This special blog is the start of a travel series I am releasing each month based off my year living oversees in Italy with my family. This edition is on the Eternal City of Rome, where I lived for eight months. Tips include some of my favourite restaurants, sites, museums, shops and helpful information such as doctors’ numbers. Buon viaggio!
Located in the Jewish Ghetto, green felt lined walls and superb outdoor dining, hidden location – old world. Very seasonal menu.
Dining outside looking up at Piazza di Spagna.
Upscale dining, seafood restaurant, very fresh and seasonal.
Casual breakfast or lunch with outdoor seating. Close to Piazza di Spagna.
Located just outside the busy markets serving the best pizzas, patisserie and bread.
Set in a market square where young Italian professionals hangout for lunch, aperitivo, dinner – and after-hour drinks in the back Speak-Easy room. Also a good lunch option with children sitting outside where they can run around the market square without traffic.
Simple Italian breakfast or lunch – busy and family owned. ‘Top 3 Coffee in Roma’. Near the Italian language school Scoula Leonardo da Vinci.
Fabulous cocktail and brasserie style restaurant. It is near the Trevi fountain so a good place to pop in for an aperitivo. It is much larger than most restaurants has a Balthazar feel to it.
Great for coffee breakfast and lunch. Also good with children as jumping castle, games and bike rentals etc in this area of the park. ‘Top 3 Coffee in Roma’.
Classic and very trendy restaurant with great outdoor seating.
Typical Italian delicatessen filled with atmosphere and great for lunch with a good wine list by the glass.
Fabulous courtyard setting with traditional service and one of the best anti-pasta in Roma.
When you need a break from Italian try this world-class Japanese restaurant with stunning views from the bar and lounge. Ask for fresh wasabi root which they grate in front of you on a board made from dried shark skin.
Where locals meet before, during and after work.
A very cute Roman restaurant – hard to find.
Stunning location with outdoor dining looking onto Piazza del Popolo – famous amongst both tourists and locals.
Our favourite Gelateria in Roma – fresh and natural – with a small courtyard where you can take in the sights of the surrounding buildings and children playing football. This street (via dei Coronari) is also a special smaller ‘laneway’ style experience full off unique shops.
Organic Farmers Markets all vegetables in season, meats, seafood, bread, flowers, and everything else you would expect from a market – a wide range of products available – fabulous!
Great fresh organic produce and products.
Great wine selections and helpful staff.
Great for daily fresh flowers.
One of the best terraces in Roma – this is the apartment to rent if you are with friends or family.
Classic Roman hotel, very lively with great bar and outdoor terrace.
Uber luxury with Zuma upstairs and a great bar and terrace overlooking Roma.
A favourite pick for it’s stunning location near Piazza del Popolo, Villa Borghese, ‘The Pinco’ lookout, and also the stunning back courtyard area set under Roman pines – simply perfect.
Small hotel with stunning views onto the Colosseum, rooftop bar and restaurant.
A new design project near the famous Piazza Navona.
Great intensive Italian courses from one week to one year programs. Even if just for a week it will greatly add to your experience. Beginners start from 9am-12:15pm.
Beautiful park overlooking Rome. Excellent for children to rent bikes, boats and Segways.
During our year in Roma we experienced many pony clubs and The Roma Pony Club was by far the best – located 15 minutes north of Centro with indoor and outdoor arenas. Great teachers (some speak English), and a good cafe and lounge area.
A great place where, even if you aren’t a guest, you can pay for a pass and take children for the day and enjoy this amazing pool, location and service – on a very hot day in Rome this will save you!
The People’s Square of Roma with fantastic restaurants for aperitivo or dining experiences (such as Dal Bolognese) – also great for people watching, local artists and plenty of space for children to run around. Above is ‘The Pinco’ and then into Villa Borghese.
Excellent fresh Japanese food when you simply need a break from Italian. Just off Piazza di Spagna with great staff and very child friendly.
There is a great park behind with swings perfect for young children set amounts Roman Pines.
Great Italian made men’s clothing line, great fabrics and collections.
A wonderful experience to go into such a great shop with preserved books hundreds of years old.
Some of the good streets to stroll:
Via del Pelle
Via dei Banchi Nuovi
Not to be missed, a private tour of the Vatican. Enter an hour before the public gets in and avoid the mass crowds and long waits.
€200 for a 3 hour tour plus tickets €30 per person.
Not to be missed – this building has had many uses over the centuries, one being where the Pope fled during invasions. The top terrace has one of the most stunning views over The Eternal City.
Across the road from Villa Borghese.
There are many clubs in Roma which are fantastic, however, most are private. Belle Arti is centrally located with great tennis courts, an outdoor swimming pool, gym and much more!
And take any opportunity to step inside any church as you meander the streets of Rome. They’ll never cease to take your breath away.