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The Eternal City, for dummies...

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Roma is a splendid city overflowing with things to see and to do. It is a very safe city, you just need to know and to follow a few simple rules. I have lived and worked here for more than 20 years and I love it, and above all I love visitors to enjoy and to avoid the pitfalls.

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19 Places

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19 Places

Pan Kaffe

Restaurants

Pizzeria Formula 1

Restaurants

Disco Volante

Restaurants

Piazza Navona

Historic Walking Areas, Points of Interest & Landmarks

La Pergola

Restaurants

Trevi Fountain

Fountains, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Palatine Hill

Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites

Piazza di Trevi

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Museo Nazionale di Castel Sant'Angelo

Art Museums

L'Antica Birreria Peroni

Restaurants

Casina Valadier

Restaurants

Piazza Venezia

Historic Walking Areas, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Pizzeria L'Economica

Restaurants

Da Francesco

Restaurants

BAR del FICO

Restaurants

Il Corallo

Restaurants

Locanda Barberini

Restaurants

Taverna Abruzzese

Restaurants

Colosseum

Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites

Simon F's City Tips

  • Summer in Roma can be very hot indeed so dress accordingly. But remember that you will need to cover your shoulders to enter a church so always carry a cover up with you.
  • The Metro is the best way to get around and is very simple, we have only 2 lines.
  • Remember that the MANY gypsies will always follow the tourists so you must be on your guard. Do not carry loads of cash and always keep bags close to your chest.
  • Pan Kaffe
    Restaurants
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    Simon F Says:

    Excellent bar and wine bar/beer house and snack bar. Very inexpensive and great

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Sit outside without paying extra.....
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #4,464 of 10,983 restaurants in Rome
    • EVERYTHING in this lovely bar is fresh.... 27/09/2018
    • Great start of the day! 14/11/2016
    • Pan Kaffe
    Address:
    Via Tiburtina Antica 8
    San Lorenzo
    00185 Rome
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 06 490049
    Other:
  • Pizzeria Formula 1
    Restaurants (Italian, Pizza, Mediterranean)
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    Simon F Says:

    The best Roman pizza in town. Great place, super service, wonderful food and drinks and always full to bursting so not for the shy!!

    Good for
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Get there early so be sure of a place.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2,020 of 10,983 restaurants in Rome
    • great 23/07/2018
    • Cheap and Authentic Rome Pizza 27/05/2018
    • Pizzeria Formula 1
    Address:
    Via Degli Equi' 13
    00185 Rome
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 06 445 3866
    Price range:
    US$ 6 - US$ 19
    Hours:
    Mon - Sat
    6:00 PM - 12:00 AM
    Other:
  • Disco Volante
    Restaurants (Italian, Pizza, Mediterranean)
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    Simon F Says:

    The food and the service are truly excellent and 2 of the 3 brothers speak excellent English, as they lived and worked in the UK until recently. You can also ask them to make something special, they need only 24 hours notice. Sit inside or out, these guys are great and the food is super. 5 stars, at 2 star prices.

    Good for
    • LGBT
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Chat with Mimmo and he will always help you.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2,154 of 10,983 restaurants in Rome
    • Wonderful place with wonderful food 19/09/2018
    • Refined Romantic Roman 04/09/2018
    • Disco Volante
    Address:
    Via Alessandria 50
    00198 Rome
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 06 4424 9849
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    7:00 PM - 11:00 PM
    Other:
  • Piazza Navona
    Historic Walking Areas, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Simon F Says:

    Perhaps the most beautiful piazza in Roma, is a must for all visitors to Roma. Always lively and soooooo much culture to see and touch, churches and fountains and beauty. Amazing.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • LGBT
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Visit early in the day to walk around and see the churches, and then in the evening to people watch.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #7 of 1,966 things to do in Rome
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Fountains & Artists 19/10/2018
    • Beautiful Piazza 19/10/2018
    • Piazza Navona
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
    Other:
  • La Pergola
    Restaurants (Italian, Seafood, Mediterranean, European)
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    Simon F Says:

    Ok, here is the best restaurant in Roma. VERY expensive and must be booked well in advance. AMAZING gastronomic experience. Not to be missed if you can afford it.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • LGBT
    • Couples
    • Luxury Traveller
    Tips
    • You must dress fairly smart and talk quietly. Rather formal.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #93 of 10,983 restaurants in Rome
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Class and elegance. 15/10/2018
    • Fabulous 06/10/2018
    • La Pergola
    Address:
    Via Alberto Cadlolo 101
    Rome Cavalieri, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts
    00136 Rome
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39-06-350 91
    Price range:
    US$ 70 - US$ 600
    Hours:
    Tue - Sat
    7:30 PM - 11:30 PM
    Other:
  • Trevi Fountain
    Fountains, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Simon F Says:

