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Night Lights Rome  Italy
Le Madonnelle of Rome Rome  Italy
For Bernini Lovers Rome  Italy
Cicoria Rome  Italy
Breakfast at McDonald - Rome, Italy Rome  Italy
Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri in the Piazza della Repubblica, Roma Rome  Italy
Pizza al Taglio Rome  Italy
Modern Roman Art Rome  Italy
Escape the City Rome  Italy
Photo Ops for Romantic Selfies Rome  Italy
Candlelit Dinners Rome  Italy
Where to Cozy up Over a Cocktail  Rome  Italy
Couples’ Spas and pampering / Sexiest pools Rome  Italy
Most Romantic Walks Rome  Italy
Strolling through Hidden Gardens Rome  Italy
Best city views Rome  Italy
Food Walking Tours Rome  Italy
Iconic Cafes  Rome  Italy
Spots to Sample Local Wine Rome  Italy
High End Dining  Rome  Italy
The Most Heavenly Gelato  Rome  Italy
Best spots for Romantic Meal Rome  Italy
The Best Traditional Trattorias Rome  Italy
Exploring the Produce Markets  Rome  Italy
The Pizza Scene  Rome  Italy
The Thrill of the Hunt Rome  Italy
Tranquil Spaces  Rome  Italy
Explore the Cobblestoned Streets of Rome Rome  Italy
The Quiet Grandeur of Rome Rome  Italy
Café Culture in Rome Rome  Italy
Night Lights Rome  Italy
Le Madonnelle of Rome Rome  Italy
For Bernini Lovers Rome  Italy
Cicoria Rome  Italy
Breakfast at McDonald - Rome, Italy Rome  Italy
Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri in the Piazza della Repubblica, Roma Rome  Italy
Pizza al Taglio Rome  Italy
Modern Roman Art Rome  Italy
Escape the City Rome  Italy
Photo Ops for Romantic Selfies Rome  Italy
Candlelit Dinners Rome  Italy
Where to Cozy up Over a Cocktail  Rome  Italy
Couples’ Spas and pampering / Sexiest pools Rome  Italy
Most Romantic Walks Rome  Italy
Strolling through Hidden Gardens Rome  Italy
Best city views Rome  Italy
Food Walking Tours Rome  Italy
Iconic Cafes  Rome  Italy
Spots to Sample Local Wine Rome  Italy
High End Dining  Rome  Italy
The Most Heavenly Gelato  Rome  Italy
Best spots for Romantic Meal Rome  Italy
The Best Traditional Trattorias Rome  Italy
Exploring the Produce Markets  Rome  Italy
The Pizza Scene  Rome  Italy
The Thrill of the Hunt Rome  Italy
Tranquil Spaces  Rome  Italy
Explore the Cobblestoned Streets of Rome Rome  Italy
The Quiet Grandeur of Rome Rome  Italy
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Night Lights

There are so many major sights to see in Rome that it is easy to get caught up in hurrying from tourist option A to Z! We hurried along with the best of them, but the favorite part of our time in the city was walking the neighborhoods in the evening. The lighting of the street and the people out and about create the feel of the photo but it was the fact that we convinced our youngest child that Rome was setting off fireworks in his honor that make this image memorable for me.

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over 4 years ago

Cicoria

You will find this dark, green, slightly bitter vegetable on just about every menu in Rome. (and if you don't see it, ask, they probably have it)

I love it "ripassata in padella" boiled and then sautéed in a pan with lots of garlic, olive oli and chili.
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over 4 years ago

For Bernini Lovers

My sister has a thing for Bernini sculptures. Planning our trip to Rome she kept bringing up Bernini over and over agin. Ok sis, gotta it! We trekked across the city spotting as many of his Baroque sculptures as possible. Bernini came to Rome as a young boy and quickly found the city's art and architecture inspirational. You'll easily find many of Bernini's public fountains – Piazza Navona the most notable – but there's also plenty of his work inside churches. Filled with images of Bernini dancing in her head my sister boarded the plane home with a glossy tome on her favorite sculptor. Mission accomplished!
over 4 years ago

Le Madonnelle of Rome

On each visit to Rome, one of the things I enjoy most is taking the time to look up and photograph some of the beautiful tributes to the Virgin Mary.
over 4 years ago

Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri in the Piazza della Repubblica, Roma

This photo was taken my first night in Roma. It is an amazing building to see.....old but beautiful. There are many Basilicas in Rome but this is a must see. I went inside the next day and the interior is just as impressive!
over 4 years ago

Breakfast at McDonald - Rome, Italy

When in Rome, do as the Romans do. Don't stay away from fastfood chain stores just because they are not local - many fastfood chains offer different type of food than the usual menu.
over 4 years ago

Pizza al Taglio

The perfect inexpensive (and delicious) lunch. Our favorites were from Roscioli, Forno Campo de Fiori, Volpetti Piu, and Pizzarium.
over 4 years ago

Modern Roman Art

After a day of multiple piazzas, fountains and architectural wonders, the boyfriend and I stumbled our weary legs from Vatican City into a square (with a fountain) waking up for the evening. Our dinner was mediocre and the service worse, but we found this man creating beautiful paintings with spray paint. Many marvels abound in Rome both historical and modern.
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over 4 years ago

Explore the Cobblestoned Streets of Rome

Rome is still in many ways a village. Stroll in the neighborhoods of Monti and Trastevere to really get a feel for daily life. Leave the main drags and wander into laundry-strewn courtyards and spot ivy covered palazzos.

In Trastevere on the other side of the Tiber river from the historic center, walk the tiny cobblestoned streets and hunt for traditional bakeries, welcoming bookstores and lively wine bars.

The Rione Monti is Rome’s first neighborhood. Once home to the gladiators that battled in the Colosseum it is now a mix of traditional casalinga shops that are stacked floor to ceiling with everything from cleaning supplies to kitchenware to chic boutiques filled with the colorful dresses and fashionable footwear. In the evening wine bars and cafes and streets fill with the cities hip and creative crowd.
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over 4 years ago

Tranquil Spaces

Escape the swirl of vespas on the streets and find a quiet space in one of Rome’s many quiet green spaces.

The Villa Borghese is Rome’s green heart. This vast park is close to both the elegant Via Veneto and the famous Spanish Steps, which will lead you straight here. There are acres of soft lawn for midday lounging and gravel paths for a morning run.

For one of the best views of the Colosseum head to the Colle Oppio. Part of one of Rome’s famous seven hills, here you can see the ruins of the ancient baths of Trajan and neighborhood kids playing an afternoon game of soccer.

On the elegant Aventine Hill, near the Circo Massimo, is quiet and pretty Giardini dei Aranci. Also known as the Parco Savelli, this orange grove is the spot to watch a Roman sunset.
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over 4 years ago

The Thrill of the Hunt

For something a little more unique than the big designer names on the via Condotti discover one of Rome’s many street markets.

What started in 2009 as an occasional happening organized by a trio of friends, the Mercato Monti is now a regular thing. Every Saturday and Sunday on via Leonina you will find stylish vintage sunglasses and designer purses, handmade beaded jewelry and quirky antiques. An ever changing repertoire of young local designers sell unique clothing and there is a DJ spinning lively tunes while you shop.

Early on Sunday mornings the streets between via Portuense and via Ippolito Nievo is Rome’s most famous flea market, the Porta Portese. Among the almost 1,000 stalls you will find fine antique furniture and vintage clothing as well as knock-off designer goods, DVD’s and books. Our insider tips; Bargaining is encouraged and make sure you keep your wallet close.
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over 4 years ago

The Pizza Scene

Pizza Day and Night. You have two choices for pizza in Rome depending on the time of day.

During the day for lunch or for a snack look for pizza al taglio-pizza by the slice. Have a pizza bianca taste test with samples from Antico Forno and Roscioli near the Campo di Fiori.

For a creative take on pizza al taglio go to pizza rockstar Gabriele Bonci’s tiny Piazzarium near the Vatican. The topping selections are always changing with what is in season, try as many as you can.

In the evening it is cracker thin crusts baked in a wood fired oven that make Roman pizza famous. Join the crowds at two of the best places for a traditional Roman style pizza, Da Remo in Testaccio and Ai Marmi (Pannettoni) in Trastevere.
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over 4 years ago

Exploring the Produce Markets

Almost every neighborhood in Rome has a local food market. A visit to a Roman produce market is a wonderful way to get a glimpse of everyday life and to see what foods are in season. A good rule of thumb is if you don’t see it in the market, don’t order it in a restaurant.

