Experiencing the Castelli Romani in a 500The Castelli Romani are situated just a few kilometres from Rome. Set amidst lush, verdant hills, they offer several breathtaking views over the city and surrounding areas. A treasure hunt in the area aboard vintage cars is a unique experience for a team building or an incentive trip, for at least three reasons: the beauty of the landscape and its venues, the thrill of driving a vintage car and the adrenalin of being the first to discover the hidden treasure. Participants, divided into teams, must pass the ability and general knowledge tests that will take them along a route amidst the castles while driving legendary Fiat 500s built in the Sixties. Map in hand, the co-pilot will take his seat next to pilot who, together with the passenger, seated in the back, will attempt to solve the historic enigma, by carefully studying all the clues found along the route.
A sailing experience from Lido di OstiaIn the morning, following a meeting with the skippers, participants will step aboard their vessels and set sail from Lido di Ostia. After receiving preliminary instructions, they will participate in a trial run, during which they will learn about the manoeuvres and techniques involved in a regatta and, at midday, on the dot, the regatta, involving about two hours of team work and competitions with other craft, will begin. In the afternoon, participants will once again set forth on a sailing trip, thus giving them a chance to admire the beaches of Lido di Ostia and the Pine Forests of Castel Fusano. At the end of the day, before returning to the port, team building participants will have enjoyed a fabulous bonding experience. Prior to the prize-giving ceremony, in order to consolidate the notions and techniques learnt while on their trip, a short debriefing will be held as a reminder of the day’s exciting activities. At the end of the event, participants will be treated to an aperitivo and dinner on the seashore under the stars.
Circus team buildingWe bet that not one of you isn’t awed by the amazing skills and abilities of circus people? Balance, precision, grace and the ability to make others laugh. Skills that are undoubtedly useful as a means of recognizing the value of creating a constructive and supportive working environment. Team building activities offered by trainers of the Scuola Nazionale di Circo (National Circus School) are based on circus and theatre techniques. The seemingly impossible challenges of learning how to juggle, developing balancing skills for small competitions, dressing up as clowns and creating situations that result in moments of sheer hilarity, always finding the right card and pulling a rabbit out of a hat are quickly mastered after a few, easy-to-follow lesssons given by members of the group. Later on, the teams will put on a live performance which, despite possibly involving a few imperfections, will serve to recall the typical atmospheres of the circus world.
Art and Culture
Start walking, pretend that you’re wearing a white tunic and you’ll have the impression that, at any moment, you might just encounter either Fidia, Michelangelo or Raphael who will take you in discovery of this monumental city. Because, as one of the greatest centres of Western civilization, Rome abounds in ancient monuments that silently evoke its unique pageantry.
St. Peter’sThe papal basilica of San Pietro in Vaticano, an international symbol of Catholicism, rises in the same place on which, in circa 80 B.C, Pope Anacletus, erected a small marble tomb to commemorate a martyred saint and overlooks one of the largest squares in the capital, embellished by the precious colonnade designed by Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Neapolitan architect, sculptor and painter.
S. Giovanni in Laterano“Mater et Caput” (ecumenical mother church) of all the churches in Rome, this is the second most important Basilica after St. Peter’s. An architectural masterpieces that has undergone numerous transformations from the paleochristian to the Baroque age. Its present façade was designed in 1732 by Alessandro Galilei, who daringly abandoned Baroque stylistic features in the name of more classic, all-encompassing lines.
Until the 19th century all the popes were crowned here, a custom abandoned immediately following the breach of Porta Pia in 1870.
Basilica S. Maria MaggioreThe fourth Roman patriarchal basilica in order of time, the third most important and the first one built not at the behest of an emperor but by a pope: Sixtus III.
Construction work on the church dates between 432 and 440 and was carried out on the remains of an old Church commissioned by Liberius following a miraculous event narrated on the façade by medieval mosaics
Castel Sant’AngeloAn instantly recognizable city landmark for almost two thousand years, over time, Castel Sant’Angelo underwent numerous transformations which it managed to proudly withstand. Originally a mausoleum dedicated to Emperor Hadrian, it was subsequently converted into a papal fortress. Thanks to a secret 13th century passageway in the Vatican palaces it provided sanctuary to many popes in times of danger, finally becoming a splendid Renaissance dwelling where Michelangelo worked. Today, between its imposing walls and opulent frescoed rooms, Castel Sant'Angelo, preserves the past and the present of Rome’s timeless legacy.
