Spirit of Scotland - Rome whisky festival

5-6 March. This two-day event showcases a vast range of Scotland’s whisky, from well-known to rare, and includes tastings and masterclasses by industry experts.

Now in its fifth year, the Spirit of Scotland festival also involves traditional Scottish fare such as shortbread, salmon and jams displayed alongside Italian delicacies, and a novelty this year is a section devoted to American bourbon as well as whiskies from Japan, Taiwan and India, and the Japanese spirit Shochu.

There is also a particular emphasis on mixology, providing the chance to sample classic mixed drinks with a twist, courtesy of six different cocktail bars within the festival, linked to well-known Roman bars.

The festival, which enjoys the patronage of the British embassy in Rome, takes place at the Salone delle Fontane, EUR. For full details see website.