    Everyone knows that you must visit this lovely fountain and throw a coin into the pool in order to ensure that you will return. Well be that as it may it is well worth seeing for its amazing beauty. Wonderful.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • LGBT
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • MIND YOUR POCKETS.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #8 of 1,966 things to do in Rome
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • In a word...crowded! 19/10/2018
    • Not What I Was Expecting 19/10/2018
    • Trevi Fountain
    Address:
    Piazza di Trevi
    00187 Rome
    Italy
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
  • Palatine Hill
    Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites
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    Simon F Says:

    Roma is built on 7 hills and this is one of them. Beautiful and super views. History and architecture. Wonderful.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • LGBT
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Mind yer pockets.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #6 of 1,966 things to do in Rome
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Part of the Colosseum, don't skip! 19/10/2018
    • Don't Miss it! 19/10/2018
    • Palatine Hill
    Address:
    Piazza Santa Maria Nova, 53
    00186 Rome
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39.06.39967700
    Other:
  • Piazza di Trevi
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Simon F Says:

    This is a must for all Roma visitors. Do not miss it. Just reopened after a major clean up and truly beautiful

    Good for
    • Must See
    • LGBT
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Beware of pickpockets.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #103 of 1,966 things to do in Rome
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Very busy but great sight 18/10/2018
    • Throw your coin 07/10/2018
    • Piazza di Trevi
    Phone:
    +39 06 678 7550
  • Museo Nazionale di Castel Sant'Angelo
    Art Museums
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    Simon F Says:

    This castle is ateeped in history, go and read on Wikipedia, the Popes have used it over the years many many times. Truly wonderful and well preserved, right next to the river and to Saint Peters Square.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • LGBT
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Do not miss it.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #10 of 1,966 things to do in Rome
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Stunning and unique castle 19/10/2018
    • Fascinating place 19/10/2018
    • Museo Nazionale di Castel Sant'Angelo
    Address:
    Lungotevere Castello 50
    00193 Rome
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 06 32810
    Price range:
    US$ 14 - US$ 14
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    9:00 AM - 7:30 PM
    Other:
  • L'Antica Birreria Peroni
    Restaurants (Italian, Bar, Mediterranean)
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    Simon F Says:

    This was a brewery, where Peroni and Nastro Azzurro were made until fairly recently (they moved the brewery out of the city). Now there is a market and this lovely beer house where you can eat and drink to your hearts content. Well worth a visit.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • LGBT
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    Tips
    • Best in the evening. Go before 8pm to get a table.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1,641 of 10,983 restaurants in Rome
    • Fun lively restaurant 16/10/2018
    • Best restaurant in Rome 13/10/2018
    • L'Antica Birreria Peroni
    Address:
    Via di San Marcello 19
    00187 Rome
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 06 679 5310
    Price range:
    US$ 22 - US$ 37
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:00 PM - 12:30 AM
    Other:
  • Casina Valadier
    Restaurants (Italian, Mediterranean, European)
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    Simon F Says:

    This lovely building has been part of the wealthy Roma society for decades and continues to offer everything from a simple morning coffee up to a private evening party or reception. Stunning place.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1,083 of 10,983 restaurants in Rome
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Unique Restaurant and Location 16/10/2018
    • Disappointing 12/10/2018
    • Casina Valadier
    Address:
    Piazza Bucarest
    00187 Rome
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 06 6992 2090
    Price range:
    US$ 92 - US$ 138
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    12:30 PM - 3:00 PM
    7:30 PM - 11:00 PM
    Other:
  • Piazza Venezia
    Historic Walking Areas, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Simon F Says:

    The heart of Roman history, where Mussolini would talk to the assembled masses.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • LGBT
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Stunning. Truly.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #74 of 1,966 things to do in Rome
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Stunning architecture 19/10/2018
    • Magnificent! 19/10/2018
    • Piazza Venezia
    Address:
    Piazza Venezia
    00187 Rome
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 06 0606
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Other:
  • Pizzeria L'Economica
    Restaurants (Italian, Pizza, Mediterranean)
    Simon F Says:

