1) To get a feel for the real Rome, head south of the river to the maze of medieval streets in Trastevere. Bars, artists’ workshops and restaurants abound in this less touristy area and it’s perfect for a relaxed meal or quiet evening drink.
2) Take a break from the bustle of the city in Rome’s beautiful parks. The Villa Borghese is the best of the bunch, with its gorgeous fountains, monuments and even a Renaissance art gallery. Book ahead to be sure of entry as only 360 visitors are allowed to enter every two hours. The upside is that the masterworks have the space they deserve!
3) Enjoy an ice cream under the bright Roman sunshine. The city’s gelaterias are world-renowned for the inventiveness of their flavours, such as sage & raspberry, balsamic vinegar and even wasabi! Look out for genuine gelato - it will be a natural colour (real fruit is not neon!). The Fatamorgana gelateria in Travestere is one of our top picks.
4) Rome is famous for its archaeological sites, yet some of the best-preserved structures actually lie just outside the city at the ancient port of Ostia Antica. It’s a great idea for a day trip.
5) When he's in town, the Pope holds a Sunday Mass at 12pm in the Vatican. The spectacle has become a major tourist attraction.
6) It's a great idea to pre-book tickets to almost every attraction you can. It means you can jump the queues without wasting any precious time on your city break.
Time difference+1 hour
Travel11 euro for a 3-day public transport tourist ticket (approx £8.70)
Beer5 euro (approx £4.00)
3-course meal30 to 60 euro (approx £23.50 to £47.00)
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