The ColosseumKnown as the Amphitheatrium Flavium by historians and the Colosseum by the rest of the world, it is the most famous monument of ancient Rome and the emblem of her eternity.
Built by Emperor Vespasian, around 72 A.D and inaugurated, eight years later by his son Titus, this theatre occupies the area on which Nero’s Domus Aurea (Golden House) was erected following the great fire of Rome.
Imperial ForumsTo fully understand the immensity of the Roman Empire and its inestimable opulence, it is necessary to wander through the boundless expanse of the Forums. A series of monumental squares surrounded by majestic buildings that were constructed between 46 B.C. and 113 A.D., right in the heart of the city.
Domus aureaA monumental exercise in vanity, the Domus Aurea (Golden House) carries the seal of the delusions of grandeur and power that characterized Nero’s life and rise to the imperial throne. Built after the great fire of AD 64, the Domus Aurea was Nero’s great gift to himself and named after the gold that covered its façade. Its stuccoed ceilings, studded with semi-precious stones and ivory also served as a tribute to the opulent image that this historic personage had of himself.
Circus MaximusThe Circus Maximus lies in the Murcia Valley between the Palatine and Aventine hills and was the first and largest circus in Rome devoted to chariot racing, gladiatorial combats and animal hunting. The legendary rape of the Sabine women supposedly took place in the Maximus valley. Today, its large, well-preserved structure hosts important national and international events including concerts, performances, jubilees and other forms of entertainment.
PantheonIt means temple of the gods and was erected, during ancient Roman times, as a votive sanctuary to the divinities of Olympus. Today, the Romans call it the Rotonna or Ritonna ("the Rotunde") on account of its circular shape. Hence the name of the piazza lying behind it. Following the fires of AD 80 and 110 which damaged the original construction dating back to Augustan time, it was rebuilt by the emperor Hadrian between AD 118 and 128.
Vittoriano Begun in 1885 to commemorate Vittorio Emanuele II - Italy’s first king who died in 1878 - and Italian unification, the national monument to Vittorio Emanuele II, better known as the Vittoriano, towers over piazza Venezia. This massive mountain of white marble, simple in terms of structure though highly intricate in terms of detail, is also known as the Altare della Patria (Alter of the Fatherland) and hosts the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
Trinità dei Monti and the Spanish StepsThis is the name of the Church and monumental stairway built to reach it.
The scenographic “Scalinata” or Spanish Steps were built in 1721-25 to connect the piazza with the church of the Trinità dei Monti. The famous monumental flight of 137 steps, which rises between picturesque houses, some with garden terraces, was inaugurated by Pope Benedict XIII in 1725, the year of the Jubilee.
Isola TiberinaA rare example of an urban Island of alluvial origin. Connected to terraferma by the Cestio and Fabricio bridges, it houses the ruins of ancient temples and the Basilica of San Bartolomeo and the Fatebenefratelli hospital. Since 2000, the Tiberian island has hosted the “Isola del Cinema”, one of the most interesting national and international cinematic events in Italy.
Baths of CaracallaWhen Romans took baths, they liked an audience. And, at the once-spectacular Baths of Caracalla, they were assured of hundreds of fellow bathers. Located in the vicinity of the Circus Maximus and completed in the early part of the 3rd century, they were named after the Emperor Caracalla. Though the richness of decoration no longer exists, the Baths of Caracalla are truly a scenic ruin.
Bocca della VeritàA large, cracked Roman marble disk representing a human face, set within the wall of the pronaos of the church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin. Its open mouth, which was believed to close upon the hand of any perjuror who dared to put it there, is difficult to interpret and over time was associated with Jupiter Ammon, the god of the Ocean, a divine oracle and even a faun. Today, it captures the attention of hordes of tourists who enjoy having themselves photographed with their hand in its mouth, almost as if it were the bearer of good fortune!
SquaresRome’s squares are open-air museums but also centres for socializing and meeting friends. From the most famous and majestic, including Piazza di Spagna, Piazza Navona, Piazza del Campidoglio, Piazza del Popolo and Piazza della Repubblica to smaller, more intimate examples like the breathtakingly elegant Piazzetta di Campo de’ Fiori, they all represent iconic symbols of Roman life.
FountainsRome is a city of fountains – a number of such exceptional beauty that they’re worth a special pilgrimage. Some of the more famous ones are the Four Seasons and Bernini’s Triton Fountain at the Piazza Barberini, but the two that hold the most enduring interest are the Fountains of Trevi and the waterworks at the Piazza Navona.