The open air market in piazza Campo di Fiori is one of Rome’s most picturesque. Umbrellas cover the stalls which are piled high with seasonal fruits and vegetables, some still run by Romans who have been selling in the market for generations. Mixed in are tables filled with useful kitchen tools and gadgets. At one end you will find the vendors selling the colorful flowers that give this famous piazza it’s name.
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over 4 years ago

The Best Traditional Trattorias

Romans are all about tradition. Gnocchi on Thursdays and fish on Fridays are old fashioned rules that are still followed at many of the most traditional trattorias in town. Look for a family run place usually with checkered tables clothes and just few local specialties scrawled on a blackboard and you probably have a winner.

Roman menu classics are artichokes, (carcofi alla Romana) braised in olive oil and local mint, pasta amatriciana and cacio e pepe and tiny lamb chops meant to be be eaten with your fingers and known as scottaditto, which translates to burnt fingers!

Our picks for the some of the best traditional fare in Rome are Taverna dei Fori Imperiale, near the Colosseum, Da Enzo in Trastevere and one of Rome’s oldest restaurants, La Campana in the historic center.
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over 4 years ago

Best spots for Romantic Meal

Rome is a city of romance. It is a place that just begs you to linger over a delicious meal in a candlelit restaurant. Whether you are on your honeymoon or celebrating years of a life together Rome has no shortage of romantic restaurant choices.

PierLuigi is located in a quiet piazza that is filled with golden light. First class service, the freshest fish and one of the best cocktail bars in town are what makes this one of Rome's best restaurants. It is also the spot that many visiting celebrities chose, so you may even have a star sighting.

Antico Arco sits high on the Gianicolo hill and offers creative fine dining in a comfortable and casual atmosphere. The several small rooms offer plenty of privacy for romantic whispering.
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over 4 years ago

The Most Heavenly Gelato

You can find a gelateria on just about every corner, but take your time and seek out the truly artisanal spots for a sweet reward. The best test is the Pistachio flavor. You are looking for a pale green-ish shade not a glowing green.

Outlets of Fatamorgana, an all natural gelateria, are popping up all over town. Homemade cones and creative, seasonal flavors are the draw here.

Come il Latte just might be the most decadent gelato choice in Rome. There are fountains flowing with dark and white chocolate, that fill your cone even before any gelato is chosen. This spot that is just a short walk from the Termini train station. 

Alberto Pico near Largo Argentina makes handmade flavors like the legendary riso, a frozen rice pudding.
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over 4 years ago

High End Dining

It’s not all plates of rustic pasta, checked tablecloths and accordion music in todays Roman dining scene. The past few years have seen an exciting move towards innovative and creative cuisine in this quite traditional capital. Some very talented chefs are fusing the best of classic Italian cooking with modern innovations inside some very sleek dining rooms.

Roy Carceres is the talent behind the Michelin starred Metamorfosi. Flawless service, an incredible wine list and rigorously sourced ingredients are just the start of making a meal here a memorable experience.

Tucked away from the tourist hubbub in Trastevere is Glass Hosteria. Christina Bowerman’s thoughtfully modernist tasting menu is one of Rome’s finest
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over 4 years ago

Spots to Sample Local Wine

The sheer variety of Italian wines that are available is outstanding and can be a little overwhelming. Rome has a long traditional of wine bars known as enotche that have plenty of by the glass choices and knowledgable staff to help guide you. Many enoteche also offer light meals to accompany your wine tasting.

In the hip Monti neighborhood go to Vino al Vino for a flute of dry, sparkly Franciacorta Rosé or perch on comfy stools that spill on to the street at the Piedmont/Calabrian hybrid Faifiuche.

In the the jewish ghetto at Beppe e i suoi Formaggi you can choose a bottle from the well stocked shelves and sample some of Italy’s best cheeses.

Try Enoteca Ferrara in Trastevere with it’s encyclopedic variety of choices
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over 4 years ago

Iconic Cafes

Coffee is an integral part of Roman life. Start your day with a frothy cappuccino and fuel your afternoon with energizing cups of espresso. Where you have your coffee is almost as important as the drink itself.

