Rome’s Best Wine Bars

Drinking wine in Italy is practically a birthright – well, they are the world’s largest producer of the stuff – and the capital has many charming enotecas where you can sit and sip. We love these spots in particular for their attentive label selections, knowledgeable staff, and relaxing atmosphere. Raise a glass with us to the best wine bars in Rome.

 

Brylla

Located in the Trieste area of Rome, Brylla is well worth the trip outside the centro storico. This modern wine bar opened in 2016 with a unique selling point: every one of the more than 150 wines can be ordered by the glass thanks to Coravin, a new design of bottle opener that allows wine to be poured through a tiny hole in the cork, which is then resealed. With no wastage from spoiled, only half-empty bottles, Brylla can offer guests absolute choice from wines at any price point, including the most prestigious vintages.

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Il Goccetto

Possibly Rome’s most famous wine bar thanks to its gorgeous vintage ‘Vino e Olio’ sign outside, Il Goccetto is well known among locals and tourists in the know. Its strategic location in the historic centre means it can get busy so be prepared to wait at peak times or just congregate on the street outside, drink in hand. There’s ample choice of wines by the glass, starting at just a few euros, and an extensive selection of labels available by the bottle – just check out the collection lining the walls for inspiration. A small menu of meats, cheeses, and other delicious snacks, provide the perfect accompaniment to your tipple.

 

Litro

This pretty spot in the residential neighborhood of Monteverde specializes in natural and biodynamic wines from across Italy. The cellar is stocked with interesting choices that go beyond the usual red and white, and into rosé (which, actually, is not always well represented in Italian wine bars) and even orange wines. Don’t be afraid to ask the staff for recommendations either – they’re passionate about what they do and happy to find the perfect match for your tastes. Litro also offers a small but exceptional food menu.

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Ai Tre Scalini

Ai Tre Scalini has been an institution in the Monti neighborhood since 1895. This rustic bottiglieria is frequented by a laid-back, artsy crowd who love the informal atmosphere as well as the extensive Italian wine list. There’s also a selection of craft beers, both on tap and bottled, from some of the peninsula’s best microbreweries. Pair your drink with light bites, such as olives or lupin beans, or dive into a generous platter of cured meats and artisanal cheeses.

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Enoteca Ferrara

If you want to whet your whistle, Enoteca Ferrara is the place to do it. Their wine list is less flimsy pamplet and more hardback, two-volume novel. With over 1600 labels to choose from, even the most knowledgeable enophile will discover something new. If that’s too much choice, let the sommelier select a bottle for you – there’s labels for every taste and budget. Not just a wine bar with an impressive collection of bottles, Enoteca Ferrara is also an elegant restaurant, traditional osteria, and birreria, making this locale a great choice for any occasion.

 

Rimessa Roscioli

The Roscioli brand is well known in Rome for its restaurant and historic bakery, both located in one of the most beautiful parts of the city centre. In recent years, they’ve added to their empire with a coffee shop and a wine bar. Rimessa Roscioli focuses on accessible wine tastings, showcasing not just the best Italian vini but the production techniques, history and culture that goes into every glass. Tasting sessions should be booked online in advance but you can also stop by without a reservation for a glass or two at any time.

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Rome for Literary Lovers

“Oh Rome! my country! city of the soul!” – Lord Byron.

Rome has been inspiring people to put pen to paper for millennia. As well as producing its own homegrown talent, the Eternal City has also attracted writers, poets, and other creative types from around the world. Here, we take a look at some of the city’s most celebrated literary figures and the sites they frequented during their time here.

The Keats-Shelley House seen from the Spanish Steps © HarshLight/Flickr

Keats-Shelley Memorial House

Romantic poet John Keats came to Rome in 1820, hoping to improve his ailing health with a dose of Italian sunshine. Unfortunately, his health didn’t improve and he died of tuberculosis just a few short months later, at the age of 25. The house he rented at number 26 Piazza di Spagna is now a museum, housing artefacts from not just the poet’s life but the life of friend and fellow Romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley. The museum itself is modest in size but boasts an extensive collection of books, memorabilia, letters, manuscripts and paintings relating to the pair. Keats’ death mask and a replica of the bed he died in are especially evocative pieces.

