What to Do, See, Eat in Rome? Tips From a Local Roman!

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We spent 4 nights in Rome, which was about 4 nights too short. We both agree we needed another week in Rome. We did however, try to make the most of our 4 nights there. On our 3rd day in Rome, we took a day trip with Walks of Italy out to Tuscany, this is where we met Marta our guide.

Marta was born & raised in Rome, she was full knowledge from the history, best eats, best wine, you name it! At the end of our tour she gave us a list of things we should try to get to. With only 1 day left we didn’t make it very far on that list, so we thought we should share it with the world and when we come back to Rome we ourselves will check them out.

So here we go, according to a local Roman you should check out the following while in Rome:

Eats

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Corona Gelato: Naturally I was on the hunt for the best gelato. Boy did Marta have this one right, you cannot miss this one. On average they have 40 different flavors, something for everyone. Located at Largo Arenula, 27

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La Tazza d’Oro– Looking for the best coffee in Rome, look no further according to Marta. This coffee joint is located at via dei Pastini 11(Pantheon ). Coffee for only 90 cents, but if it’s a hot day try the Granita its an iced coffee with cream, YUM!

Bar Peru: Best aperitivo or cocktail in English can be found here, after a long day of sightseeing you deserve a stiff drink. Typically from around 6ish-9ish, the drinks will have a special price that included an unlimited food buffet, great value for your money. Closed on Sundays. Located behind Piazza Farnese, Via di Monserrato n.46

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Cul de Sac: Ready to get your wine on in Rome, why not check out one of the best wine bars in Rome? They also have a full menu, so enjoy your wine over dinner. Open daily at noon, free wifi, PIAZZA PASQUINO 73 (Piazza Navona) 00186 Rome

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Da Remo: PIZZA, looking for the original thin-crust Roman pizza? Look no further. Open 11:30am-8pm closed on Sundays. Located just around the corner from the Pantheon, Via Piè di Marmo, 32. Been making pizza for over 40 years, available by the slice.

Nanna Vincenzai– Best Sicilian pastries.

Roscioli: The best bakery in all of Rome. Open Monday-Saturday 7:30am-7pm, closed Sundays. Located at Via dei Chiavari, 34. Make sure to check out their pizza and specialty bread. Also, there is a deli & restaurant with menus in case you come hungry.

Norcineria Viola- Best cold cuts, Adam and I love the spicy salami here in Italy. This shop has been around since 1890. In the morning, there is the famous open-air market. Located at Piazza Campo de ‘Fiori, 43.

Dar Filettaro– Rome’s take on Fish & Chips except there are no chips. Tucked into a tiny, triangular, sloping piazza just off the southeast corner of Campo de’ Fiori along Via dei Giubbonari is a blue-on-white sign that just says “Filetti di Baccalà.”Join the line of people where you can order a filet of baccalà (salt cod) fried golden brown.  Dar Filettaro is only open from 5 pm to 10:40 pm.

Areas Off the Normal Tourist Track to Check out:

  • Ostia Antica
  • Appian Way
  • Acqueduct Park
  • Villa Adriana
  • The neighborhoods of Enoteca & Mercato Rionale
  • Going to the opera in Rome

Make Sure to Try the Following While in Rome:

  • Spritz – white wine & fizzy water – a Roman favorite
  • Suppli – fried ball of rice with meat and tomato sauce and a filling of melted mozzarella
  • Fiori di Zucca – Fried Squash Blossoms with Mozzarella and Anchovies
  • Pizza Bianca – White pizza

Do you have any Rome recommendations to add to the list? Please leave them in the comments, as we both can’t wait to get back to Rome!