Summer Festival in the City – Lungo Il Tevere

As we mentioned here, along the river Tevere in Rome there’s a refreshing event all summer long, don’t miss it! Here’s some pictures as a teaser – enjoy!

We spent hours at the “chess table”, in the end it was almost as crowded as the restaurants, would you believe it? (A missing black knight was replaced by a giant green bottle for a while, the show must go on!)

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Our favourite pub in Testaccio (among the best aperitivo places in Rome), Rec23 this summer hits the festival as well! Check out the great burgers and coctails!

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And another hit of this summer, Monti district’s proud, La Crostaceria at Lungotevere! Wow this is seafood heaven!

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Vintage shops, bars and concerts, open air cinema on the Tiber Island and much more…

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The Best GELATO In Rome! #2

With this not-so-ingenious title here we go with five more of our favourite gelato-parlours in the Eternal City – Enjoy or better, try them all!

 

il gelato torceIl Gelato
Via dell’Aeronautica, 105 (EUR)

We love to explore the districts of Rome following the tastes of artisan gelato! Here, we are in the heart of EUR (Esposizione Universale di Roma) impressive residential and business district planned by Mussolini. The Great Master of artisan gelato has his sober original laboratory here, though his creations can be found in several points of Rome. Claudio Torcè is famous for his meticulous research for perfection and clean, natural, high quality ingredients but not only! Some of his creations (especially the ones at the end of the long glass bar with over 70 flavors) are more than surprising! Would you try Mortadella (you know the pork sausage Sophia Loren tried to take to NYC in Lady Liberty?) or the spiciest Habanero? Celery or Gorgonzola cheese maybe? If you are for more classic flavors, try the fruit which are almost all without milk and other allergenic. Or choose from the almost 20 different choclolates, we recommend the one with Himalaya salt. Our absolute favourite flavors are the ones with ricotta! With honey and chocolate, with bluberries or with orange peels and bourbon…. and the whipped cream (home made, of course) is just so delicate and soft, a must try even if you usually decline it.
(They have a central located branch in Viale Aventino 59 too!)

 

teatroGelateria del Teatro
Via dei Coronari, 65

The Institution par excellence of the artisan gelaterie in Rome with timeless elegance. They have an open laboratory so you can admire the creation process from the very ingredient turned into addiction called gelato. We especially love to sit at the tiny space outside with the small round tables surrounded by beautiful flowers, sometimes a cat passing by, so intimate rounding the special experience of this extraordinary place. They play a lot with herbs as complementary flavors, lavender with peach, basil and rapsberry, sage or rosemary with lemon… give them a try you’ll not regret the refreshing taste and the mastery of the flavor combinations. (A new location has been opened in Lungotevere dei Vallati, 25 too!)

 

neve di latte gelatoNeve di Latte
Via Luigi Poletti, 6

New, fizzy, love at first sight. Though they opened in 2011 and won the Best Gelato in Italy prize in 2013, the minimal laboratory in Flaminio district feels brand new, with its clean and pure outlines. Near to the MAXXI (21st century Art Museum) Simone Romano’s pride is worth the (literally) extra mile you’re walking for it. The location features a separate room with wooden and metal design if you want to enjoy your gelato inside instead of walking. All natural ingredients and rigorous high quality are the very base of Neve di Latte. The origin of the ingredients are all listed, such as the organic milk from a German producer, Amadei chocolate, arabic coffee beans and seasonal, mostly local, organic fruit. The fruit flavors called sorbetto are all without milk, have a unique consistence and harmony in taste. Simone is there for you to recommend combinations of the actual flavors, explain the process of the creation and as well to share his passion for his beloved gelato.

 

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Come Il Latte
Via Silvio Spaventa, 24

Oh, the hedonistic gelato heaven… Can you believe we haven’t yet made it to a foto? When we get our cup we just forget about everything else… There.
Come il Latte (just like milk) is located near the central Piazza della Repubblica, and as we learnt, has been opened by a former employee of I Caruso (established gelato artisans, very worth to try). They make the most creamy and rich and soft gelato we have ever tasted!  Of course, only carefully selected high quality ingredients, additive-free preparation, but the cream! That’s amore, as the commercial says, the flavors are rounded and rich, smooth yet not in the silky way, completed with surprising crunchy pieces here and there. Salted caramel and Zabaione are Heaven on Earth, also the fruit flavors are just perfect. We loved Fig and Chestnut, worth to mention that some flavors among fruit are also dairy free.
And in Come il Latte is not all about flavors! The crunchy cones and whipped cream and chocolate topping take the gelato-experience to a higher level giving the hedonist what they deserve! You can have your cone or cookie dipped in white or dark chocolate, or you can ask the chocolate topping onto your gelato , it’s included in the price of your cone.

