January has finally come to an end, which means pay day is close by and so is your next trip. Where to go this time? Think thin-crust pizza and a massive glass of Aperol spritz. Yep, that's right, we mean Rome. Winter is the perfect time to take a trip there: you'll avoid the excessive heat and get the more local, less-touristy experience. So, here’s where to stay, what to do, and what to wear...
STYLE AND CULTURE
STYLISH CITY: ROME
By Ludovica Parisi, 27 January 2019
If Italy's favourite F word is food, then rest assured fashion takes second place. Although style is kept minimal, Italians love mixing casualwear with smart staples. Channel your inner 90s kid by pairing an argyle chunky knit with a utility gilet. Tone it down with light-blue-washed jeans and finish with a pair of Dr. Martens brogues to cushion the jagged ancient Roman cobblestone streets. Now just pack your tote bag with sunglasses — an Italian's favourite nonseasonal accessory — and a camera and you’re ready to go on an adventure.
Rome is quite expensive when it comes to finding a place to stay. So to get the best of both worlds, AKA be within walking distance of the main landmarks, rent an Airbnb in Trastevere. That way, you’ll be able to spend your savings on pasta and gelato (who cares if it's winter).
Start your day at the Colosseum – you'll know where it is from the costumed gladiators entertaining visitors at the entrance (as well as the amazing architecture, obvs). Continue towards Altar of the Fatherland and stop by the Imperial Fora to get transported to the times of the ancient Roman Empire. Now, come back to the present (well, back to1900) by walking a couple of miles to the Vittoriano Museum Complex. Take the elevator and reach (*drum roll*) the secret rooftop bar to enjoy the most spectacular view of Rome.
Now that you've had an overview (literally) of the city, head to one of Rome’s oldest residential neighbourhoods, Monti. Famous for its bohemian edge and cute little alfresco bars, it’s an alternative fashion destination and all-time nightlife fave for youngsters. Enjoy a proper Italian aperitivo at Black Market – a 50s-style underground speakeasy known for its weekly cultural events – or sip a fancy cocktail at Sanctuary Eco Retreat.
Italians take food very seriously so save some space for dinner. Head to Testaccio’s quarter for a slice of traditional Roman pizza at Remo or try the iconic cacio e pepe at Felice. If you’re worried about your late-night plans, don’t – there are plenty of bars in Testaccio if you fancy a drink. And if it’s clubbing you're looking for, Goa Club is the answer to all of your (raving) prayers.