A summer weekend in Rome: what to see, where to eat and what to do in the evening

Are you planning a weekend made in Italy? If you have never seen Rome (but even if you don’t know already, definitely look forward to returning!) then our advice is: book your ticket!

Luce came in last week and between an activity and the other had time to visit the city, as well as enjoying a great carbonara! Here’s our guide to 48 hours in Rome in summer with what to see, where to eat and what to do in the evening: enjoy!

Where to eat:

Da Teo (piazza dei Ponziani, 7). Is in a delightful square at the quieter end of Trastevere and is definitely one of our favourites: we celebrated the birthday of Clare! The menu is all traditional (but also have a superb seafood): amatriciana and gricia -when it’s in season one with broad beans is a must try!-, chicory and fried flowers. As we write us back your mouth water … 😛

Grano (piazza Rondanini, 53). In the Center, is a revised version in a chic Roman cuisine with goodies like the oxtail risotto and burgers with cheese and pepper version with the artichokes. We like especially in summer when you can eat in the small terrace covered by umbrellas.

Ai Marmi (viale di Trastevere 53). Not great in terms of décor (in town they call “the morgue”!) but as a pizza here really know their stuff. This pizzeria is in fact a highly frequented by Romans that here they eat their pizza, thin and brittle. As an appetizer, fried classics: salt cod, pumpkin blossom stuffed with mozzarella and anchovies and olivette all’ascolana. The plus? Fast service and low prices.

 

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What to see:

Useless to make a list: to see Rome 48 hours a week, let alone would not be enough. Then we leave art and history guides, tips on museums and excavations and advise 4 places in the open air, to enjoy the beauty of the city outdoors. And you don’t even need a ticket!

Villa Celimontana (via della Navicella, 12). Smaller and less crowded Villa Borghese is one of the most beautiful parks in the city and is located in the city centre. Littered with archaeological remains from different eras and origins (there’s even an Egyptian obelisk) is an oasis of tranquility and is very impressive.

Gianicolo. If you saw the great beauty of Sorrentino will remember the first scene where the choir sings while you see images of a fountain. That’s the Fontana dell’Acqua Paola also called Er Fontanone and is located precisely at the Gianicolo, from where you can see one of the most beautiful theaters in Rome.

Villa del Priorato dei Cavalieri di Malta. If you get closer you see a line of people in front of a doorway, waiting to peep from bolt, do not worry: it is perfectly normal. This villa is normally closed to the public (you can only visit in groups, by appointment), which is all this way just to see the curious optical toy for which the keyhole you see perfectly the dome of St Peter’s.

What to do in the evening:

Bar del Fico (piazza del Fico 26). One of the most classic hangout for drinks pre-nightout, is filled with people both inside and out. Plus the restaurant, always them, located next to the local, tasty and well attended: a perfect combination for those looking for a place to dine and then drink.

Piazza della Madonna dei Monti. When in Rome, do as the Romans do! And the Romans often choose this square for a casual drink: to imitate them enough to buy a beer from the kiosk and then sit on the steps of the fountain.

Freni e Frizioni (via del Politeama 4/6). Another classic Roman hangout, is a former mechanical workshop restored and converted to bar: the counter still has all the drawers where preserved bolts and tools. And the cocktails are great!

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