Antico Caffé Greco © Richard, enjoy my life!/Flickr

Antico Caffé Greco

The area around the Spanish Steps was once so popular with well-heeled travelers  (including those on the Grand Tour), it earned the nickname the English Quarter, or even the English Ghetto. The area’s meeting point was Antico Caffé Greco on Via dei Condotti. Now Rome’s oldest coffee shop, Antico Caffé Greco opened in 1760 and provided caffeine hits to literary figures such as Stendhal, Goethe, Byron, Hans Christian Anderson, Mark Twain, and, of course, Keats. With its marble-top tables, red velvet chairs, and gold-framed artworks, the coffee shop has retained its period feel and is the perfect spot to sip a cappuccino and, if inspiration hits, pen a few lines.

Non-Catholic Cemetery © Massimiliano Calamelli/Flickr

Non-Catholic Cemetery/Protestant Cemetery

Tucked behind an ancient Egyptian-style pyramid and a section of the Aurelian walls is the Non-Catholic Cemetery of Rome. The verdant enclosure is a welcome relief from the chaos of the busy streets outside and is the final resting place of both Keats and Shelley. Over the years, the cemetery has filled with the graves of writers, scholars, painters and other travelers who found inspiration in the city. The maze of headstones and funerary sculptures is interspersed with cypress trees, perfectly pruned hedgerows, and the occasional lounging cat.

Casa di Goethe on Via del Corso © Tom86/WikiCommons

Casa di Goethe

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was a German statesman and writer of novels, poetry, drama, and scientific treatises, to name just a few of his many disciplines. From 1786 to 1788 he journeyed throughout the Italian peninsula and was especially inspired by the south, writing “To have seen Italy without having seen Sicily is to not have seen Italy at all, for Sicily is the clue to everything.” His diary entries would later form the basis of Italian Journey, his post-travel report on the bel paese. His time in Rome was brief – just three months – but the house where he stayed on Via del Corso is now a museum dedicated to the cultural impact of his work. In addition to letters, diary entries, and other original documents of Goethe’s, the collection includes drawings and sketches by painter (and housemate) Johann Wilhelm Tischbein. The most famous portrayal of Goethe – and the multicolored jewel of the exhibit – is the flashy screenprint by Andy Warhol in the museum’s permanent collection.

Looking for accommodation near Rome’s literary sites? Our Grazia Family Home and Spanish Steps Terrace are within walking distance of the Keats-Shelley Memorial House, Antico Caffé Greco, and the Casa di Goethe while the Non-Catholic Cemetery is just a short metro journey away.

Where to Eat In Rome: 5 Trattorias You Can’t Miss

With such a longstanding culinary tradition, Rome is undoubtedly a haven for foodies who flock to the city to sample classic dishes such as cacio e pepe and carbonara. However – like just about anywhere around the world – not every restaurant is created equal, so it pays to do your homework. We’ve put together a list of some of our favorite trattorias, all of which showcase fresh, seasonal produce and serve up delicious, mostly traditional, fare.

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Da Enzo al 29

This family-run restaurant tucked away on a Trastevere side-street is well known among both locals and tourists for its wholesome cucina romana. There are a handful of tables on the street and just a few more inside this tiny eatery so be sure to book (only the 7.30pm slot is available) or expect a long wait. Da Enzo prides itself on its local specialities such as carciofi alla guidia (Jewish style fried artichokes), amatriciana (rigatoni pasta in a smooth tomato sauce with salty guanciale), and cacio e pepe (tonnarelli noodles in a pecorino cheese and black pepper sauce). Their meat-based secondi, such as meatballs and oxtail stew, are also excellent.