“Palazzi” Rome is awash with sumptuous architecture of extraordinary beauty. From the palaces of the government, the buildings of parliament and high ranking institutions of state including the Campidoglio, Palazzo Madama, Palazzo Montecitorio (now the seat of the Chamber of Deputies of Italy) and the Quirinal to historic buildings such as Palazzo Venezia and more recent additions such as Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana at EUR right up to the residences of noble Roman families: The Barberini, The Capranica, the Chigis, the Farnese…
Also worthy of note are the villas and their adjoining parks including Ada Savoia, Aldobrandini, Borghese, Celimontana, Doria Pamphilj, Torlonia…
A host of architecture just waiting to be discovered and admired either while strolling along its main streets or its more hidden but no less surprising routes.
Vatican MuseumsThe Vatican Museums are among the greatest museums in the world with one room following upon another for a journey that will take visitors in discovery of some of the most breathtaking history of art in the world: from the ancient Egyptians to the Etruscans, to the masterpieces decorating the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel right up to the dizzying beauty of the Raphael Rooms.
In summer, the museums are also open to the public in the evening from 7.00pm to 11.00pm. An unforgettable experience that will make your visit even more worthwhile.
Capitoline MuseumsFounded in 1471, the year in which Pope Sixtus IV gifted the Roman people with a group of bronze statues having an enormous symbolic value. Today, these museums boast a wealth of collections, the result of the city’s close relationship with its inhabitants, from whom most of the works displayed originate.
Museo di Palazzo VeneziaA former papal residence that dates back to the 15th century, at the museum in the Palazzo Venezia the focus is on the artistic expressions of Medieval and Renaissance times. The rooms and halls contain oil paintings, antiques, terracotta items, ceramics, silver and bronze figurines, tapestries, wooden sculptures, paintings, ivory arms, armour, crystal and tapestries.
Galleria Nazionale di Arte AnticaLocated at Palazzo Barberini, in the highly central Via delle Quattro Fontane, the Gallery officially opened in 1893 and still preserves the extensive artistic legacy that belonged to high-ranking noble Roman families such as the Corsini, the Torlonia and, later on the Chigi and other Roman families.
Today, the majority of works displayed include masterpieces dating back to the 16th and 17th centuries.
Make sure to check out Filippo Lippi’s Madonna with Child, Raphael’s lovely “La Fornarina” (The Baker’s Girl), Caravaggio’s gruesome “Giuditta taglia la testa a Oloferne” (Judith beheading Holofernes) as well as paintings by Titian and Tintoretto.
Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Antica - Palazzo Barberini - Via delle Quattro Fontane, 13
Catacombe di San CallistoUnearthed on the Via Appia Antica towards the middle of the 2nd century, these are the largest and most famous of Rome’s catacombs. Named after Pope Calixtus I, they became the official cemetery of the newly established Roman Church.
Via Appia Antica, 110/126
Catacomba di PriscillaThe Catacomb of Priscilla, sits on the Via Salaria, with its entrance in the convent of the Benedictine Sisters of Priscilla. It is mentioned in all of the most ancient documents on Christian topography and liturgy in Rome; because of the great number of martyrs buried within it, it was called “regina catacumbarum – the queen of the catacombs.”
via Salaria 430
Foro Italico Inaugurated in 1932, this vast sports complex is lauded as a preeminent masterpiece of Italian Fascist architecture. Designed by Enrico Del Debbio, it sits at the bottom of Monte Mario.
It is also home to the Stadio Olimpico (Olympic Stadium) and its main grandstand can seat up to 30,000 people. It is used as a venue for large concerts and, since the 1960s for world championships and various sporting events.
Viale delle Olimpiadi, 31
Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea (GNAM) Instituted at the end of the 19th century with the aim of collecting and preserving the best of the avant-garde artistic trends that were beginning to become popular both in Italy and Europe.
Set in a vast belle époque palace are works by some of the most important exponents of Italian art. There are canvases by the “Macchiaoli” (The Italian Impressionists) and futurists Boccioni and Balla as well as several impressive sculptures by Canova and major works by Modigliani and De Chirico. The “permanent” collection boasts more than 4,400 paintings and sculptures and approximately 13,000 19th and 20th century drawings and prints – mainly by Italian artists.
Viale delle Belle Arti, 131
Museo d'Arte Contemporanea di Roma (MACRO)Founded at the former industrial Peroni brewery, this museum hosts a permanent collection of two of Italy’s most recent periods of art history: the first, dating from the 1960s to 2000, features works by artists of the Forma 1 group, the “Scuola del Popolo” and the “Nuova Scuola Romana”. The second showcases Italian works of art from 2001 to the present day. The name of the second seat, headquartered at the ex Mattatoio del Testaccio, is MACRO and is also used for cultural and artistic events. Both spaces are gaining increasing importance as reference points for Italian and international art and boast a rich calendar of events throughout the year.
