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Less is more ... rather than overwhelming you with volumes of travel tips, here is a specific list of exclusive recommendations with Mr & Mrs Crystal's stamp of approval.

bars

La Maison

La Maison is one of the most elegant and chic disco-lounges in Roma – think opulent 80’s Versace décor … red-painted walls, mirrors, low-flung seating areas and crystal chandeliers. The vibe is urban cool and the fashion stakes are high. Hungry dancers can retire to the sushi sofa but party goers who come prepared with a full tummy of pasta can shake their designer derrière until the early hours.

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 View Map ... Vicolo dei Granari 4, Piazza Navona, Rome, Italy
Numbs

Numbs restaurant and wine bar (previously called Shaki Bar) is far enough away from the tourist mass of Via Condotti yet close enough to provide welcome refuge from the incessant shopping. It is a sleek, modern wine bar and café serving light lunches, casual dinners and a social scene to boot. The outdoor tables encourage the national pastime of people watching, best enjoyed with a daily pasta special and a glass of chianti classico.

 View Map ... Via Mario de' Fiori, 29, Rome, Italy
Salotto 42

This handsome book bar on the charming Piazza di Petra has become the lounge room of choice for the Roman trendsetters. From the owners to the staff and through to the clientele, Salotto 42 attracts beautiful people. Salotto means “lounge” in Italian and Salotto 42 embodies Rome’s new-age lounge concept – a polished space with stylish armchairs and a miscellany of mags and books on art, fashion and music. Relax over a coffee by day or buzz over a cocktail at night at this sexy bohemian lounge bar.

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 View Map ... http://www.salotto42.it/

what we think

For as long as most people can remember, Rome has featured on the list of must-see cities in Europe. This vibrant city is littered with architectural landmarks - the Colloseum, Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps and so many more. The local Roman takes the inspiring architecture and prized art galleries in their stride, sometimes appearing impatient of culture standing in the way of a morning espresso or a spot of Louis Vuitton shopping. The streets of Rome are its greatest theatre, full of the relentless buzz of Vespas and raucous Italian babble. Rome is the set of the acclaimed “La Dolce Vita” and in true “sweet life” style, even the traffic wardens are beautifully groomed by Armani. Spoil yourself in the many fabulous boutiques, savour the taste of glass of vino, and you’ll be answering your phone with “pronto!” before you even realise!