When NOT to visit Rome

What is the best season to visit Rome? We really don’t know…The right question should be instead: when not to visit Rome?

FALL

The sun is often there: days in September are still warm and keep that sweet taste of summer. It’s the period of the harvest and of the historical “ottobrate romane“, the Sunday trips (sometimes they took place also on Thursdays) Romans used to take until the twentieth century, but that still recall the good weather and the desire to enjoy the city. Theatres reopens and from November we are getting ready for Christmas. Lights and decorations make Rome even more beautiful and magical.

WINTER

Grey is not a common color for the Eternal City, despite the cold air and the clouds. In fact, the sun never completely leaves it, even if you can expect rain (and, very rarely, some snowflakes). Restaurants and pubs are crowded, Rome lights up and there is so much to do: exhibitions, shows, concerts, events. It’s also the perfect period to discover food and art.

 

SPRING

The beautiful season is in the air: Rome smells of flowers and rebirth. Romans organize picnics in the parks, they start to stay outside bars and restaurants. They organize walks and historical-cultural visits outdoors. The temperature is really pleasant and, although it may rain, its colors become warmer. There are still many exhibitions, events, theatrical and musical performances to choose from.

 

SUMMER

It’s hot, very hot! The whole life of the city moves outside. Some pubs and bars close and move to the Tiber river and you can eat and and drink al fresco. The music festivals fill the parks and stadiums, the Globe at Villa Borghese is full of performances and the weekend you can go to the Roman coast. Rome dresses up in every corner and its sunsets alway leave you breathless.

Ostia Beach (Photo credit: atreboroby-Instagram)

The best season NOT to visit Rome? Choose it and then book one of our  holiday apartments!

 

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Alla scoperta di Roma con il bike sharing di oBike

Visitare Roma è sempre una grande emozione. Anche quando il Colosseo è già entrato nel cuore e il desiderio di tornare nella Città Eterna è stato già esaudito dopo aver lanciato una monetina nella Fontana di Trevi. Ci sono infatti diversi modi per poter apprezzare una vacanza o una gita in città: non mancano nuovi ristoranti da provare, mostre da vedere o angoli inesplorati da scoprire. E farlo in bicicletta è ancora più suggestivo: basta solo scegliere il bike sharing di oBike!

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oBike è il servizio di bike sharing presente in 3 continenti, 26 stati e oltre 40 città nel mondo. Da qualche mese è possibile usufrirne anche a Roma e offre una grande possibilità: poter noleggiare una bici, utilizzarla e poi parcheggiarla in un posto anche diverso rispetto a quello di partenza. Lasciandola a dispozione del biker successivo in un’area di parcheggio designata per il servizio, che non sia di intralcio alla circolazione oppure privata. Così potreste trovarne una al Circo Massimo, padalare fino a piazza Navona e poi parcheggiarla a nei pressi del Pantheon. Comodo e semplice.

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Per uitlizzare oBike basta scaricare l’app dedicata, inserire del credito e iniziare subito a cercare le bici disponibili più vicine. Avvicinando lo smartphone al codice a barre presente sul manubrio si può sbloccare la bici. Alla fine della corsa, è necessario bloccarla manualmente e poi usare l’app per ricevere la conferma. Il servizio ha un costo di 50 centesimi per ogni 30 minuti e prevede anche “VipCard” e sconti grazie ai punti accumulati ad esempio con segnalazioni o la condivisione sui social. Ma attenzione: ci sono regole precise, che vanno rispettate per non incorrere in sanzioni.

Godere dei panorami mozzafiato della città o lasciarsi travolgere da tutta la sua bellezza è un’sperienza ancora più unica se vissuta su due ruote. Senza contare che utilizzando oBike si contribuisce a rendere Roma più eco-sostenibile.

 

What to eat in Rome for breakfast

Spending a vacation in Rome is an experience into art, culture and food. You have the opportunity to discover the Roman lifestyle, all the traditions that made the Eternal City one of the most famous cities in the world.

So, where should you begin? Let’s start with breakfast!

Italians don’t usually have a very big breakfast, but they make sure to start a brand new day with a cappuccino or espresso and a freshly baked cornetto. It’s the recipe for a good morning. Talking about cornetto, you’ll have a great array of options. You can find it with different shapes or names, like saccottino, danese or fagottino, such as semplice (plain), crema (custard), cioccolato (chocolate) or nutella, mele (with apple), frutti di bosco (filled with berries), marmellata (different kinds of jam filled), miele (honey) or integrale (made with whole grains).

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But if you are loooking  for something else, you can also have different kind of pastries, like bomboloni (fried and filled with cream), biscuits, ciambella, cakes, muffins and maritozzo, the typical Roman pastry filled with whipped cream. You only need to pop into one of the many bars or cafe’s and make your choice.

