/WHEN IN ROME

WHEN IN ROME

…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 !

 

  N E X T   S T O P :   S I E N A

By | 2017-09-21T05:01:56+00:00 September 18th, 2017|DESTINATIONS, EUROPE|9 Comments

9 Comments

  1. Julz September 21, 2017 at 04:33 - Reply

    Was in Rome in July and I just loved it! I want to go back 😀 It is such a beautiful city and with sooooo yummy food!!

  2. Andra September 21, 2017 at 08:22 - Reply

    I am planning a trip with my mom very soon to Rome. So I will rely on some of your tips. For sure I want to try the Sacco Ristorante. And I appreciate you not posting and food photos. Italian food looks soooo delicious that you would have your readers drooling instantly 🙂

    • marieve September 22, 2017 at 03:32 - Reply

      You most definitely will love Sacco ! Try their zucchini or eggplant flan in a parmesan sauce – it’s divine !! & if you go, feel free to tag me in your foodie pictures so I can relive it all again ♡

  3. Dominique Lessard September 21, 2017 at 14:07 - Reply

    I would like to go at the Marmo Bar! And wait for my surprise platter!!!

  4. Blair villanueva September 21, 2017 at 22:26 - Reply

    Another city that I wish to visit, and hope I can make it next year 🙂 I wish to taste and experience Roman’s cooking and also the place.
    Do what Romans do!

  5. Joy Generoso September 22, 2017 at 11:40 - Reply

    I remember when we visited Rome, I was dead tired walking around trying to see all the tourist attraction in the city. The next time we’ll be back I’ll make sure to take it slow and enjoy things just like the locals. 🙂

  6. Ami September 22, 2017 at 22:12 - Reply

    Sadly I did not have time enough in Rome to walk around and do some food hopping. Those quaint lanes and the cafes did attract me but I was so frenzied on trying to catch up with the ruins. Maybe on my next visit. It would do me good to rest my limbs out here a bit while taking in the ambiance of the place.

  7. LaiAriel R. Samangka September 23, 2017 at 02:31 - Reply

    Wow, Rome is such a great place to amble around. I would love to traipse my feet in all the beautiful destination that it has to offer. I also love all the beautiful buildings and streets while ambling around. Can’t wait to read your next post about Rome on your next visit. Thank you so much for sharing this with us.

  8. My Travelogue by Bhushavali September 25, 2017 at 09:09 - Reply

    Reminds me of the fabulous solo trip to Rome! I enjoyed to the core… I had an early morning flight and began to roam about rome right from the airport. Even ended up changing my tee on the road side, lolz!!! I didn’t manage to decent sunset watch in Rome as well… Colosseo can be impeccably crowded!!! Marmo Bar sounds interesting. I’ll check it out if I go again! 🙂

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