A Roman food experience you must try

Rome seduces everyone, not only thanks to its wonderful places, but also with its great food.

Roman cuisine is the food of the people. It is also described as “poor kitchen” because the food was made with simple and available ingredients. It has always been full of flavors and perfumes. These dishes hold the history of Roman people and they are simply delicious: pasta, pig, lamb, artichokes, puntarelle, chicory. When in Rome, you must experience a traditional “osteria romana” and try this famous Roman cuisine, drinking wine or beer, as many Romans love to do.

These are the 6 Roman dishes not to be missed!

Amatriciana 

Tomatoes, guanciale (pig’s cheek), bucatini-thick spaghetti with a hole running through the center-and pecorino romano (a kind of salty and hard cheese): the “amatriciana” is one of those Roman dishes which always win. Don’t forget a large bib!

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Cacio e Pepe

It’s a simple dish with spaghetti and three ingredients- pecorino romano cheese (cacio), black pepper (pepe) and leftover pasta water, that create a creamy sauce- but it is absolutely exquisite. Once you try it, you will always dream about it!

Carbonara

You can ask for different kinds of pasta- like mezze maniche, spaghetti or rigatoni- but the result is always great. Raw egg yolk, guanciale, pepper and greated pecorino romano: we bet you are already craving!

Trippa alla romana

Stewing tripe in a delicious tomato sauce with the addition of garlic, onions and various chopped herbs such as “menta romana”: a delicate taste that you can only find in this Roman recipe. A dish that you can only eat in the Eternal City, which is considered a real delicacy.

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Coda alla vaccinara

The butcher-style oxtail (coda) is one of the most famous of Roman variety meat-based recipes. It is made by stewing oxtail, onions, garlic, guanciale or lard, cinammon and other herbs. Eat it with your hands, you’ll enjoy it more.

Carciofi

The artichoke is the real star of the Roman cuisine. The two Roman ways to prepare it are “alla romana” (Roman-style, stuffed with bread crumbs, garlic, mint, and parsley) or “alla giudea” (Jewish-style, deep fried). Try both and decide which one you like more!

Get ready for this unique food experience!

 

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Where to buy bus tickets in Rome

Rome is definitely a city to explore by foot. You can discover hidden gems getting yourself lost in its streets, but it is a pretty big city as well. So if you need to see different places and you don’t have enough time to wander around, you can take the metro (lines A, B and C) or you can catch the bus or the tram.

How to buy tickets Rome-TreasureRome blog Ticket cost €1,50 and are active for 100 minutes from validation, or for one metro ride (but you can use it also for buses after the metro within that time period) on urban routes. Thy cal also valid on regional trains: Trenitalia (2nd class only), Roma-Lido, Termini-Centocelle and Roma-Viterbo (urban route).They must be validated: on buses and trams there are machines close to the doors; if you take the metro, you use it to go through the turnstile.

There are self service machines at every metro station, but you can’t buy a ticket on the bus. Actually it could be possible, but only in some buses and you don’t know which ones. Don’t ask the driver, he can’t help you! So where you can purchase them?

  • At a Tabaccheria (Tobacco shops). You can easily find a tabaccheria everywhere in Rome. They sell differents things like cigarettes, sweets, souvenirs, stamps and tickets.Here you can buy a single ticket or multiple single tickets: you can also reload a monthly pass (abbonamento).
  • At an Edicola (kiosk). Here you can buy newspapers and tickets. As the tabaccheria, it’s easy to find it around the city.
  • How to buy tickets Rome-TreasureRome blog On an app: there’s a good one called “MyCicero” to use with a credit card. It’s really  useful because you don’t need to find a shop or change your money.
  • At Atac –the Rome public transportation company- ticket offices (you can also check its site for further information on routes).

If you are planning to experience all that Rome can offer, you can also get a 24, 48 and 72 hours passes.

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Tickets and passes

Enjoy Rome and don’t forget to buy your tickets!

 

The Seven Hills of Rome

Have you ever heard about the Seven hills of Rome? Probably you have, because they are related with the history of Rome’s foundation and development. Today it’s difficult to recognize them due to constructions and changes over the centuries, and they are more like land ridges than hills. But all of them have something special to tell.

Palatine

According to Roman mythology, the Palatine Hill is where the city of Rome has been founded by Romulus. It is also the most ancient area of Rome: it stands above the Roman Forum on one side and upon the Circus Maximus on the other. Today the whole hill is an archaelogical site, with the ruins of ancient imperial palaces, a “hyppodrome” and landscaped gardens.

Palatine TreasureRome

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Capitoline

In ancient times many important buildings were located here, like the Temple of Jupiter. Today the Capitoline Hill hosts Rome’s City Hall (Campidoglio) and it is dominated by the Altare della Patria and two staircases. One leads to the famous church of Santa Maria in Aracoeli; the other one was designed by Michelangelo and leads up to Piazza del Campidoglio, where also the Capitoline Museums are situated.

