Oct 21, 2009

Rome Walking Tours | Best Pizzeria and Restaurants near the Trevi Fountain


Walking Rome Tour | Enjoy the Baroque Trevi Fountain
Walking Rome Tour | Enjoy the Baroque Trevi Fountain
The Colosseum is the most visited attraction in Rome after St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City, but according to the feedbacks we collected from our guests Trevi Fountain is perhaps the most loved landmark in Rome and due to its enduring appeal this baroque fountain is probably the most photographed monument in Rome.



Designed by Nicola Salvini in 1732, the Trevi Fountain is one of the last Roman baroque treasures built in Rome. This is the place where Fellini directed Anita Ekberg in La Dolce Vita movie as she frolicked in the water inviting Marcello Mastroianni “Marcello, come here”. 



And the Fontana di Trevi still casts its spell on visitors today, not least because of the legend that says that by turning your back on the baroque monument and throwing a coin over your shoulder you are sure to return to Rome one day. Thanks to this legend Rome's Major cashes Euro 600,000 every year, and the money is used to support needy projects around Rome. 

The Trevi Fountain is right in the heart of the Eternal City of Rome and the area is packed with quintessentially Roman sights. Wander around the area and you'll see that there is at least a church in every square making a religious theme tour an interesting prospect.


Being such a popular spot with an endless stream of tourists and visitors it is very common in the Trevi Fountain area to end up paying an exorbitant price for drinks and frozen food presented as it was fresh. So should visitors avoid this area? Absolutely NOT, just read ItalyTravelista list of tourist-friendly Bars and Restaurants in/around the Trevi Fountain and enjoy real Italian food by one of the most stunning baroque fountains in all of Rome.

TOP RESTAURANTS and BARS Near The TREVI FOUNTAIN


Only a few steps from the Trevi Fountain, located in a typical Rome’s narrow alley, Le Tamerici is an excellent choice for a nice lunch or a romantic dinner. I personally enjoy the great selection of appetizers and the good wine list combined with a very efficient service. Few outdoor tables available.
Price Euro 50 | Gambero Rosso 2010 Overall Rating 52 | Closed Sundays


Il Chianti is a very nice wine bar, restaurant and pizzeria just off Trevi Square. Owned by the same company running Le Tamerici, Il Chianti is a modern version of the traditional trattoria, service is courteous and the bill is fair. Nice outdoor tables.
Price Euro 25 | Gambero Rosso 2010 Overall N/A | Closed Sundays


Vineria il Chianti by the Trevi Fountain | Tasty Italian Appetizers
Vineria il Chianti by the Trevi Fountain | Tasty Italian Appetizers
Piccolo Arancio | Vicolo Scanderbeg 112
This tiny, charming trattoria only a few blocks from the Trevi Fountain in an almost hidden alleyway offers authentic Italian food at very reasonable prices. Plenty of regulars come here for the excellent fritters, the farfalle and fusilli pasta dishes and delicious dessert like the lemon mousse. Few outdoor tables available.
Price Euro 30 | Gambero Rosso 2010 Overall Rating N/A | Closed Mondays

Once a rustic trattoria Al Presidente is today a stylish restaurant serving well prepared roman traditional food and excellent seafood. Dinner here would cost around Euro 60 but you can take advantage of the excellent value for money lunch, every day except for Sundays, with a choice of a self service buffet plus two dishes and a pasta from the kitchen.
Buffet Price Euro 32 | Gambero Rosso 2010 Overall Rating 79 | Closed Mondays

Ristorante Nino | Via Borgognona 11
Just a couple of blocks from the Spanish Steps and not far from the Trevi Fountain Nino is a great place for tasting the best traditional food from Tuscany. Here you will love the atmosphere and elegance of a Bygone Era and the food and the wine and the service! One of my faves restaurants in Rome.
Price Euro 55 | Gambero Rosso 2010 Overall Rating 70 | Closed Sundays

Spaghetteria L'Archetto | Via dell'Archetto 26
A few blocks away from the Trevi Fountain L'Archetto spaghetti house offers pasta dressed with over 120 kind of different of pasta sauces. Here you'll also find pizza and traditional well prepared Italian dishes. Prices are reasonable, outside seating available and it is always open in summer. 
Price Euro 25 | Gambero Rosso 2010 Overall Rating N/A | Closed Never


Enoteca Regionale Palatium | Authentic Roman Food & Wine
Enoteca Regionale Palatium | Authentic Roman Food & Wine
This delicious wine bar, just a short walk from the Trevi Fountain offers Rome’ specialties. Taste the food, try the wines, do the sum and you'll agree this place offers excellent value for money.
Price Euro 30 | Gambero Rosso 2010 Rating 2 Bottles | Closed Sundays

This attractive establishment, once the workshop of Canova's favorite pupils, has been transformed in a museum and hosts an elegant bar. Open for breakfast, lunch and pre-dinner cold platters, salads and sandwiches are very fresh and service is always smiling and professional.
Price Euro 25 | Gambero Rosso 2010 Rating 2 Bottles | Closed Never


Just a short walk from the Fontana di Trevi you'll find this historical Art-Deco' gem recently fully renovated, that offers everything from design shops to bar via a bookstore and a very nice restaurant. Espresso here is very good.
Join the locals in this roman-style mall open from 11 AM to 11 PM.