Cappuccino and maritozzo (credits @apples986-Instagram)

If you prefer a savory breakfast, you can also opt for a fresh fruit juice and a tramezzino, which is a fresh sandwich with mayonnaise and, for example, tuna, tomato, salami, ham, eggs,chicken salad…If you are really hungry, you can choose from all those cafe’s that serve omelette or salty snack with salmon or bresaola filling. Even if the traditional Roman breakfast is sweet! If you feel like a slice of pizza or if you are not sure about what to eat, you can also go to a forno (bakery) or a pastry shop.

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The best piece of advice we can give to you is to take a seat, relax and enjoy your time in Rome, from breakfast to lunch.

Tips for planning your perfect vacation in Rome

Are you planning your vacation in Italy? Or are you just thinking about taking a break from your daily routine? Rome is always a good idea: it’s a city that can offer you beauty, history and a lot of things to do. Don’t you know where to start? We have some tips for you!

First of all, choose your dates of travel, book your flight anche check our website for the available holiday apartments. Then start planning your perfect vacation in Rome.

Tips for your vacation in RomeRome has two main airports: here you find everything you need to know.

You must visit all the most famous monuments and places you’ve been always told about, like the Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps, the Colosseum, Piazza Navona, Castel Sant’Angelo. You can check this post and learn how to buy tickets for buses, metro ans trains.

But Rome has hidden gems too, which are worth a visit, like Passetto del Biscione and the Little London, as well as amazing parks like Villa Borghese, Villa Torlonia and Villa Ada.

If you stay more than a weekend, you can also plan a day trip from the city: there are a lot of opportunities like Calcata, the Bracciano Lake, Ostia Antica and Bomarzo, for example.

Ostia Antica archaeological site

Rome is full of amazing stories: have you ever heard about its talking statues? You can meet them visiting the Eternal City!

If you don’t want to look like a tourist due to your eating habits, you can follow these suggestions. Also check the things you must experience in Rome at least once in your life and, on the other hand, what you don’t have to do.

You are almost ready for your unforgettable holiday in Rome: dont’ forget to carry with you that strong desire to know another country in all its aspects. And prepare your stomach: the street food of Rome is delicious, but you need to try its traditional cuisine as well.

Pack your bags, Rome is wating for you!

 

Tips to avoid the tourist trap restaurants in Rome

Rome, and Italy in general, are (also) famous for food. When you visit a City for the first time, or even when it’s your second or third time in a place, unfortunately you can encounter a tourist trap. An unpleasant experience, which can turn into a waste of money and even expectations. You have to be careful if you want to eat well.

How can you recognize a tourist trap, in order to avoid it? First of all, they are often located close to the most famous monuments. These are 5 signs more you should consider.

Hw to avoid tourist traps

Go off the beaten path

When you enter a restaurant and you find all the plates and ingredients translated in 5 or 6 languages, maybe you‘ve just picked up the wrong one. Probably it’s also close to the busiest area of the city. Try to run away as soon as possible, because you’ll probably eat something you won’t like. Lose yourself in the  Eternal City, walk around in the side roads, away from the obvious places, and you’ll discover better restaurants.

You find too many asterisks in the menu

In Italy all the ingredients in the menu that are frozen and not fresh must be indicated with an asterisk. If there are a bit too many asterisks – usually used for vegetables, fish or fried food – and even the pasta or pizza are frozen, you’d better escape.

Regional dishes in the wrong place

If you go to a restaurant in Rome and you find some regional dishes from another areas of Italy- like ‘trofie al pesto’, pasta with basil pesto, which is from Liguria, or ‘pasta alla norma’, pasta with ricotta, tomato, aubergine and basil which is from Sicily- there is a problem. When in Rome, try traditional Roman dishes, like cacio e pepe, amatriciana, coda alla vaccinara…

You don’t see locals

You don’t see locals around. On the contrary, the restaurant is full of tourists like you. If a restaurant or a pizzeria offers you a “tourist menu”, there are many chances you’re going to eat in a tourist trap. A good restaurant doesn’t usually have a menù like this. Maybe has some “dish of the day”, which is a different thing. And Romans go there to have lunch or dinner.

You don’t find that restaurant in a guide

Carry out research in advance. Check the local guides, read newspapers, have a look on websites. Don’t decide at the very last moment, otherwise you’ll probably too hungry to make the correct  choice. If you can, plan your holidays but also your meals.

Rome is full of good places to eat, don’t miss them! Check our blog for tips and book your holiday apartment with us: you won’t regret it!

