Dining & Shopping

 

DINING

Food in Rome

suppli 300x231 Dining & ShoppingIn Italy, IT IS all about the food! From Zerlina, “The best advice I can give you about eating in Rome is this: Forget what you know about Italian food and try Roman food, choosing dishes that appeal to you from the descriptions in this article. They will be more genuine and more carefully prepared than generic “Italian” dishes.” And we agree; for some foods you should look for when in Rome, Read more…


Why Do We Come to Rome? For the Gelato!

Gelato 3 in a cup Dining & ShoppingWe come to Rome for the sights, the history, the food… but mostly we come for the Gelato. Almost everyone I meet has a favorite gelateria – and they are passionate about their selection. I’ve been very fortunate (or maybe unfortunate?) to have the opportunity to try them all. For some details on what is gelato… and where are some of the best gelateria in Rome, Read more…


Coffee in Italy

espresso smaller picture  Dining & ShoppingCertainly the most popular drink in Italy is a “caffé“. Unfortunately, buying a caffé is one of the most confusing practices for folks visiting here. Yes, drinking coffee in Italy can be a little intimidating but well worth the experience. Coffee may not have started in Italy, but it certainly has been perfected here. For some help on ordering coffee in Italy, and some coffee options, Read more…




What’s a Trattoria? Dining Options in Rome

da luigi thumbnail1 Dining & ShoppingWhat’s the difference between a trattoria and an hosteria? This is one of the many questions I hear from visitors to Italy. It can be very confusing trying to figure out all the “types” of Italian eating establishments. There are just so many different names for places to eat in Italy – kind of like ordering a coffee! For some information on the various eating establishments, and some dining tips, Read more…


Rooftop Bars and Restaurants in Rome

rooftop thumbnail Dining & ShoppingOne of the wonderful experiences when in Rome is to be able to enjoy outside seating at a cafe’ or restaurant. And when you are sitting above the rooftops of Rome AND you have an incredible view… your experience is even better! This post describes eighty-four of the Rooftop Bars, Terraces, and Restaurants in the Eternal City. It includes “the place to be seen” bars and quiet hotel breakfast terraces. Read more…


Cooking Classes in Rome

chefandrea 300x225 Dining & ShoppingOne great thing about living in Rome is the food – and what could be better than taking your vacation home with you… by enjoying a cooking class while you’re in Rome. There are many, many cooking classes in Rome and the surrounding area. In this post, we offer a few examples of classes in Rome. Through the post links, you can go gain pricing, availability, booking information. Read more…


 

SHOPPING

Grocery Stores in Rome

IMG 0323 Auchan 3 Meats 600x450 Dining & ShoppingOne way to save money when visiting in Rome is to head for a local market or grocery store. There are easily more than 1,000 grocery stores in metro Rome. Many are small, single-unit, family owned businesses. This listing focuses on the “name-brand” grocery stores. Grocery stores in Italy keep their own unique hours. Most are closed by 20:00 (8 PM) and depending on the time of year, most are closed on Sundays. Read more…


Markets in Rome

markets thumbnail Dining & ShoppingRome is blessed with a wide variety of places to shop… and you cannot enjoy Rome – or any city in Italy – without visiting a local market. Fortunately, in Rome there is an abundance of “local” markets. Markets in Rome sell foods, collectibles, flowers, antiques… you name and it you can probably find it here in a Roman market! For a listing of many of the Rome markets, Read more…


Mercato Dei Fiori

Markets flowers thumb Dining & ShoppingLiving in the Prati section of town, on Tuesdays I would walk over to the Flower Market. Located only a few blocks from our apartment, this market has the largest variety and lowest prices of any flower market on our side of town. The Mercato dei Fiori is primarily for wholesale cut flower sales. Outside, you’ll see many local flower vendor vehicles parked, picking up today’s goods. Read more…


