5 reasons to fall in love with Rome

Beyond the beauty and its wonderful monuments. There are some aspects of Rome that will make you fall in love with the Eternal City: not only its magnificence, but also the habits and customs of those who live there. Because Rome is always a great surprise and experiencing the city means being able to appreciate what makes it unique.

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JOY

“Dear” and “darling” are very common words to greet those you know, even if you are not close friends: in a shop, at the hairdresser’s, at the bakery. If you are having a bad day, don’t worry: there is always someone who makes you smile with a joke or a nice word.

FUN

There is always something to do. An event, an exhibition, a concert, a theatre, a special evening in a club, a new restaurant to try: in Rome you do not risk getting bored. Never!

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DISCOVERY

From Rome you can reach many beautiful places: it is close to the sea, the lakes and the mountains. In addition to the surroundings of the city and the many cities of Lazio,  you can choose Abruzzo, Tuscany, Umbria and Campania for your trips. Florence, Milan and Bologna are easily reachable by train. You only have to decide where to go!

WEATHER

The weather is truly enviable. Winter is usually mild, spring is a triumph of colors and scents, autumn is a bit cooler than summer and summer is very hot, but you can go to the beach or choose one of the many pools open in the city. The sun often shines so bright and Rome with the sun is wonderful!

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CHOICE

There are so many shops to choose from for shopping: there are deals on every corner. From the most popular brands to craft shops. And the choice also concerns food: starred restaurants, but also traditional restaurants, pubs, street food and pizzerias. Every desire can be easily satisfied.

 

“In Rome it seems as if there were so many things which are more wanted in the world than pictures.” George Eliot

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An interesting day trip from Rome: Cerveteri and Ladispoli

A pretty town about 40 kilometers from Rome, that you can reach by bus or by train. A medieval center to explore by foot, discovering all its characteristic alleys. But Cerveteri is also famous for The National Archaeological Museum and its amazing Necropolis, a precious archaelogical site to find Etruscan ruins. The Banditaccia Necropolis is one of the World Heritage Sites in Italy and the most impressive in the Mediterranean world.

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Here you can visit well-preserved monumental tombs and find out more about Etruscan traditions and customs. A unique experience, combining archaeological finds with a luxuriant nature. A small journey into the history that has characterized this area and another opportunity to enrich your holiday in Rome from an artistic and cultural point of view.

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But Cerveteri also has another peculiarity. It overlooks the Tyrrhenian Sea and so it is a perfect place to visit even in Summer. From here you can reach famous seaside places, often visited by Romans, such as Marina di Cerveteri, Ladispoli, Santa Severa and Santa Marinella. The beaches of black sand – a coloration given by the large quantities of various iron minerals – offer the possibility of relax and fun, thanks to the numerous bars, restaurants and bars present along the coast but also to facilities that allow you to practice some sports water.

The view from the center of Cerveteri

Ladispoli, in particular, is famous for the Roman artichoke: an excellence of this area that is celebrated with a festival in the month of April. Thanks to its splendid views, Ladispoli has also been used as a film set in several Italian films.

Spending a day in these places means discovering another aspect of the Roman territory. Equally fascinating but less chaotic,where you can enjoy an authentic and genuine city life.

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The surroundings of Rome offer many possibilities for different but awesome day trips: read what to see in Bracciano, Calcata, Ostia Antica and Bomarzo!

The best street food in Rome

Street food? Yes, please!
You cannot spend time in Rome without tasting its delicious street food. You can eat well even if you don’t have much time and it can satisfy all tastes.
The choice is really wide: pizza, panini, supplì and desserts. But please, don’t expect lightness!

PIZZA

Pizza bianca with mortadella is a must. But you can also eat pizza “scrocchiarella” (crunchy pizza), Pizza margherita or with salami, vegetables, ham: it’s always delicious! One of the places to taste it is the Antico Forno Roscioli, near Campo De’Fiori, but you can also choose one of the many bakeries in the city to indulge yourself with a moment of pure pleasure.

