Rome wasn't built in a day, and it shows. No matter how many times visitors visit Italy's capital, there will always be something left ot discover; be it a hidden corner which has lay hidden for centuries or the latest street art installation.
Despite the slow-paced character often attributed to its locals, Rome is always on the move, bustling with constant innovation in the arts, culture and food, often mixing elements from the city’s characteristics; glorious and popular, stately and genuine, traditional and daring.
Across the city’s streets, the magnificence of its historical heritage lies alongside its underground culture. Fine dining restaurants mingle with the coloured chaos of neighbourhood markets, something that must be seen and experienced for anyone who wants to know the city better than an average tourist.
Rome is a huge, sprawling city, but there are little pockets of culture throughout where you can find fantastic trattorias, dedicated artisans, awe-inspiring artworks and buzzing markets brimming with fresh, vibrant produce. Knowing where to go before you get there means you can get the most out of your trip – as someone who has lived in the city for many years, I’ve done all the hard work for you already.
This list of places to go and things to do in Rome shows the capital under a different light; internationally acclaimed art that isn't confined to gallery walls, popular food markets serving both traditional local dishes and trendy new street food delicacies and courses that show you how to eat and drink like a Roman offer a fresh lens with which to discover the city, complementing all the beautiful icons it's come to be famous for.
For a real taste of the Roman way of life watch the video travel guide below, then continue reading to learn more about my favourite places in the city. Once you’ve experienced what the city has to offer beyond the traditional tourist hotspots, you’ll have fallen completely in love with Italy’s legendary capital.