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.

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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.

carnival rome

 

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!