When traveling in a new country you can notice the differences and the common points with your culture. Then there are customs, traditions or simply particular habits that may seem strange or, on the contrary, are close to your being and you would also like to adopt.
Here are all those Italian habits to put into practice immediately if you spend time in one of its fantastic cities (including Rome!)
It’s the Italian habit par excellence: they can communicate a lot with gestures, sometimes without needing to add any words. Have you ever tried to say “go away”, “come”, “are you crazy” just with one hand? There are gestures of all kinds, expressing different feelings and moods such as fear, shame, pride and happiness. Italians use more than 250 gestures. So you must learn some of them as soon as possible!
Italians hug and kiss to greet each other or to give their best wishes; they shake hands to congratulate, they give you a pat on the back as encouragement. They are certainly very “tactile” and you don’t have to be embarrassed about this. If you don’t know someone very well, you keep a certain distance: but if you are quite close, a kiss on the cheek to ask “How are you?” is a must!
Go out for a walk in the city center
In Italy you can go out even just for a walk downtown, in order to look at the shop windows or to meet people. It’s a way to socialize and have a chat.
Italians always eat together. In family, with friends, with relatives. Every opportunity is good to share a lunch or a dinner: sometimes it is normal to organize even at the last moment, without a formal invitation.
Take a coffee break
Coffee is a symbol of Italian culture: it’s probably a part of life. It’s perfect for every kind of break. Everywhere and anyway. But never have a cappuccino in the afternoon: this is a rule!
Rome, despite being a big city, still keeps many of the genuine and traditional aspects of a town. Romans still go to the market, they know each other in the same neighborhood and they often go out just to admire the beauty of their city.
Beyond the beauty and its wonderful monuments. There are some aspects of Rome that will make you fall in love with the Eternal City: not only its magnificence, but also the habits and customs of those who live there. Because Rome is always a great surprise and experiencing the city means being able to appreciate what makes it unique.
“Dear” and “darling” are very common words to greet those you know, even if you are not close friends: in a shop, at the hairdresser’s, at the bakery. If you are having a bad day, don’t worry: there is always someone who makes you smile with a joke or a nice word.
There is always something to do. An event, an exhibition, a concert, a theatre, a special evening in a club, a new restaurant to try: in Rome you do not risk getting bored. Never!
From Rome you can reach many beautiful places: it is close to the sea, the lakes and the mountains. In addition to the surroundings of the city and the many cities of Lazio, you can choose Abruzzo, Tuscany, Umbria and Campania for your trips. Florence, Milan and Bologna are easily reachable by train. You only have to decide where to go!
The weather is truly enviable. Winter is usually mild, spring is a triumph of colors and scents, autumn is a bit cooler than summer and summer is very hot, but you can go to the beach or choose one of the many pools open in the city. The sun often shines so bright and Rome with the sun is wonderful!
There are so many shops to choose from for shopping: there are deals on every corner. From the most popular brands to craft shops. And the choice also concerns food: starred restaurants, but also traditional restaurants, pubs, street food and pizzerias. Every desire can be easily satisfied.
“In Rome it seems as if there were so many things which are more wanted in the world than pictures.” George Eliot
Ask for variations on Roman dishes
Putting parmigiano on seafood pasta
Asking for tap water during a meal
Drinking cappuccino during lunch or dinner
Mixing the courses in one dish
Ordering drinks but not food
Planning a holiday in Rome is not easy at all. There are so many things to do: which museums to visit? Which dishes to taste? What experiences to try?
But in addition to monuments and restaurants, in Rome it is also possible to experience truly unique events, because they are rooted in the history, culture and traditions of the city. In particular there are 3 events you can’t miss, very much felt by the Romans and that will show you a different aspect of the Eternal City.
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.
These 3 special traditions should be experienced at least once in life.
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!
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.
Rome has a lot to offer so, first of all, be sure to take time to enjoy “La dolce vita” . There are several experiences to choose from during a holiday in the Eternal City but, especially in some periods, the main attractions can be crowded and stormed by tourists. You can visit Rome with more tranquility and live it like a Roman for a few days anyway: here are our 4 tips.
Get up early in the morning (or go to sleep late)
The city gradually wakes up and usually the main monuments – such as the Trevi Fountain, Piazza di Spagna, the Colosseum – are almost deserted in the early hours of the morning and are even more fascinating. So there are two options: either get up very early, or go to bed very late. Better avoid the central hours of the day if you want to visit the most popular sites.
Plan your visits
Organizing visits to museums and archeological sites in advance is always a good idea. In order to avoid long lines, buy a ticket online. While booking a private tour is also a good way to enjoy the sights to the fullest.
