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.

insider tips

  • If you're envious of “la bella Romana”, let yourself loose in the glamorous shopping labyrinth that spin off Piazza di Spagna.
  • Seek out the recently restored Galleria Borghese then take a turn in the Borghese Gardens on the Pincio hill, dotted with orange trees and fountains - it's the perfect spot to watch sun set as the bells chime across the rooftops.
  • Spoil yourself at TAD concept store – a fashionista’s dream
  • new ! Consider yourself a coffee afficionado? Pop into Caffe Sant Eustachio (on Piazza Eustachio) which has been roasting and serving Rome's best coffee since 1938. They serve the coffee already sweetened, so if you prefer without, remember to ask.
  • new ! Time is precious - if can't fit a sit-down lunch into your culture/shopping-packed agenda, but need something calorific so keep you going, swing past Fior Fiore (via della Croce, 76) for pizza a taglio. It's moments away from the Piazza di Spagna and absolutely delicious.

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!