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!)

All about Carnival in Rome

One of the most popular festivities in the world, loved both by adults and children. It’s the Carnival, the period of festivities between the Epiphany and the beginning of Lent on Ash Wednesday, which has its climax between Fat Thursday and Fat Tuesday (this year on February 8th and 11th respectively).

This festivity, celebrated between sacred and  profane, has a really special tradition: that of wearing masks in an atmosphere of cheerfulness and lightheartedness.

Many events will be organized for the Carnival in Rome and you’ll also have the chance to taste the delicious “fried Carnival pastries“.

Carnival in Rome, the fried pastries

You know that the magical atmosphere of the Carnival is here when frappe and castagnole make their appearance in the bakeries in Rome.

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The first ones have a rectangular shape, they are fragrant and crunchy, made by frying the dough (but there are also those who prepare them in the oven, for a lighter result ) and then enriched with powdered sugar or dark chocolate. While the castagnole are balls of pasta, always fried in boiling oil, which are also prepared in other variants (for example with chocolate, coffee, pistachio). These pastries are common in other areas of Italy: the ‘frappe’ are also called in other ways (like ‘chiacchiere’ or ‘cenci’).

Carnival in Rome, the events

Masquerade parties, fashion shows, events and concerts: there are several occasions to celebrate the Carnival in Rome. Parades and parties for children have been organized in different neghborhoods of the city and in its surroundings, while in discos and clubs you can enjoy masquerade balls. There is obviously no lack of initiatives for the little ones such as, for example, the special activities at the Bioparco of Rome. For all the events in Rome you can check this link.

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If you want to celebrate Carnival even outside Rome,  you can choose among the most famous festivals in Italy like the ones that will take place in Venice, Ivrea and Viareggio. Have a look at this link!

4 Tips to avoid the tourist crowds in Rome

Rome has a lot to offer so, first of all, be sure to take time to enjoy “La dolce vita” . There are several experiences to choose from during a holiday in the Eternal City but, especially in some periods, the main attractions can be crowded and stormed by tourists. You can visit  Rome with more tranquility and live it like a Roman for a few days anyway: here are our 4 tips.

4 Tips to avoid the tourist crowd in Rome

Get up early in the morning (or go to sleep late)

The city gradually wakes up and usually the main monuments – such as the Trevi Fountain, Piazza di Spagna, the Colosseum – are almost deserted in the early hours of the morning and are even more fascinating. So there are two options: either get up very early, or go to bed very late. Better avoid the central hours of the day if you want to visit the most popular sites.

Plan your visits

Organizing visits to museums and archeological sites in advance is always a good idea. In order to avoid long lines, buy a ticket online. While booking a private tour is also a good way to enjoy the sights to the fullest.

4 Tips to avoid the tourist crowd in Rome

Get lost in alleys and streets

Walking is the best option to discover little-known corners of the city and avoid public transport during peak hours, when they might be more crowded (in the morning around 8-9 am and in the afternoon around 6-7 pm). Walking without a destination, as well as exciting, also gives the opportunity to see Rome in its most authentic features.

Choose restaurants far from tourist spots

The traditional Roman cuisine is a real delight, this is a fact, but Rome offers many other types of cuisine and flavors. So escape big chains or restaurants with tourist menus and go discover the restaurants, pubs and clubs frequented by Romans: your palate will thank you!

Sometimes you only need to follow simple tips to avoid the tourist crowds in Rome and have the opportunity to see how a European capital still manages to preserve authentic and genuine places and traditions.

5 reasons NOT to visit Rome

Are you planning your next holidays in Rome, because the Eternal City still lacks your personal list of European capitals to visit absolutely? Or has it been recommended by friends and relatives and you have decided to finally follow their suggestion?

Rome is certainly a fascinating city, but it is not suitable for everyone …These are the 5 reasons NOT to visit Rome.

There are too many monuments

How many times have you heard about the Trevi Fountain, the Colosseum,  the Imperial Forums? And they are certainly not the only places you can’t miss in your first visit to the Eternal City. There are also Piazza di Spagna, Piazza Venezia, Largo Argentina, the Jewish Ghetto, Piazza del Popolo and the Pincio, San Pietro and Castel Sant’Angelo … It’s a little too much, isn’t it?


You risk getting fat

The dishes of traditional Roman cuisine are known because they are delicious, but certainly not saved in calories. Spaghetti alla carbonara, bucatini all’amatriciana, spaghetti cacio e pepe, coda alla vaccinara and saltimbocca alla romana. Better avoid the numerous trattorias of the city or its starred restaurants if you are following a diet.

Street food is not as you expect it

It’s street food, but forget hot dogs or fries. In Rome you can try supplì- stuffed with rice, tomatoes and mozzarella- pizza slices, white pizza with mortadella, sandwiches with pork. Not really what you can imagine..

It rarely snows. What winter is that?

Those who love snow and cold will most likely be disappointed by Rome. In fact it rarely snows and even if the temperature some days reaches 4 or 5 degrees, the sky is often blue and offers unforgettable sunsets. In order to ski or enjoy whitewashed landscapes, you have to travel about 100 kilometers, in the nearby Abruzzo.

Too many temptations for shopping

Via del Corso, via Condotti, via del Babuino and via Frattina are really popular because they host dozens of shops of all kinds: clothing, accessories, jewelry, perfumeries, craft shops … How do you resist? Stay away to avoid falling into temptation!

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Renouncing Rome might be a good idea if at least 3 of these reasons affect you. Still unsure whether to book your trip or not? We’ll soon provide another list!

