Practical Tip: Combined Ticket

Note that a special ticket (adult/reduced €12/6, €15/9 when special exhibitions are staged) for the Museo Nazionale museums – Crypta Balbi, Palazzo Altemps (Centro Storico), Palazzo Massimo Alle Terme and Terme di Diocleziano – combines admission for all four sites, but is only valid for three days. Plan accordingly.

Worth a Trip: Pigneto

If you feel like a night bar-hopping to see where the evening takes you, head to Pigneto. Over the last decade, this working-class quarter has undergone a rapid metamorphosis to arty, hipster nightlife zone. It was previously immortalised by film director Pasolini, who used to hang out at Necci and filmed Accattone (1961) here. There’s a small-town feel, with low-rise houses and graffiti-covered narrow streets. The action centres on pedestrianised Via del Pigneto, but there are also bars in the surrounding streets. The area also harbours some of Rome's best street art (listed on the street art map available from tourist kiosks). To get here, take a tram from Termini to Via Prenestina.