The Insider's Travel Guide: Rome

Posted on 08 June 2017

 

In Rome, classical ruins are scattered between Renaissance palazzos and the most beautiful Baroque fountains. But there are also undiscovered neighbourhoods with quirky shops and a buzzing nightlife. Rome's relatively chilled climate is another plus for visitors from the cool north, but its main attraction will always be the buzzing atmosphere of a city which lives life as a form of classical theatre. If you're heading to the world's most romantic city this summer, read our insider's travel guide for some holiday inspiration.

 

WHERE TO EAT

 

La Carbonara

 

 

This busy restaurant first opened its doors over 100 years ago, and was frequented by a famous group of young physicists who created the first atomic bomb. Therefore it’s no surprise that the flavours in their pasta have been described as "explosive". The atmosphere fizzes with energy, and the walls are covered in graffiti as diners are encouraged leave their mark on the wall.

 

Once Rome’s best kept secret, word has most certainly started to get out about this unique dining experience. With hearty portions of classic homemade pastas including Ravioli alle Noci, traditional dishes such as fritto vegatale and bollito sprinkled with the finest olive oil and zingy lemon, it’s easy to see why.

 

Etabli

 

 

A stone’s throw away from from Piazza del Fico, this ‘shabby chic’ hangout feels more like an open plan Roman apartment than a restaurant. Comfy Italian leather chairs are neatly grouped together forming the perfect meeting place for a small group of friends. For those of you travelling in the autumn, there are bookcases and even a fireplace, making Etabli the perfect place to retreat for a warm evening. Food-wise, this is the sort of place where you you can order a light Mediterranean dinner, stop by for a spot of weekend brunch, or simply indulge in a cold beverage. There’s also live music sessions every Thursday.

 

WHAT TO SEE

 

Museum of 21st Century Arts

 

 

This striking piece of contemporary architecture is right in the middle the freshly gentrified northern Flaminio district. Designed by legendary architect Zaha Hadid, MAXXI stages exhibitions and retrospectives which centre on architectural themes. This dynamic building has become somewhat of a hit with locals, which is always a good sign when visiting a city. Behind the museum, you'll find Neve di Latte, one of Rome's truly great new-generation ice-cream shops.

 

Gianicolo 

 

 

The Gianicolo may not be one of Rome's famous seven hills, but that doesn’t stop it from dominating them. With the hill’s huge height comes a view – a beautiful panoramic view of the whole of Rome's centro storico. If you happen to be wandering around at noon, you’ll hear a cannon being fired on the stroke of twelve. The best thing about Gianicolo is that it’s completely free - perfect if you’re running low on holiday cash on the last day of your trip!

 

WHAT TO PACK

 

Claudia Baldazzi

 

 

From Gucci to Dolce & Gabanna, there’s no denying that Italians are among the sharpest dressers in the world. When it comes to packing for your Italian escape, why not invest in some statement jewellery from one of our Italian designers? Inspired by the rich cultural history of Italy, Claudia Baldazzi creates unique statement pieces that combine traditional techniques with modern wearability.

 

Are you heading to Rome this summer? If you've got any tips you'd like to add, get in touch on Facebook or Twitter!

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