As Telegraph writer Lee Marshall said Rome in winter is “at it’s most Roman” – and he’s totally right. The historical capital of Italy is (largely) free of the heaving crowds of summer and the weather is fresh, but not freezing, crisp but not bone-crushingly cold either. An extremely walkable city, Rome in winter is the perfect place to act the flâneur, whilst you explore some of the city’s haunting and historic ruins (many of which are free), or watch the world go by in a Roman cafe as ham hangs overhead from the ceiling and effusive owners urge you to try their coffee and biscotti.