Our 5 Favorite Beaches Near Rome

Rome is a city with a strategic location: close to the sea and with wonderful options for day-trips, it’s a perfect location to spend the summer enjoying a mix of natural scenery, culture and some swims in the Mediterranean Sea! Here are our favorite beaches along the Roman coastline and tips on how to reach them. If you’d like to hire a private driver to bring you to the beach and back, let us know and we’ll be happy to make arrangements.

Santa Marinella

The easiest and prettiest beach to reach from Rome is Santa Marinella, a seaside town that lies less than one hour north of the city near Civitavecchia. Local trains leave frequently from all the main train stations in Rome (Trastevere, Termini and San Pietro) and the beach itself is an easy 5-minute walk from the Santa Marinella train station. You can opt for a sun lounger or lay out on a free beach and there are a few dining options nearby, including our favorite little kiosk that opens beneath “Gigi” bar each summer that makes excellent salads. If you stay overnight, book a table at Molo 21 for dinner.

Santa Severa

Just a couple stops before Santa Marinella on the same train line, Santa Severa is a longer beach with an imposing 14th century castle and moat. There are dozens of beach clubs and restaurants along the sea, as well as free beaches where you can easily lay out your towel to soak in some sunshine. Lydo is our favorite restaurant and serves great fish pastas. For a scenic aperitivo, snag the outdoor table at Isola del Pescatore and order a Spritz and some snacks to enjoy while the sun goes down.

Anzio

The city of Anzio south of Rome may be best-known for its World War II history but its a lively cosmopolitan center with archeological treasures dating back to the Roman Era, like Emperor Nero’s Imperial Villa and grottos. You can catch a train from Roma Termini and get off at Anzio. The beach is about a 10-15 minute walk through the town – we like the free beach along the Riviera di Ponente. If you’d like a proper beach club with services, get off a few stops earlier at Marechiaro to grab a sun bed at Blue Bay Beach, a lovely quiet beach with a restaurant and shimmering sea.

Ostia

The closest beach to Rome, Ostia can be easily reached through public transportation by catching the Roma Lido commuter train from the Piramide train station. A lively beach town developed under Mussolini, it has a number of private beach clubs as well as a large free beach area where you can lay your towel out to sunbathe for free. If you catch a local bus out to the “Cancelli” (“Gates”) you can enjoy scenery of the nearby dunes with a more alternative crowd. Stop by the historic Paglia Pasticceria in the center of town for a cream or chocolate-filled “krapfen” donut for the perfect afternoon snack.

Sperlonga

Located halfway between Rome and Naples, Sperlonga isn’t the closest beach to Rome but it’s one of the loveliest in the vicinity. Considered a “Blue Flag Beach” thanks to its clean, clear water, it rivals some of Italy’s best-known coastlines and boasts a beautiful whitewashed hilltop town, too. Sperlonga is a perfect weekend getaway from the Eternal City and definitely worth spending a night to properly explore and unwind. Don’t miss visiting Emperor Tiberius’ ancient villa and its picturesque grotto with a perfectly framed view of the sea.

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Humans Of New York’s Brandon Stanton Comes To Rome

Earlier this spring, TreasureRome had a very special guest stay in our Colosseum Terrace Daphne Apartment: Brandon Stanton from Humans Of New York, a photoblog with interviews of interesting people around the world.

During his time in Rome, Brandon meet Giovanni De Maria, the owner of our Daphne Apartment, and interviewed him for the website. Mr. De Maria is one of Rome’s most esteemed scientists and he worked with NASA to conduct research of lunar samples.

Find the interview reprinted here below.

