Buscar Monti, Colosseum

A secret hiding in plain sight between Rome's Coliseum, Santa Maria Maggiore Basilica and the Quirinal Hill - that's Monti. Step out of the tourist crowds into this raffish area, full of cobbled streets and ochre-washed houses, that emerges from the city' bustle. Join morning dog walkers enjoying coffee in the Piazza della Madonna dei Monti with the gentle backdrop sounds of its Renaissance fountain, taking a few moments to photograph the ivy-coloured La Casetta, Monti's oldest house. Spend a leisurely hour browsing on pretty Via del Boschetto where you're more likely to find vintage clothes from London than high-fashion from Milan. Buy everything you need for a picnic lunch in Monti's artisan food shops or sample its gourmet street food. Tuck into cucina povera flatbreads and tasty cheeses or enjoy chestnut-flour crepes as you stroll. Work off lunch with a climb up Salita del Grillo, admiring the Forum laid out to your left. Catch your breath and take in a panorama that embraces Baroque and Renaissance palazzos, a medieval tower and a 9th-century abbey before finishing your day with a gentle hour or two in the exhibition galleries of the Palazzo delle Esposizioni. Be sure to take an aperitif in its rooftop bar as the sun sets."