Artists en Piazza Navona
Take your time to enjoy the atmosphere of this place, sitting on one of the stone benchs that you can find there, and have a good time with the street artists that are really a lot.-
Tómense su tiempo para disfrutar la atmósfera del lugar, sentados en alguno de los bancos de piedra que hay allí y disfruten de los artistas callejeros que son muchísimos.-
The Rome Marathon takes place around Easter. Thousands of people take part in the 40km Plus run around Rome.
In 2005 it was a lovely day and several thousand runners and disabled athletes took part.
It was interesting and encouraging that so many people should take part for charity as well as for personal reasons. to take part any sports outfit and trainers.
to watch, warm clothing and an umbrella for emergency weather!
Chocolate - ciocolatte
Via di Porta Cavalleggeri, 43
Bottega del Cioccolato
Via Leonina, 82
Galleria Alberto Sordi
Via del Corso
Dogana Vecchia 12-13 - San Eustachio
Via Marianna Dionigi , 36
Moriondo e Gariglio
Via del Piè di Marmo, 21
Telefono: 06/6990856 Chocolate
Fantastic show from the waiter
My friends brought me to La Cisterna, after reading about the restaurang in a book, written by the norwegian comedian Fleksnes (don't ask...), and it made out to be one of my best nights in Rome ever!
We got Angelo, about 70 years old, as our waiter, and he was totally fantastic. He switched through italian and english, made sure that we always had food on our plates, and that we wouldn't have to order even one meal.
He fixed it all.
In between giving us a fantastic melon with ham as an antipasti, marvelous white and red wine (not to mention the champagne we got when we arrived) he also entertained us the whole night with fantastic stories about the restaurant and his life.
The restaurant is located in Trastevere and is just a quick taxi ride from the most central parts of Rome. It's actually one of the oldest restaurants in the eternal city (and that's says a whole lot...) and have through the years been visited by many famous people, as Picasso, Miró, Princess Grace of Monaco, Walt Disney and even the Swedish king.
The restaurant was actually founded back in 1632, although then on a four meters lower level, but to save the area from the flooding from the river Tiber the streets were raised later on.
In the info paper from the restaurant it says that the local is crowded with cosmopolitan customers every evening, but when we visited we were the only guests. Sadly, as this restaurant deserves to be full every evening!
In the basement you'll also find a museum, both from the first years of the restaurant, but also from the Roman Empire-time, with underground paths where the first Christians in Rome both lived and hide from their enemies. Really interesting, even if I have to admit that it was a bit hard to fully concentrate after an evening full of champagne, wine and limoncello... Even if the filét was great it was the antipasto that were the real meal for the evening. The melon was just so incredible that I get hungry again just by thinking about it.
Make also sure that you get Angelo as your waiter, an about 70-year-old Roman. He will make your night, for sure!
Prices are a bit higher than at other restaurants in Rome, but still not very expensive, and definitely not overpriced.
We paid 300 euro in total, for four persons, and then we had champagne, three bottles of wine, limoncello and three plates of meal each.
Eclectic fish in the sea shore garden
This place is somewhat hidden in the heart of Ostia Lido's centre. I spotted it by chance when I was on my way to Rutilio (see my other tip "Great fish in Ostia Lido", and decided to try it instead.
The first impression was excellent: despite the late hour (it was 10 pm) the friendly and polite waiter escorted us to the garden and invited us to sit wherever we wanted. The highlight of the place is the garden, perfectly furnished with flowers and sea-inspired decorations. The tableware is high quality, and ambience is perfect with low music. Too bad that tables are somewhat too near to each other.
Service has been excellent throughout the dinner, and explanations were given for every strange name I found. The bill was proportional to the ambience, just over 52 euros per person including wine, which was in line with expectations. We had an excellent starter made of fried ricotta (salty, fresh cheese) and mixed seafood, really delicious. The tagliatelle with cheese, mushroom and blue fish were not so rich in taste, but the gnocchi (potato-based pasta) with clams and broccoli were absolutely delicious. We continued with giant shrimps with "lardo di Colonnata" (sliced pork fat from Tuscany), a real treat in their delicate taste.
The fruit was average quality, could have been better, and the suggested wine (Ribolla Gialla from Friuli) suited the food very well and was one of the cheapest in the list. Coffee was good and strong. Timing between the dishes was perfect: a plus for the service!