Italy is best for...

Al fresco dining: Many pizzerias and cocktail bars allow you to sit outside and watch the world go by as you dine

Its local food: Try to eat seasonal dishes in order to enjoy the most flavoursome meals

Warm hearty meals: With so many varieties of meats, cheeses and pasta, you will eat well on your holiday in Rome

Fast facts

Language: The language spoken in Rome is Italian

Currency: The currency used in Rome is the Euro (€)

Local time: Rome is 1 hour ahead of GMT/UK time

Fly to: Rome's main airports are Malpensa Airport in Milan and Leonardo da Vinci Airport (also known as Fiumicino)

With crumbling ruins, elegant statues and quiet squares paying testament to one of the most powerful civilisations the Earth has ever seen, the food in Rome is an exciting mix of the traditional and contemporary. Whether you want to dine in a rustic trattoria, surrounded by the hustle and bustle of an ever-romantic city, or treat your senses to exquisite, culinary creations, served in an elegant restaurant, Rome can deliver in style.

The best restaurants in Rome come in a variety of shapes and sizes, from the glitzy and glamorous to those that you wouldn’t ordinarily give a second look to. The cobbled streets and unexpected piazzas have many restaurants, trattorias and cafés, with seating that spills out onto the pavements and courtyards. Sit in the sun and enjoy homemade pasta and a glass of wine, or tuck into an authentic Italian pizza. The city’s answer to Heston Blumenthal, Riccardo di Giacinto, set up the All’Oro restaurant in 2017 and has been welcoming a steady stream of guests ever since. At this fine-dining restaurant you can expect to pay fine-dining prices, but it makes the perfect backdrop for a special night out.

However, if your city break budget won’t stretch that far, Rome’s oldest restaurant, La Campana, offers outstanding pasta and delicious stews. For food on the go, the Pizzarium serves exactly what you think it does. This is more a take-away than a restaurant, with pizzas almost flying through the hatch to hungry customers who want the best fast food in the city. Many of the best restaurants in Rome use local, seasonal produce. In the spring and summer, the streets are perfumed with the smell of lamb roasting with garlic and rosemary. In winter, the aroma changes to favour fish, cooked to perfection.

From cool cocktail bars with Italian style fully on display, to simple, neighbourhood watering holes, there’s a huge choice of places to grab a drink. If you’re on a night out, Bar Necci is among the best bars in Rome. Offering effortlessly cool surroundings and situated in the up-and-coming Pigneto district, you can enjoy a fantastic range of wines and a good selection of beers.

To sample life as a local, make your way to the Prati district, where you’ll find Enoteca Carso. While the décor might have a no-frills approach, it’s refreshingly free of tourists and boasts a wine list that is almost biblical in length. In addition to the wine, Enoteca Carso serves excellent lunches and dinners.

However, if you’d rather hang out in the company of arty types, the Trastevere district is home to one of the most bohemian bars in Rome. Beer and coffee are the drinks of choice in this unpretentious haunt.