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Osteria Margutta

Just a few steps from the Spanish Steps (and our gorgeous Spanish Steps Terrace) is the picturesque Via Margutta and Osteria Margutta has been feeding the residents of this charming street (and beyond) since 1965. Pull up a chair – not forgetting to look for the plaques that testify to the high-profile names who’ve dined here previously – and take in the vintage knick-knacks, theatrical memorabilia and other artistic treasures that decorate the walls. Typical Roman fare is on the menu but some of the more inventive and unusual dishes are well worth sampling. We like the fusilli al ragù, an old family recipe, spiked with a hint of cinnamon for a unique flavor profile.

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Colline Emiliane

In a city so rightly proud of its culinary heritage, finding a restaurant that offers food from a different Italian region can be tricky. Happily, Colline Emiliane has been cooking up dishes typical of Emilia-Romagna since 1931 – and doing it well. The region is famous for its top-quality ingredients, such as balsamic vinegar, prosciutto di Parma, and Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, and you’ll find them here in delicious dishes like tagliatelle alla Bolognese, pumpkin tortelli, and braised beef meatballs. The perfect place for a lazy Sunday lunch, especially if your apartment is within staggering distance.

View of Colosseum from Monti

Trattoria Monti

Helmed by the Camerucci family, Trattoria Monti is a favorite among those in the know for its specialities from Le Marche, on Italy’s Adriatic coast. Remember to book in advance and you’ll be rewarded with refined yet satisfying dishes such as the mezze maniche pasta with pecorino, sausage and black pepper or the tortello al rosso d’uovo; a large raviolo with spinach, ricotta, and runny egg yolk. Second courses range from the meat-heavy (think roast rabbit with truffle) to the vegetarian friendly (fresh vegetable tarts and flans). Take a look at our Apollo Terrace Apartment in the same neighborhood.

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Osteria Barberini

True to the Barberini area, well known for its dolce vita mood, Osteria Barberini is elegant without being stuffy (just like our nearby Barberini Terrace). The compact restaurant is better suited to couples or small groups so larger parties should book in advance to avoid disappointment. The kitchen rustles up Roman classics like amatriciana and pasta e fagioli (a traditional bean and pasta soup) but is most proud of its truffle offerings. There’s white truffle tagliolini pasta, risotto with white truffle and prosecco, and scrambled eggs with black truffle and pecorino cheese, to name just a few of the dishes on the menu.

Where to Stay in Rome: Neighborhood Guide

Choosing the location of holiday accommodation can truly make or break a trip. While social butterflies often flourish in a lively part of town, those who plan for a more peaceful retreat might not enjoy staying in a party hotspot. It’s personal. Figure out which Rome neighborhood is right for you with this handy guide.

Trastevere

Though Trastevere has now been well and truly discovered by tourists – don’t trust guidebooks that still describe it as ‘off the beaten path’ – this ivy-clad neighborhood remains one of Rome’s most charming places to stay. Make our Trastevere Terrace your base and spend some time people watching in the piazza and getting lost among the maze of vicoli. Wandering these narrow streets without a care is a great way to get a feel for local life and discover the area’s shops, cafes, and markets at your own pace. Don’t miss the intricate Byzantine mosaics at the Basilica of Santa Maria or Raphael’s frescoes at Villa Farnesina. Plenty of bars and restaurants make this an excellent location for drinks, dinner, or both.

See more of our favorite places in Trastevere here.

Spanish Steps

Heaps of serious cash is dropped every day in Piazza di Spagna and beyond, as brands like Gucci, Prada, and Bulgari have all opened luxurious boutiques here. The undisputed focal point of the area though, is the grandiose Spanish Steps. The 174-step monumental staircase takes its name from the nearby Spanish Embassy to the Holy See but is more famous for its starring role alongside Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday. Close proximity and easy access to almost all of Rome’s main attractions make it a convenient neighborhood to stay in while the views can be really special here if you find the right spot (like at our Spanish Steps Terrace apartment). If shopping ‘til you drop isn’t your thing, cultural institutions the Keats-Shelley House and Babington’s Tea Room might just appeal.