Aventine  

According to the legend, the Aventine Hill is where Remus chose to establish his empire while Romulus decided to stay on the Palatine hill. Today it is a famous and visited place thanks to its main attractions like the Garden of Oranges, the church of Santa Sabina and the keyhole of Villa del Priorato di Malta.

Garden of Oranges

Esquiline

It is the largest of the seven Hills of Rome and today it hosts the beautiful Santa Maria Maggiore, one of the four Papal churches, as well as other churches, and it is close to Termini station.  

Quirinal

This hill is dominated by Palazzo del Quirinale, where the Presidente della Repubblica italiana lives and where it is also possible to admire an amazing panorama over the Eternal City. Close to Quirinale there are also important churches and monuments like Sant’Andrea al quirinale designed by Bernini; the baroque San Carlo Alle Quattro Fontane designed by Borromini and the quattro Fontane, a crossroads between the ancient via Porta Pia and via Felice, characterized by a fountain on every angle. In the vicinity of the Quirinale there is also the Scuderie del Quirinale, where exhibitions and cultural events take place.

Piazza del Quirinale

Caelian

The Celian is probably the lesser known hill, but it hosts beautiful churches (like the Basilica of San Clemente, the Santo Stefano Rotondo and Basilica dei Quattro Coronati), a lovely park-villa Celimontana- and a military hospital.

Viminal

Situated between the Esquiline and the Quirinal Hills, the viminal is the smallest of the Seven Hills of Rome and it is famous because it is the location of the Termini station, the museum Palazzo Massimo, the Teatro dell’ Opera and the Baths of Diocletian, which worth a visit.

Baths of diocletian (Credits: @orchidearci_book-Instagram)

Le 5 domande più ricercate su Google che riguardano Roma

Cosa chiedereste a Google su Roma? Quale dettaglio o piccolo segreto vorreste che vi svelasse? Ecco quali sono le 5 domande più curiose sulla città cercate online: potrebbero essere anche le vostre!

Perché Roma si chiama Roma?

L’origine del nome della città è in realtà avvolto nel mistero, anche se sono principalmente due le ipotesi al momento più accreditate. Una è quella che fa risalire il nome all’antico nome del Tevere, ossia “Rumon” o “Rumen”: “romanus” quindi, in origine, significava “fluviale” e Roma sarebbe “la città sul fiume”. La seconda ipotesi invece identifica Roma con “rume”, ossia mammella, il nome dato al Palatino-dove venne fondata la città- per le sue due vette che venivano paragonate a un seno. Improbabile che il nome derivi da Romolo, secondo la leggenda il suo fondatore, mentre gli studiosi ritengono più probabile il contrario.

Perché Roma è la città più bella del mondo?

Per la sua storia millenaria. Per i suoi angoli che regalano sempre dettagli inaspettati. Perché il centro storico della città, insieme alle proprietà extraterritoriali della Santa Sede dentro la città e alla Basilica di San Paolo Fuori le Mura sono Patrimonio Mondiale dell’Umanità. Perché Roma ha monumenti straordinari e unici. La risposta a questa domanda può avere moltissime sfumature e nessuna di loro sarebbe errata.

 

Perché Roma è diventata capitale d’Italia?

Roma divenne capitale con la legge del 3 febbraio 1871, dopo che venne annessa al Regno d’Italia dallo Stato pontificio. Ma di questa scelta si stava già discutendo mentre si faceva più reale l’idea dell’unificazione italiana (avvenuta nel 1861). Questo perché il nuovo stato sarebbe stato considerato più grande e potente se avesse avuto un legame con la magnificenza e le indiscusse glorie dell’antico impero.

Perché Roma è detta La città Eterna?

In molti fanno risalire all’imperatore Adriano la prima definizione di Roma come “Città Eterna”. Ma questa espressione, ormai di uso comune per tutto ciò che la città ci ha tramandato, è sicuramente da attribuire anche alla cultura latina, che vedeva enorme valore nella durevolezza del tempo. Roma, anche definita “Caput Mundi”, per la sua grandezza e predominanza nel mondo antico, non poteva che esserne la più alta espressione.

Perché Roma città aperta?

L’espressione “città aperta” signfica che una città è stata ceduta alle forze nemiche senza combattimenti, in modo da risparmiarla dalla distruzione. Questo accadde anche a Roma, quando venne dichiarata tale nel 1943 durante la seconda guerra mondiale, ma solo dalle autorità italiane: una condizione che non venne però ratificata da quelle tedesche. “Roma città aperta” è inoltre il titolo del film del 1945 del regista Roberto Rossellini, con Anna Magnani e Aldo Fabrizi: un racconto corale della vita quotidiana della città occupata dai tedeschi.