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SUPPLÌ

Filled with rice, tomato sauce and mozzarella: the delicious supplì is typical of Roman cuisine. You can taste it from Supplizio in via dei Banchi Vecchi, near Piazza Navona. Or at the Casa del supplì in Piazza Re di Roma or Trastevere.
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FRIED ZUCCHINI FLOWERS

An authentic delight, made with anchovies. Fried zucchini flowers are very popular with the Romans and can be found at Il cartoccio situated in Corso Vittorio Emanuele II 200, close to Largo Argentina and Piazza Navona. A not-to-be-missed recipe!
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PANINO WITH PORCHETTA

In Rome you can find panini filled with various kinds of cold cuts. But the king of the Roman street food is certainly the panino with the roast pork from Ariccia, a typical product of this town in the famous Castelli Romani. You can find this delight at “Er Buchetto“, near the Termini station, where it is possible to eat it together with a glass of red wine.
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MARITOZZO CON LA PANNA

A sweet sandwich, filled with cream: the idea is already exciting! The maritozzo con la panna is typical of Rome and can be found in several patisseries. One of the best known places to go and try it is “Dar Maritozzaro” (via Ettore Rolli, 50) in Trastevere.
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TIRAMISU’

It was not born as street food, but the one from Pompi is the best tiramisu of the city and you can find it in single portions to take away. Also available in strawberry and pistachio flavours, it is excellent as a sweet snack after having visited the whole city centre.
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In Rome food is a serious matter and street food is certainly not an exception!
Do you feel like Italian gelato? Here the best gelaterie in the city.
And if you want to taste even the most famous dishes of Roman cuisine, take a look at this list!

5 esperienze da vivere a Roma almeno una volta nella vita-2 parte

Roma è la capitale del mondo! In questo luogo si riallaccia l’intera storia del mondo, e io conto di essere nato una seconda volta, d’essere davvero risorto, il giorno in cui ho messo piede a Roma. Le sue bellezze mi hanno sollevato poco a poco fino alla loro altezza. (Goethe)

La bellezza di Roma colpisce ed è in grado di dare allegria e conforto. La città offre cultura, divertimento, relax, buon cibo e ogni volta che si decide di visitarla c’è un nuovo angolo da scoprire, un nuovo gusto da assaporare. Le esperienze che la Città Eterna può offrire sono davvero moltissime: ecco la seconda lista delle cose da fare assolutamente a Roma almeno una volta nella vita (hai già letto la prima?)  

  • Andare alla scoperta dell’Appia Antica

Percorrendo equella che viene chiamata la “Regina Viarum”, ossia la splendida Appia Antica, sembra di essere stati catapultati in un altro mondo. La campagna romana si fonde con il patrimonio storico e architettonico, regalando scorci suggestivi e molto particolari. La parte visitabile inizia dalla Porta di San Sebastiano fino alla località Frattocchie, dove si ricongiunge con l’Appia Nuova. Lungo l’Appia Antica è possibile visitare la tomba di Cecilia Metella, ma anche noleggiare una bici per percorrerla in lungo e largo.

  • Fare shopping in via del Corso

Una passeggiata tra negozi di tutti i tipi, partendo da Piazza Venezia fino a Piazza del Popolo è sicuramente d’obbligo. Via Del Corso è una delle strade dello shopping più frequentate della città e tra i suoi vicoli è possibile trovare pizzerie, osterie, bar e gelaterie per riposarsi dopo tanta fatica! 

  • Assaggiare la “sorchetta”

Avete mai sentito parlare della famosa “sorchetta” o “sorchetta doppio schizzo”? È un dolce tipico molto particolare e dalla forma un po’ “equivoca” (da cui prende il nome): una sorta di brioche da farcire con creme a scelta e panna. Il “Sorchettaro” si trova nei pressi dalla stazione Termini ed è aperto dalla sera al mattino presto. Un appuntamento notturno e peccaminoso che vale la pena concedersi!

  • Mangiare puntarelle e baccalà

Filetti di baccalà fritto e puntarelle: non si può lasciare Roma senza averli provati. Il Filettaro di Santa Barbara, a due passi da Campo De’ Fiori, è famosissimo ed è anche il posto ideale in cui rifugiarsi dopo una giornata trascorsa a visitare la città.  

  • Visitare la Basilica di San Paolo fuori le Mura  

Una delle 4 basiliche papali di Roma, la seconda per dimensioni dopo quella di San Pietro: oltre a essere imponente e suggestiva, la Basilica di San Paolo fuori le Mura ha un grandioso atrio con 150 colonne da cui è possibile ammirarne la facciata, ricoperta da un mosaico dorato. Non è in centro città (è situata lungo la via Ostiense), ma merita senza dubbio una visita.