 

Streets of Rome: via del Governo Vecchio

This street connects Piazza dell’Orologio, whose name comes from the clock placed on the tower of the Filippini convent built by Borromini, to Piazza del Pasquino, one of the famous “talking statues” of Rome. Via del Governo Vecchio is a really characteristic street a few steps away rom Piazza Navona and Campo De’ Fiori, a place not-to-be-missed because it keeps many features of the Eternal City: history, shopping, traditional Roman cuisine.

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There are many clothing stores, even vintage ones, where to look for the most trendy clothes, accessories and shoes. A true paradise for all shopping addicts! But there is something more. Here you can find unique places, such as Altroquando, an artisan bookshop where you can also taste beers; Caffè Novecento, with its particular atmosphere, where you can start your day with a good cappuccino and a croissant; or CamBiovita, a pastry shop which offers organic products also suitable for vegetarians and vegans. For those who want to have lunch and dinner, they can choose from several restaurants and pizzerias. In this street you can also find historic buildings and small shops, that give it that so peculiar look. It’s the ideal place to have a walk.

You need love, but also carbonara

Via del Governo Vecchio is a place to be discovered and appreciated in all its different aspects, perhaps before taking lots of pictures at the famous (and beautiful) Piazza Navona.
Rome is full of hidden gems that help keep the charm of past times untouched, such as Via dei Coronari or Passetto del Biscione, which are located in the same area.

If you have not booked your holiday in Rome with your family or friends yet, check the availability of our holiday apartments immediately: Rome is a city that can not be missing in the list of cities to visit at least once in life.

Metti una sera alla fraschetta…

La fraschetta romana: ne avete mai sentito parlare? È uno di quei posti in cui bisogna andare, quando si passa da Roma. Perché conserva ancora quel tocco di romanità dei (bei) tempi andati e dove è possibile gustare i piatti della tradizione culinaria locale. Tovaglia  a quadretti d’ordinanza, piatti di plastica, bottiglia di vino rigorosamente della casa e poi antipasti, primi, secondi, dolci con una caratteristica in comune: la genuinità.

Ariccia (Credits @psyche.89-Instagram)

Le fraschette più famose si trovano nel territorio dei Castelli romani e più precisamente ad Ariccia, località a circa 30 chilometri dalla Città Eterna. La maggior parte delle fraschette sono a pochi passi dal celebre ponte e dalla Chiesa di Santa Maria Assunta, opera del Bernini. Rappresentano la soluzione ideale per una serata informale, insieme ad amici o parenti, ma anche l’occasione per una cena a due un po’ fuori dagli schemi. Ce ne sono diverse tra cui scegliere, una accanto all’altra. Qui si può ancora trovare chi, armato di chitarra, è disposto ad allietare la serata con le storiche canzoni romane come “La società dei magnaccioni” o “Roma nun fa’ la stupida stasera”.

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Le bontà da assaporare sono quelle tipiche del territorio. Salumi, verdure sott’olio, mozzarelle, bruschette e l’immancabile porchetta, prodotto IGP proprio di Ariccia. Ma anche trippa e cotiche, ricotta e formaggi, coppiette accompagnati da dell’ottimo pane casereccio. Per poi passare alla carbonara, l’amatriciana, le salsicce alla brace. Come dessert ciambelline al vino e l’immancabile tiramisù. Delizie tutte da provare!

Le fraschette sono ristoranti spartani, dove si respira quell’atmosfera autentica di un passato ancora fortemente impresso nell’immaginario collettivo. Qui la romanità è qualcosa che va celebrato  e cercato: a partire proprio dal palato!

La bellezza di una città cosmopolita come Roma è racchiusa anche in questi angoli di pura tradizione, dove si può riscoprire il piacere di sapori semplici e soprattutto legati alla sua storia.

 

5 things to do in Rome in August

August in Rome means warm, less chaos and many events not to be missed. The city is not overcrowded, because many Romans leave for their Summer holidays, and this makes it quieter and even more pleasant to travel far and wide.
Summer is at its peak: so why don’t you enjoy it from an wonderful point of view? Here are the 5 things to do in Rome in August, that you must try!

Lungo il Tevere…Roma

This is the Summer appointment par excellence. “Lungo il Tevere Roma” becomes one of the busiest places in the city. Many kinds of restaurants, bars and pubs one after the other, which can satisfy every need. But there’s something more: until September there are different events such as theater performances, open-air cinema, live performances and cultural exhibitions. How about spending a few hours in the cheerful company of Roman nightlife?
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Beaches and sea

Rome has an enviable position, because it allows you to easily reach towns on the sea. You’ll be spoilt for choice among Ostia, Fregene, Ladispoli, Anzio, Nettuno… You just have to choose, to enjoy the sea and the good weather, but also some delicious seafood recipe.
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Ostia (Credits @giuliano.col-Instagram)

The “Castelli Romani”

