I have lived in Rome for fourteen years. The first few years I felt disoriented: I came from the Tuscan province and I was not used to so many people all at once and in a space and a time so dilated. I don't know if today I feel at home here but it's certain that I love my city, because so far it gave me so much.
It's easy to say what my city is known for, especially in the eyes of the tourists: images of the Coliseum or of the St. Peter's Church are by now corny (no matter how wonderful) symbols. But Rome has much, much, much more...
Best Time To Visit
Rome is always beautiful but I think it's special during the summer, when the city empties.
Places I Like
Not considering the most famous places and monuments, I suggest my personal top five.
Villa Doria Pamphilj
In my opinion, one of the most beautiful parks in Italy
The Tiber Riverside
You can go down and walk on the sides of the river. It’s a very charming experience
It’s an archaeological site of an incredible beauty. You can discover ther how the ancient Romans used to live
San Paolo Basilica Fuori le Mura
Outside the walls, a huge and magnificent church
Parco degli Acquedotti
It isn’t only a park but a surprise for your all of your senses. A great aqueduct dominates the park
Part of the wonderful Villa Borghese park
Chiostro del Bramante
An international cultural centre near Piazza Navona. There’s also a nice cafe inside
Places To Eat
Antica Osteria Piccola Roma
via degli Uffici del Vicario 36
Place and location are great and food is excellent.
Flavio al Velavevodetto
via di Monte Testaccio 97
It offers typical cuisine with local dishes in a comfortable setting. The restaurant has a large outdoor.
Mò Mò Republic
Piazza Forlanini, 10
It’s both a restaurant and a wine bar. It offers a suggestive ambiance, organizing cultural events.
It’s an Italian chain of restaurants – pizzerias. You must try their classic Napoli style pizza. I prefer the one located in Via Colli Portuensi, 567, a bit outside from the centre.
Via Giuseppe Giulietti, 21
If you like the Japanese cousine, you must try this restaurant, for me the best in Rome. It’s near the pyramid (metro stop: Piramide)
Ways To Travel Around
I think that the best way to travel around the city is walking, because the hystorical centre is the biggest in the world. If you have to move, I suggest metro or taxi.
Places To Stay
Via Cristoforo Colombo, 124
A nice and quite cheap hotel, from which you can easily reach the city centre
Via Santuario Regina degli Apostoli, 36
A warm place, near San Paolo Basilica
If you want to explore the city, I suggest you use comfortable shoes and no heels, because of the cobblestones.
Roberta Isceri, Tramont Ana and Marius Godoi