MACRO, Via Reggio Emilia 54 - MACRO Future, Piazza Orazio Giustiniani 4
Museo Ara PacisA museum for an altar. The Ara Pacis Augustae is one of the treasures of antiquity, although it is housed in a glass and concrete structure. Located in Campo Marzio, it was built in 13 B.C. to honour Augustus and the peace that he brought to the Roman world. The altar is decorated with friezes and drawings of Alexandrian inspiration.
Palazzo delle EsposizioniThe Palazzo delle Esposizioni is a neoclassical exhibition hall, cultural centre and museum. Designed by Pio Piacentini, it opened in 1883 and now serves as a multi-functional centre boasting an impressively rich program of sumptuously mounted exhibitions and events in its three exhibition areas, each equipped with a cutting-edge, automatic lighting system.
Via Nazionale, 194
Centrale MontemartiniThis fabulous outpost of the Capitoline Museums is well worth a visit. Housed in a former power station, Rome’s Centrale Montemartini, it sits along the via Ostiense, on the left bank of the River Tiber.
The museum is home to about 400 sculptures dating back to the classical period retrieved from archaeological digs, performed between the 19th and 20th centuries. Highlights include the enormous mosaic depicting hunting scenes originating from Santa Bibiana.
Via Ostiense, 106
Opera di Roma, Teatro CostanziPiazza Beniamino Gigli 7 - Tel: 003906481601
Opera di Roma, Teatro Terme di CaracallaViale delle Terme di Caracalla - Tel: 003906481601
Opera di Roma, Teatro NazionaleVia del Viminale 51 - Tel: 003906481601
Auditorium Parco della Musica (Roma)Viale Pietro de Coubertin, 30 - Tel: 003906892982
ArgentinaLargo di Torre Argentina 52 - Tel: 003906684000311/14
Ambra Jovinellivia Guglielmo Pepe, 43 - Tel: 00390683082620 - 00390683082884
Il SistinaVia Sistina, 129 - Tel: 0039064200711
OlimpicoPiazza Gentile da Fabriano, 17 - Tel: 0039063265991
BrancaccioVia Merulana, 244 - Tel: 848 448 800
EliseoVia Nazionale 183 - Tel: 00390648872222
Salone Margheritavia Due Macelli 75 - Tel: 0039 06 6791439 / 06 6798269
Food and wine
Roman cuisine boasts a number of marked flavours. Signature dishes include “Bucatini all’amatriciana”, “spaghetti alla carbonara”, “abbacchio” (lamb) and oxtail , “carciofi alla giudia” (Jewish-style artichokes) and “puntarelle” (a seasonal variety of chicory with serrated edges), cheese and “maritozzi” (Roman sugar buns). Traditional cooking of peasant origin made from a few simple, seasonal ingredients, thus explaining why Roman fare is particularly hearty and nutritious. Rome and its surrounding areas also offer a good selection of fine wines.
Antico Caffè GrecoA historic landmark café, which opened on Rome’s uber-chic via Condotti way back in 1760.
The Antico Caffè Greco also owes its fame to historic figures of the calibre of Stendhal, Massimo D’Azeglio, Ennio Flaiano, Aldo Palazzeschi, Goethe, Richard Wagner and Orson Welles. House specialities include its unrivalled “espresso”, its “cornetti” and its “aperitivi”. No less worthy of note are its finely stuccoed rooms, its damasks and its precious marble tables which exude all the charm of its 19th century origins.
Via dei Condotti, 86 - Tel: 0039066791700
Caffè VittiSituated in piazza San Lorenzo in Lucina, it has served Romans since 1898 and is still, today, considered one of the most elegant Roman salons. Founded and run by a family of master ice-cream makers, its main attractions are its ice cream and its home made cakes and pastries.
Vitti has now also opened branches in Piazza Colonna, Largo Argentina and Piazza Capranica.
Piazza San Lorenzo in Lucina, 33 - Tel: 0039066876304
VanniThough over 50 Vanni doesn’t show any signs of ageing. Located at its historic headquarters in via Col di Lana. Vanni is a caffetteria, a pasticceria and an eatery. The venue is famous for its “vannini” tantalizing tastes of different flavoured ice creams but also its great coffee, “cornetti” (resembling croissants) and sandwiches. Located just moments away from Teatro delle Vittorie and the RAI television station, Vanni is also patronized by celebs from the world of showbiz and television.