Roma è una meta da visitare con gli occhi, la mente ma soprattutto il cuore.

4 Roman habits you should try

Rome is a city that welcomes people from all over the world. At the same time, however, it maintains a traditional and authentic feature, which is certainly one of its biggest strengths. If you want to immerse yourself completely in the customs and atmosphere of the Eternal City during your trip, then you absolutely must try these 4 Roman habits!

Coffee break

Are you out for a walk? Have you just visited a museum or are you are about to go to St. Peter’s Basilica? Are you waiting for your private Rome tour? So you must have a break with a good espresso coffee! Romans (and Italians in general) like to take a break at the bar in front of a cup of coffee, to relax a little bit before starting their activities or to  have a quick chat with someone.

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Let’s celebrate with prosecco

Do you have to celebrate a special occasion or a birthday? So have a good prosecco! You only have to uncork a bottle and toast: in Italian we say “Salute!”, “Alla nostra” or “Cin cin”!

Pizza bianca and mortadella

Do you usually find yourself hungry between breakfast and lunch? Or are you too busy to think about sitting in a good Roman restaurant? Here’s how to solve this question as a Roman: at 11 am it’s the pizza and mortadella time! It’s simple but delicious food, youìll be very surprised!

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Before going to sleep…

Roman people have an appointment at night, especially on weekends and after an evening spent in a club or at the stadium: they go to the “cornettaro” to have a cornetto. Oh yes, because in Rome you do not eat only for breakfast! Chocolate, cream, or jam: the flavors to choose from are many. It’s a sweet way to end the day, don’t you think?

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And if you want to be sure not to “behave like tourists”, find out the 7 eating habits that make you look like a tourist in Rome!

7 eating habits that make you look like a tourist in Rome

Food in Rome and throughout Italy is a serious matter. And there are not written rules that everyone knows. When someone breaks one of them, this question immediately raises: “Is that a tourist?”
You don’t want to do this fool, do you? These are the 7 eating habits that make you look like a tourist in Rome (and in Italy as well)!

Ask for variations on Roman dishes 

Roman cuisine is delicious, but it is also very peculiar. Maybe you might not like some traditional dishes or some ingredients, but better not to ask for variations. You could give the kitchen a hard time, but above all you could lose those details that make it famous in the world. Choose something else instead.

Putting parmigiano on seafood pasta

Never! You can eat delicious fresh fish in Rome and it would be a pity to alter its taste with parmesan, which can be used for other kind of food. 

Asking for tap water during a meal

At the restaurant you have to order bottled water, you can’t have tap water. In Rome as well as in Italy tap water is very good, but in general you can’t have it at the table. The only exception: the glass that accompanies coffee when you have it at the bar.

Drinking cappuccino during lunch or dinner

Cappuccino is allowed only at breakfast. Romans (and Italians) don’t have it for lunch or dinner. Wine, water and soft drinks: everything is fine, but not just the cappuccino!

Mixing the courses in one dish

Each course has its own dish and they are never mixed. The only exception is the “complete mail” (piatto unico in Italian).

Ordering drinks but not food

When you go to a restaurant, trattoria or pizzeria, you order food and drink. If you do not want to eat, choose another place or ask if in that restaurant you can only drink something (some of them have an area to drink and eat a snack). Otherwise you can choose to have only an aperitif, without having dinner.

Cutting pasta

In Italy you can find pasta of many shapes, which often go with as many types of sauce. Pasta, and spaghetti in particular, should be eaten as they are, possibly “al dente”. You can roll them up, but don’t cut them: can you figure out a carbonara or an amatriciana all in pieces? The only exception is for very young children.
“When in Rome, do as the Romans do”: a great piece of advice!

3 traditions you can’t miss in Rome

Planning a holiday in Rome is not easy at all. There are so many things to do: which museums to visit? Which dishes to taste? What experiences to try?
But in addition to monuments and restaurants, in Rome it is also possible to experience truly unique events, because they are rooted in the history, culture and traditions of the city. In particular there are 3 events you can’t miss, very much felt by the Romans and that will show you a different aspect of the Eternal City.

