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)

Italian food is one of the world’s best-loved cuisines, and there’s no better place to sample it than in Rome. However, there are a few things that you should know about the dining culture before you head to Italy’s capital.

First, if you order coffee in Rome without being specific, you’ll get an espresso. If you’re used to drinking a fairly standard coffee, order an Americano with or without milk.

Second, at restaurants that have bars, locals often prefer to eat their meals standing up rather than sitting down. This can seem a bit strange at first, but it’s a great way to have a quick bite.

Finally, Italians eat late. Breakfast can be as late as 11am, lunch is around 2pm, and dinner isn’t usually until 9pm or 10pm.