© Brandon Stanton

I was born in an ancient town in the hills of Southern Italy. Science and technology were unknown there. But I was not created to do repetitive things. It was my nature to learn and create. When I received a pen for my seventh birthday, I didn’t use it to write. I went into the bathroom and took it apart. So I developed a bit of a reputation. Everyone said: ‘If you give Giovanni a gift, he will destroy it.’ I grew up wanting to do experiments. Real experiments. So I studied hard, majored in chemistry, and eventually received a Fulbright scholarship to study in Chicago. Those were the most interesting and beautiful years of my life. Five of my professors had Nobel Prizes. If you didn’t have a Nobel Prize, you were nothing. These men were like gods to me, and suddenly we were eating in the same cafeteria. I decided to focus my efforts on an apparatus called a mass spectrometer, which allowed me to individuate atoms and molecules in the vapor phase. And my experiments were very successful. We were discovering new molecules and some of them were quite interesting. They were resistant to high temperatures. The US government became very curious about my molecules. Because of course they were quite competitive with Russia back then.

© Brandon Stanton

The Americans offered me work in a laboratory, but I didn’t want. I was nostalgic for Italy. I missed the artistic tradition. I missed the warmth of human contact. I missed the laundry hanging in streets and people singing from open windows. So I proposed to continue my research in Rome. I specialized in silicon carbides and sent all my data back to NASA. I’m not sure how they used it because those are secrets of NASA. But I know they used it, because they pushed me very hard and gave me plenty of money. Then 1969 came around. Apollo 11 landed on the moon, and returned to Earth with a collection of lunar samples. But none had been given to Italy. Fifteen of our laboratories made a proposal with no luck. Everyone wondered: ‘Why not Italy?’ So I asked myself: ‘What can I do with a lunar sample?’ And then I had an idea. If I vaporized the sample, perhaps I could learn the molecular composition of the primordial nebula. The origin of the solar system! But people thought I was crazy. Vaporize a lunar sample? Who would suggest such an idea? But I made my proposal anyway. Then one morning I opened up the newspaper and saw a headline: ‘Lunar sample to Italian scientist, Giovanni De Maria.’ And later that day I received this telegram, inviting me to pick up my moon rock at the American embassy.

© Brandon Stanton

It was very exciting to see the molecular composition of the moon. Eleven percent of the moon is composed of Ilmenite, a metal which contains oxygen in the bounded phase. So if you treat it with hydrogen, you get water. Water on the moon! It can all be done with solar energy. Forty years ago this research was quite important. It meant the possibility of lunar colonies. But nobody talks about it anymore. Because something happened. Everyone got excited about Mars. I could never understand it. Mars is so far away. The moon is so close to earth. So why not moon? Why has everyone forgot about the moon? But recently the moon has made a comeback. Mars is second place now. People are becoming interested in the moon again. And I’m ready. I’ve done this research for fifty years. I’m eighty-seven but my mind is still perfect. I still have a lot to contribute. I’m waiting by the phone. If anyone has the money, I’m ready to go.

The Best Day Trips From Rome

Although it would take you a lifetime to see everything Rome has to offer, we encourage our guests to explore the nearby sites, attractions and towns near the Eternal City for a fuller taste of the region and all its treasures. Rome is a great base for taking day trips to discover ancient archeological sites, landscaped gardens, hilltop villages and even the Pope’s summer residence. Here are TreasureRome’s top five experiences!

Tivoli

A beautiful hilltop town located just 40 minutes from Rome, Tivoli is famous for its parks, gardens and villas. Take a tour through Villa d’Este, a 16th century Renaissance villa with hundreds of water fountains, statues, grottos and other architectural details. Then step back even further in time at Villa Adriana, or Hadrian’s Villa, a vast archeological park that dates back to the 2nd century. And last but not least, explore Villa Gregoriana and dine at a picturesque trattoria located just beside the ruins.

Orvieto and the Civita di Bagnoreggio

Just one hour north of Rome, Orvieto is a charming medieval town in Umbria that is filled with homemade artisan ceramics, linens, and a variety of delicious gourmet meats, cheeses and oils. The impressive cathedral in the town center is worth a visit on it’s own! After a walk through the town, head into the countryside for a traditional meal at an agriturismo. And don’t miss the chance to visit nearby Civita di Bagnoreggio or ‘the dying city’: this town is something you have to see to believe.

