Rome…things we like to do

A few years ago , we spent two weeks in Rome in January, a great time to go…few tourists…weather not at all bad. Here are some of our thoughts of this great city. Yes, the Vatican and St. Peter’s are a must, but sample these also.

Next to the Pantheon is the Chiesa Santa Maria Minerva (Bernini’s elephant in front) and in it a little advertised statue by Michelangelo ‘Christ Bearing the Cross.’ It will take a minute to pop in to see it. Magnificent.
Try to get to the Via Veneto one evening…beautiful Barbarini Fountain…wine and café’ bars and beautiful people.
Some nice things to do in Rome, and with not too many tourists:

San Pietro in Vincoli, across the street from Hotel Palatino…see St. Peter’s chains and the Moses by Michelangelo.
Visit the Chiesa di San Luigi where there are Caravaggio masterpieces.
The Barbarini Palace (more Caravaggio’s) is special and not to be missed.
The Campo dei Fiori is worth a morning visit to experience how the Romans shop and to enjoy the warm bread coming from the bakery fornaio. You can combine this with a trip to the Trevi Fountain, as they are close.
That is plenty for Rome, all in walking distance. You will need some luncheon down time, so be sure to have a long lunch as the Romans do and sample the local dishes like artichokes in oil, penne arrabiata, etc.
There are many great restaurants( avoid Menu Tourista), so not to worry. We like the ones that look family-like, small, white tableclothes, but just throw a dart and walk in. Our favorites are: La Rampa near the Spanish Steps, I Volte near the Pantheon, Gran Sasso on Via di Repetta…our very favorite( mother cooks, sons serve). Be sure to order the artichokes appetizer.
“In boca a lupo.”

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5 Comments on “Rome…things we like to do”

  1. Joe Giusto Says:

    Isn’t Rome just great?
    Thanks for the memories.
    Joe Giusto

  2. Edna Falciglia Panaggio Says:

    Marie forwarded this to me. I am a writer too. You need to join the Rhode Island Short Story Club. You would be an asset.
    I followed the trip as you described it. I remember having lunch in some restaurant and spending lots of time in front of the steps. It was a long time ago, tho’ like maybe 1975. Where are you from?

    • Thank you, Edna. My father’s family was from Roccamonfina, just north of Naples, and my mother’s from Pollutri in Abruzzo, on the Adriatic side. Yes , I would love to join the club. Can you send me contact information.
      Tanta belle cose.
      Dr. Ed

  3. Grazie. Speriamo che andiamo a Roma in ottobre. Molto piacere per risponderci. Ci vediamo.
    Ed and Diane

  4. Joe Cianciolo Says:

    A few more suggestions for Rome restaurants. Nino at via Borgognona 11, a short walk from the Spanish steps is frequented primarily by local business folks and residents. This is where Tom Cruise had his wedding rehearsal dinner (supposed Italian wedding). The marinated whole artichokes are beyond description. al Moro, Vicolo delle Bollette 13, near the Fontana di Trevi is a treat…not frequented by tourists. A great local trattoria is Ristorante Abruzzi, just off the Piazza ss Apostoli, which is one block north of the Via Del Corso. Fairly priced with lots of local color. Another primarily for the locals is Ristorante L’Anloletto, 00186 Roma on the Piazza Rondanini, 51 near the Pantheon. Also fairly priced…dinner is the best time for here.

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