 

ilgrezzo urbana gelatoIl Grezzo
Via Urbana, 130

Ok, it’s not the classic gelateria but they are definitely a unique spot in the supertrendy via Urbana as the first raw and vegan place in Rome! All their creations are made with organic, vegan and raw very high quality ingredients. The heart of these is the raw chocolate of not toasted but dried beans. All the cakes, cookies, pralines and desserts are made this way, raw and vegan, and they are incredibly delicious!  In the summer they have also gelato, made with almond milk, cashews and coconut meat for the creamy texture, sweetened by coconut sugar. This preparation method takes to a very intense flavor, like in coffee and chocolate, you will definitely not need a coffee afterwards. Fruit flavors are also all with organic fruit, lemon is something fabulous, mango is also a favourite.
If you’re not so into gelato, try the Sacher cake or Mango cheesecake – you won’t regret it!

 

Read also the first part of the Treasure Hunt for the Best Gelato in Rome!

The 3 Best Spots in Rome for Lovers on Valentine’s Day

Rome unquestionably is one of the most romantic cities in the world (actually, The One). On the occasion of the upcoming Valentine’s Day, here’s our list of 3 sights to visit on a romantic ‘In Love Tour’ plus one special hint!

1. Fontanina degli innamorati “The small fountain of lovers”

fontaninaWhere else to start a romantic tour than the beautiful Trevi Fountain? Make sure you toss a coin for your return in Rome than head to the right external side of the monument, where you find the lovers’ fountain, a rectangular marble basin without any particular sign. The legend says Roman soldiers before leaving the city for service came here with their sweethearts to swear eternal faithfullness by drinking from the water together then breaking the glass. The virgin water “acqua vergine” assured they would never forget about Rome and their love left behind. So follow the tradition, drink from the water of faithful love with your loved one!

2. Ponte degli innamorati “Lovers’ bridge”

milvio lucchettiThe story of the lovers’ bridge is a with or without you for the City of Rome. It started ten years ago with a cult novel of Federico Moccia, Tre metri sopra il cielo where the couple attaches a padlock on a metal bar of the bridge then throws the key in the Tiber as the demonstration of their unbreakable love. Locals and tourists made a tradition of it, transforming the ancient bridge to the living testimony of Everlasting Love – until, as the City hall declared, the massive iron weight and rust of the thousands and thousands of locks started to cause serious damages to the stone structure. Despite the removal of the love locks in 2012 the Milvian Bridge remains one of the most romantic spots for the couples, especially at sunset! Lovers, on the other hand, became very creative in finding other sights around the city to clip their padlocks on.

3. Vicolo degli Innamorati “The path of lovers”

zodiaco1Getting here is quite tricky with public transportation but, without doubt worth the hassle. Monte Mario’s 139mt height, named Lo Zodiaco, offers a breathtaking view over the Eternal City and the Roman Castles area. There’s no more romantic place to be after sunset, looking at the starred sky holding your loved one close… and take a walk on the path of lovers. In the Monte Mario Park you can also visit the Astronomical Observatory.

+1 Special Around-Trip Chiesa degli Innamorati & Ristorante delgi innamorati

About an hour drive from Rome you can visit the Church of Saint Valentine, la Basilica di San Valentino in Terni. Saint Valentine, bishop and saint patron of the city of Terni (Interamna), died as martyr in Rome as the patron of young lovers on 14th February 273. If you choose to visit the basilica of lovers, on the way back to Rome you may choose to stop at the unique Solo per due Restaurant, which has its particularity in having but one table for two! A complete restaurant for the sole two of you, is there anything more romantic than that? Of course, reservation is a must.twofinger

Most importantly, being in Rome, or anywhere else in the world – let love be all around you every day of the year!

Hidden Rome Gems – Tombs of Via Latina

The Roman Roads (Consular Roads – as the extraurban constructions were named) were extremely important for the imperial Rome as they connected the various parts of the Roman Empire allowing comunication and fast movements between the territories. We’re talking about hundred thousand kilometers of roads…

The Queen Road (the viarium Queen, the “most relevant among all roads”) was via Appia, the Appian Way going, in the beginning, from Rome to Capua. It was later extended up to Brindisi. And the mother (matrona) of the Consular Roads was via Latina, its origins dated back to the 8th century b.C. as an ancient Etruscan Road connected Rome with Campania.