The Porta Portese Market

market porta portese thumb Dining & ShoppingOne of our favorite Sunday morning activities is to head over to Porta Portese, the largest “flea market” in Rome. The vendors, thousands of them, start setting up early in the morning, and the market usually opens around 7 AM. Depending on the weather – and the crowds – most vendors are breaking down their stalls by 2 PM… which is an excellent time to “negotiate.“ Read more…




Inexpensive Shopping in Rome

market bancarelle Dining & ShoppingLiving in Rome can be expensive – real expensive. Thank goodness for the bancarelle (“stalls”). The bancarelle offer a huge variety of goods – from kitchen supplies to winter coats to electronics to men’s ties! Your shopping options are endless. And because the vendors rotate their locations daily, you get different stalls in your neighborhood each day. We’ve purchased GEOX shoes at a bancarella for half the price of the nearby GEOX store. Read more…


English Bookstores in Rome

market bookstore Dining & ShoppingIf you’re looking for a book to read or that “just right” guidebook you will find plenty of bookstores in Rome that only sell English language books. Many of the Italian bookstores also have a smaller English section. Do know that English books ARE expensive here in Rome. At these stores, you can also buy local publications in English or English language newspapers and magazines. Read more…


Italian Cookbooks

Cookbooks Small Dining & ShoppingWhen you head home after visiting Italy, probably one of the first things you miss is the food. In Italy, the food is unique… and incredible. Food in Italy is very regional and thus there are many differences, depending on where you’re visiting. To help you bring a part of your Italy experience back to your house, I’ve compiled a list of the most recommended Italian cookbooks and books on Italian cuisine. For some suggestions, Read more…


What to Wear in Rome?

market geox shoes Dining & ShoppingEveryone knows that Rome is about fashion, especially in the area of footwear. But unless you are born and raised in Rome, you will never be able to look like an Italian. So the most important thing to consider when visiting Rome is comfort. A great deal of walking is involved when seeing all the wonderful sights in Rome. The most important thing to consider is comfortable footwear. For more tips on dress in Rome, Read more…


The Prada Outlet

market prada Dining & ShoppingThis Prada outlet mall, LO SPACCIO, is located outside the town of Montevarchi, which is about thirty miles south of Florence. We’ve been to the Prada Outlet many times… Depending on the time of year, day of the week, and time of day… you’ll find different “deals” available. My wife is an avid shopper so she never leaves disappointed. You can take advantage of the VAT savings if you’re heading out of the EU. For more info on this outlet, Read more…


Via Margutta

margutta Dining & ShoppingAfter a long day walking around Rome if I needed a few minutes of decompression, I often found myself headed over to Via Margutta. This is a small, narrow street that runs parallel to Via del Babbuino – almost from Piazza del Popolo and almost to the Spanish Steps. I suppose many people have headed to Popolo from the Spagna area on Via dei Corso or Via del Babbuino, never knowing of this hidden treasure. Read more…


Pickpockets in Rome – Protect Your Vacation

pickpockets Dining & ShoppingIf you’re shopping, dining,or just walking through Rome, you could become a target of pickpockets. There’s not much violent crime in Italy, but there are many, highly-skilled pickpockets. Losing your passport, money, credit cards, and identification in a foreign country can be intimidating. And you may not even know you’ve been “targeted” until you reach for your wallet at a store. For some tools and guidance, Read more…


VAT Refunds

TAX FREE thumbnail Dining & ShoppingThe VAT Refund is probably one of the most confusing aspects of shopping in Italy. VAT stands for Value-Added-Tax. In some countries the VAT can be as high as 25% of the cost of the item you’re purchasing. Unlike America, where the “sales tax” is added on once you get to the cash register, in Italy (and Europe), this “tax” is added into the cost when the item is priced. Read more…

Maps For Italy

Auto map Dining & ShoppingRome is an incredible city to walk in and most folks who visit the city say walking is the best way to see the city. To know where you’re going – or at minimum, how to get back to your hotel – get a map. A good map can be the key to discovering everything everything Rome has to offer. For some great “map options,” Read more…


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