Via Col di Lana, 10 - Tel: 0039 06 32649012
Gelateria GiolittiPossibly the oldest and definitely the best-known in the city, it is located just a stone’s throw from the Pantheon and is patronized by Romans and tourists alike. Established way back in 1890 by Giuseppe and Bernardina Giolitti as a dairy, its soon became the progenitor a dynasty of master ice cream makers who still serve ice cream made according to the most authentic family tradition. Its number one speciality is Coppa Giolitti, chocolate, vanilla and zabaione ice cream covered with cream and a sprinkling of hazelnuts.
Via Uffici del Vicario, 40 - Tel: 0039066991243
Antica EnotecaSituated just moments away from Piazza di Spagna, this venue, which has been around for almost 300 years, is one the trendiest wine bars in Rome’s historic centre.
Its impressive cellar boasts about 100 labels, all of which are DOC and DOCG Italian vintages.
You can order wine by the glass accompanied by a selection of cheeses, cold cuts and salads for a quick, complete meal.
Via Della Croce, 76/b - Tel: 0039 06 6790896
Antico Caffè della PaceThis Liberty-style café of rare beauty and elegance is hidden away amidst the alleyways surroundings Rome’s panoramic Piazza Navona and is one of the favourite haunts of artists, film directors and academics.
Its outdoor arbour area is possibly the most romantic in Rome. Impeccable service and a décor of sophisticated simplicity creates the backdrop for an unforgettable dining experience starting with lunch and moving on to aperitifs and late night cocktails.
Via della pace, 3-7 - Tel: 0039066861216
EatalyThe best way to describe the Italian gastronomical culture, a completely new offer.
Bistro like shops where you can buy and eat according to a philosophy sustained and spread by the founders
of Slow Food.
Typical produce and excellent locations for wine and food are the elements that define the offer Eataly,
ready to promote, in Italy and the world, the consciousness of what you eat and how to nurture in a healthy
and right way.
Eataly is a reality that is quickly expanding. Various shops indeed, have been opened or will soon open in
many Italian cities, in Japan and in the USA.
A new success of Made in Italy, at your table.
Air Terminal Ostiense, P.le XII Ottobre 1492 - Tel: 00390690279201
Ristorante ULPIA This landmark restaurant, also listed as one of Rome’s “Historic Shops and Italian Archaeological Restaurants” is set against a unique backdrop in the historic Palazzo dei Marchesi di "Del Gallo di Roccagiovine" above the ruins of the ancient Ulpia Basilica (2nd century AD).
Foro Traiano, 1b/2 - Tel: 0039066783409
La matricianaEstablished by the Crisciotti family and now run by brothers Fabio and Mauro, under the expert guidance of papà Fortunato, this restaurant still retains its 1930s atmosphere and is a member of the “Historic Venues in Italy” association. Its typically Roman cuisine is inspired by fresh, seasonal ingredients while its wine list is supervised by two young restaurateurs, both of whom are certified A.I.S. sommeliers.
Via del Viminale, 44 - Tel: 0039064881775
Checchino dal 1887 122 years of Roman cuisine in the Testaccio district. In fact, way back in 1870, the ancestors of its current owners ran a tavern which sold wine and other foodstuffs. Today, Checchino is a member of the “ Unione dei Ristoranti del Buon Ricordo” , an initiative established in 1964 to promote Regional Italian cuisine. Guests tasting a particular house speciality are given a plate as a souvenir of the dish that they have eaten. Checchino’s house specialities include “Involtini di carne alla Romana guarniti” (beef rolls braised in tomato sauce).
via di Monte Testaccio, 30 - Tel: 0039 065743816
Taberna de’ Gracchi Originally called "Da Capoccione", Taberna de’ Gracchi was first established in 1961 in Rome’s Prati district in the rooms of an old tavern.
The new name and logo of the restaurant were the brainchild of well-known cartoonist Artioli. Within the space of a short time, the tavern was transformed into a successful restaurant which though offering a variety of dishes nevertheless remained true to the tradition of the region. This “tavern” is also a member of the “Buon Ricordo” program.
Via dei Gracchi, 166-68 - Tel: 0039063213126
Felice a TestaccioThe best of Roman tradition in a warm, welcoming atmosphere, boasting impeccable service.
