rome, things don’t crank into gear until late at night. It is all worth waiting for, and it also allows you to get in an afternoon nap. When it comes to the best things to do in Rome, a night of bar-hopping is a must.

The 22 best things to do in Rome

The 22 best things to do in Rome

The magic of Rome is well documented, to say the least, but it can still be easy to overlook just how many awesome things there are to do here. The Italian capital is right up with the most famous cities on the planet, a former capital of the world, a city of vast archaeological treasures, iconic art collections and enough cultural heritage to last a lifetime. The Eternal City does not disappoint.What are the best things to do in Rome? Visitors are in for a treat, with excitement around every corner in the museums, restaurants and markets of the city. Rome lives up to the hype and then some.

5 stunning day trips from Rome

5 stunning day trips from Rome

Rome is magnificent. There we said, let the celebrations commence. The best things to do here are right up there with the best things to do on the planet, and its restaurants are timeless wonders in their own right. Still, it would be foolish to not make the most of Rome’s strategic position in the very centre of Italy, right? The best day trips from Rome celebrate the north and the south, showcasing the best that Italy has to offer. Get out of the big city and embrace it all. Italy is special, no matter where you go.

What to do in Oltrarno, Florence’s coolest neighbourhood

What to do in Oltrarno, Florence’s coolest neighbourhood

What’s the deal with Oltrarno? Florence may be one of the world’s most popular destinations year-round, but it’s possible to experience local life just steps from the main attractions. Leave the crowds behind at the Duomo and wander over to Oltrarno, a vibrant neighbourhood where Florentines have been hiding for years. Packed with artisanal boutiques, art galleries and trendy eateries – not to mention ample parks and gardens – it will please culture hunters and nature enthusiasts alike. This expansive part of the city runs from Santo Spirito to San Frediano and is best explored on foot: don’t be afraid to get lost in the picturesque alleyways and enjoy the neighbourhood’s unique mix of historic venues and Renaissance architecture punctuated by contemporary art galleries and plenty of whimsical street art. RECOMMENDED: Full guide to the 49 coolest neighbourhoods in the world If you only do one thing… Piazzale Michelangelo. Photograph: Shutterstock Piazzale Michelangelo draws a crowd for its panoramic terrace, but if you’re willing to put in an extra effort, make your way further up to San Miniato al Monte. Built between the eleventh and thirteenth centuries, this Romanesque church lies on one of the highest points in the city and offers the most impressive view of Florence. Get cultured Step into the opulent Palazzo Pitti for a glimpse of the noble Medici family's impressive wealth. Home to Renaissance paintings by artists such as Raphael, Titian and Perugino, it is one of

The 19 best restaurants in Rome

The 19 best restaurants in Rome

We all know the saying “when in Rome, do as the Romans”, but to ‘do’ as the Romans, one must eat as the Romans do. That’s good news for visitors because the best restaurants in Rome are some of the best on the planet, not to mention some of the most romantic. The menus in Rome are a celebration of flavours and ingredients that invoke images of tradition, delicious, delicious images at that. There are so many things to do in Rome that trying to tick them all off is nigh on impossible task, but you might as well try. That’ll take plenty of sustenance, so get that appetite ready for something special. 

20 travel tips every first-time Rome visitor should follow

20 travel tips every first-time Rome visitor should follow

Rome can be a daunting place. It is okay to admit that, honesty is king after all, and there is something about the Italian capital that can be overwhelming. Maybe it is the weight of history, the mass of people, or maybe simply the chaos of the roads, but travel here isn’t a walk in the park. Of course, you can walk in the parks here, but that isn’t the point. Luckily for the nervous, we’ve put together an expert selection of travel tips for first-time visitors to Rome, covering everything from gelato etiquette to footwear. Yeah, it’s that sort of place, but once you settle in it is almost certainly going to become one of your favourites.