Ostia Antica

The ancient port city of Ostia Antica was a thriving center for trade during the Roman Republic (509 – 27 BC) and functioned as Rome’s primary seaport during this time. There are dozens of fascinating sights to explore, including ancient baths, shops, a Jewish synagogue, temples dedicated to the Persian god Mithra and a Roman theater, where performances are still held to this day during the summer months. The site is easy to reach on the Ostia Train Line or we can help you arrange a private transfer to reach the archeological park.

Castelli Romani

The Castelli Romani, or “Roman Castles”, are a collection of hilltop towns located southeast of Rome that are built around two volcanic lakes: Lago Albano and Lago di Nemi. Rome’s nobility used to flock here in the summer months to escape the Roman heat and the towns provide a welcome respite from the frenzy of the capital: enjoy local food and wine while you soak in small-town charm. Each town also boasts a unique culinary tradition, like white wine from Frascati, bread from Genzano, wild strawberries from Nemi and porchetta from Ariccia.

Castel Gandolfo

Within the many towns of the Castelli Romani, Castel Gandolfo is worth a visit in particular because it is home to the the Apostolic Palace, better known as the Pope’s summer residence. This incredible property was commissioned by Pope Urban VII in the 17th century and features landscaped Barberini Gardens that rival the grounds of Versailles. Explore the residence before dining at a lakeside restaurant in the charming town.

Celebrate Spring In Rome

With wisteria in full bloom, more hours of daylight and new rooftop openings, springtime is in full swing in the Eternal City! Make the most of the season with some of our favorite experiences and if don’t miss the chance to book additional activities through our brand new dedicated concierge service by emailing concierge@treasurerome.com.

Dine at Doria Pamphili

One of the reasons we love Rome is that it’s a very green city: there are dozens of parks, gardens and leafy piazzas that transport you out into the countryside – even when you’re in the heart of the city! A wonderful way to make the most of the warm weather is to enjoy breakfast, lunch or even a picnic al fresco at Vivi Bistrot inside Villa Doria Pamphili, an elegant and sprawling park located between Trastevere and the Vatican. Located within an 19th century barn, this charming restaurant is beloved for its feminine touches and has a creative menu full of delicious, healthy dishes. After your meal, be sure to wander around the park to see the 17th century Casino del Bel Respiro villa (you can’t visit inside but you can admire the beautiful property from the outside)!

Via Vitellia, 102, 00152 Roma RM

 

Bike along on the Appian Way

Join our partner and tour guide Rachel Zitin for a panoramic bike along the Via Appia Antica, Rome’s most famous ancient road and the reason we have the saying “All Roads Lead To Rome”. Located south in the city, this historic path runs through the Appia Antica Park that is home to some of Rome’s most important catacombs, including the Catacombs of St. Callixtus, the Catacombs of Domitilla and the Catacombs of Saint Sebastian (plus the Mausoleum of Cecilia Metella). It’s one of the most scenic areas to the city and transports you back through time. You’ll also have the chance to visit a sheep farm and sample fresh ricotta and pecorino cheese, a specialty from Lazio.

Via Appia Antica, 42, 00178 Roma RM

 

Catch Rose Petals at the Pantheon

Each year, Rome marks the Christian holiday of Pentecost with a shower of rose petals at the Pantheon. The ancient celebration symbolizes the Holy Spirit’s descent to earth and is truly a sight to behold: you’ll never forget the feeling of seeing thousands of red rose petals dropped from the gigantic oculus of the Pantheon, slowly twirling their way through the expanses of the Pantheon and creating a carpet of petals on the floor of the ancient building. This very special experience will take place this year on June 9th following the 10:30am mass but we recommend showing up by 7:30am to ensure you are snag a spot inside (this event has become extremely popular over the years and space is limited).

Piazza della Rotonda, 00186 Roma RM

 

Step Into Rome’s Most Elegant Courtyards

Italy’s Associazione di Dimore Storiche, or the Association of Historic Homes, is a network of over 4,000 private residences, gardens, castle and palazzi located in every region of the country. Many of these properties can be visited as museums or through a special request but the association also hosts annual events such as the “Open Courtyards” weekend held each spring in key cities. This year, some of Rome’s most exclusive historic homes will open their doors to the public for free on May 18-19, letting you admire a truly unique part of the country’s cultural heritage.

