Stylish city: Rome
By Luke Keleher, 5 April 2016
With the weather finally turning and bank holidays aplenty on the horizon, you’ll no doubt soon be jetting off to some stylish European city or other for a sneaky weekend visit. But will you be adopting a one-size-fits-all approach to your packing and itinerary-compiling? Will you heck. With this is mind, we’ve pulled together a guide to what to wear (and see and do) on a Roman holiday.
Wear this: You categorically cannot out-style the sartorially blessed natives, but don’t let this kill your city-break vibe. The locals tread the line between smart and casual with envy-inducing ease, so when in Rome (sorry), button up with a smart white cotton Oxford shirt. Keep things light with a pair of stone chinos rolled up over some simple sneaks for a clean, relaxed look. Pack your passport, sunnies and a map in a classic Herschel backpack and you’re good to go explore like Dora.
Stay here: You’ve done your bit looking at old things and dodged the ever-intrusive forest of selfie sticks, so now its time to head back to the hutch to switch up your look for a night on the cobbles. Take a trip over the Tiber to the medieval neighbourhood of Trastevere for some of the best bars and pizzerias the city has to offer. Romans and tourists alike descend on the labyrinthine streets after dark for Peronis, pizza and people watching in equal measure.
Eat here: Wander off the tourist trail into Monti, the bohemian heart of the Eternal City, for incredible gourmet street food and extra helpings of serious street style. Kick your day off like the locals with a coffee in Piazza Della Madonna dei Monti, then make your way to foodie hub Via del Boschetto to discover the epicentre of the city’s alternative fashion scene.