Il Palazzetto wine bar and restaurant offer an incredible location in the heart of Rome with its terrace overlooking the Spanish Steps. Dinner could easily top E100 per person but at lunch, although not cheap, you're unlikely to regret a single penny of your bill. Very tasty salads, sandwiches pasta and pastries are served on the terrific terrace!
Lunch Price Euro 35 | Gambero Rosso 2010 Rating 76 | Closed Mondays


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Another Coin Another Picture | Trevi Fountain or Fontana di Trevi
Another Coin Another Picture | Trevi Fountain or Fontana di Trevi

Oct 7, 2009

Tivoli Gardens and Villa | Day Tour from Rome


Day Trip from Rome| Tivoli Gardens and Villas
Day Trip from Rome| Tivoli Gardens and Villas
Enjoy this walking Rome tour a short drive from Rome. Explore Italy's rich history in the Roman countryside away from the hustle and bustle of the Eternal City of Rome.

The 3000 years old historic hill town of Tivoli, home to the fabulous Villa Adriana and Villa D’Este, declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO, is a very popular destination for a relaxed and informative day tour from Rome.

Hadrian Emperor Villa, the largest ever built for a Roman Emperor, is just outstanding. The lavish residence was built in two stages from AD 117 to AD 133 and was designed by Hadrian himself, who had a keen interest in art and architecture.
The Villa and grounds occupy an area of approx. 120 hectares, nearly 300 acres, with buildings for the exclusive use of the Emperor and his court, basilicas, theaters, baths, gardens and swimming pools, as well as a race course and a stadium. Hadrian's Villa represents one of the leading examples of Roman architecture. When Hadrian died the imposing site was abandoned. Neglected, it was left to the mercy of pillagers. Only after the Italy unification in 1870 that lengthy restoration work began unearthing treasures and artworks. The Canopus, a small artificial valley with a pool in the middle flanked by a colonnade adorned with statues, arches and fountains, remains one of the most amazing spots of this huge archeological complex. The museum is also well worth a visit. One of the masterpieces found here, Myron's Discobulus, is on display at the Vatican Museums.
Villa Adriana is an amazing example of Roman architecture while Villa D'este is one the finest examples of 16th century Italian architecture. Designed by Pirro Ligorio, a hydraulic engineer, it took around 20 years to complete starting from 1550. Villa D'Este beautiful Italian gardens feature fountains fed by the water coming from the nearby Aniene river and from the Rivellese spring providing a spectacular show of endless water games much appreciated by kids. The ground beneath it is a warren of tunnels and pipes but there are no pumps, as everything works by gravity alone.
The construction of this magnificent villa was commissioned by Ippolito II D'Este, the powerful Cardinal of Ferrara, who took up residence as Tivoli's Governor in the mid 16th Century. Among the several impressive fountains don't miss Fontana del Bicchierone, Fontana dei Draghi and Fontana dell'Ovato, as well as the world renowned Water Organ Fountain, adorned with Apollo and Orpheus statues. In 2001 Villa D'Este was listed by UNESCO as World Heritage Site.
Another Tivoli's stunning site is Villa Gregoriana, just fully renovated this park features an array of archaeological ruins from different periods, exceptional natural elements, caves and foreshortened views, that make Villa Gregoriana a great environmental, historical and artistic site to visit, including its 160 meter-high breathtaking waterfall.

Tivoli's Restaurants:
Restaurant La Tenuta di Roccabruna | Just Next Hadrian's Villa Entrance | Euros 40
Restaurant Avec 55 | via D. Giuliani 55 | Euro 45 | Dinner only

Rome Travel Tips

• Bring a bottle of water as there are no bars inside Villa Adriana
• Wear comfy shoes as there's a lot to walk inside the Villas
• Try the local Frascati white wine from the Castelli Romani


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Villa Adriana | Tour Rome at Your Own Pace!
Villa Adriana | Tour Rome at Your Own Pace!

Oct 2, 2009

Squares Rome Tour


Rome Navona Square
Rome Navona Square
Rome is world-renowned for its ancient monuments, Holy Churches and outstanding museums but what really impresses locals and visitors alike are the charming squares: the best places in Rome to enjoy the hectic city life and the perfect place to laze away your day surrounded by people and history, as the Romans do! When in Rome enjoy baroque squares and sip your Italian macchiato next to Renaissance Palaces or Medieval Roman Basilica. Tour Rome walking your way through squares, obelisks and fountains, and enjoy the Eternal City of Rome and its 2000 years of history. This list includes the most beautiful squares of Rome, and few tips on food and wine Rome's favorites spots!



