LocationNestled between The Vatican and Piazza del Popolo in the heart of Rome, with extensive panoramic views across the Eternal City.
Why goWhen in Rome, live like a local. Make the most of Rome's culinary charms by going the self-catering route. A central base means you can go between markets and must-see sights with ease.
Where to stayWe chose a seriously stylish penthouse pad from HouseTrip.com, which has hundreds of smart apartments in Italy's capital, from cosy boltholes to large apartments. With a swish 1960s decor that wouldn't look out of place from a design magazine (or an episode of Mad Men), we had full use of a kitchen, a lounge, TV area, three bedrooms, three bathrooms and two terraces: one for dining, and one for incredible, 360-degree rooftop views. The lovely Massimo greeted us upon arrival and happily gave us recommendations throughout our stay.
Eating and drinkingStroll to nearby Via Cola di Rienzo to pick up provisions at Castroni, a Roman food emporium that's been going strong since 1932. Along with traditional Italian treats, you can also find food from around the world. Don't forget to stop for an espresso at the bar (just €1), but remember: no lattes or cappuccinos after 10:30am. The Italians only sip them in the morning.
Further down the avenue is Mercato Rionale, a food market full of everything from bread and cheese to meat and seafood. If you fancy a further walk, head to Testaccio, one of Rome's hippest neighbourhoods and a favourite for Romans to eat and shop for food. The Campagna Amica Farmers' Market is one of the city's most colourful.
When it comes to drinking, this penthouse has one of the best views in Rome, so why not whip up your own easy Italian cocktail: the Aperol spritz? Simply mix 3 parts Prosecco with 2 parts Aperol (a widely-available Italian aperitif, similar to Campari), along with a splash of soda, some ice and a slice of orange. Ciao, bella!
Out and aboutThis city is made for walking, and the handy location means you can get from the historic centre to the Vatican, Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, Trastevere, Testaccio and Villa Borghese with ease...
PackStylish flat shoes for day are a must (those cobblestones can be tricky). For evening however, a killer pair of heels and beautiful blazer (evenings can get chilly) work well.
City SecretPeek through the Knights of Malta gate on Rome's Aventine Hill to see a perfect view of St Peter's Basilica. Located at the end of a garden path, the surrounding bushes perfectly frame the dome, creating a keyhole effect that is beloved by locals.