“Tonnarelli cacio e pepe”, “mezzemaniche all'Amatriciana”, lamb, Roman-style artichokes, puntarelle (a variety of chicory that grows in the Lazio area), homemade bread, extra virgin olive oil to die for, Tiramisù and ricotta and pear tart are the stars of the show.
Via Mastro Giorgio, 29 - Tel: 0039065746800
Ristorante CamponeschiOverlooking Piazza Farnese, this is one of the most exclusive restaurants in Rome, habitually patronized by the international jet set. Fish, meat or game, the result of a marriage between prime-quality ingredients and the imaginative flair of its starred chefs, take centre stage. Its wine list features several of Camponeschi finest blends grown on its own estate.
Piazza Farnese, 50 - Tel: 0039066874927
Antica Pesa Located in the historic centre of Rome, since 1922 Antica Pesa has offered top-level Roman cuisine. The recipes of the best Roman tradition, upgraded with a twist by Chef Simone Panella, are either inspired by great classics including “Mezze maniche all’amatriciana”, “Spaghetti cacio e pepe” and “Spaghetti alla carbonara” or more sophisticated, innovative dishes like “Pasta e fagioli” with Terracina seafood and confit tomatoes or “Millefolglie di porchetta d’Ariccia” with mozzarella, endive and pear sauce.
The restaurant’s magnificent underground cellar, which has received a number of prizes, hosts more than 300 Italian and foreign wines.
Via Garibaldi, 18 - Tel: 0039065809236
Il Convivio TroianiSet within the heart of Rome, just a stone’s throw from Piazza Navona, this elegant restaurant tempts diners in with its old-world cuisine and contemporary presentations by executive chef Angelo Troiani. Zucchini flowers and borage in batter, lightly smoked duck foie gras torchon with dried fig crust, pistachios and a side of orange brioche bread, lamb shank with black truffle sauce and fried Roman artichokes or “new style” oxtail with celery and turnip puree are just a few of the delicacies features on Torriani’s menu.
Vicolo dei Soldati, 31 - Tel: 003906 6869432
PapettoThis restaurant, located in the tranquil area of Monteverde, infuses all of its dishes with a passion for the sea and high-quality ingredients. Papetto’s secret is its starred chef, its welcoming family atmosphere and its light, innovative menus. It also offers generous entrees with tastes of oysters, squid and au gratin razor clams, exquisite starters including “tagliolini” with lobster and “ravioli di magro” in a salmon sauce right up to freshly grilled fish and heavenly mixed calamari fries. Dulcis in fundo, make sure to try Pappeto’s signature lemon sorbet.
Circonvallazione Gianicolense, 91 - Tel: 0039065376668
Centrale RistotheatreSet in an old theatre just behind Piazza Venezia, Centrale Ristotheatre is now a “ristoteatro” or dining theatre where guests can enjoy a number of variety shows while pleasuring their palates. A wholly Roman marriage of theatrics and flavours borrowed from the most authentic tradition. Standout entrees include “tonnarelli cacio e pepe” served in a basket of pecorino cheese, “tagliolini” with seafood and saffron and “orecchiette” with broccoli and “pecorino fossa” (a cheese boasting an assertive flavour aged in special holes dug underground).
Make sure to try the restaurant’s beef fillet flavoured with there different kinds of pepper.
Via Celsa, 6 - Tel: 0039066780501
Casina Valadier Dominating the highest point of Pincio, in the heart of Villa Borghese, it owes its name to Roman architect Giuseppe Valadier who designed it in the 1920s, when it was one of Rome’s trendiest venues. People who have sealed the history of the world including Gandhi and King Farouk have passed through its doors. Today, lying adjacent to the restaurant and terraces that have made it famous, the Casina now also features an outdoor cafeteria, an elegant wine bar located in the Sala Romana and a first floor bar where customers can enjoy either an aperitif or cocktail while admiring the charming view.
Piazza Bucarest - Tel: 00390669922090
Nightlife & Attractions
Romans up for a night out on the town are unlikely to head for a single bar; instead, they’ll hone in on one of the capital’s main nightlife hubs, and then decide on the venue when they get there. There’s something for everyone from Campo de' Fiori to Trastevere, from San Lorenzo to the Ostiense and Testaccio districts, right up to the parks and large villas that act as a backdrop to the native’s nocturnal habits.
Ostiense-style entertainment, getting it on with the celebs at Campo de’ Fiori, hanging out in Trastevere and the Testaccio district…: For most of the year, from dawn till dusk, Roman nightlife happens out in the open in the buzzing bars and piazzas of the centro storico.
