Insider Guide: Rom
Blogger, writer and cocktail drinker at Gillianslists
Rom, en af verdens smukkeste byer, og klart en favorit her på redaktionen. La dolce vita er blot en af mange grunde til at aflægge den Italienske hovedstad et besøg, og her giver den fantastiske og inspirerende Gillian Longworth, som er bosat i Rom, og indehaver af bloggen Gillianslists samt fleres succesfulde italienske rejseapps, endnu flere gode grunde til at besøge byen.
What is your relation to Rome?
I have lived in Rome for almost a decade. My husbands work as a diplomat at the United Nations Food & Agriculture Organization is what brought us here.
What is your best experience in Rome?
Coffee at my local bar. It might look like chaos, but the entire process a carefully orchestrated experience. I love it all; The intricate and precise ordering, the clank of coffee cups, the aroma of coffee, the stylish Italians taking that small moment to savour their cafe. It is a distinctly Roman affair.
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What are the main reasons for visiting Rome?
The light, the food, the “dolce far niente”.
What is special about Italy, and the Italian culture?
Italians embrace the best things in life with style and aplomb. Things like taking time for a proper lunch with friends and family, looking chic even if you are just walking the dog and the importance of a good cup of coffee are all taken very seriously.
My best Rome advice?
Slow down. Rome is full of beauty, almost an overwhelming amount. Let it surprise you by wandering the cobblestone streets without much of a plan.
This luxury hotel is located just off the fabled via Veneto has a Michelin starred restaurant and a sweeping views over the city.
Family owned and managed The Daphne is a boutique gem. Close to the Trevi Fountain and the Spanish steps, the friendly staffs are happy to share their insider secrets of where to shop, eat and the best sites to see.
If you are a breakfast lover the brand new Fifteen Keys in the charming Monti neighborhood is the hotel for you. With only 15 rooms you are granted a personal touch at this beautiful designed spot.
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Taverna Fori Imperiali,
Via della Madonna dei Monti, 9
After a morning touring Rome’s most ancient sites stop for lunch at the family run Taverna Fori Imperiali. Make sure to try the Roman classic pasta dish cacio e pepe, here it is dusted with truffles This friendly place is popular with locals from the neighborhood, tourists and celebrities. NB: Closed Tuesdays.
Flavio al Velavevodetto,
Via di Monte Testaccio, 97
In the once working class neighborhood of Testaccio at Flavio you can dine amongst ancient pottery shards sampling some of Rome’s most traditional dishes. The carbonara with guanciale and eggs and the tomatoey Amatriciana are some of the best. For your main dish grilled lamb or slow cooked oxtail are outstanding. The tiramisu is said to be one the best in town. NB: Open every day for lunch and dinner.
Forno Campo de’Fiori,
Campo de’Fiori 22
A favorite Roman snack is a slice of piazza bianca slicked with olive oil and a sprinkle of salt hot out of the oven. The Forno on a far corner of the lively and very instagrammable Campo de’Fiori has some of the best. NB: Closed Sundays.
Pianostrada Laboratorio di Cucina,
Vicolo del Cedro, 26
This small slice of a cafe on a equally small street in Trastevere is worth the navigating. The four Roman women behind the counter are creating some of Rome’s most creative and delicious meals. Stop by for a morning quick juice and a pastry or stay for lunch and try one the every changing seasonal specialities. NB: Closed Mondays.
Piazza dé Ricci 144
Dinner at Pierluigi is an elegant affair. Serving the freshest fish in one of the prettiest piazzas this is meal where you will want to linger. NB: Closed Mondays.
Enjoy a drink here
That time of day in-between late afternoon coffee and dinner is when Romans gather for what is known as an aperitivo. You can go traditional and order a negroni or a spritz, a glass of process or branch out and try an inventive cocktail. Either way there are always snacks involved.
Via di Pellegrino 87
Casual and hip, this neighborhood bar turns into one of the most inventive cocktail spots in town from Tuesday to Saturday starting at about 19:00.
Via dell Madonna dei Monti 28
An ever-changing list of interesting red, whites, bubbles and a few craft beers are one of the reasons people flock to this popular spot on a pretty street in the Monti neighborhood. The very generous and delicious aperitvo buffet is another. NB: Closed Sundays.
Via delle Muratte 23
While this spot feels a little more New York than Rome it has one of the best bars in town. Pull up a stool to the long zinc bar and watch your drink be mixed with flair or sit outside and relax while the foot traffic from the nearby Trevi Fountain passes you by.
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Piazza Pietro d’Illiria
You can follow in the footsteps of the main character in the film La Grande Bellezza with a stop at the peaceful Giardini d’Aranci on the ancient Aventine hill. Rest under the shade of orange trees or plan to watch the sun sink behind the dome of Saint Peter.
Via de’ Baullari 106
Sit a spell and take in the Renaissance splendor of the Michelangelo designed Palazzo Farnese, now home to the Embassy of France. The two fountains that flank the square are from the ancient Baths of Caracalla.
Via Servio Tullio 20-22
Get you Om on and work off some of the pasta and pizza at Ryoga. You can chose from a dynamic hot flow or a restorative yin class. There are also pilates and meditation classes.
Experience the city
You know about the Colosseum and Vatican City, these are a few of my favorite sites in Rome.
Hunt for Caravaggios
See the work of the late Renaissance bad boy artist Michelangelo Merisi “in situ” in the churches that they were originally designed for.
- San Luigi dei Francesi: Contarelli Chapel
- Via Santa Giovanna d’Arco 5
- Santa Maria del Popolo Cerasi Chapel
- Piazza del Popolo
Piazza della Rotunda
This first century wonder will take your breath away. One of the worlds most ancient sites, the Pantheon has been in continuous use for centuries. Originally a private temple for the emperor Agrippa in modern times it became a catholic church and the resting place of Italy’s kings and the artist Rafael.
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Galleria Doria Pamphilj,
Via del Corso 305
Live out your princess fantasies and wander this remarkable art filled palace on one of Rome’s busiest shopping streets. You will likely have the place almost to yourself. Open every day 9:00-19:00.
A couple of clothing stores, specialty shops, flea markets, anything else that sticks out to you and a sentence or two describing the store and why you love it.
Via della Vite 86
Italian women are known for their effortless chic and an enviable ability to glide across the cobblestones in stilettos. But if it is comfortable elegance is what you are seeking a pair of Superga sneakers are the only choice.
Bottega del Marmoraro,
Via Margutta 53/b
After searching for the addresses where Fellini (No. 110) and Joe Bradley/Gregory Peck (No. 51.) lived on the charming via Margutta find the Bottega del Marmoraro (No. 53/b) and have Enrico Fiorentini create a one of a kind Roman souvenir with your favorite words or choose from his vast collection.
Via del Babuino, 145
I love the clean lines and classic styling of this Italian brand. Shop here for pretty summer dresses, your favorite winter coat and the perfect white shirt.
LOL Moda. Art. Design,
Via Urbana, 92
Long strands of sparkly beads, floaty dresses, strappy sandals and whisper soft scarves. This sharply edited collection of small designers like Laura Urbanati and forte_forte.