Rome Advice

My friends Andrew and Brenda are off to Rome this month, October, 2015. I thought that you may like to see my Trip to Rome notes that I shared with them.


Ja Ja Mama

Rome is a wonderful place to walk around and explore especially this time of the year. This summer in Rome was very hot and not so nice for walking about.

Like any large metropolis there are many, many great not so busy, not so expensive and quiet places to explore. Of course there are the places that you just have to go to. A good place to start your research is the Roma Tourism sight.

Rome Tourism

Upon arrival, our friends, Joyce and Antonio, took us for a drive to the top of Gianicolo Hill, near Trastevere. Coming from Canada it is hard to imagine a civilization that has been building on the same grounds as far back as the 8th century BC. The view is not to be missed.


The drive up to the Janiculum or Colle delle Gianicolo

If you do not have a car, take a bus. The subways and buses are easy to use. That being said as in all big cities you need to be alert for proffessional pick pockets (usually a group effort). Hide the fanny pack and camera. Carry as little as possible. Men make sure your wallet is not easily available to seriously “probing” hands.

getting around on transit

Each neighbourhood has so much to offer.

I liked the Basilica of Santa Maria in Trastevere. Basilica di Santa Maria in Trastevere

Basilica of Santa Maria

Basilica of Santa Maria

The lighting is wonderful for photos.

The lighting is wonderful for photos.

Vatican City

It is worth the wait. You also have the option to walk to the top. It is a steep and narrow climb. Worthwhile for the great view.


A view from the roof.

A view from the roof.


When visiting the Vatican City, take the time to follow the river down to the Ponte Sante’Angelo.This is Castel St Angelo or Hadrian’s mausoleum. The main tourist attraction of the bridge are the locks that couples from all around the world attach to the railings.Hadrian’s Mausoleum or Castle Sant’Angelo

ponte sant'angelo locks

ponte sant’angelo locks


Sant'Angelo Castle

Sant’Angelo CastleI

So much to see. But even more things to eat!

A good place to start of course is Anthony Bourdain’s Layover.

Tony Talks Rome

Some of my Italian food translation notes:

cacio e pepe  This is a pasta dish with a white cheese sauce and black pepper (sort of a basic Roman staple that is really good)

You should know that gnocchi alla romana is always featured on Thursdays.

primo means first course usually a pasta/secondo is the second course usually a meat or fish for more info check out  lesson in Italian dinner courses

arrabbiata translates to angry it usually means lots of chili peppers

grattacheche is grated ice and fruit

limoncello is the lemon flavor – I like my lemon with a side of chocolate, sour mixed with dark chocolate needs to be experienced.

You must eat pizza. Roman is a thin crust. Be brave and try the smaller non tourist restaurants.

The following are a few recommendations from my good friend Joyce.

Trattoria Emilio.. Via alessandria….

Pescata di Anzio… Viale regina Margherita… Angolo via Nomentana … Fish…

Monte Carlo pizzeria …via Alessandria … Angolo via Reggio Emili

Every morning take the time to find a local cafe and have espresso or cappocino.

Drink lots of wine. Most wine stores serve tapas with their glasses.

Evening is for drinking and relaxing.

Evening is for drinking and relaxing.

I hope my notes are of use to you.

Ciao for now.


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