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From June 16 until September 3, Rome's riverside lights up with Estate Romana, more than 2 kilometres of pop up bars, vintage fashion, vinyl stores, jewellery stands and open air clubs. Drop in for an early evening drink and a spot of shopping, or come back after dark to dance the night away by to the water. www.estate-romana.it

Selling vintage and handmade goods with a modern twist, covered craft market Mercato Monti takes place nearly every Saturday and Sunday in the fashionable Monti district. Browse the 20 or so stalls featuring vintage silk scarves, old books that have been fashioned into lamps, artisan jewellery and screen printed t-shirts and fabrics. Entrance is free. (Saturdays and Sundays, Via Leonina 46, 10am until 6pm) www.mercatomonti.com

Global phenomenon Eataly is far more than just an Italy-focused supermarket: its two Rome megastores are also restaurants and cooking schools. Fill your suitcase with regional specialities or pause for a quick bite at the Piazza della Repubblica branch, but head to the Ostiense flagship for five floors of restaurants, bars and produce showcasing Italian food at its finest. Piazza della Repubblica 41, Rome and 1492 Piazzale XII Ottobre, Rome. www.eataly.net

Hidden beneath St. Peter's Basilica, the Vatican Necropolis is a wonderfully atmospheric 1st century AD pagan burial ground which is astonishingly well-preserved. In an esoteric corner, cordoned off from the rest of the city of the dead, stands a tomb said to contain the bones of St. Peter himself, lying directly beneath the great altar in the cathedral above. Only 250 visitors per day are permitted, so book ahead via the Vatican website at www.vatican.va. Adults €13, reductions available.

If you've ever wondered what Rome's crumbling monuments must have looked like in all their glory, this experience is for you. Livitaly Tours have introduced virtual reality goggles to their Colosseum, Palatine Hill and Roman Forum tour, enabling you to glimpse a digital recreation of the city at the height of the Empire while you wander through the ruins. Suitable for all ages; tour lasts 3 hours. www.livitaly.com

Italian barmen are famous the world over, but unless you're in the know, it can be hard to track down the best cocktails in town. That's where the Roman Guy's Cocktail Bars in Rome tour comes in: three hours of drinks and light bites on a walking tour that takes in some of the city's hottest drinking dens. Learn about the history of the Negroni and Americano and pick up a trick or two about going out in Rome. www.theromanguy.com

Beg, borrow or steal a ticket for the Rome derby at the Olympic Stadium, as local Serie A rivals AS Roma and SS Lazio clash in the tie of the year in one of Europe's greatest footballing cities. Scheduled for 4 December, if you can't by a ticket for the stadium, the second best option is finding a pub in the centre and soaking up the atmosphere with passionate local supporters.

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