 

Food & Wine Tour of Monti

Take part in a delicious cultural and culinary tour of Monti, a bohemian neighborhood just steps from the Colosseum and filled with small-town charm. This 3-hour walk will introduce you to small family-owned businesses, street food hotspots, wine bars and more – all while explaining the history of Roman food, new culinary trends in the capital and ensuring you don’t miss out on the best corners of this quintessential quartiere. This tour is a great to add on after a visit of the Colosseum & Roman Forum.

Piazza della Madonna dei Monti 00184 Roma RM

Rome With Kids: 5 Experiences You Can’t Miss

Rome is a veritable outdoor museum. The city is home to world-famous archeological sites, elegant villas set within leafy parks and picturesque piazzas, making it the perfect place to explore with kids of all ages. From toddlers to adolescents, the Eternal City offers plenty of attractions for the whole family. We’ve put some of our favorite experiences together in this list and are happy to arrange additional activities based on your preferences – just email us at hello@treasurerome.com!

Welcome To Rome

Welcome To Rome is an exciting new experience…

The seat of the glorious Roman Empire, Rome is a city filled to the brim with history but much of it can be difficult to understand – there’s just too much information to sift through! Luckily there’s a new show in town that is introducing the city of Rome to visitors and locals alike: Welcome To Rome. This multimedia show resembles an IMAX theater but it also features 3D plastics that reconstruct some of the city’s most famous sites. In just one hour, the experience provides a great overview of Rome’s history and is a great place to start your visit to the city. It’s educational and entertaining so kids and adults will love it.

Hours: Mon-Thurs 9:00-19:00 / Fri-Sun 10:00-21:00

Address: Corso Vittorio Emanuele II 203

Bioparco (Rome zoo)

Rome’s Villa Borghese park is best known for being home to the Galleria Borghese and its rich art collection but the park is also home to the Bioparco: Rome’s city zoo. Originally born in 1908, the zoo now has over 200 different animals, including mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians – from penguins and boa constrictors to giraffes and hippos. It also has a lush garden filled with mediterranean and exotic plants. For plant lovers, we also recommend visiting the Botanical Garden of Rome in Trastevere.

Hours: The zoo is open daily from morning to early evening. See hours here.

Address: Viale del Giardino Zoologico 20

 

Pizza Class

Food tours and cooking classes are great activities for children and adults alike! We can help arrange many fun walking food tours that will help you discover Rome’s culinary traditions but if you want to try your own hand at cooking, we’d suggest signing up for a pizza making class! During this experience, you’ll learn the art of being a pizzaiolo and the importance of using the best primary ingredients – vine-ripe tomatoes, fresh mozzarella and wheat for the dough – while you bake a delicious pie to enjoy afterwards! For more information, see our TreasureRome Experiences.

 

Villa Borghese

Villa Borghese is one of Rome’s largest and most beloved parks: art lies around every corner and it’s full of fountains, museums, lookout points and more. If you’re in Rome on a sunny day, you could spend hours getting lost in Villa Borghese together with your family! One of the highlights includes the Laghetto (“little lake”) where you can rent row boats and take a little tour of this picturesque lake while swans swim by at your side. If you want a little exercise, you can also rent bikes or a rickshaw and ride through the park in a group! During the summer months, the Shakespeare Globe Theater puts on shows in a traditional wooden theater and of course you can’t miss admiring the city skyline from the Pincio, a large piazza at the edge of the park that looks out onto Piazza del Popolo.

 

Gladiator School

Rome is filled with ancient history so why not take the chance to live it rather than just admire it from afar? The Eternal City’s Gladiator School is run by the Gruppo Storico Romano and its a fun way to travel back in time and learn about the history of Rome’s ancient gladiators. Learn about the games of Imperial Rome, dress up in armor and simulate battles during this fun two hour experience.