Natale di Roma

The “Natale di Roma” is celebrated on April 21: it refers to the foundation of the city. According to the legend Romulus, after the murder of his brother Remus, founded Rome that day in 753 b.c. Every year, in the days before and after this date, conventions, exhibitions, historical re-enactments, guided tours, meetings and cultural and musical events take place in the historical center of the city. You can breathe the love that many Romans and visitors have for this city.

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Festa de ‘noantri

This festival is celebrated in honor of the Beata Vergne del Carmelo (Vigin Mary) in July, in the rione Trastevere. It is certainly one of the most felt festivals by Roman people and its origins probably date back to 1535. The program usually includes religious initiatives, folk music concerts and theatrical performances.

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Feast of Saints Peter and Paul

San Pietro and San Paolo are the patrons of the city of Rome and the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul is a liturgical feast is observed on 29 June. Several initiatives are organized to celebrate them. The most famous are the “infiorata“, the traditional event that can boast 400 years of history, and the pinwheel (girandola in Italian). During the infiorata in Piazza Pio XII over a thousand masters florists from different countries of the world donate floral paintings to St. Peter and Paul in front of the basilica. La girandola is a show of fireworks in sync with music that took place in Castel Sant’Angelo for several years, while in the last two years it has been set up on the Terrace of the Pincio, clearly visible from Piazza del Popolo.

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These 3 special traditions should be experienced at least once in life.

The best places for gelato in Rome (and what to see around)

A good gelato is always an excellent solution, not only when the heat is unbearable, but also during winter, spring, summer or autumn. And in Rome, enjoying an Italian gelato also means having the opportunity to admire the beauty of the city, nourishing the body and also the soul. Some of the most famous “gelateria” in Rome are in fact located in characteristic places to be discovered. Here is our tour of the best places for gelato in Rome (and what to see around)!

Gelateria La Romana

This famous ice cream parlor has two locations: one in the Ostiense district, the other one in Via Cola di Rienzo. And this offers a lot of opportunities: a good ice cream can be the end of a visit to the Vatican or to a day dedicated to shopping. Via cola di Rienzo is one of the most famous area of the city because it hosts many shops of all kinds. And in the neighboring streets there are several pizzerias and bars to try.

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Gelateria del Teatro

A few steps from the beautiful Piazza Navona, in the amazing Via dei Coronari: this ice cream parlor is surrounded by magical places and peculiar shops to discover. An ideal break before arriving at Castel Sant’Angelo or enjoying an evening in the pubs and restaurants of the alleys of the area, famous for its nightlife.

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Fior di luna

In the heart of Trastevere, in via della Lungaretta, this artisanal ice-cream parlor uses only small cups and pods. A perfect place to take refuge between a visit to Piazza Trilussa and a walk through the peculiar alleys of this district, that still keeps its unique features that have remained unchanged over time.

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Il gelato di San Crispino

This ice cream parlor is in Via della Panetteria, near the Trevi Fountain and not far from Via del Tritone, which houses one of the TreasureRome holiday apartments as well as many shops and bars. What’s better than eating a great ice cream while admiring one of the most famous fountains in the world? And then you can throw the coin that will guarantee you return to Rome!

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How about following this very special “gelato tour” during your Roman holiday? You will certainly not be disappointed!

 

6 things NOT to do when in Rome

The big day has arrived: you are about to visit Rome! The city of the Colosseum, the Trevi Fountain,  Spanish Steps: it is almost a paradise. But have you ever thought about what it’s better NOT to do in Rome?
An old proverb says: “When in Rome, do as the Romans do”. But if you really cannot identify with the life of the Romans, at least try to avoid these 5 things

Order cappuccino for lunch
In Rome (and in general in Italy) you can have cappuccino for breakfast in the morning, along with a croissant. In any other occasion it would be out of place and also a bit weird. Can you have it after 11am? Yes you can , at dawn, before returning home after an evening spent at the disco.

Get wet in the fountains
Roman summers can be really hot, but this is not a good reason to look for refreshment in the historic fountains of Rome. And it is also forbidden to consume food, climb or sit on the marble: you could be fined. In fact, art must be respected and preserved.

Wear uncomfortable heels or shoes
Are you a fashion addicted? Very well: Rome is a city that definitely appreciates fashion. But to get around on foot, it’s better to avoid heels and shoes must be comfortable: the city is famous for its cobblestones, which do not go well with the heels. And especially in the summer do not forget to wear a hat: the sun can be very strong!

