roma bella roma....
le belle romane....................walking through the ancients......visiting cousins.....i miss the cornetti col' la panna.....the coffee-espresso macciato....the food...porceta....fettucine con cingiale...walking along the tevere...trastevere.....mercati.....piazza navona...piazza di spagna..quartiere spagnoli...quartiere dei judei....terme de carracala...tivoli......frascatina...ecc..tutto
How To Order Italian non-alcoholic Apertivo
CRODINO is distinctive and in Italy it is the non-alcoholic single serve aperitif par excellence, the most consumed, the most renowned.
The secret of its success is the unique and appetising flavour obtained thanks to the traditional extract drawn from a mix of infusion and distillated herbs, plants and fruit pieces that are rigorously selected. As an apertif served w/nuts, chips, pretzels or a delicious refreshing drink on its own. Crodino takes its name from Crodo, the area in northern Piedmont, where from 1964 it has been bottled.
Ingredients: Water, sugar, infusionof aromatic herbs and flavours (including quinine), carbon dioxide, acidifier citric acid, sodium chloride, colourings.
TRY ONE! - Also a similar GINGERINO apertif with ginger taste - YUM!
Use your elbows...
You can buy almost anything at Porta Portese. It's a fascinating street market that stretches for a mile or so along the street running parallel to Via di Trastevere.
This is the place I would recommend people to go if they want cheap buys of medium (sometimes mediocre) quality. I, personally, am willing to pay five euro for a shirt that will fall apart after the third wash - since I only do my laundry once a month that shirt can last a while!
Ok, that was more than you needed to know.
You can also buy antiques and furniture, paintings, records, falafel mix, coats (fur coats especially :(
It gets insanely crowded so go early if you want to walk around without too much stress and still get the good bargains (it starts around eight or nine, I believe). Go late if you want to experience and see some of it but aren't interested in buying anything. It's actually kind of interesting to walk around at the end (watch out for the vendors vans tearing out!) - there's lots of paper trash everywhere and harried shoppers trying to get the best last-minute bargain.
If you're going to be in Rome for a while then I would recommend going more than once because it will feel a bit different each time. Keep an eye out for some of the stuff from Africa and South America. You may not want to buy it but it's interesting to look at. I especially like the little bobble-head type statues they sell of turtles... you'd have to see them to know what I mean. Everything is cheaper than in the stores but it always depends on what you're looking at and what time of year - boots might start to be marked down as summer nears. And same for sandals in fall.
More on Fiumicino
There's been some negative comments on Rome's airport on the VT forum recently, so I thought I'd post my reply in here as a tip.
I have been flyiing in and out of Fiumicino about once a week since May 2004, on both domestic and international routes. I find the airport one of the best in the world (and faaar better than Milan Malpensa, which stinks big time). I have only seen Amsterdam and Singapore functioning better among the airports of a comparable size. It is definitely way nicer and smoother than London Heathrow, Madrid Barajas, Frankfurt (where they must applied an engineering law that the walk between any two gates must last at least 45 minutes) and not even comparable to disasters like Paris CDG, New York JFK and Dallas FW (my personal favourite, where I once missed a flight arriving three hours before departure).
Consider this: I live about 24 km from the airport When I have to take a domestic flight, I leave home by car exactly 60 minutes before the flight is due to depart, or by train around 1h20 minutes before, and have never missed one (well, I have - when the motorway to the airport caught fire due to some idiot throwing a cigarette in the dry bushes). Hardly something you can do in Paris, London or New York.
The most annoying delays I have experienced are at luggage collection, especially in the domestic terminal (the variance is really high, sometimes you find luggage waiting for you, other times it's you who has to wait, and for long time). The only problems you may have at the departure hall are at security check, but usually that's quite smooth.
Considering that Fiumicino is one of the top-5 European airports in term of passenger traffic (I think I remember that they had around 150 thousand flights in the first 6 months of 2005), some problems and delays here and there are to be expected, as is natural in such a large and complex structure.
I find it to be a real good hub - up to you to judge for yourself!
Trendy yet Traditional
Molto Ristorante is a fairly new restaurant, located in the exclusive residential neighbourhood of Parioli, north of Villa Borghese in Rome. The restaurant's décor is internationally trendy and scores rather high on design, yet the exquisite food is mostly traditional Italian with a few more innovative dishes. There is a large bar for cocktails & wine, and an outdoor terrace for warmer evenings. Due to its location away from the centre of Rome, Molto is free of tourists, but its clientele is made up of beautiful and elegant, mostly local, bourgeoisie. It is somewhat expensive, but definitely worth the trip.