5 esperienze da vivere a Roma almeno una volta nella vita-1 parte

Chi è nato a Roma la ama, ma chi non ci è nato e l’ha incontrata, a volte, come nel mio caso, la ama ancor di più. (Giovanni Canestri)

Roma è una città che va compresa, corteggiata, conquistata. Viverla quotidianamente è una continua sfida, perché sa essere caotica e dai mille volti. Spiazza, affascina, fa anche un po’ arrabbiare. Poi basta ammirarla al tramonto, con quel cielo rossastro che circonda il Cupolone, e ci si ricorda perché, alla fine, è considerata una delle città più belle del mondo.

Ma Roma non è solo ciò che mostra agli occhi di chi la visita superficialmente. È molto di più: oltre la suggestiva Fontana di Trevi, l’elegante Piazza di Spagna, l’imponente Basilica di San Pietro ci sono storie, abitudini, particolarità, luoghi meno conosciuti che contribuiscono a creare il suo fascino.

Sono tante le esperienze da vivere nella Città Eterna: queste sono le prime 5 da provare al più presto!

  • Visitare la Fontana delle Tartarughe

Tra Largo Argentina, piazza Arenula e il ghetto ebraico c’è una piazzetta famosa soprattutto perché ospita la Fontana delle Tartarughe, una piccola fontana rinascimentale protagonista di una leggenda, quella che racconta fu costruita in una sola notte per volere del Duca Mattei. Per raggiungerla bisogna percorrere suggestivi vicoli e stradine, dove si possono anche trovare negozi molto particolari.

  • Visitare la Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea

Una passeggiata a Villa Borghese, per godere di questo grande cuore verde al centro della città, per poi perdersi tra le opere della Galleria Nazionale. Un appuntamento da non perdere: questo museo ospita più di 20mila opere- tra cui capolavori di De Chirico, Modigliani, Hayez, Canova, Van Gogh, Klimt- eventi e mostre temporanee.

  • Leggere i messaggi lasciati a Pasquino

Marforio, Madama Lucrezia, Pasquino, Babuino, Abate Luigi e Facchino: conoscete le 6 statue parlanti di Roma? Fin dal XVI secolo su queste statue, dislocate in varie parti della città, i romani usavano affiggere messaggi ironici e graffianti, solitamente destinati ai governanti, chiamati “pasquinate”. Su Pasquino, che è una delle più famose e si trova nei pressi di piazza Navona, anche oggi si possono leggere appelli di vario tipo. Perché non passare a trovarlo?

  • Rilassarsi al Giardino degli Aranci

Il Giardino degli Aranci, sull’Aventino, è un luogo conosciuto soprattutto perchè offre una splendida vista su Roma. In realtà è perfetto anche per fermarsi a leggere un libro, per dichiarare amore eterno al proprio partner o anche solo per riposarsi prima di passare alla visita successiva. Raccolto e speciale, può donare serenità, soprattutto quando gli aranci sono in fiore.

  • Assaggiare la famosa pizza bianca

Roma è una città unica anche da un punto di vista culinario: i suoi piatti tradizionali- come la pasta cacio e pepe, la coda alla vaccinara e i carciofi alla giudia, tanto per citarne alcuni- sono apprezzatissimi e molto conosciuti. Ma quando non c’è tanto tempo per pranzare, oppure per uno spuntino sfizioso, perché non concedersi la famosa pizza bianca, scrocchiarella e ricca d’olio? Una bontà soprattutto se appena sfornata: la più famosa è quella del Forno a Campo De’ Fiori.

A Roma tradizione e magnificenza convivono, dando origine a delle esperienze assolutamente originali e che lasciano il segno: appuntamento alle prossime cinque!


Top 5 brunch spots in Rome

Walking on Sunday mornings in Rome is an experience that you should try at least once in your life. Observe the city that wakes up little by little, go and visit St. Peter’s Square, Castel Sant’Angelo or the Pantheon, and then decide to have a brunch in one of the many restaurants in the city. Why don’t you do it as soon as possible? Here are the top 5 spots to choose from for your delicious Sunday brunch in Rome (or, if you prefer, your “Sunday long lunch”).

‘Na Cosetta

The Famous bistro ‘Na Cosetta in Pigneto neighborhood- a particular and fashionable district of Rome- organize a brunch called “il colanzo” every Sunday. Italian dishes, oriental revisits and freshly baked desserts. From 12 to 16.

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In the Africano district, Dolce offers a New York-style brunch with international dishes from the five continents. Eggs, pancakes, sandwiches, hamburgers and desserts, all to be tried in a very special location. From 12 to 15.

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Queen Makeda

In San Saba, just a few steps away from the Circus Maximus, the Sunday brunch is at  Queen Makeda Grand Pub. A fixed price buffet of international dishes (and many of the English tradition), more than 40 craft beers to choose from and a menu designed for children. From 12:30 to 16.

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Hamburgers, bagels and pancakes for both buffet and à la carte brunch for Osteria Mavi, a restaurant with a familiar and elegant atmosphere close to Lungotevere in the Marconi area. American coffee, water and juices are included in the price. From 13 to 16.

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Camillo B

In the central Piazza Cavour, a few steps from Castel Sant’Angelo and San Peter’s Basilica, Camillo B offers a brunch with different dishes: eggs, vegetables, quinoa, focaccia and chicken curry. Here you can also find a space dedicated to children with entertainers. From 12 to 15:30.

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As a family, as a couple or with friends: Sunday brunch is a unique opportunity to relax and enjoy the Eternal City from another point of view. The more “international” one but with a touch of originality and Italian taste.