Rome needs little in way of an introduction. Founded in 753 B.C. it is now the largest Italian city by population. Rome is an ideal location for a short break or holiday, with no shortage of ruins, monuments and restaurants to explore.
At Metamorfosichef Roy Caceres is pushing the boundaries of traditional Roman food. With a Michelin Star and a neo-Italian menu, his restaurant is unique in its ability to find a place in the fine dining scene in the Italian capital. His menu is playful and intriguing in the way it challenges the diners perception of what each course should be. Be sure to look out for his signature Carbonara Egg 65°, an explosion of texture and taste.
The centre of Rome is great for walking and getting lost. Your never too far from a crowd of people gaping at some long lost relic of the past, or an ancient treasure, all of which adds to the charm of the city. For a look at a liveable and lively part of the city, head to the Testaccio neighbourhood, where the recently restored central market is a great place to pick up some local produce, a quick espresso, or some gastronomic souvenirs to take home without feeling like a tourist.
New wine bars keep popping up all over Rome. Going for aperitivo is the quintessential way to catch up with your friends over a glass of wine and some small bites before heading out to dinner. A few good spots around town are Vineria Litro a Monteverde, La Barrique and if you can manage it, Roscioli. They all offer a range of great Italian wines by the glass or bottle. For the best espresso in town, head around the corner from the Pantheon to Sant’Eustachio Il Caffè, where they have been pulling great coffee since 1938 and roasting their own coffee beans over a wood fire.
For classic luxury in the city, there is no better place to sleep than the Boscolo Aleph Hotel near the famous Spanish steps and Villa Borghese. Built in 1929, it retains a classical, chic atmosphere with excellent access to Via Veneto and the heart of the shopping district of Rome.
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Boscolo Aleph Hotel| Via di San Basilio, 15 00185 Roma | http://aleph-roma.boscolohotels.com
Metamorfosi| Via Giovanni Antonelli, 30/32 – 00197 Roma |http://metamorfosiroma.it/
Vineria Litro a Monteverde| Via Fratelli Bonnet, 5, 00152 Roma |http://vinerialitro.it
La Barrique| Via del Boschetto, 41, 00184 Roma
Roscioli| Via dei Giubbonari, 21/22, 00186 Roma |http://www.salumeriaroscioli.com
Sant’Eustachio Il Caffè| Piazza di Sant’Eustachio, 82, 00186 Roma| http://www.santeustachioilcaffe.it