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ROME CITY GUIDES

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

 Ostia Antica

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

Pincio

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.

Rossopomodoro

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.

 Sushisen

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

Hotel Caravel

Via Cristoforo Colombo, 124

A nice and quite cheap hotel, from which you can easily reach the city centre

Oly Hotel

Via Santuario Regina degli Apostoli, 36

A warm place, near San Paolo Basilica

 

Additional Tips

If you want to explore the city, I suggest you use comfortable shoes and no heels, because of the cobblestones.

Photo Credit

Roberta Isceri, Tramont Ana and Marius Godoi