New Magazine - July 2012

The capital city of Italy, Rome, boasts some of the world’s most beautiful architecture and monuments, some of which are more than 2,000 years old. The main attractions are all within walking distance of each other, but the underground metro system (with air con!) is also very reliable if you need a break from the sweltering summer sun.

Although we were disappointed with the lack of bespoke fashion shops in the side streets, we loved Rome’s oldest market, Campo De’ Fiori, near Piazza Navona – which sells fresh fish, fruit and vegetables, along with a few gifts, every morning. We also enjoyed visiting the iconic Colosseum. You can’t fail to be impressed by its engineering and history.

We stayed in a spacious apartment in the heart of the city, which could sleep two to eight people, with prices starting from £64 per night. See www.worldwide-accom.net for a selection of properties in central Rome.

Out and about:
A trip to Vatican City and the Sistine Chapel is an absolute must. Don’t forget you’ll need to cover your knees and shoulders to enter the chapel. Good grub: For some delicious, hearty Italian grub, visit family- owned Al Duello restaurant (www.ristorantealduelloroma.com). Their homemade olive oil is the best we’ve ever tasted. For a more cosmopolitan vibe, Life restaurant offers a modern, quirky dining experience at an affordable price. Wine lovers will be impressed – there are 300 varieties to choose from! How to get there: Ryanair (www.ryanair.com) flies from London Stansted to Rome Ciampino from £79.99 return, including taxes and charges. From there, you can travel to the centre for around £32 in a taxi. A Roma Pass offers discounts to many of the city’s attractions. Book in advance at www.turismoroma.it.