Get lost in alleys and streets
Walking is the best option to discover little-known corners of the city and avoid public transport during peak hours, when they might be more crowded (in the morning around 8-9 am and in the afternoon around 6-7 pm). Walking without a destination, as well as exciting, also gives the opportunity to see Rome in its most authentic features.
Choose restaurants far from tourist spots
The traditional Roman cuisine is a real delight, this is a fact, but Rome offers many other types of cuisine and flavors. So escape big chains or restaurants with tourist menus and go discover the restaurants, pubs and clubs frequented by Romans: your palate will thank you!
Sometimes you only need to follow simple tips to avoid the tourist crowds in Rome and have the opportunity to see how a European capital still manages to preserve authentic and genuine places and traditions.
Walking on Sunday mornings in Rome is an experience that you should try at least once in your life. Observe the city that wakes up little by little, go and visit St. Peter’s Square, Castel Sant’Angelo or the Pantheon, and then decide to have a brunch in one of the many restaurants in the city. Why don’t you do it as soon as possible? Here are the top 5 spots to choose from for your delicious Sunday brunch in Rome (or, if you prefer, your “Sunday long lunch”).
The Famous bistro ‘Na Cosetta in Pigneto neighborhood- a particular and fashionable district of Rome- organize a brunch called “il colanzo” every Sunday. Italian dishes, oriental revisits and freshly baked desserts. From 12 to 16.
In the Africano district, Dolce offers a New York-style brunch with international dishes from the five continents. Eggs, pancakes, sandwiches, hamburgers and desserts, all to be tried in a very special location. From 12 to 15.
In San Saba, just a few steps away from the Circus Maximus, the Sunday brunch is at Queen Makeda Grand Pub. A fixed price buffet of international dishes (and many of the English tradition), more than 40 craft beers to choose from and a menu designed for children. From 12:30 to 16.
Hamburgers, bagels and pancakes for both buffet and à la carte brunch for Osteria Mavi, a restaurant with a familiar and elegant atmosphere close to Lungotevere in the Marconi area. American coffee, water and juices are included in the price. From 13 to 16.
In the central Piazza Cavour, a few steps from Castel Sant’Angelo and San Peter’s Basilica, Camillo B offers a brunch with different dishes: eggs, vegetables, quinoa, focaccia and chicken curry. Here you can also find a space dedicated to children with entertainers. From 12 to 15:30.
As a family, as a couple or with friends: Sunday brunch is a unique opportunity to relax and enjoy the Eternal City from another point of view. The more “international” one but with a touch of originality and Italian taste.
24 hours of events from 31 December until 1 January, parties and shows in the city’s theaters and clubs will transform the New Year’s Eve in Rome into a wonderful experience. There are a lot of opportunities to say goodbye to 2017 and welcome 2018 surrounded by a unique scenario: the historical center of the Eternal City.
The “Festa di Roma”
Free show, concerts, screenings, circus art and different dj sets in various outdoor venues, from 21.30 on 31 December 2017 until the same time on 1 January 2018. About 1000 artists from all over the world and over 100 performances for 24 hours: these are the numbers of the free event called La Festa di Roma, organized by the City. It will involve a pedestrian area of the city that goes from Piazza Emporio to Ponte Garibaldi, passing through the Giardino degli Aranci and Circus Maximus, up to the famous Bocca della Verità.
The event starts with the international show “201∞- Roma illumina l’infinito” in the great Circus Maximus on sunday 31 December, where the protagonists will be the artists of La Fura dels Baus, a mythological self-propelled giant marionette, the music of a local Radio as well as several guests, who will alternate on stage. The party then continues with other performances and shows from the early hours of the morning until the night of 1 January: performances will take place in 3 main areas.
A series of cultural events have been planned between 3 and 7 am, waiting for the first sunrise of 2018. Teatro India will host dj sets, film screenings and some performances until dawn; Danilo Rea, one of the world’s most famous jazz pianists, is the guest star at 7 am on the Ponte della Scienza, close to the Gazometro in Ostiense neighborhood. On the first day of the new year, from 10 to 16, various initiatives for children and families have also been planned.
The concert of Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino, in Piazza della Bocca della Verità, is the very last show. Don’t forget to check for public transport service of this website.
Clubs and restaurants
If you prefer celebrating the New Year’s Eve dancing, you can choose from many pubs in the center of Rome or night clubs in many areas of the city like Lanificio, Shari Vari, Micca and Room 26. Otherwise you can opt for the Gospel concert at the Auditorium Parco della Musica or look for a special dinner, called “veglione” in Italian, in one of the many restaurants of Rome. They often organize an abundant meal- with cotechino sausage and lentils at the end, as tradition requires- together with music and shows.
Celebrating the New Year’s Eve in Rome is a trip into happiness and beauty.
We wish you a 2018 full of passion, love and luck!