Trevi Fountain

This busy part of town is popular with those who want to be in the heart of the action and within walking distance of the city’s most famous attractions. Crowds inevitably gather at the beautifully Baroque Trevi Fountain but choosing an apartment nearby (like our luxurious Grazia Family Home) means you can easily stop by early morning or late at night when the hordes have left. A new addition to the area is the multi-storey Rinascente department store, offering designer goods, a gourmet food court, rooftop bar, and, most interestingly, an ancient aqueduct in the basement.

Side street in Monti © Fiammetta Bruni/Flickr

Monti

Monti is a small but perfectly formed neighborhood next to the Colosseum. Once a red-light district, it now occupies prime real estate and is frequented by the bohemian crowd who love its cocktail bars, alternative fashion boutiques, and range of dining options. It’s often referred to as hipster, but Monti has both style and substance, and has retained its village-like feel in the face of gentrification. Two of our favorite spots are Urbana47, for contemporary dishes made with local ingredients, and Fatamorgana, for inventive and artisanal gelato. Our Apollo Terrace property is the ideal jumping-off point to explore everything on offer here.

Fontana del Tritone © Rodney/Flickr

Piazza Barberini

Much of Piazza Barberini’s appeal as a place to stay lies in its tourist-friendly location in close proximity to Termini station and the historic center – plus, it has its own metro stop so heading further afield is a cinch – but the area itself has a lot going for it too. (For starters, there’s our stunning Barberini Terrace.) Bernini’s Fontana del Tritone, which depicts the powerful sea god Triton, is an arresting centerpiece for a neighborhood known for its 1960’s dolce vita vibes. At the end of Via Veneto (the setting of Fellini’s classic movie) Villa Borghese is a verdant refuge from the chaos of the city while art buffs should book tickets to the park’s galleria to see more of Bernini’s mastery of marble.

Trastevere Neighborhood Guide

With its ivy-laden streets, local trattorias and lively atmosphere, Trastevere is one of Rome’s most picturesque – and coveted – neighborhoods. Though Trastevere, which means “across the Tiber”, is popular with tourists, it’s an area of the city that is still filled with local institutions so it’s a great place to stay during a vacation or extended period. When you stay at TreasureRome’s Trastevere Terrace, you can start your day with breakfast on your private terrace while the church bells ring in the distance before wandering outside to begin your sightseeing adventures.

Our Favorite Sights

Villa Farnesina: with magnificent frescoes by Raphael, rooms intricately decorated with trompe l’oeil paintings and a leafy garden, this 16th century Renaissance Villa is our favorite place to escape the crowds in Rome.

Orto Botanico: nature lovers will want to spend a couple hours at Rome’s Botanical Garden, a peaceful park set upon 12 hectares. Discover beautiful fountains, a bamboo forest, Japanese garden and more.

Santa Maria in Trastevere & Santa Cecilia: Rome is home to hundreds of churches and two of the most noteworthy lie in Trastevere. Santa Maria is one of the oldest churches in the city, with floor plans that date back to the 3rd century. It has impressive 13th century mosaics in the apse. Santa Cecilia, a 12th century church features a peaceful enclosed courtyard and a Baroque statue dedicated to the martyr.

Gianicolo: one of the highest hills in Rome, Gianicolo provides an incredible view of the city skyline and its many church domes and bell towers. It’s also the location of the monumental Fontana dell’Acqua Paola fountain built in the 17th century.

 

Our Favorite Places To Eat

Antica Pesa: an institution in the neighborhood, Antica Pesa is an upscale trattoria that dates back to 1922. It’s a favorite haunt for celebrities and VIPs and serves up excellent Roman dishes along with some creative spins on Italian favorites. The hidden courtyard is a romantic place to while the night away.

Le Levain: this little French cafe has been exceedingly popular since the day it first opened. Step inside and you’ll be greeted by the comforting scent of freshly-baked croissants and a wide array of colorful sweets, including macaroons, mini eclairs, fruit tarts and more. We love the savory quiches.