The Best Free Museums In Rome

With its extravagant piazzas, ornamental fountains and architectural styles built up over centuries, Rome is a city with art around every corner. And while you can’t miss world-famous art collections housed within the Vatican Museums and the Galleria Borghese, the city has dozens of smaller museums that are worth a visit – and some of these are even free!

Museo Mario Praz

Lying just steps from Piazza Navona within Palazzo Primoli, the House Museum of Mario Praz is a hidden gem right in the middle of all the action. The museum is spread across 10 rooms and features over a thousand works of art, including paintings, furniture and sculptures that belonged to Mario Praz (1896-1982), an Italian writer, literary critic and scholar of English literature. The home is decorated in an orante 18th century style, with chandeliers, musical instruments and vivid green walls, and provides a fascinating foray into the mind of the great thinker.

Hours: Thurs & Fri 14:30-18:30, Sat 9:00-13:00

Address: Via Zanardelli Giuseppe 3

Stay: Navona Terrace

 

Museo Barracco

Right off of busy Corso Vittorio Emanuele (and in between Campo de’ Fiori and Piazza Navona) Museo Baracco is well worth a visit while you’re in the center of Rome. This elegant museum is home to hundreds of Roman, Greek, Egyptian, Phoenician and Assyrian sculptures and fragments laid out across ornate rooms of a Renaissance palazzo. The collection belonged to Giovanni Barracco (1829 – 1914), a politician and scholar with a passion for ancient civilizations, and was donated to the city of Rome in 1905.

Hours: Tues – Sun 10:00-16:00

Address: Corso Vittorio Emanuele II 168

Stay: Navona Terrace

 

Museo Boncompagni Ludovisi

The Museo Boncompagni Ludovisi is a decorative arts museum right near Via Veneto and Piazza Barberini in the heart of Rome. situated in the art nouveau Villino Boncompagni; Originally owned by the princess Blanceflor de Bildt Boncompani, it was donated to the Italian republic in 1972 to help promote art, culture and fashion in the capital. You’ll find ornate 19th and 20th century furnishings, clothing, accessories as well as a selection of paintings and sculptures on display in the house museum.

Hours: Tues – Sun 9:30 – 19:00

Address: Via Boncompagni 18

Stay: Opera Residence

 

Museo Carlo Bilotti

The Museo Carlo Bilotti is a contemporary art museum tucked away within an orangery in the Villa Borghese gardens. Housing the collection of Carlo Bilotti (an international cosmetics buyer and art collector), it’s home to a permanent collection of modern works by artists such as Giorgio de Chirico, Andy Warhol and Larry Rivers. The museum also hosts rotating exhibits of Italian artists such as Giacomo Balla and JAGO.

Hours: Tues – Fri 10:00-16:00 / Sat & Sun 10:00-19:00

Address: Viale Fiorello La Guardia 6 (inside Villa Borghese)

Stay: Grazia Family Home

The Best Healthy Restaurants In Rome

January always brings high hopes and plenty of resolutions for the new year – from health goals and travel plans to personal projects and career aspirations. Although we believe each day is a new opportunity to make your life as fulfilling as possible, there is something exciting about a fresh start so we wanted to put together a list of some of our favorite restaurants in Rome to help you meet your health goals in 2019.

The Mediterranean diet continues to be considered one of the best “diets” in the world and we feel very fortune to have many wonderful options in the Italian capital. But sometimes you want some more fruits, vegetables and salads to offset the pasta and pizza that abounds! Here are places we recommend to our guests when they ask us where to find a flavorful, healthy meal.

 

Ginger

 

With two locations in the heart of Rome, Ginger Sapori e Saluti is a beautiful restaurant with an ample menu full of delicious dishes and fresh fare. Open daily from morning to evening, it’s a great place to stop by for an açaí bowl at breakfast, fresh garden salads at lunch and artisanal pastas for dinner. With dozens of options on the menu ranging from quick bites to more elaborate entrees, Ginger is a chic place to get your vitamins and is sure to please vegetarians and meat-eaters alike. We love the Palomba salad with mixed greens, pears, goat cheese, walnuts and fresh mint paired with a fresh smoothie (and lots of ginger). One a sunny day, grab a seat outside and watch the well-heeled locals stroll by along the cobblestone streets.

