There’s no place like Rome, right Dorothy? Although it might come as a surprise, there’s more to this historical city than pizza, pasta, handsome men scooting around on Vespas and the Colosseum.
From street parties in San Lorenzo to street art in Ostiense, here’s how to do Rome like a local.
Peek on a Piazza – Forget the secret garden; get an amazing view of the city through the Knights of Malta Keyhole on Aventine Hill. One of Rome’s best-kept secrets, the keyhole reveals enchanting vision of the misty dome of St Peter’s Basilica.
Smell the roses at Roseto Comunale – Right beside the Circo Massimo at the foot of Palatino Hill, you’ll find one of the most romantic spots in the city. If you’re feeling loved-up, there’s a special spot for you and your beau in amongst the 1000 species of roses.
Check out the street art in Ostiense – When your favourite museum is the street, Ostiense is the place to go. Walk through the abandoned district with the cultured kids, admiring works by Blue, Borondo and “Wall of Fame” by JB Rock (a 60-metre red wall full of all his idols).
Loosen up in San Lorenzo – When you’ve grown tired of the discotheque in Centro and Testaccio, San Lorenzo’s street party is the place to be. Micca Club is the perfect spot to let loose, before venturing down the strip for nightly cabaret and burlesque shows.
Eat dinner in the sky – If you’re not afraid of heights, let your love of food skyrocket with Dinner in the Sky. Rome is one of 35 cities in which you and your death-defying friends are hoisted into the heavens via a crane for your meal.