Piazza Navona
Once a site for spectacular Roman games, Navona square maintains an oval shape, akin to the most famous game arena, Circus Maximus. During the late 15th century, the square underwent a remarkable revamp, and is now the greatest example of Baroque Roman urban architecture. Navona square is dominated by the outstanding Four Rivers Fountain designed by Bernini, and across from the “Nile”, by the church of St'Agnese in Agone designed by Borromini. Here you can relax in one of the several outdoor cafes and restaurants and enjoy one of the several shows performed in the square by street artists.


Piazza del Popolo
Once a site for public executions, these days Piazza del Popolo is far more peaceful, and given its proximity to Borghese Gardens and Via del Corso,  maintains a lively crowd of café-goers, shoppers and businessmen. Enjoy the mighty obelisk in the center of the square while sipping a nice espresso at one of the two pricey bars located in square's corners. Nearby do not miss the pleasant Via Margutta, a quiet narrow street home to artists and painters.

Piazza Farnese
A quieter alternative to the busy Campo dè Fiori, located just a short walk away. Piazza Farnese is dominated by the eponymous Palazzo Farnese, a Renaissance palace, boasting works by Antonio da Sangallo il Giovane, Michelangelo, and Giacomo della Porta. While it is necessary to obtain permission from the resident French Embassy to visit the interior, an evening stroll through the piazza allows a glimpse at the frescoed ceilings. The piazza itself is simple and elegant, with two fountains and few cafés. Enjoy a glass of wine at the classy Camponeschi wine bar or a roman dinner at the traditional trattoria Ar Galletto. If you decide for the Galletto make sure to make a reservation asking for a table just in front of the Embassy NOT in the back alley or indoor!

Piazza San Lorenzo in Lucina
Piazza San Lorenzo in Lucina, in the shopping heart of Rome, is one of the most elegant meeting places, and owes its name to the 4th century chapel of San Lorenzo, built on the home of Christian matron Lucina. Just around the corner from Montecitorio, the Italian Chamber of Deputies, Piazza San Lorenzo in Lucina is a regular hang out for politicians and journalists, who are easily spotted eating ice creams or chatting about the next reform at the smart and elegant bar Ciampini, enjoying small but excellent sandwiches and delicious gelati.


St. Lorenzo in Lucina Church | A Great Place to Enjoy Rome
St. Lorenzo in Lucina Church | A Great Place to Enjoy Rome
Piazza di Pietra
The impressive facade of the Temple of Hadrian, embedded in the walls of the Italian Stock Exchange building, is the distinctive backdrop for this quiet and pleasant square. The temple was dedicated to the deified Emperor Adriano by his adoptive son and successor Antoninus Pius in AD 145. The temple has just been renovated and its 11 massive corinthian columns shine. A cozy and relaxing setting, the piazza hosts the trendy bar Salotto 42, and La Caffettiera, an elegant Neapolitan-style cafe serving extra-strong espresso to keep you going!

Piazza della Rotonda
The best preserved ancient Roman, the Pantheon was conceived as a temple to all Gods and was later turned into a Catholic church. Michelangelo referred to this temple as “a work not of humans but of an Angel”, and the surrounding Piazza della Rotonda is the Pantheon's perfect frame. The structure's balanced geometry and the outdoor cafés lined around the square are a soothing experience for passers-by. Fiocco di Neve Gelateria on Via del Pantheon 51 and Caffè Tazza d'Oro are just a short walk away, while for a hearty roman dinner you can try Armando al Pantheon.

Piazza St. Mary in Trastevere
This lively square is home to one of the oldest and most original churches in Rome, Santa Maria in Trastevere, which is also thought to be one of the sites where Christians first openly celebrated the Holy Mass. The popular Trastevere quarter is a pleasant place to enjoy traditional roman food and typical Rome thin-crusted pizza.

Piazza Santa Maria ai Monti
Nestled within the narrow alleys of the Monti hill, between Via dei Serpenti and Via del Boschetto, the small and charming Piazza di Santa Maria ai Monti, hosts the main church of the Monti neighborhood and the Catholic Ukrainian Seminar of Rome. Lots of sitting room around the fountain makes the perfect spot to rest your tired feet or to read a book under the sun. Don't miss a very pleasant pre-dinner rest in one of the several Monti wine bars like Tre Scalini, Al Vino al Vino, Barrique or an Indian dinner at the Maharajah, otherwise you can enjoy a creative Italian dinner at Urbana 47.


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Have a nice walking tour of Rome!
Ciao from Rome:-)

Nancy Aiello


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St. Mary in Trastevere | Enjoy Rome as the Romans do!
St. Mary in Trastevere | Enjoy Rome as the Romans do!