Rome, Italy

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Rome Guide - Spend Less Do More

Rome skyline rainbowSo you've already joined the hordes at the Colosseum and fulfilled your childhood fantasies of being a gladiator, stood in awe under the high ceilings of Pantheon, and marvelled at centuries old art and architecture at St Peter's Basilica. But Rome has so much more to offer the discerning traveller beyond those cookie-cutter destinations.

When in Rome...

. Many a Roman local man has impressed a lady with the breathtaking view over Rome through the keyhole; this place is rarely visited by the tourist masses and is considered to be one of the city's best kept secrets. Also stop by the rose gardens and take a break at the fragrant orange garden on your way down, while appreciating the sunset from the terrace. And best of all, it won't cost a euro.

You could join the tourist crowds at the famous Campo de' Fiori Market...

But why not opt to go for a morning stroll to the Testaccio market instead? Open every day except Sunday and frequented by local food connoisseurs, the bustling market offers an impressive array of fresh produce from fish stalls to fruit and vegetables and meat. Make sure to sample some panini sandwiches, chock-full of local ingredients such as trippa and bollito. Another idea is to BYO some bread and take advantage of the selection of olive oils and balsamic vinegars. If this is your sort of morning, perhaps also check out one of the outdoor markets. Shop like a local and cook your own gourmet meal!

If you're more a night owl...

Slip into the cool air of the night, long after the tourists have all turned in for the night in their hotel rooms and see the sites then. You might actually catch an unobstructed photo of the Trevi Fountain, and be able to toss your coins into the water over your left shoulder while standing with your back to the fountain (as tradition calls for you to do) without hurting anyone. Then head over to the Viccolo de Cinque street in Trastevere to enjoy inexpensive food, and join in the lively drinking on the bridges and church steps – Rome is one of the best cities for people-watching.

You've saved on your sleeping quarters...

Rome square marketSo why not treat yourself with a night at the opera. The Teatro Dell'Opera Di Roma showcases your favourite Italian operas such as Puccini's Madame Butterfly and Rossini's Barber of Seville. You can enjoy a sumptuous dinner as you enjoy some of the best that Rome has to offer, at a magnificent opera house with some of the world's best acoustics. Even if you're not the biggest fan of opera, you'll appreciate the lavish late 19th century interior architecture.

Got a spare couple of days? If you're a history buff, or have a penchant for beautiful Roman gardens, hire a car, or a Vespa and meander out to the UNESCO world heritage listed Villa d'Este in the town of Tivoli. The Renaissance water features and artistry means you will witness spectacular statues, frescos and fountains as you wander the winding paths of Cardinal Ippolito Il D'Este’s former residence.

In fact, kill two birds with one stone and cross Hadrian's villa off your bucket list too. The two villas are often visited during one day trip rather than making the trip twice. But you wouldn't want to rush your experience of these two stunning locations, so why not stay for a night or two?

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