The Italian capital has nothing but endless, historical, artistic, culinary charm to offer. It embodies THE quintessential Italian lifestyle, and with so many iconic sights, it certainly doesn’t run short of sweet spots to visit, relax, load up on delicious food and enjoy la Dolce Vita. Below, higlights and personal favorites, as well as places I still would like to try.
FOOD & DRINKS
Bar del Fico – aperitivo, dinner
A very nice place for the Italian tradition of aperitivo, where one can have a glass of wine or a drink of choice and stuff themselves with a mountain of food. Bar del Fico is in the beautiful area of Piazza Navona, has a cozy and stylish interior and a very nice food selection, also recommended for a dinner.
Piazza del Fico, 26/28
Il Margutta – coffee, brunch
Just behind Piazza del Popolo, Via Margutta is a quaint little street full of those little heartbreaking sights: colourful buildings, flowers, bikes. Il Margutta is an artsy cafe, where on a Sunday one can enjoy a delicious Vegan brunch for a fixed price, accompanied by live piano music. Such a delight!
Via Margutta, 118
Ginger – breakfast, lunch, coffee
For those who cannot live without their Açaì bowl, Ginger is the right place. The elegant white interiors are marked by little corners loaded up with fruits and veggies, signalling the healthy and sustainable style of the place. The restaurant is situated in one of Rome’s best little streets, Via Borgognona, and it is extremely popular. Expect a big crowd.
Via Borgognona, 43-46
Angelina – lunch, coffee, aperitivo
Angelina is a cafe and restaurant situated a few meters from the Fontana di Trevi. Interiors are soft, relaxed and cozy, and it’s the perfect place to enjoy an aperitivo, a coffee, or the break of your choice.
Via Poli, 27
Emma – dinner
The best pizza in Rome. Period. Thin and (high quality) oily, try the pizza SuperBio which as the name says it’s all done with organic ingredients and is some sort of “elevated” Pizza Margherita, with mozzarella di bufala. Must-try starters of choice are Supplí al telefono, which are wonderful fry dough pieces filled with rice, mozzarella and tomatoes. Finally, opt for the Scomposta di cannolo siciliano for dessert. You will not be sorry!
Via del Monte della Farina, 28
Club Derrière – drinks
This secret not-so-secret bar just behind the Osteria delle Coppelle is a secluded, dark, little bar full of charm and serving fancy delicious cocktails in a relaxed and an ever so intellectual speakeasy atmosphere. Cocktail of choice: English Pie Highlight: bathroom hidden behind what seems like a serious sturdy library, just shove and slide the library to access it.
Vicolo delle Coppelle, 59 (Centro Storico)
The First Art Luxury Hotel – drinks
This 5-star Boutique Hotel located just behind Piazza del Popolo has one of Rome’s best terraces. A beautiful view of the city from the top, with a stunning shot of San Pietro makes one truly feel in the elegant heart of Rome. Perfect for aperitivo, drinks come with delicious snacks and canapés.
Via del Vantaggio, 14
Want to try: Temakinho Rome, Mani in Pasta.
SPOTS & SIGHTS
La Fontana di Trevi
Oh, the world, the great European capitals especially, is pretty much full of fountains, isn’t it? What is special about a fountain that can make it so famous? Well, I sometimes I have asked myself this when visiting Rome, and yet as soon as the little streets start leading in a perfectly staged way to this glorious monument, excitement arises. The Trevi fountain is simply breathtaking. No other words to describe it. The work done by Fendi in restructuring it is admirable, as nowadays one is greeted by a monumental sparkling white ensemble, the statues so fine and alive, the water so delicately blue. The Fendi fashion show staged at the Fontana, has perfectly rendered homage to all its charm and beauty.
Piazza del Popolo
This is one of those open spaces that simply warms your heart. Take a hike to the top of for a magic view of the Piazza.
Colosseo & Fori Romani
Walking around the Colosseum and the Fori, is one of those unique experiences that cannot be replicated in any other space on this planet. The atmosphere is almost eerie, and the presence and history of the Roman Empire is strong. While the Colosseum is an a beautiful and imposing view from the outside, I don’t recommend visiting the inside as it’s quite overcrowded with tourist and its magic is lost.
Piazza di Spagna & Via dei Condotti
One of the most beautiful Roman squares, marked by the Spanish Steps, from which begins one of the most beautiful and fashionable streets of Rome, Via dei Condotti, which is a beautiful street per se, beyond the luxury stores crowding it. In the parallel street Via Borgognona one can find more affordable stores such as COS and & Other Stories. Also nearby, the wonderful Palazzo Valentino.
Yet another beautiful, historical square, full of dolce vita. Particularly love this for the vicinity to many bars and restaurants.
Other: Castel Sant’Angelo, San Pietro.
ART & ABOUT
The Maxxi is a Contemporary Art museum that offers a great architectural space in the capital to enjoy at leisure. The area in front of the museum opens like a secluded but spacious piazza. The museum is designed by the great Zaha Hadid and architecturally speaking is nothing short of awe-inspiring. The Museum Café and Restaurant opposite the main exposition area has an outdoor space where one can see many young Roman students going about their readings, and people relaxing and catching some sun. The restaurant has a great modern interior and offers a delicious buffet lunch, making for the perfect add to a museum visit.
Via Guido Reni, 4/A
My iPhone 6s shots