Roma Sparita: located right in front of Santa Cecilia in Trastevere, Roma Sparita is a trattoria that shot to stardom when Anthony Bourdain filmed an episode of No Reservations here, so you’ll need to book ahead for a seat. Don’t miss ordering the cacio e pepe which comes served in a parmesan cheese bowl.

Otaleg: one of the newcomer’s to the Trastevere scene this year is Otaleg, an artisanal gelateria that serves some of Rome’s best creative, seasonal flavors which a focus on quality ingredients.

 

Favorite Places To Drink

Enoteca Ferrara: home to a wine bar, beer bar, restaurant and trattoria, Enoteca Ferrara is a great place to stop by at any time of the day – and especially during the winter months. Order wine by the glass or flip through a veritable Wine Bible with hundreds of labels.

Niji: speakeasy bars are having a moment in Rome – enjoy the intimate atmosphere of Niji after having dinner at a local trattoria and cozy up with a carefully-crafted cocktail of your choice. If you need advice, the bartenders here are excellent and can provide suggestions based on any preference.

Bir & Fud: part beer bar, part pizzeria, Bir & Fud is one of Rome’s legendary places for a bite to eat or a drink in the heart of Trastevere. There are a dozen craft beers on tap and a wide array of mouthwatering pizzas (made in the Neapolitan style) for you to choose from.

Litro: this natural wine bar is one of the best places to enjoy unfiltered, organic and biodynamic wines in Rome. It’s a hip little spot that attracts wine connoisseurs and also has a menu of creative dishes to pair with your glass.

Dining Al Fresco: Where To Eat Outside In Rome

With its quaint piazzas and panoramic rooftop terraces, Rome is a city made for drinking and dining al fresco, soaking in la dolce vita and the city’s quintessentially “small town” atmosphere. Day or night, summer or winter, the Eternal City’s mild temperatures ensure that eating outside is a 365-day-a-year affair but it’s especially delightful on long summer evenings as the sky slowly turns from pink to blue to a black tapestry dotted with stars.

Discover our 5 favorite restaurants for dining al fresco and consider booking a private chef to cater your own rooftop dinner in one of TreasureRome’s luxurious terrace apartments.

Pierluigi

Set within one of Rome’s most discrete – and loveliest – piazzas, Pierluigi is one of the most romantic places to enjoy a meal in Rome. The historic seafood restaurant (open since 1938) is a favorite of celebrities, politicians and other VIPs for its five-star service, fabulous and fresh cuisine and extensive wine list with over 1,500 labels. Be sure to book ahead to snag a table out on the coveted patio.

Da Teo

Trastevere is filled with delightful Roman eateries but our favorite is undoubtedly Trattoria Da Teo. The restaurant is tucked into a corner in an unassuming little piazza and has plenty of outdoor (and indoor) seating so it’s a great place to try dishes like amatriciana, carciofi and cacio e pepe at any time of the year. It’s particularly evocative in the evenings as the sun begins to set and the temperatures begin to drop.

Baja

One of the most unique places to eat in Rome is outside on the banks of the Tiber River. Baja is a boat-restaurant permanently docked along the river so it’s another great choice for dining year-round. We love coming here for brunch on the weekends, when Baja serves up a bountiful buffet of hot dishes (quiches, pastas, meats and more) plus cheeses, vegetables and more. It’s also a nice place to dine during holidays or celebrations.

Pianoalto

The younger sibling of Rome darling Pianostrada, Pianoalto is a rooftop restaurant located in south Rome, making it one of the few places to offer a perfect view of the surrounding industrial skyline. The urban garden has romantic details and the menu serves everything from gourmet sandwiches and succulent pasta dishes to burgers, focaccia and plenty of antipasti and side plates you can share or enjoy all to yourself.

Babette

Just steps from Piazza del Popolo, Babette is a hidden gem with a French spin. This chic bistrot has a beautiful interior courtyard, making it a romantic place for a relaxed meal, and an ample list of pastas, fish and meat courses – it’s particularly inviting for vegetarians, though anyone in your group will be satisfied with the options. In the cooler months, you can also sit inside and enjoy the whimsical decor.

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.

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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