Address: Via Borgognona 43-46 and Piazza Sant’Eustachio 54-55

Stay: Our Grazia Family Home is just a short walk from Ginger.

 

Vivi Bistrot

Vivi Bistrot is another great all-day dining option with several locations in central Rome, from a lovely outdoor patio inside Villa Doria Pamphili park and a secret cafe in Piazza Navona to a new presence inside the Rinascente department store on Via del Tritone. It has a beautiful feminine flair, with freshly baked cakes and gluten-free options, plus hearty salads and a wide range of teas, freshly-pressed juices and smoothies and a seasonal menu that includes everything from sharable appetizers (like hummus and guacamole) to hamburgers, pastas and salads. We really like stopping by the Vivi Bistrot in Piazza Navona in the afternoons for a matcha tea and a slice of carrot cake – or in the evenings for an Aperol Spritz and some bruschetta.

Address: Villa Pamphili: Via Vitellia 102; Rinascente: Via del Tritone 61; Piazza Navona 2 and Via della Mercede 50

Stay: Our Navona Terrace and Grazia Family Home apartments are located right near Vivi Bistrot’s multiple locations.

 

Aromaticus

Nestled in the bohemian neighborhood of Monti, Aromaticus is a sweet gardening store, aromatic herb shop and healthy cafe all wrapped up into one. It’s a nice little spot to stop by for a casual lunch and enjoy a taste of healthy dishes like quinoa with pumpkin, tofu and hummus, freshly pureed soups in an array of colors (topped with fresh sprouts), vegan burgers and powerbowls. There are also a few dishes for fish and meat-eaters like beef tartare and cod carpaccio. And if you’re eager for a change from wine, Aromaticus has a nice selection of craft beers.

Address: Via Urbana 134

Stay: Our Apollo Terrace Apartment and Daphne Terrace Apartment are located right nearby (and if you’re traveling in a larger group, you can combine both apartments and book the Colosseum Terrace Residence which sleeps 13!)

 

Grezzo

Right next door to Aromaticus lies Grezzo, arguably Rome’s best raw, vegan and gluten-free gelateria and pastry shop. This little gem is beloved by raw foodies and gluttons alike for its rich chocolates and nutrient-rich ingredients – and the shop itself looks like its selling fine pieces of jewelry. Grezzo prides itself on using the highest quality organic ingredients in all of its sweets so look out for hazelnuts from Vitbero, Sicilian almonds, coconut oil and sweets flavored with agave. We love to pick up a few nut spreads for breakfast and a cone of dairy-free dark chocolate gelato. And if you’re in Rome around Valentine’s Day, may we suggest picking up an oversized chocolate heart for your sweetheart?

Address: Via Urbana 130

Stay: Our Apollo Terrace Apartment and Daphne Terrace Apartment are located right nearby (and if you’re traveling in a larger group, you can combine both apartments and book the Colosseum Terrace Residence which sleeps 13!)

 

Solo Crudo

Solo Crudo means “only raw” and we’ve got to admit this is our favorite place to recommend to raw foodies when they’re visiting the Eternal City. This juice bar and bistrot is an explosion of flavors and colors and sees beloved dishes adapted into raw recipes. Cacio e pepe is made with zucchini spaghetti, artichoke cream sichuan pepper and marinated artichokes; ravioli are stuffed with savoy cabbage, sweet potato puree and served with a grape sauce; and pizza is made with a cashew and buckwheat base, tart tomato sauce, cashew cheese and plenty of fresh basil. You’ll also find a selection of vegan sushi, soups and desserts (including a decadent chia and chocolate pudding with strawberry jam and cocoa crumble).

Address: Via Federico Cesi 22

Stay: Our Navona Terrace is the closest apartment to Solo Crudo which is located in the Prati district.

