…do like the Romans do. I was so happy to be back in Italy’s capital but above all, I was very excited to reunite with my friend Giacomo. I’d been to Rome before and I let Giacomo take me to his favorite places. Once again, I gave him carte blanche…
We could say european streets are made for walking. Maybe not in the sense that everything is so flat and pedestrian friendly (cobblestone roads that switch to marble that then switch to gravel is just really the city testing out your shoes & endurance) but more in that it’s one of the best ways to see & discover a city.
Walking from our apartment, located next to Re Di Roma metro station, all the way to Il Colosseo was approximately a 47 min walk. Those long walks are usually where I get a sense of how people are living. We discovered a multitude of beautiful cafés, ristoranti & observed locals going about their daily tasks. As we were getting closer to our destination, we noticed a beautiful walkway where cars weren’t allowed to go. We decided to take it, which led to a beautiful little garden/park area. A wedding was taking place inside the church right next to the park. We slowed down our pace and looked at the very well dressed guests slowly making their way from the courtyard to the church. Ah! Italians are all such fashionistas. I definitely took mental notes.
H A P P Y H O U R & S U N S E T W A T C H
Giacomo tried to bring us to two terrace bars that offer great views of the city but that close early. We did not manage to make it on time due to the highly congested streets of Roma, but I believe the places are still worth mentioning as they are two of Giacomo’s favorite terraces overlooking the city centre.
The 1st one is located at Monumento Nazionale a Vittorio Emanuele II
Walk-in and head over to the top of the monument. You will find a terrace where you can enjoy coffee, pastries or a cocktail and unwind from the bustling roman streets.
The other one, you need to walk out of the monument, turn left and go up the hill right behind it. You will find a staircase, on your left, bringing you to some kind of courtyard. Turn to the right and go up Piazzale Caffarelli. You will notice an entrance with a staircase. Up that staircase is another terrace where you can enjoy a drink (possibly just enough time for a happy hour drink as it closes early – 7PM). If you miss the deadlines, no worries. Across the staircase, there’s a view point where people watch the sunset and bring their own bottle of wine and cups (a much cheaper alternative + a little quieter).
A P E R I T I V O & D I N N E R
CAFFE PROPAGANDA located at Via Claudia, 15 in the city centre, is the perfect place to kick off a night with its grandiose selection of cocktails & vinis à la carte. If you have questions about their wines on the menu, a sommelier is available to answer all of your questions.
MARMO BAR (meaning marble) is a hidden restaurant/bar/terrace/lounge area, hidden in an alleyway. We literally had to knock at the metal door where a man invited us in. In order to drink or eat here, you must pay a fee of 2€ for a membership card (you get your 2€ back when cancelling the pass, which is what we did on our way out!). During aperitivo time, for a reasonable price, you can order a drink from the selected menu and try the surprise platter. The server will ask if you have any intolerances or allergies and a platter will be assembled according to the chef’s inspiration du jour. Delicious bites with a fabulous presentation!
The Tevere river runs through Rome and on one side you will find Trastevere neighborhood. I first heard of it back in 2013, my first time in Rome. Giacomo had mentionned it to me and said it was a must. All you have to do is get lost in this neighborhood & when hunger strikes, pick a place! Every corner hides a little ristorante serving delicious pasta or a little bar/terrace area to enjoy refreshing cocktails. We went to one of Giacomo’s favorite restaurant to have the casa speciale which was pasta amatriciana. The pasta was full of flavor – no pretention in the presentation of the dish – purely all in the taste and freshness of the products.
Disclaimer: there are no foodie pictures of the pasta due to the simple fact that I was too busy eating – scusa !
SACCO RISTORANTE located on via Gallia, 70 was my mom’s find. Having walked multiple kilometres, our feet were getting sore and we were looking for something close to our apartement. Via Gallia was a mere 10 minute walk so we chose to take a look there and found Sacco. Upon arrival, it ultimately felt like a great choice seeing as it was nothing but locals and in order to sit outside we had to wait half an hour. It most definitely was worth it. We started the night with an aperol spritz & antipasto, followed by…you can check out the video on Youtube to see what we had on our last night and more!
Next time I visit Rome, I will stay a little more on the outskirts of town; discovering new and local things, thanks to Giacomo. I promised him I’d be pack presto! I rarely make promises, but I always hold onto them…arrivederci !
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