Omph, you guys. This one ❤️ Rome is my first love. I was lucky enough to spend a summer there some years ago, and the people, the food, the architecture, the films, the history, the everything really are as wonderful as everyone says. And while my Italian was embarrassing at best, I promise you... I learned to ask for chocolate gelato fluently. My priorities have always been straight.
So I’m very excited to be able to revisit one of the most amazing places this week with you guys! Our brilliant guide, interpreter and translator Giulia @omgsomuchcaffeine!
"Locals in Rome are welcoming, kind and friendly. They will smile at you and then yell at the person in front of them because they are too slow. Most of the locals don't speak English, but they will try to help you as much as they can. They love their espresso in the morning and their happy hour at 6pm.
Rome is an old city with a very young soul; it's for backpackers and for luxurious travelers; it's busy and noisy, it might give you headaches at times; it's fascinating and full of history. You can easily get lost, but end up right in front of the Trevi Fountain or in front of the Colosseum, and do lose the map and get lost by any means.”
Buongiorno, do you want un caffè? • unlike the rest of the meals, Italians don't invest much time into breakfast and usually a fast 'cappuccino & cornetto' should get you going until snack or lunch time. And the most amazing thing is that you can find this combo at every corner in Rome, in every bar and coffee shop. I stop at @buddyroma every morning while going to work for my quick breakfast but they have the most amazing menu with lots of local and international foods.
(at Buddy Italian Restaurant Cafè)
Today was the most gloomy Monday in the history of gloomy Mondays. But you know what? I loved it. I love Rome during cloudy and rainy days, because it suddenly gets empty, no more tourists, who look for cover in museums, and no more locals who'd rather stay in their warm homes. I love my sunshine and warm days, but I think fall and winter are the best seasons to visit Rome. The Pantheon is one of my favorite monuments in Rome, and I could never get tired of this view. @omgsomuchcaffeine
Un gelato perfavore • it's almost impossible to eat a bad gelato in Rome. There are a lot of famous and delicious gelaterias, but @venchi1878 is my absolute favorite. This one in particular has a whole wall covered in a chocolate waterfall and it has an amazing store where you can purchase all of the yummy chocolate you want in the cutest hand designed boxes. My favorite flavors are 'Cremino Venchi' and 'Cappuccino' @omgsomuchcaffeine😋 #localxRomeITA #outwithlocals
Scusi, per il Colosseo? • l'Altare della Patria aka the big white building at Piazza Venezia, is my favorite monument of them all. For instance is free of charge for entrance, most of the times there is a free art exhibition and you get this amazing view. If you want to get a little higher you can pay 7 euros for the elevator, but I honestly think this is just enough. @omgsomuchcaffeine
Buon appetito • Trastevere is my favorite part of the city, with its small streets, family-owned businesses, and the most delicious smell of food coming either from restaurants or from grandmothers' kitchens. I discovered this small restaurant named 'Tonnarello' a couple of months ago and it's been my favorite since. Delicious Italian and Roman pasta dishes and pizza, and the best rustic atmosphere. It's perfect for sitting outside if it's sunny and warm, or it has a huge inside area for cold and gray days. What's your favorite pizza? @omgsomuchcaffeine
• un giro in bicicletta. Unless you are an expert, confident and strong biker (or unless you have a very good life insurance) I discourage you from renting a bike in Rome. But at Villa Borghese you can rent a cute bike for one hour for a very cheap price and you can stroll around the beautiful gardens, have a picnic or a nap under the trees, or if you're with your other half you can rent a little boat at spend a beautiful and quiet thirty minutes rolling around this pond. Villa Borghese is my favorite green area of the city, especially during Spring and summer time @omgsomuchcaffeine
Sabato sera • @momorepublic_it is my all time favorite restaurant in Rome. It's fancy but casual, the food is insanely good and not as expensive as you would imagine. I have celebrated various birthdays here and spent a lot of my summer nights in the garden surrounded by music, people, lights and bunny rabbits sipping on my Aperol Spritz. It's a #outwithlocals kind of spot, but it's definitely worth a visit and make sure to put it on your list if you're looking for a nice place to spend the evening with friends or with your other half. @omgsomuchcaffeine
• aperitivo • at @ercoli1928 you can try authentic and fresh Italian and European products such as cheese and salami but also fresh pasta dishes and meat. You can choose whatever you want to put on your platter and add some great wine to it. + good friends to chat with and you have the perfect aperitivo.
• pausa caffè • weather if you're leaving Rome or if you just got in through Termini Station, or if you're passing by or not, @mercatocentraleroma is a must see. It's a large open space with booths all around it that offer delicious Italian food. Pizza, carciofi, cornetti, trapizzino, pasta, burgers, coffee, wine and more. You can find everything you can think of. It's on three levels and going up stairs you can find a store where you can purchase all of the products that are sold downstairs and going even more up stairs you can find the restaurant by Olivier Glowing, 2 stars Michelin.
Mercato Centrale is perfect if you're looking for place for breakfast, lunch, dinner or just a fast coffee break before heading back to university (🙋) #localxRomeITA @omgsomuchcaffeine