Throw a coin into each fountain
The only fountain in which it is possible to throw a coin hoping for the return to Rome is Trevi Fountain. In all the other historic fountains of the city it is neither necessary nor recommended.

Wear skimpy clothes
If your plan includes visiting the St. Peter’s Basilica, the Basilica of St. John Lateran, the Vatican Museums or the other beautiful churches in Rome, avoid low-cut t-shirts, miniskirts or shorts. With these clothes you could take a walk on the beaches of Ostia, but do not visit sacred places!

Ask for tap water at the restaurant
In the restaurants, taverns and pizzerias of Rome, water is exclusively bottled. On the contrary, walking through the streets of the city you can take advantage of the famous “nasoni” to cool off and have some fresh and good water. Better to avoid buying bottles in the kiosks in the center, where prices are particularly high.

The Eternal City can offer unforgettable memories. The important thing is to respect it and seize its most authentic sides, also through the customes and traditions of those who live there.

I Heart Rome: il libro di “ricette e storie” dedicato alla Città Eterna

Una dichiarazione d’amore alla Città Eterna. I Heart Rome: Recipes & Stories from the Eternal City, il libro della giornalista italo-australiana Maria Pasquale, racchiude pagine  di passione, ricordi, bellezza e tradizioni. Roma viene mostrata attraverso i suoi piatti, quella cucina così profondamente ricca di storia, profumi e sapori che contribuisce a renderla ancora più magica.

La città viene fotografata e raccontata dai luoghi in cui si cucina, si mangia, si comprano il formaggio, il pane, i dolci, le verdure. Il cibo, le tradizioni culinarie, i cittadini romani e i professionisti che lavorano nel settore sono i protagonisti di un’opera (per ora disponibile sono in inglese) che farà felici non solo tutti i food lover, ma anche chi Roma l’ha sempre vissuta, l’ha scelta come propria “casa” oppure sogna di visitarla.

I Heart Rome, aneddoti e ricette

L’autrice del libro, Maria Pasquale, è nata a Melbourne da genitori italiani che le hanno trasmesso l’amore per l’Italia, per la sua cultura e le sue tradizioni. Un legame che traspare con tutta la sua forza in I Heart Rome. Gli 8 capitoli del libro sono dedicati ad altrettanti luoghi e a tutto ciò che li caratterizza: Maria li descrive attraverso le sue esperienze e arricchendoli con cenni storici. La trattoria, la friggitoria, il forno, il mercato, la pizzeria, il quinto quarto, la pasticceria e “a casa”: ognuno di loro custodisce aneddoti, volti, usanze e ricette.

Dal libro “I Heart Rome”

Maria dà voce non solo ai grandi professionisti del settore- come la Chef Stellata Cristina Bowerman o Stefano Callegari di ‘Trapizzino’– ma anche a otto cittadini romani non famosi che nel loro piccolo riescono a fare la differenza. Ad esempio Stefania Innocenti del Biscottificio Innocenti, oppure Maria Chiara di Felice, che gestisce la sua trattoria di quartiere preferita. Un mondo in cui chi conosce Roma non potrà che ritrovarsi, ma che è anche l’opportunità per chi non ne ha diretta esperienza di conoscerla e imparare ad amarla. Le foto contenute nel libro riescono a trasmettere tutta la bellezza, quasi la ‘poesia’ che contraddistingue questo aspetto della Città Eterna.

I Heart Rome, il libro

Dal libro “I Heart Rome”

Dove mangiare e bere secondo I Heart Rome

Nelle ultime pagine del libro si possono trovare tutti i consigli dell’autrice in merito ai posti da non lasciarsi sfuggire: trattorie, ristoranti, forni, gelaterie, pasticcerie ma anche birrerie, wine bar e botteghe. Roma è da visitare, da vivere nei suoi angoli più suggestivi ma anche da assaporare. Sfogliando I Heart Rome si comprende come una città così popolosa e multietnica riesca ancora a  conservare quella genuinità che solitamente è facile trovare nei piccoli centri. Una caratteristica che non molte capitali nel mondo possono vantare e che rendono Roma assolutamente unica.

A questo link tutte le informazioni per acquistare I Heart Rome online o in libreria (direttamente dal blog di Maria Pasquale!)