Rome is a city that welcomes people from all over the world. At the same time, it’s a city resistant to change and one that holds steadfast to its traditions. If you want to immerse yourself completely in the customs and atmosphere of the Eternal City during your trip, make like a local with these four tips!
Are you out for a walk? Have you just visited a museum or are you are about to go to St. Peter’s Basilica? Are you waiting for your private Rome tour? Take a quick break with a good espresso coffee! Romans (and Italians in general) like to take a break at the bar in front of a cup of coffee, to relax a little bit before starting their activities or to have a quick chat with someone.
Let’s celebrate with prosecco
Do you have a special occasion to celebrate, like a birthday or graduation? Are you on a rooftop watching the sunset? Are you out at a wine bar and eager to celebrate your arrival in Rome? Toast to like with a glass of prosecco! You only have to uncork a bottle and toast: in Italian we say “Salute!”, “Alla nostra” or “Cin cin”!
Pizza bianca and mortadella
Do you usually find yourself hungry between breakfast and lunch? Or are you too busy to think about sitting in a good Roman restaurant? Stop at a forno (“oven”) or Roman bar for a quick spuntino (“snack”) like a sandwich of pizza and mortadella! It’s a simple but delicious treat that will see you through to your next meal without making you too full.
Before going to sleep…
When Romans stay out late drinking at a bar, club or watching a game at the soccer stadium, they end their evening with a sweet cornetto from a late-night “Cornettaro” or pastry shop. It’s a great way to avoid a hangover in the morning and end on a sweet note. Chocolate, cream, or jam – what’s your favorite flavor?
And if you want to be sure not to “behave like tourists”, find out the 7 eating habits that make you look like a tourist in Rome!
With so much to see and do in Rome, it can be hard to plan a holiday in the Eternal City. Which museums should you visit? Which dishes should you taste? What neighborhood should you stay in?
What if, instead of planning your holiday around sights or food, you planned a trip around unique experiences and annual events? Italy has longstanding traditions that help shed light on the history and culture of the city and seeing them for yourself will help you understand Rome on a much deeper level. Have we piqued your interest? Here are our 3 favorite traditional events you should experience once in your life in Rome.
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.
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.
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.
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)!
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.
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.
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.
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!
How about following this very special “gelato tour” during your Roman holiday? You will certainly not be disappointed!