Collette Dinnigan’s Travel Series | No. 1: ROMA

7th June , 2017

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!


Da Gino al Parlamento

Lazio Vicolo Rosini, 4

Hard to find down a little alleyway filled with locals and politicians. Great weekly seasonal specials. Bookings essential. VERY good value.
The Kitchen


Via Mario de’ Fiori, 41

Modern Italian fare, outdoor dining and ‘Top 3 Coffee in Roma’ served with delicious cookies.
The Kitchen


Via Monte Dè Cenci, 9

Located in the Jewish Ghetto, green felt lined walls and superb outdoor dining, hidden location – old world. Very seasonal menu.

The Kitchen

Ristorante Trinità de Monti

Piazza della Trinità dei Monti, 15

Dining outside looking up at Piazza di Spagna.


Piazza de’ Ricci, 144

Upscale dining, seafood restaurant, very fresh and seasonal.

Bar Frattina

Via Frattina, 142

Casual breakfast or lunch with outdoor seating. Close to Piazza di Spagna.

Forno Campo de’ Fiori

Vicolo del Gallo, 14

Located just outside the busy markets serving the best pizzas, patisserie and bread.

Osteria delle Coppelle

Piazza delle Coppelle, 55/56/57

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.

Bar Amore di Zucca Fabio

Via dei Banchi Nuovi, 41

Simple Italian breakfast or lunch – busy and family owned. ‘Top 3 Coffee in Roma’. Near the Italian language school Scoula Leonardo da Vinci.


Via dei Banchi Nuovi, 41

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.

La Casina Dell’orologio

Villa Borghese (park)

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’.


Via del Leone, 4

Classic and very trendy restaurant with great outdoor seating.


Via dei Giubbonari, 21/22

Typical Italian delicatessen filled with atmosphere and great for lunch with a good wine list by the glass.

Vecchia Roma

Via della Tribuna di Campitelli, 18

Fabulous courtyard setting with traditional service and one of the best anti-pasta in Roma.


Palazzo Fendi, Via della Fontanella di Borghese

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.

Ciampini Bistrot

Via della Fontanella di Borghese

Where locals meet before, during and after work.

Ristorante Montevecchio

Piazza Montevecchio, 22/a

A very cute Roman restaurant – hard to find.

Dal Bolognese Rome

Piazza del Popolo, 1

Stunning location with outdoor dining looking onto Piazza del Popolo – famous amongst both tourists and locals.

Gelateria del Teatro

Via dei Coronari, 65-66

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!

(Weekends only)

Naturasi Grocery

Via dei Prefetti, 13

Great fresh organic produce and products.

Enoteca Al Parlamento

Via dei Prefetti, 15

Great wine selections and helpful staff.

Campo de ‘Fiori

Piazza Campo de’ Fiori

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.

Locando Locarno

Via della Penna, 22

Classic Roman hotel, very lively with great bar and outdoor terrace.

Fendi Suites

Via della Fontanella di Borghese, 48

Uber luxury with Zuma upstairs and a great bar and terrace overlooking Roma.

Hotel Russie

Via del Babuino, 9

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.

Palazzo Manfredi

Via Labicana, 125

Small hotel with stunning views onto the Colosseum, rooftop bar and restaurant.

G Rough

Piazza di Pasquino, 69

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.


Villa Borghese

00197 Rome

Beautiful park overlooking Rome. Excellent for children to rent bikes, boats and Segways.

Roma Pony Club

Via dei Campi Sportivi, 43

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.

Rome Cavalieri

Via dei Campi Sportivi, 43

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!

Piazza del Popolo

Piazza del Popolo, 00187

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.

Hamasei Japanese Restaurant

Via della Mercede, 35-36

Excellent fresh Japanese food when you simply need a break from Italian. Just off Piazza di Spagna with great staff and very child friendly.

Playground Behind Castel Sant’Angelo

Lungotevere Castello, 50

There is a great park behind with swings perfect for young children set amounts Roman Pines.




Piazza di S. Lorenzo in Lucina, 2

Great Italian made men’s clothing line, great fabrics and collections.

Borromini Libreria

Via degli Orfani, 91

A wonderful experience to go into such a great shop with preserved books hundreds of years old.

Antiques and Curiosities

Some of the good streets to stroll: 

Via del Pelle

Via dei Banchi Nuovi


The Vatican

Vatican City, 00120

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.

Caroline Vincenti



Castel Sant’Angelo

Lungotevere Castello, 50

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.

Museum of Modern Art

Viale delle Belle Arti, 131

Across the road from Villa Borghese.

Palazzo Venezia

Piazza di S. Marco, 49


Piazza della Rotonda, 00186 


Piazza del Colosseo, 1, 00184

Trevi Fountain

Piazza di Trevi, 00187

Imperial Forums

Via della Salara Vecchia, 5/6

Circolo Tennis Belle Arti

Via Flaminia, 158

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!

Villa Borghese

00197 Rome

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.


Australian Embassy 

Via Antonio Bosio, 5, 00161, Rome

Tel.: +39.06.8527.21



Doctor Andrea +39.320.40.65.709




Doctor Cerquetti  +39.333.492.7816

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