Cafés and Gelateria
 Top 10 Features of Cafés and Gelateria

Antico Caffè Greco
Click on image to see enlargeRome's 1760 answer to all the famed literary cafés of Paris. Just of the Spanish Steps on the busiest shopping street in town, it is an elegant holdover from yesteryear, its tiny tables tucked into a series of genteel, cosy rooms plastered with photos, print and other memorabilia from the 19th-century Grand Tour era. The A-list of past customers runs from Goethe to Byron, Casanova to Wagner. Address: Via Condotti 86. Rome

Café Sant'Eustachio
Click on image to see enlargeRome's most coveted cappuccini come from behind a chrome-plated shield that hides the coffee machine view so no one can discover the skilled owner's secret formula. All that is known is that the water comes from an ancient aqueduct and the brew is presweetened. Always crowded. Address: Piazza Sant'Eustachio 82. Rome

San Crispino
Click on image to see enlargeNavogate theglut of inferior ice cream parlours infesting the Trevi neighbourhood to reach this elegantly simple little Gelateria. The signeture ice cream contains honey but there are other velvety varieties made with fresh fruit or nuts and sinfull delights laced with liqueurs. Address: Via della Panetteria 42, Rome

Tre Scalini
Click on image to see enlargeThis cafe's claim to fame is Rome's most decadent tartufo (truffle) ice cream ball, which is almost always packaged in other outlets. Dark chocolate shavings cover the outer layer of chocolate ice cream, with a heart fudge and cherries. Address: Piazza Navona 28, Rome

Click on image to see enlargeThis 19th-century café is the best known of Rome's gelateria. Touristy but excellent . Address: Via degli Uffici del Vicario 40, Rome.

Gran Caffè Doney
Click on image to see enlargeStill the top Café on the famous via Veneto, but long past its prime as the heart-beat (along with rival Cafè de Paris across the road) of Rome's 1950s heyday - when celebrities in sun-glasses hobnobbed with starlets draped over the outdoor tables. The lifestyle was documented in (and in part created by) Fellinie's seminal film La Dolce Vita whose shutterbug character Paparazzo lent a name to his profession of bloodhound photographers. Address: Via Veneto 145, Rome

Caffè Rosati
Click on image to see enlargeThe older, more left-wing of piazza del Popolo's rival cafés (the other is Caffè Canova) was foundad by two of the Rosati brothers (a third continued to manage the family's orginal Via Veneto café). It sports a 1922 Art Nouveaudecor and its patrons park their newest Ferrari or Lotus convertibles out front. Address: Piazza deln Popolo 4-5, Rome.

Harry's Bar
Click on image to see enlargeThis Roman branch of the famed Venetian café opened at the top of Via Veneto in 1961, at the tail end of neighbourhood's glory days. It has long been the haunt of politicians who appriciate the year-round pavement tables. Address: Via Veneto 150, Rome.

Gelateria della Palma
Click on image to see enlargeModern ice cream parlour with more than 100 flavours of gelato plus semifreddi (half frozen mousse) and frozen yoghurt. Its open late and constantly thronged with Rome's young and beautiful. Mere Steps from the Pantheon. Address: Via della Maddalena 20-23, Rome.

La Tazza d'Oro
Click on image to see enlargeStrictly the highest quality Brazilian beans go into the coffee here. there's nothing fancy in this unassuming place and no touristy gimmicks (despite being just off the Pantheon's piazza). Just a long, undulating bar counter where regulers enjoy a heavenly espresso, that amazingly, manages to be both among the best and the cheapest in Rome. Address:The Palms, Rome, Italy. Apartment to rent. 150m from the Vatican and the city centre. Address: Via degli Orfani 84. Rome.