You asked so many times about my favorite places in most popular cities that I’m visiting. This weekend I’m in Rome and let me show you around, to introduce you the places that visit locals not just tourists
Wearing Lepa Couture haute couture dress from the latest collection
Amazing art and architecture lie around every corner in Rome so the best way to see the city is on foot. Take a stroll through the Centro Storico, or historic centre, to see iconic sights like the Pantheon, Trevi Fountain and Piazza di Spagna – all located within close walking distance from one another. Don’t miss two of the city’s most famous piazzas, Piazza Navona and Campo de’ Fiori, which are buzzing at all hours of the day.
While you’re in Rome, you can’t miss visiting the world’s largest amphitheater. Built during the Flavian Dynasty 70–80 AD, the Colosseum (also referred to as the “Flavian Amphitheater”) was the site of gladiatorial battles, ceremonies and theatrical re-enactments in ancient Rome. Don’t miss a tour of the underground dungeons and climbing up to the third ring to experience all 360 degrees of this iconic structure. After touring the Colosseum, head over to the Roman Forum to admire ruins that remain from Ancient Rome.
Running from the via del Corso to the base of the Spanish Steps, via Condotti is the centre of ritzy Roman retail with all the flagship stores of famed Italian brands – Dolce & Gabbana, Prada, MaxMara, Salvatore Ferragamo and Gucci – lined along its length. Near Piazza Navona, via del Governo Vecchio and nearby via di San Panteleo are also worth a stroll with interesting, small boutiques.
Marvel at Michelangelo’s frescos in the Vatican Museums at 100 viale Vaticano – but plan your visit carefully. The venue opens 9am to 6pm, Monday to Saturday (and on the last Sunday of every month). Book online, but early risers will have a place further up the queue when the doors open at 9am. Head straight for the Sistine Chapel to beat the crowds
Lunch with the locals
Cross the Tiber for an lunch on the cobbled streets of Trastevere. There you can find everything: from small pizzeria that serves classic, thin-crust Roman pizza singed in a wood-fired oven till all variations of Italian specialities. My favorite restaurants there are Ombre Rosse and Tonnarello. In the Ombre Rosse I’ve eat the best carbonara ever.
Sometimes I like to go to Roman Jewish ghetto, where today is a bustling neighborhood located within Via del Porto d’Ottavia that has managed to retain its Jewish culture. But what the neighborhood has become most famous for, in recent decades is its abundance of restaurants and delectable cuisine. One of my favorite restaurants in the neighborhood, Baghetto Milky, has two menus, one for dairy and one for meat. Their carciofi alla giudea are sublime: following the traditional recipe, the artichoke is cleaned and then fried whole, seasoned with a bit of salt and pepper. Their hummus, harissa, and tahini plate is also recommended. If you’re looking for recipes involving dairy head up the street to their sister restaurant “Milky.”
You simply can’t miss it. It’s the best Bar and Pasticceria in Rome. Bar Giolitti. Love to have an early breakfast there, directly after a night out.
Try the wildberry and lime! my favorite
Dining with the locals
ZUMA BAR: A FENDI LOUNGE IN ROME
You have yet to try Zuma’s restaurant.
The decor is minimal with accents that reference the Japanese inspiration for the restaurant, without being tacky.
The contemporary Japanese eatery which opened 2016. still has a reservation waiting list.
But the bar and lounge? No reservations needed. The lounge is located on the upper levels of Palazzo Fendi. When you walk in, tell the doorman you are going to the bar, and he will point you to the elevator. If you want a table without trouble, go earlier in the evening.
Just down the street from Zuma’s bar (another upscale take on contemporary Japanese cuisine), Le Asiatique is FINE DINING FUSION the newest discovery for me, option in Rome for non-Italian fusion dining.
The stunning space is a bit of a labyrinth – with eye catching murals dominating two of the 5 main rooms.
The modern Japanese influence is also reflected in the menu
Sunday morning: go to church
It’s hard to believe that the Pantheon Piazza della Rotonda was built nearly 2,000 years ago by Emperor Hadrian, on the site of a temple dating from 25-27BC. Originally built to honor Roman gods, it was consecrated in 609. It also contains the tombs of Raphael and former Italian Kings Vittorio Emanuele II and Umberto II. Mass is celebrated at 10.30am on Sundays. Amazing experience.
Love you my beautiful divine souls. Love you just the way you are.
For all the details regarding opening hours please check before your trip as here I have summer time hours.