The historic Antico Caffe Greco on the stylish via Condotti was once the haunt of expat poets, artists and dreamers. Walk past the crowds at the bar and head to art filled rooms where you will find comfortable velvet banquets to sit and sip.

Caffe Ciampini sits in one of Rome’s most elegant piazza’s just off the via del Corso. Watch the beautifully clad world go while get your caffein kick.

Just around the corner from the Pantheon, Il Caffé Sant’Eustacchio’s sweetened, frothy espresso technique is a closely guarded secret. Pretty yellow bags of on-site roasted beans make a perfect souvenir.
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over 4 years ago

Food Walking Tours

So much of Rome’s history and it’s people is tied to it’s food. Take a walking tour of the city to learn all about the food Romans produce, the food they sell and the food they eat.

Spend a few hours with author, blogger, and app writer Elizabeth Minchilli and you will explore some of the city’s most beloved food traditions. The completely private tours will show you the hidden corners of Roman neighborhoods, including the Jewish Ghetto and Monti. There is even a tour just for gelato!

Eating Italy Food Tours has two delicious tours to choose from. One in the traditional neighborhood of Testaccio and another in Trastevere. Both will have you visiting local markets, bakeries and gourmet shops and tasting everything along the way.
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over 4 years ago

Best city views

Rome is a city built on seven hills.This means that there are any number of elevated spots where you get get a sweeping view over the eternal city’s many domes and towers.

A particular favorite (though not technically one of Rome’s seven hills) is the Giancolo hill, above the neighborhood of Trastevere. From this panoramic place you can spot most of Rome’s main sights from baroque churches to ancient ruins.

On the edge of the leafy Villa Borghese find the the balcony on Pincio hill and look out over the Piazza del Popolo all the way to Saint Peter’s Basilica.

Wearing your sky high stilettos? You don’t have to climb a hill for a romantic city view. Let an elevator whisk you to a rooftop for some canoodling with a view. Settle into a comfy loveseat at the top of the Hotel Minvera for the best vantage point of the ancient Pantheon.
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over 4 years ago

Strolling through Hidden Gardens

Find the steps that lead up to the slightly ramshackle gardens of the Villa Aldobrandini and you are likely to have the place to yourselves. Traces of grandeur can still be seen with remnants of statues scattered about the green quiet space.

Step through the gates of the Non-Catholic Cemetery and into a another world. You will be enveloped in lush green and hushed silence. Visit the graves of the english romantic poets John Keats and Percy Bysshe Shelley and recite lines of poetry to each other in this peaceful place.

The Basilica Sant'Andrea delle Fratte holds the original Bernini sculptures of the angels from Ponte Sant’Angelo, but after catching a glimpse of the baroque angels seek out the door that leads to a peaceful cloister. You will find yourself under frescoed arches and with only the company of song birds
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over 4 years ago

Most Romantic Walks

Follow in the kitten-heeled footsteps of Princess Anya visiting ace reporter Joe Bradley in the 1950’s classic film Roman Holiday with your own slow stroll down the via Margutta. Track down the addresses of former famous residents. Federico Fellini lived at No. 110 , Truman Capote at No. 33 and the fictional Joe Bradley at No. 51.

Once a route for religious pilgrims to reach Saint Peters, the via dei Coronari gets its name from the rosary sellers Coronari who lined the street. Now in modern day Rome, this appealing street still retains it’s medieval feel and is known for the many antique shops filled with shopping treasures and tiny alcoves perfect for stolen kisses.
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over 4 years ago

Couples’ Spas and pampering / Sexiest pools

On a sweltering summer afternoon the Roman cognoscenti escape the heat and urban noise for the oasis of the Rome Cavalieri pool. You will relax under a canopy of pines beside cool, clear water with the cities most elegant residents.

Long flights and touring Rome’s cobblestoned streets can wear you out. Get out the travel kinks and spend a day at the Kami Spa. Luxuriate with a couples massage in the zen like space that will set the mood for the rest of your romantic retreat.

For the chicest shave in Rome, take your stubble to Wonderfool. This spa/shop manages to combine old school Italian barber traditions with Europe's most stylish trends. Ladies are pampered here too with a menu of lavish spa choices.
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over 4 years ago

Where to Cozy up Over a Cocktail

You may only have eyes for each other, but be on the lookout for movie stars and celebrities at the Stravinskij Bar in the private garden of the Hotel de Russie. The award-winning barman mixes up some of the capital's most creative cocktails.

