Piazza Di Spagna, 26, 00187, Rome, Italy / Telephone 39/6/678 4235. Fax 39/6/678/4167
Situated on the Spanish steps, the house is part of Roman Folklore. For generations the Piazza di Spagna has been visited by architects, painters, musicians and poets who all lodged here. Tobias Smollet, George Eliot, Goethe, Coleridge, Shelley, Byron, the Brownings, Henry James, Edith Wharton, Oscar Wilde and Joyce were just a few of the many who were attracted and inspired by the celebrated 'centro storico'.
Here's another small village on the outskirts of Rome that I reccomend visiting. it is famous because it's where the Pope spends his summer vacations, but it's worth visitng because of its enchanting little streets and astonishing lake! It's a very relaxing place, ideal for those who want to escape the city rush.
For more info and pics, take a look at my Castel Gandolfo page.
Subway in Rome - Metropolitana
The most importent places in Rome can be reached with the two subway lines that Rome has to offer (marked 'linea A' and 'linea B').
When on the train it is important to keep your eyes wide open for a couple of reasons.
Firstly - pickpockets. Although I did't have any experience with them, I've been warned that even children can sometimes lift somebody's wallet... And because the subway trains are really crowded in the rush-hours, it's not hard to do that unnoticed.
And the other thing is - you need to be careful where you get on and off the train. There is no screen informing about next stations and the recorded voice informing about the next station doesn't always work. So my tip: don't check only the name of the station where you want to get off - memorize the name of the station before as well. Then you'll be prepared and can get to the door in time :)
One more thing - the trains often go the opposite direction than indicated, so before you get on ut's better to be ure if you're on the right side of the station :)
Gourmet Vegetarian Dining
“There is no end. There is no beginning. There is only the passion of life.”
— Federico Fellini (1920-1993)
PASSION FOR FOOD You will not find any of the standards of American vegetarian restaurants at Margutta Vegetariano RistorArte. There aren't any bean sprouts or tofu on the menu nor are Birkenstocks and tie-died t-shirts worn by your fellow diners. Oh no; it's gourmet all the way, from the food, to the patrons, to the clothes on their backs, the shoes on their feet, and the surroundings. You would not believe you are eating in a restaurant without meat on the menu. The food is always seasonally fresh.
On each of our three visits to the Eternal City we have enjoyed a well-prepared, well-presented and well-served dinner at Il Margutta, which has been in business since 1983. Lunch is served Monday to Friday. On Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays lunch is in the Grand Buffet style. Dinner is served nightly by candlelight. There is outdoor seating in the milder weather.
Located between the Spanish Steps and Piazza del Popolo the restaurant also serves as a modern art gallery: “ristorArte”. Take some time to browse the antique shops and galleries along via Margutta.
Any place in Rome would not be complete without a dash of history. And for this wonderful restaurant this is it: Italian film director Federico Fellini lived nearby on via Margutta and dined regularly at Il Margutta. A plaque outside the building where Fellini and his wife Giulietta Masina lived (see photo #4) can be found high on a pumpkin orange-colored wall.
I call the Trevi Fountain Trev's Fountain coz my sister's dog is called Trev. So i had to make sure I went to see Trev's Fountain. It is beautiful. So big!! Much bigger than I had any idea of!
If you want to you can throw your coin in to ensure a safe return to Roma. Watch out for pick pockets here - as in any crowded tourist area in Italy - particularly the guys who blow the bubbles at you. His mate will be picking your pocket while you wave your hands around to keep the bubbles out of your face!