To see in the New Year our Eddie Harrop bags were packed for Rome. Before the detox and January blues start to kick in we couldn’t help make the most of this pizza and pasta loving capital. We stayed at Relais Orso, a cute little hotel hidden down a cobbled back street near the Campo Di Fiori – perfect striking distance to soak up the culture and nip into some of our favorite boutiques.

Carrying our Eddie Harrop bags past the Pantheon

EH TOP TIP: One of our favorite bars is Bar Del Fico, packed full of Rome’s hot hipster types, it lends itself to a chilled out relaxed vibe with its unpretentious décor and yummy caprioska’s. Be warned though it does get quite busy so get in early if you want a table.

EH TOP TIP: For a very authentic Roman pizza head to La Monte Carlo, I know you’ll argue that Buffet is the only place for this, but hear us out, its all part of the same Italian family, the son went on to set this joint up so if its the best pizza in Rome you want presented to you by an argumentative waiter – you’ve come to the right place!

EH TOP TIP: Over the bridge you’ll enter Trastevere, Achingly cool this is down town Rome with plenty more gems of restaurants to be discovered (personal favorite Le Mani in Pasta is a must go, order the truffle pasta there to discover why) The local’s favorite is Bar San Calisto AKA the beggars bar where waifs and strays still play chess but these days theres ‘s a few more prosecco’s being ordered behind the bar.

James Harrop