After exploring the most famous monuments in the world, you can take a day trip out of the city. Direction? The Castelli Romani. In fact, just a few kilometers from the Eternal city there are some very characteristic small towns, which have a lot to offer (as well as a little shelter from the heat!) Ariccia, Frascati, Castelgandolfo, with its swimming lake: places to discover, especially during the Summer.
Castel Gandolfo

Castel Gandolfo

Outdoor venues

From June to September, many clubs in Rome move outdoors: is there a better way to enjoy a dinner or a drink while surronding by breathtaking views? Those who love dancing and live music will find evenings and events for all tastes. With an unusual aspect: probably with less crowd!
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“Viaggio nei Fori”

Music, special effects and a wonderful location for a really magical event. the Forum of Augustus and the Forum of Caesar are illuminated to accompany the spectators in the life of Ancient Rome. Viaggio nei Fori is a show that will make your holidays in the Eternal City even more unforgettable. And the August evenings are perfect for enjoying this journey.
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Viaggio nei Fori (Facebook page)

Book your holiday in Rome in August: check our special offer, the available dates and get ready to experience the Eternal City!

3 non-touristy things to do in Rome

There are a lot of things to do in Rome. Places such as the Colosseum, the Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps and the Fori Imperiali must be visited, even if they are “touristic” places. But there are other places in the Eternal City to discover, even if they normally remain outside the tourist tours, or typical Roman customs to be adopted. Even just for a few days!

The nightlife of Ponte Milvio

A bridge with a great view, which became famous for the padlocks that young couples used to leave here as a proof of their everlasting love. Surrounded by restaurants, bars and pubs that are able to satisfy every taste and need, Ponte Milvio is a perfect place to live after sunset, to enjoy romantic moments followed by an aperitif or a dinner. A different point of view, but always beautiful and even trendy, on the Eternal City.

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A walk in San Lorenzo neighbourhood

It is the ‘student area’ par excellence, where university students and very young boys use to spend thier days and nights. There are many places to choose from for a pizza or a cocktail. San Lorenzo maybe doesn’t have that charm of other more known and elegant areas of the city, but it is still another face left out by the classic guides about Rome. For a bohemian evening out of the box.

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Discovering Porta Portese

Porta Portese is probably the most famous market in the city. It’s a historic one, where you can buy everything from clothing to antiques, products and accessories for your home to vinyls and various objects. It is held every Sunday in the Trastevere area. It is a symbol of a Rome that perhaps no longer exists but that does not forget its traditions. 

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Majestic, ancient, contemporary, happy and traditional: Rome really has many, wonderful faces. Each of them makes it more and more unique.

Experiencing Rome off the beaten path

The Trevi Fountain, the Colosseum, the spanish Steps are unique places in the world. The Janiculum, the Pincio and the Zodiac: wonderful panoramic views over the city. Stories, anecdotes and memories make these places of Rome even more special. But there are also other itineraries that can make you fall in love with the Eternal City. Unusual paths that cross neighborhoods, squares and alleys of the most authentic ‘Roman spirit‘ to be experienced.

CINECITTÀ

The name of this neighbourhood already suggests its main attraction: the famous Cinecittà Studios, where they have been filmed about three thousand movies, both national and international. That “Factory of dreams” 100% Italian that today you can visit thanks to the project “Cinecittà shows off” . But it is not the only place you can visit by going to Cinecittà. Not far away there is in fact the beautful Park of the aqueducts, which is perfect for walking, relaxing and enjoying its timeless beauty. Here you can also find nice restaurants, bars and pubs.

Photo credit: @find_the_world_and_beauty

EUR

A particular, modern neighbourhood where you can admire the famous “Nuvola” by Fuksas and the Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana, also called the “Colosseo Quadrato“, now the Fendi headquarters. But the EUR is also known for the amusement park that has accompanied generations of children and has recently reopened under new clothes, the Luneur Park; for the Palazzo dei Congressi – where various fairs and events take place – and for its lake which, surrounded by greenery, is a nice place to be discovered in spring. Morover, its bars, discos and restaurants animate the Roman nightlife.

Colosseo Quadrato (Photo credit: @david_conti1)

PIGNETO

Those who love the auteur cinema will surely know Pigneto thanks to the movies by Pier Paolo Pasolini. The “Bar Necci” and its street art continue celebrating the great director, who had found a place of inspiration here, but today the neighborhood is even more. It is considered among the most “cool” ones in Europe. Thanks to its lively soul, to the clubs and restaurants where you can listen to live music and enjoy traditional Roman cuisine, but also that trendy and artistic atmosphere that blends with the most authentic and genuine Rome. Its pedestrian area is the heart of Pigneto: culture, tradition, modernity and history enclosed in a single place.

Street art (Photo credit:@lia_in_corea)