Le torri dei papi

Vespasiano,12, Rome, 00192, Italy
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Restaurant recommendations in Vatican city area

by JoyTraveller

Can someone please recommend inexpensive restaurants/cafes near Hotel Villa St Dominique or the Vatican city area? I would like to try something that represents Italy, Rome. That would be pizzas and pastas i supposed? Please include the type of food spread in your recommendation. :D

A million thanks.

Re: Restaurant recommendations in Vatican city area

by stefanaccio

La Rustichella is very close to the Vatican and has an excellent buffet. Pizza served in the evenings.
Casale in Abruzzo

Re: Restaurant recommendations in Vatican city area

by mccalpin

This hotel is about 500 meters outside the ringroad on the Via Cassia - this is really out of town. This is not to say that there aren't people and things around, but you will have a trip into town to see anything. For example, if you walk about a kilometer to the nearest urban rail station, you'll have up to a 15 minute wait in the morning for the next train, then the trip will take nearly 30 minutes to get down to Roma San Pietro (the train station about a half of a kilometer south of the Vatican).

As for restaurants near the hotel, the odds are there aren't very many. I honestly haven't been on the Via Cassia on this stretch, but I used to live just inside the ringroad, and along a lot of it, there is still not a lot of density.

As for the food that represents Rome, well, pizza is really a specialty of Naples (although, of course, you can find it everywhere), and while Romans eat pasta, the real specialties are things like saltimbocca alla romana (a veal dish) and orata (or dorato, I never can remember which), a small fish (8-12 inches) that is served whole on your plate.

It is nice to have a recommendation for someplace near the Vatican, as many restaurants near the Vatican are not cheap (thanks to the crush of tourists). I used to go all the time to a place called Frederico's near Castel Sant'Angelo (on the Vatican side) where you could certainly get pasta, but it's been a long time since I was there, so I can't guarantee that they are still in business. If you want to look, the restaurant was near the intersection of Borgo Pio and Via di Porta Castello on the Via di Porta Castello (facing east).

The cheapest places will be the stand-up pizza places, where you walk in, buy pizza by the slice, and eat it standing up...these are all over town...


Travel Tips for Rome

When in Rome....eat as the Romans

by SueWarwick

On one visit to Italy, most of the English staying at the hotel complained about the food.
Although they all agreed it tasted delicious, they did not like the way the meal was structured in the traditional Italian way i.e. a starter of perhaps cold meat, followed by pasta then meat.
In their mind, pasta was a main meal and meat came with vegetables and chips not on its own.

It is one of my pet hates that people visit a country and promptly try and eat the food they eat at home - holidays are supposed to be where you try something different!

If you are staying in Rome, chances are you will be staying room only or Bed & Breakfast which gives you the chance to get out & try some 'proper' food.
Forget about Spag Bol in Pizza hut . At least once, go for an Italian meal, structured the Italian way

Villa Farnesina

by abarbieri

A must for Renaissance art/architecture lovers!!
It is located on Via della Lungara 230 in the Trastevere area, just beside the Tiber river.
It is not a huge place but it has great art works and many interesting stories/legends related to it:
-Triumph of Galatea by Raphael
-Loggia of Cupid and Psyche with Raphael's painting of the Three Graces
-Salone delle Prospettive (frescoes - upstairs) by Baldassarre Peruzzi
-The wedding of Alexander and Roxanne (upstairs) by Sodoma

It is open only in the morning from 9am till 1pm Mon-Sat. Entrance fee is Euro 5 per person.
Visitor's help desk can be contacted at tel. +39.06.68027267 or send a fax to +39.06.68027513

More information on the web at:

A good bus system

by american_tourister

The Rome bus system is easy to use, dependable, and inexpensive. It is everything a bus system should be. Some of the lines do get crowded though. The #64 from Stazione Termini to the Vatican is one prime example. It was packed everytime we used it.

If you are staying more than one day I suggest you get a multi day pass for the subway and the bus. You purchase them from a vending machine in the subway stations or at news stands. Either way is easy. The ones in the subway stations are in English, German, Italian, French, and Spanish so they are easy for almost anyone to use.


by reti about Ranieri

It was a disaster at New year evening 2001-2002
Invited 30-40 couples remained without any food in this special night.
Although we reserved a month before, and reconfirmed the same day, we came got a table, but didn't get any food at all.
The same happened to all the guests
The staff didn't apologize at all
I think such a place should be closed immediately

A must see for any visitor!

by wjstallings

The Colosseo was deteriorated more than I had thought and hoped. Almost all of the seating is gone and the floor has been removed to expose the underground tunnels where animals and Gladiators were held. Unfortunately, visitors are not free to explore the tunnels (I'm guessing safety issues).

You could still see how magnificent this structure was in its time. It is amazing to think that something that extraordinary was built so long ago!

*****They take cash only!*****


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