Alexanderplatz An historic jazz club, its fame is linked to its intense, widely appreciated concert activities which has also made it a key player at important Jazz Festivals. It boasts a warm, middle-European atmosphere with walls covered in graffiti and signed by several of the world’s best-known jazz players. Its stage has been graced by musicians of the calibre of Benny Golson and Chet Baker, Franco D’Andrea and Enrico Pieranunzi.
Alexanderplatz was listed as one of the best jazz clubs in the world by American magazine Down Beat.
via Ostia, 9 - Tel: 00390658335781
Micca ClubThis eclectic musical workshop boasts its own discographic label, an online radio and a free press publication. More than a club, Micca is a breeding ground of ideas and initiatives pursued with passion. Three large bars, a stage for live concerts, a back-lit dance floor, an area for contemporary art exhibitions, a comfortable lounge area and a smokers’ area tempt in a hip crowd. Open from 7.00pm until late at night.
Via Pietro Micca, 7 - Tel: 00390687440079
Piper clubKeeping Rome in the groove since 17 February 1965, Piper has worked through its midlife crisis for more than 50 years with music and entertainment thus making it one of Rome’s oldest and most iconic clubs. A story, chalked up on its walls, with works by Warhol, Schifano, Piero Manzoni and Mario Cintoli and marked on its stage by heroes of the Italian beat generation including Equipe 84, Dik Dik, Renato Zero, Gabriella Ferri and Rita Pavone, but, above all, by Piper girl Patty and the legendary Caterina Caselli.
Since 2006 it has rediscovered its mojo as the life and soul by hosting a number of big-name gigs thanks to the unerring dedication of Niccolò Fabi, the Tiromancino and Giuliano Palma with his Blue Beaters.
Via Tagliamento, 9 - Tel: 0039068555398
Mate BarOne of the hottest venues in Trastevere, it’s written M8te, but pronounced meit.
Mate boasts two floors: The first, patronized by young trendsetters from the Trastevere district, is given over to cocktails and DJ sets. The second, more relaxed and intimate, is the perfect place to enjoy a long lazy drink far removed from the dizzy sounds of the Roman nightlife scene. Two souls - one club. Mate bar is the perfect venue for private events and parties thanks to its outstanding bar service and the courtesy of its staff. Make sure to try Magners the speciality drink of the house, dedicated to cider lovers.
Via Benedetta, 17 - Tel: 00390658331645
Ponte Milvio Also known as the bridge of “love padlocks”, this old bridge spanned the routes along the via Flaminia and the via Cassia, in a northerly direction. Today, it is one of the most vibrant meeting points of Rome’s trendy “movida”. On the first and third Sunday of every month, stalls spring up along the Lungotevere Capoprati (between Ponte Milvio and Ponte Duca d’Aosta) laden with antiques and collectable items.
GildaIn 1987, this chic disco club, located just moments away from Piazza di Spagna, opened its doors to a select public. It immediately became the “in” place to go and was frequented by sports celebrities, film and TV stars. After theatre events, fashion shows and spectacular parties: this is Gilda. The jet-setters’ salon of Roman nights.
Via Mario de' Fiori, 97 - Tel: 0039066784838
AkabNamed after captain Akab and his heroic deeds in Moby Dick, the Akab club opened on 5
December 1992 in a former carpenter’s workshop in the then still unknown via di Monte Testaccio district. In 1994, the club drew inspiration from live London clubs and became the stage for important musical events with shows by big-name artists of the calibre of Vinnie Colaiuta, Lucio Dalla, Heart Wind and Fire, Sarah Jane Morris, …
Always packed to capacity, on Saturday the two floors of this eclectic disco get jiggy with R&B, hip hop and house, while on Friday night Akab goes back to its roots with live music, usually local cover bands.
Via di Monte Testaccio 68 - Tel: 00393924231245
Saponeria ClubEstablished in the mid-90’s, the club takes its name from an old soap factory in the Ostiense district. Nowadays, it lathers up the punters in its 350 sq.m of space, capable of holding up to 800 people, with guest DJs spinning everything from nu-house to nu-funk, minimal techno, R&B, dance and hip hop.
Via degli Argonauti, 20 - Tel: 0039065746999
BIG MAMASince 1984, Big Mama has been a shrine for Roman blues lovers. In addition to blues, it also offers jazz, rock and ethnic music concerts. A small gem nestling in the Trastevere area, the venue is not only a place for listening to music but also a stage for new, young, emerging talents. For the past 25 years Big Mama has been considered one of the best places to listen to live music in Rome.
