Rome is made up of twisting alleys and open piazzas, perfect for exploring by foot. Make your way slowly around the top attractions, stopping for coffee top-ups or cooling off with the world's best gelato. Every corner will reveal something new and extraordinary. Watch out for swarms of scooters and adventurous drivers darting around pedestrians with breathtaking bravado.
Taxis in Rome aren't cheap and can demand surcharges for your luggage. Choose licensed white or yellow taxis that operate on meters not a pre-agreed price to ensure you aren't swindled. Taxi ranks are dotted all over the city centre, but don't rely on hailing down a taxi in the street, especially at night.
Metro trains, trams, buses and night buses form an inexpensive public transport system. Purchase tickets at newsstands to get an all-access pass, lasting from 75 minutes to seven days. Two metro lines run around the centre, making navigation quite simple. Buy separate tickets for special hop-on/hop-off tourist buses that operate two-hour guided tours of the city's main attractions.
Taking on Rome's infamous traffic is not for the faint-hearted. Parking can be difficult and be aware of tolls when you enter the city centre. If you're experienced, hiring a Vespa can be great fun and give you more flexibility. Vespa and car rentals start from around €50 per day.
Dedicate an evening to an exhilarating live performance at Teatro dell'Opera di Roma, Rome's main opera house. In summer, performances take place at the Baths of Caracalla, a glorious setting framed by ancient ruins. Tickets should be purchased well in advance online and prices start from around €20. Piazza Beniamino Gigli 1
Tour the Eternal City's iconic sites from the seat of a stylish vintage Vespa accompanied by a specialist tour guide. Experience the thrill of zipping through traffic on two wheels and choose from a range of fascinating routes, including all the locations from Roman Holiday, the Seven Hills of Rome and Secret Rome. Via Piave 49, 00187
See the splendour of Rome by water, with a dinner cruise down the beautiful Tiber river. Board the Agrippina Maggiore at 9pm from Ponte Sant Angelo and you'll be welcomed with a glass of Prosecco, before moving on to a traditional 3 course meal. Cruises last for 2 hours and 15 minutes with prices starting from €58 per person. Ponte Sant Angelo
Passion for exquisite food is at the heart of Italian culture. Master some classic dishes at a cooking class with chef Andrea Consoli. Classes take place at his family-owned restaurant in Trastevere from Monday to Saturday. The course lasts for five hours and starts at 10am. Learn how to cook a four-course meal from €65. Via dei Fienaroli 5, Rome 00153
Hop on bus 110, which will take you around the city for just €4 for the day. Get to Palatine Hill for a spectacular view of the Forum and Circo Massimo. Cross over to Aventine and look through the keyhole at Santa Maria del Priorato. Next, head to Piazza del Fico trattoria for a slice of pizza and wander east to Piazza Navona. Get a tartufo, sit on the Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi and soak up the atmosphere before retreating to your hotel for a nightcap.
Take a train trip out of the city and discover the exquisite countryside. Head to Frascati, a town celebrated for its white wine and local porchetta. Lunch beside one of the area's beautiful lakes before returning to the city. That evening, get your glad rags on and treat yourself to an opera at Teatra dell'Opera di Roma. Make sure you have a bite to eat before you get there. Performances start at 8pm, before many restaurants in the area open.
Start the day sipping a cappuccino standing up Italian style, before heading to Foro Romano. Buy a guide to help you know what you're looking at. It'll offer a fascinating insight and will enhance your experience. Spend around two hours here before heading to the Colosseum; be sure to enter it to fully appreciate the jaw-dropping scale of it. In the evening, get to the Pantheon before 7pm for free admission. Have dinner afterwards at Armando al Pantheon followed by drinks in nearby Piazza di Rotonda.
Get to Vatican City early to avoid the throngs in St Peter's Square and take a guided tour. Most end at the Sistine Chapel where your breath will be taken away by Michelangelo's glorious frescoes. Leave the city and wind your way to the Spanish Steps, indulging in some designer store shopping along the way. Don't leave without a trip to the Trevi Fountain to toss a coin in the water. It means you'll return to beautiful Rome again.
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