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This autumn, after three years of reconstruction works, the walkable part of via Latina has been doubled inside the breathtaking Archeological Park ‘Tombs of via Latina‘. The Archeological Park is one of the most important funerary complexes of the suburbium of Rome, and it still conserves the traditional aspect of the ancient Roman countryside practically intact. A consisent walkable part of via Latina is still covered with ancient flagstones and on both sides of the road there are numerous funeral monuments, historical and material testimonies.

What is immediately striking, is the peace and silence that surrounds us just a short walk from the city center. Crossing the park gate means leaving behind the siege of the modern city – noise, traffic, people… and suddenly one finds himself in a place where the time seems to be stopped for two thousand years.
If you like cats (they are almost everywhere in Rome) you will not be disappointed here. The cats of the park will follow you during your visit and sometimes will ask a few caresses.

BeTreasure Tip: Sit on one of the benches, perhaps with your favorite book and spend an hour, enjoying the silence or the song of grashoppers if you happen to come in summer.

Just after a few steps on the original pavement stones, on the right you arrive to the beautiful tomb of the Barberini, the first ‘sepulcrum’ on the way.You may want to book the organized tour for the tombs, in this case you can visit the Barberini Tomb of the second century b.C. Observe the mosaic floor and the magnificent architectural decorations originally painted.

sepolcro ValeriThe tour continues in the direction of the Tomb of the Valerii and the Tomb of the Pancratii late first century b.C. To enter the underground spaces you’ll always need a licensed tourguide in the group.Sepolcro-Valeri

In both burials you can admire the perfectly preserved beautiful frescoed and stuccoed ceilings. The tomb of Valeri strikes with the perfect preservation of the medallions of white stucco (above) which amazes the visitor at the moment he enters in the hall – now illuminated by led lights which help to preserve the integrity of the original site.
A thousand details, mythological characters, maritime scenes, flowers and plants will capture your attention so that you’ll not be able to take your eyes off – we promise you a nice stiff neck in the end of the tour.

sepolcro pancrazi 1The other tomb we suggest you to visit is the tomb of the Pancratii that is often named the “Sistine Chapel of the Ancient Rome”.

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An art lover once entered will not want to leave for at least an hour and a half, and maybe it would take a lot more to discover all the details. You can never tire of watching the colors, the characters painted and the stories told…

In these beautiful sunny days of december we will definitely pay a visit to the beautiful Archeological Park for a morning walk, let us know if you did the same!

Good Morning! – and with that….

caffe-espressoSe il buongiorno si vede dal mattino – that is, if you judge a day from how is the morning, it just definitely will be a fantastic day if started with a coffee in your favourite bar in Rome! (If you don’t have a favourite yet, don’t worry – tips below)

Coffee… what else?

No matter for how long you happen to belong in Rome, a day, a year, a lifetime… coffee is one of the things that make you feel connected and Italian from the very first moment you arrive.

So, let’s wake up! Prendiamo un caffe!

First step: pick a bar. There are countless bars in the city center and out of it (basically on every corner).  The barista will greet you but you may be asked to pay first at the cashier’s desk.

Hint: It’s more likely you’ll have a good, strong coffee if you arrive at least 30 minutes after the bar opening.The coffee machine needs some time and several coffees before it gets to its best.

Second step: order. Having a coffee is not just a single action in Italy, it’s a rite – therefore has its rules. Be sure to follow them!

Hint: For breakfast you may choose a cornetto (sweet pastry) as well, and there you go – it’s the complete Italian colazione, just like Romans do!

Third step: be social! While having your coffee standing at the bar counter chitchat with the barista and/or with the people around. You’ll love the feeling of being involved! Yes, you’ll have to use your Italian knowledge and no, it’s absolutely not a problem if it’s few words only. Maybe you’ll want to try with some news about the space?

Hint: This way the second time you walk in the same bar the barista will greet you personally, ask your name and next time you’ll be a regular. Welcome home!

Oh, and don’t forget to enjoy! Now, that’s what we call a decent wake up 🙂

Be Treasure! hint:

According to most classifications of the past years on bars and coffee in Rome, the Best Coffee Award belongs to Caffé Sant’Eustachio in piazza di Sant’Eustachio near the Pantheon.

panella-86-251For us, the perfect breakfast place is La Panella – the Art of Bread, in via Merulana.  Whether inside, in the warmth of magical Panella-world or outside, at the small tables beside the ruins of a Roman theatre, ask for a cappuccino and make sure it comes “con cremina”. With that sweet secret speciality we challenge you it will be the Best Cappuccino You’ve Ever Had!

Share your favourite places for coffee or breakfast, we’d love to hear yours!