Vicolo San Francesco a Ripa 18 - Tel: 0039065812551
Making purchases in the capital is a way of getting to know the city close-up and to establish a rapport with its inhabitants. Rome has some serious shopping haunts hidden up its sleeve: from its designer labels showcased on its centrally located shopping streets to less well-known districts offering more affordable stores for a younger, trendier crowd. Rome also boasts a number of charming areas selling handcrafted jewellery, antiques, home furnishings and bookstores. Additionally, its flea markets, including Porta Portese - its most famous - are also well worth a visit.
Luxury shopping streetsFrom Piazza di Spagna, along Via del Corso, Via Condotti, Via Borgognona and Via Frattina: the window displays of Italian high fashion are located right here, in Rome’s historic centre. Amidst narrow, medieval streets and Renaissance “palazzi”, your shopping spree will lead you to the showrooms of several of the world’s most famous designers including Ferragamo, Bulgari, renowned men’s tailor Battistoni, Fendi, Armani, Versace and Laura Biagiotti.
Men’s fashionThe majority of shirt makers and shops for men are concentrated between Via del Gambero and Via delle Carrozze.
A must-visit destination is Fratelli Vigano, the oldest men’s hatter in town, located in via Minghetti 7, which has been open since 1873.
Young shoppingSportswear and trendy clothing devoted to younger consumers can be found in the less exclusive Via del Corso, which connects Piazza del Popolo to Piazza Venezia.
Creativity and gold, handcrafted jewelleryVia Bocca di Leone, via Mario dei Fiori, Via della Vite and the alleyways of the Monti district are the best places to find jewellery crafted by master goldsmiths. These streets offer an interesting array of vintage, ethnic and rare, highly sought-after jewellery.
The antiques districtAntique lovers should head in the direction of Via dei Coronari, Via Margutta, Via del Babuino, Via del Pellegrino and Via Giulia. The most beautiful antique and art shops are found in this area awash with churches, sumptuous “palazzi” and breathtaking views. Until the end of the 1960s, Via Babuino and via Margutta were home to the studios of countless artists which have now been converted into elegant art galleries and antique shops. Less upmarket antique shops can also be found in Via Panisperna, in the Monti district. Additionally, the stalls of antique markets, dedicated to period prints can be found near Via del Corso, in Piazza Fontanella Borghese.
Vintage and bric-abracYou just need to reach Via del Governo Vecchio to find unnamed boutiques and small shops offering garments and original objects dating back to the coolest years of the 20th century. The best-known are Arsenale, Mado, Jade & More, Tempi Moderni, Indecoroso, Vestiti Usati Cinzia and Maga Morgana. A gold mine for 1970s vintage enthusiasts.
Campo de’ fioriThe most picturesque vegetable and fish market in the city is held here every day from Mondays to Saturdays, from dawn to 2.00pm. Stalls beckon purchasers to buy their wares and feature baskets overflowing with vegetables and fruits of the season, dry legumes and wonderfully fresh garden-grown salads.
The workshops of artisans who still work wicker items, cover chairs, make baskets and create objects with inimitable mastery still abound in this authentic corner of Rome.
Multi-ethnic EsquilinoA market offering a fabulous blend of cultures and foods from all over the world. Here, in addition to the home-grown offerings of artichokes, chicory and olives you can also find a number of ingredients from far-off countries that are inaccessible in any other part of Rome. An exotic meld of aromas and colours for those who enjoy savouring specialities from around the globe!
San LorenzoA university district, San Lorenzo is a sought-after shopping destination for those who have a passion for design, works of art and handcrafted items made by the artisans that inhabit this district, whose creations are displayed either in shop windows or on the street itself.
Porta PorteseOn Sundays, the most typically Roman experience extant is the Porta Portese flea market. A vibrant crowd mingles amidst the stalls of used goods and new arrivals in search of rare items. The most exciting thing is that, usually, you’re able to find exactly what you’re looking for!
TrastevereEven the area beyond the Tiber River is one of Rome’s best shopping destinations, boasting small boutiques, original home furnishings, accessories and themed bookstores. Top of your “to do” list should include a visit to the perfumery in Via della Lungaretta, featuring a wide array of highly select fragrances that are hard to find anywhere else.
Mercato dei fioriOnly open on Tuesdays from 10.00am to 1.00 and located in Via Trionfale, 45, this is the most scent-filled flower markets in Rome. Always packed to the gills, it is an irresistible destination for all Romans and, at times, the crowds are so numerous that one has to serve oneself and then guess exactly how much one has to pay! The most difficult, almost impossible part, is trying to fight your way home!