The 6 Best Winter Experiences In Rome

It may sound surprising but we think winter is one of the best times to visit Rome. In December, the city is illuminated by the warm glow of Christmas lights and each church set up a beautiful nativity scene for locals and visitors to admire. In January and February, after the holidays, the crowds thin and many travelers are treated to spectacularly blue skies and easy access to the city’s main sites. And in March, the temperatures start to pick up but tourism remains low – meaning you’ll enjoy more of a local atmosphere as you tour the Eternal City.

Plus you’ll save on accommodations! TreasureRome apartment prices are lower in the “off season” and you can save even more when you book directly through our website. Take a look through our apartments to find the best fit for you and your family and get inspired with some of our favorite ways to enjoy Rome in the winter season!

 

1. Sip a cup of tea at Babingtons

Located at the foot of the Spanish Steps in one of the world’s most famous and beautiful piazzas, Babingtons is the place to be on chilly winter afternoons. The historic tea room celebrated its 125th anniversary in 2018 and continues to attract artists, intellectuals and travelers to sip a warming cup of tea or coffee in its cozy wood-paneled rooms. The afternoon tea is a decadent affair, with a tiered tray filled with scones, tea sandwiches, biscuits and more, and we also love stopping by for eggs at breakfast. Babingtons is only a 5 minute walk from our Grazia Family Apartment!

2. Take an Italian Cooking Class

Italy is a country famed for its excellent culinary traditions so why not try your hand at making homemade pasta with your very own personal chef? There’s nothing more fun than spending time cooking up something delicious on a chilly winter day and then enjoying the fruits of your labor during a long leisurely lunch or dinner! TreasureRome works with a certified chef to arrange personalized cooking classes, private at-home dinners or special events (a birthday brunch, graduation lunch, wedding party or anniversary dinner!).

3. Take part in a VIP Shopping Experience

With its longstanding sartorial traditions, no visit to Italy would be complete without some shopping. We can arrange a very special shopping experience for our guests that introduces them to the world of Made in Italy products. The tour includes a visit to some of Rome’s premier artisan shops where you can order a handmade dress, custom-made shoes, customized jewelry and your very own unique leather purse.

4. Catch a show at the Rome Opera

Step into Rome’s elegant Teatro dell’Opera for an enchanting opera or ballet while you’re in the Eternal City. This 19th century opera house has an exciting calendar of events and wonderful shows during the winter season, including Swan Lake (28 December – 6 January), La Traviata (12 – 26 January), Carmen (2 – 10 February), Anne Bolena (20 February – 1 March) and Orfeo ed Euridice (15 March – 22 March).

Perhaps the most incredible aspect of Rome’s opera house is the affordability of the tickets. Seats in the upper gallery begin around €20-30 so don’t miss the chance to see a show. For the full program, see the Teatro dell’Opera website.

The Rome Opera is located close to several of TreasureRome apartments, including the Opera Residence and Colosseum Terrace Apartments.

5. Take a day trip to Naples

Vedi Napoli e poi Muori – See Naples and Die. The seaside city is one of the most mesmerizing in Italy and is enjoying a modern Renaissance thanks to a cleaned up image, the popularity of the Elena Ferrante Neapolitan novels and its strategic location as a gateway to Pompeii, the Amalfi Coast and other attractions in southern Italy. Why not spend a day in Naples while you’re in Rome? The train is just over an hour or we can arrange a private driver and guide to accompany you while you explore this fascinating place. From Neapolitan pizza and Italy’s best coffee to Baroque architecture and sweeping views of Mount Vesuvius, there’s a lot to love about Napoli and it’s one of our favorite day-trips from Rome.

6. Enjoy a guided tour at the Vatican

The Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica are some of the most most iconic sites in the world but if you visit Rome in the winter, you’ll benefit from fewer crowds and more space to enjoy the art inside. TreasureRome works with engaging, licensed guides to take our guests throughout Rome so let us know you’re itinerary and we’ll be happy to curate a personalized schedule to fit your time and interests in the Eternal City!

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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!

 

What To Eat For Breakfast In Rome

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.