The 13 best events in Rome

The 13 best events in Rome

Things happen in Rome, always have, always will. You aren’t going to pack into the Colosseum to see gladiators do battle with beasts (unless the night takes a particularly dark turn), but the best events in Rome are worth making the trip for. Of course, the incredible attractions, delicious restaurants and fabulous beaches are all worth the visit too, but if you can time your stay for one of the city’s best annual events, then you are onto a winner. Given the proximity to Vatican City, it is no surprise that many religious holidays here are marked by elaborate celebrations and big crowds, while each neighbourhood seems to have its own calendar of charming events. That’s how Rome is, there’s always something happening here.

48 hours in Rome

48 hours in Rome

We’re not going to pretend that 48 hours in Rome is anywhere near enough, but there we go. This was once the centre of western civilisation, the seat of power of the magnanimous Roman Empire, a city of unmatchable artistic and cultural wealth. 48 years might not be enough for Rome. Alas, beggars and choosers still struggle to find a common path, so here is our guide to the perfect 48 hours in Rome. Two days should give you enough time to visit the city’s main attractions, indulge in a few of its fantastic restaurants and eat enough gelato to make parents across the world coil back in horror. Throw in a little window-shopping and a lot of drinking, and you’ve got yourself a weekend destination that lives up to the hype.

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Vatican Museums

Vatican Museums

Don’t just skip the line at the Vatican Museum to avoid the crowds... enjoy them all to yourself! With a little planning you can arrange to visit to the Vatican Museum and see one of the world’s most important art collections after dark, making for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The Vatican Museums are famed for their extensive collection of ancient sculptures, Renaissance works and the breathtaking Sistine Chapel. Many tour companies offer after-hour tours of the museums or book directly through the Musei Vaticani website.

Il Sorpasso

Il Sorpasso

Despite being located just a short walk from the Vatican Museums, Il Sorpasso is a refreshingly local bistro and one of the city’s best-kept secrets. With a shabby-chic atmosphere and creative menu, it strikes a perfect balance between cozy and contemporary and makes the most of seasonal ingredients. Start off with some local wine and a platter of cold-cuts and cheeses before moving on to the daily specials that include flavorful salads, fresh pasta dishes and expertly prepared meats.

Emma Pizzeria

Emma Pizzeria

Rome is famous for its thin-crust pizzas so you can’t leave the city without trying one of these delicious pies. Conveniently located in the heart of Rome, Emma is both an excellent pizzeria as well as upscale Roman restaurant that serves classic dishes like carbonara and amatriciana so it’s a great bet if you want to try an array of foods. Start with traditional fritti like suppli (fried rice balls) and fiore di zucca (fried zucchini flower with mozzarella) before enjoying a pizza topped with buffalo milk mozzarella.

Alcazar Live

Alcazar Live

Alcazar Live in Trastevere is one of Rome's liveliest hubs for cultural activities and nightlife, including live music, theatre, cinema and drinks. This dynamic space was formerly a movie theater and still features red velvet theater seats, along with a wide stage area to accommodate a wide range of shows each evening. Upstairs, the original area that housed the movie projector contains a trendy but low-key restaurant, so you can also stop by for food before the show. A full line-up is available on the Live Alcazar website.

Scooteroma

Scooteroma

End your time in Rome like a real Roman: zipping through the city’s charming cobblestone streets and elegant piazzas on the back of a vintage vespa, being chauffeured through the Eternal City by your own personal Vespista. Scooteroma offers a variety of vespa tours through the city that are unique, exhilarating and fun, from a Street Art tour that takes you to Rome's more local neighborhoods to a Cinema tour that explores iconic locations from Fellini's La Dolce Vita. If you’re looking for something more bespoke, Scooteroma can also create customize itineraries to suit your tastes and preferences. It’s the perfect way to bid arrivederci to the city of Rome.

Mercato Centrale

Mercato Centrale

After immersing yourself in a weekend filled with art and culture, head over to the Mercato Centrale to treat yourself to a wide array of Rome’s most celebrated street foods. The first and only veritable dining hall in the Eternal City, this gourmet paradise is a collection of some of the Rome’s finest eateries, including Bonci Pizza, Trapizzino pizza pockets, truffles, fresh pastas, wines by the glass, gelato and much more. Come hungry because you’ll want to pick and choose to try all the tantalizing options!