People come from all over the world for visiting Colosseum and Vatican museum. It means long fila (queue). First of all: visit Colosseum and Imperial ruins in the early morning or late afternoon to avoid the crowds. Second trick: save money booking your ticket on the official site coop culture.it, it costs 12 euros plus a 2 euros booking fee.
Third trick: get Roma Pass for having 2 free entry to 2 museum or archaeological sites, reduced ticket prices to all other museums, free use of the city’s public transport network (Buses, urban trains, underground). With the Roma Pass you can enter in the group entrance. Remember that you can’t avoid queue for sicurity checks. I suggest leave your bags at home. After visit, take a break. Search out Caffè Propaganda, a little corner of Paris near Colosseum. Get a cup of tea with french patisserie. Or a Campari Spritz if is aperitivo time (bar buffet).
Rome is a romantic city, with views able to excite even people with a cuore peloso (hard heart). This little guide is made for lovers, those with no money (i poracci) and those who have a high budget (i farciti). About first category: they don’t need money to enjoy the night view of the Trevi Fountain. Just have to throw a coin in the water making un desiderio, a wish. In alterative, with 3,50 euros they may buy una birretta (a medium beer) and drink sitting on the stones of Monti square. And what about the tramonto (sunset) at Gianicolo hill? When the sun goes down they may limonare come se non ci fosse un domani (kiss each other all night long).
Have you got a credit card in your pocket? Ok, don’t be a pulciaro, be generous. Dine with your girlfriend at Crab. Raw fish and champagne, few steps out from Colosseum. Warning! Paying alla romana means share the bill. But do it only when you are with your friends. When you’re with a woman, do not be surprised if the waiter brings the bill to the man. He has to pay. It’s called cavalleria, gallantry.
Have you got a Platinum Visa in your pocket? Fortunello, lucky boy! You’re welcome at ristorante da Pierluigi. Tappeto rosso, red carpet for you! Book a table outside, in the elegant Piazza de Ricci, an open air lounge in the heart of Rome. Order raw fish and white wine. Ok, now is the right time to ask her to marry you: mi vuoi sposare?
Make your amore (love) forever by letting a padlock on the pedestrian bridge in front of the Coliseum. And celebrate this moment with a selfie!
Flour, tomato, mozzarella, olive oil. It sounds easy, right? But make a good pizza isn’t a gioco da ragazzi, a joke. In the quartiere Monti (Monti district), there are some pizzerias where I usually go. I suggest Trieste Pizza, an high quality franchising from Abruzzo (Center of Italy).
They cook a piccola pizza (small pizza) that you may eat in four bites. Saporita ed economica, tasty and cheap. A small Margherita (tomato and mozzarella) costs 2,20 euros. It’s okay for a mid-morning snack. O, in the night, for stopping la fame alcolica (alcoholic hunger), on friday and saturday the place is open until 2:45PM. But the place is small and you may wait half an hour to be served.
If you want to sit and relax after your sightseeing, better go somewhere else. Urbana 47 is molto alla moda, a fashionable restaurant loved by the locals. It was recently renovated, now has a vintage look. The owner changed also the menu’s concept. There’s a short list of dishes. If you are waiting for the classic italian food, here you will be deluso (disappointed). Better checking the pizza’s menu. Urbana 47’s pizzaioli cook pizzas in a traditional wood oven. You can feel the difference.
Another typical pizzeria based in Monti district is Alle Carrette. They are famous in Rome for their supplì (rice balls) and frittini in pastella (fried vegetable). Madre is the restaurant where you may pay 32 euro for a pizza! But the show is worth the ticket price 🙂 The estetica (aesthetics) for Italians is as important as the quality of food. Madre is the place where watch and be watched. Do not be surprised if the italian girls look at your bag and shoes. Lo fanno, they do it. Especially if the choice is not appropriate to the situation. Madre has a green lush secret garden (Image), where have dinner in every season, eating pizza, ceviche and drinking a cocktail. An experience to live if your credit card allows!
Kick-start your day with a typical italian breakfast before hitting the Colosseum early to avoid the crowds. I suggest some places. First of all Panella Bakery (54, Via Merulana), in San Giovanni district. Are about ten minutes walking from Monti district, but when you get to this place you know that it was worth the effort! A huge variety of dessert, cakes, croissants and typical italian pastries. I love their espresso. If you’re looking for something of special, try the espresso flavored pistachio or hazelnut.
In Via Urbana there is a couple of good alternative. I usually have my espresso time (Illy branded) at Bar Monti, with their well-designed interior room. Take ten minutes of relax drinking coffee, eating a “cornetto” (typical italian pastrie) and connecting with their free Wifi. Kind of more sophisticated is Urbana 47. There you should choose from different “miscela” of coffee from South America. And also between an italian or international breakfast.