    Pizza. And as the name suggests, economical. Great friendly service and eat outside. Well worth a try.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • LGBT
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Get there before 8pm to avoid the queue.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3,044 of 10,983 restaurants in Rome
    • Fantastic Pizza 30/09/2018
    • Best of the best of the best....! 08/07/2018
    • Pizzeria L'Economica
    Address:
    Via Tiburtina 44
    Quartiere San Lorenzo
    00185 Rome
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 392 268 7259
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    7:00 PM - 12:00 AM
    Other:
  • Da Francesco
    Restaurants (Pub, Soups, Italian, Pizza, Mediterranean)
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    Simon F Says:

    Near to Piazza Navona this is the best food you can find. AMAZING food, whatever you choose from pasta to meat to fish it is ALL excellent and not expensive. Wowowow.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • LGBT
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    Tips
    • Either book or get there by 7pm to get a place. ALWAYS full.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1,726 of 10,983 restaurants in Rome
    • Second time's the charm 17/10/2018
    • Not worth the money 16/10/2018
    • Da Francesco
    Address:
    Piazza del Fico 29
    00186 Rome
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 06 686 4009
    Price range:
    US$ 1 - US$ 43
    Hours:
    Mon - Tue
    6:30 PM - 12:00 AM
    Thu - Tue
    12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    Thu - Sat
    6:30 PM - 12:00 AM
    Other:
  • BAR del FICO
    Restaurants (Italian, Bar, Deli, Street Food)
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    Simon F Says:

    This bar is perhaps the best bar in the city. Near to Piazza Navona but NOT expensive, they are friendly and always ready to help, so the service is excellent. Eat inside or out, take a coffee or a beer or a meal, the food is simple and truly great. They also speak English. Great place.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • LGBT
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    Tips
    • Be yourself.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #6,703 of 10,983 restaurants in Rome
    • Great, young vibe... "Manhattan trendy" feel... 23/08/2018
    • Best Dinner Place!!! 14/08/2018
    • BAR del FICO
    Address:
    Piazza del Fico 26-28
    00186 Rome
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 06 6889 1373
    Price range:
    US$ 2 - US$ 52
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:30 AM - 2:00 AM
    Other:
  • Il Corallo
    Restaurants (Italian, Pizza, Mediterranean)
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    Simon F Says:

    Great food and drink combined with great and friendly service.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Friends
    • LGBT
    • Couples
    Tips
    • Watch the prices.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #802 of 10,983 restaurants in Rome
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great Food in a Casual Setting. 17/10/2018
    • Nice food, decent prices 13/10/2018
    • Il Corallo
    Address:
    Via del Corallo 10
    00186 Rome
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 06 6830 7703
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:00 PM - 12:30 AM
    Other:
  • Locanda Barberini
    Restaurants (Italian)
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    Simon F Says:

    You can eat and drink VERY well for a very reasonable price. Excellent service. Worth a visit, lovely place, eat inside or out.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • LGBT
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #0 of 0 restaurants in
    • The Best Truffle Carbonara - Favorite Meal Ever!! 03/11/2015
    • LOVED IT ~ My personal favourite meal in Rome! 29/03/2015
    • Locanda Barberini
    Address:
    Via di San Basilio 70
    00187 Rome
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 06 4274 0952
    Hours:
    Mon - Sat
    12:15 PM - 2:45 PM
    6:30 PM - 10:45 PM
  • Taverna Abruzzese
    Restaurants (Italian, Pizza, Seafood, Mediterranean)
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    Simon F Says:

    This place is away from the city centre so not so easy to stumble across but WELL worth finding. Food is excellent from pizza to pasta to meat and all at excellent prices too. Service is always with a smile.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • LGBT
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3,148 of 10,983 restaurants in Rome
    • Friendly service, new outdoor seating area plus great food and drink!! 29/05/2018
    • BEST EVER!!! MIGLIORA TAVERNA DI TUTTE!!! 12/02/2018
    • Taverna Abruzzese
    Address:
    Via Migiurtinia 15
    00199 Rome
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 06 8620 8577
    Hours:
    Thu - Tue
    12:30 PM - 3:00 PM
    7:00 PM - 11:00 PM
    Other:
  • Colosseum
    Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites
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    Simon F Says:

    Must visit.Roman history is here. Stunning day and night.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • LGBT
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Beware pickpockets.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 1,966 things to do in Rome
    • Impressive even without paid entry 19/10/2018
    • Recommend visiting with a guide 19/10/2018
    • Colosseum
    Address:
    Piazza del Colosseo
    00184 Rome
    Italy
    Phone:
    (+39) 06 39967700
    Other:
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