On a quiet street near the Piazza Navona, snag the seat in front of the fireplace at the warm and inviting Etabli and begin your evening sharing a glass of rich Italian red wine expertly chosen by the friendly English-speaking staff.

If cool is what you are after, Cafe Barnum near Campo di Fiori is your place. There is a comfy velvet sofa in the very back that is perfect for snuggling. The team behind the bar creates Prohibition-era classics and modern inventions.
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over 4 years ago

Candlelit Dinners

So many of Rome’s great restaurants have lighting so bright that you practically need sunglasses inside to shield your eyes. So while sometimes great food trumps atmosphere, when it is an amatory supper you are seeking, flattering candlelight is a must.

The recently revamped and star chef headed Bistro inside the Hotel Majestic has a plush atmosphere with just enough sparkle to make you shine. The menu leans towards the sea with a Roman twist.

The feminine and cozy Coromandel is the perfect spot for bewitching your partner. The intimate space is beautifully decorated with mid century chairs and a wall of the hottest cookbooks. The menu changes daily depending on what the chef brings back from the market and the wine selection is small, but perfectly edited.

A quiet leafy terrace, check. Sparkly lights, check, the enchanting Ristorante Santa Lucia has your romantic dining checklist covered.
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over 4 years ago

Photo Ops for Romantic Selfies

You want to make sure you remember your romantic Roman holiday. Here are the best spots for a photo op.

Stand at the bottom of the Spanish Steps, in front of the Fontana della Barcaccia and you can try and fit in all 135 stairs behind you.

The Colosseum just might be Rome’s most iconic monument. To capture the best background go to the pedestrian bridge than spans via degli Annibaldi.

The Roman Forum and Trajans Markets run along the via dei Fori Imperiali. there are a few overlooks that are perfect places for a snap among the ruins. You want to return to Rome of course.

Throw your three coins into the Fontana di Trevi and go to the far edge of the right side of the famous fountain for the best chance of an unobstructed shot
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over 4 years ago

Escape the City

After a few days of ancient ruins and shopping until you drop you may want to escape the city and head for the beach or the hills. Both choices are close and easy.

Rome is less than 20 miles from the sea. Rome is also blessed with a sunny climate that makes a seaside lunch an almost year-round affair. the resort town of Ostia is easily reached by a swift light rail train that leaves regularly from the Piramide metro stop. La Vecchia Pineta is all old fashioned Dolce Vita glamour.

The Umbrian hill town of Orvieto is less than an hour from the main train station. With an early start you can visit the town’s magnificent cathedral with it’s frescoes painted by Luca Signorelli, feast on local specialties like pasta topped a sauce of wild boar and crisp Orvieto Classico wine, shop for hand painted ceramics on the via del Duomo and be back in Rome in time for dinner.
over 4 years ago

The Quiet Grandeur of Rome

Rome is one of the most captivating, inspiring and historically memorable places that one could ever hope to see. But it also speaks of life in a way that few other modern cities seem capable of doing. It's a city where the modern meets the ancient, yet the two don't clash... in fact, they meld together in a way that feels so perfectly harmonious, timeless and alive.

All you need to do is traverse down any side street, in any neighborhood, and look around... all around you. You'll discover that this amazing city is teeming with beautiful subtleties of life being lived in simple, yet magnificent ways. From it's architecture, both grand and common, to it's residents who seem to have somehow mastered how to live a fast-paced, completely modern life, slowly.

I'll never get enough of this city. I don't thinks it's even possible.
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Café Culture in Rome

To get a feel for urban life in Rome, it’s essential that you spend some time lingering in the city’s many alfresco cafes. These casual eateries are where the majority of local residents start or end their workday (or take their lunch breaks)—so there’s no quicker way to steep yourself in Roman culture than to join them. Although cafes are scattered throughout the city, you’ll find several of the oldest and most famous around the main plazas of Piazza Navona, Piazza del Popolo, and Campo dei Fiori. In the morning, it’s traditional to order a cappuccino e cornetto (cappuccino and a croissant); if you want to use the local lingo, order your cappuccino scuro—“dark,” i.e. prepared with less milk, or chiaro—light.
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