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The centre of Europe for centuries, Rome is the perfect destination for lovers of history, sophistication and good food. If it’s culture, history and a healthy dose of style that you are after, then look no further than Italy’s capital Rome. The centre of the once mighty Roman Empire and the home of Roman Catholicism has more than enough impressive sights to feast your eyes on for days.

Whether it’s art and history, Italian designer shops, or some mouthwatering cuisine that takes your fancy, Rome has more than enough on offer. Known as the ‘Eternal City’, Rome has to be the world’s biggest open-air museum. This is a place where awe-inspiring Roman remains battle with Renaissance churches and opulent fountains for your attention. The architecture here is mind-blowing, with a kaleidoscope of Baroque, Renaissance and Neoclassical buildings sprinkled throughout the city centre. How about starting with the Colosseum, the Pantheon or the Roman Forum? Or perhaps the Vatican, the Trevi Fountain or the Spanish Steps?

Put aside for a minute the ancient sights, galleries full of priceless artworks and museums bursting with the heritage of the western world and you’ll find a modern city full of noisy Vespas, chic little bistros, designer shops and trendy bars and clubs. A perfect marriage of old and new, Rome will delight visitors of all ages.

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

Rome's fascinating Non-Catholic Cemetery is home to the graves of English poets Shelley and Keats, as well as a cat colony, some rather esoteric tombs, and a unique view of Rome's ancient pyramid. Beautiful on a sunny day and sombre in the rain, entrance is free but a polite donation of at least €3 is expected. Via Caio Cestio 6, Rome, www.cemeteryrome.it

Testaccio's former slaughterhouse complex has been transformed over the past decade, and is now a cultural hub in a series of very atmospheric halls. Housing a contemporary art gallery, MACRO Testaccio, an outdoor space for concerts and festivals, two restaurants and an organic supermarket, architecturally it's also a fascinating, 19th century industrial space that really left its mark on this corner of Rome. Entry is free except for concerts and certain exhibitions at MACRO. Piazza Orazio Giustiniani 4, Rome

Head to the Castelli Romani district, 25 miles from Rome, for local food festivals in its hilltop towns throughout the autumn. In October, Marino hosts a chocolate festival, with stands selling artisan sweets and hot chocolate from 7-9 October, while 14-16 October sees the annual chestnut festival return to Rocca dei Papi, featuring hot roast chestnuts and food stands galore. Trains to the principal towns of Frascati, Marino and Albano Laziale depart regularly from Termini station.

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