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Rome beyond the Ruins

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A travel journal to Rome by mediterranean_girl

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Rome beyond the Ruins

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Overview

Forum Photo, Rome, Italy
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Founded by a wolf-suckled farmer-who-became-a-warrior, Rome grew to encapsulate all that the Roman civilisation had to offer; after a few nasty run-ins with barbarous hordes round about the fifth century AD, the impressive city of ancient Rome collapsed, turning its full trust to the Holy Roman powers that be (the Catholic Church). By the seventeenth century the Catholic Church was in full swing- and loving it. Around this time Rome set about a citywide beautification project involving Michelangelo, Bernini, and Co. By the time the Italian unification came galloping along in 1870 Rome was indisputably in the right kind of squeaky-clean condition needed to become the Italian capitol. ...Read More

Birreria Peroni

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Restaurant

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This is actually the first place I went to when I arrived in Rome two years ago and it still wins out as a solid favourite of mine. While the decor is more Heidi meets Heinikin than la bella vita, this beer hall is the oldest in Rome and has a quiet kind of dignity that belongs only to restaurants that have a faithful clientele and good solid food. Bierreria makes a good change from all the typical chequered-tablecloth restaurants in the area. The atmosphere is very warm and inviting- especially on a cold autumn evening- with long wooden tables, warm egg-yolk yellow walls and art nouveau murals of cherubs drinking from barrels of beer. You’ll be sure of leaving with a full belly and a nice relaxi...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 4, 2002

Birreria Peroni
Via South Marcello 19
Rome, Italy

L'Archetto di Fontana di Trevi

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Restaurant | "L'Archetto"

L'Archetto Photo, Rome, Italy
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Please, please, please go here. If I had one day to live I would come here for my last taste of pasta perfection. L'Archetto (The Little Arch) is a great Roman restaurant down a quite little road 5 minutes from the Trevi fountain. The waiters are friendly and helpful (alas, often so rare in Rome), and quick to recommend the best on their menu. You can sit outside on the little street, but if you want the full experience try to get a table downstairs where you get a bit more privacy under the whitewashed arches surrounded by eclectic memorabilia. There's a mixed fried starter (fritto misto) that you must try- with lightly battered zucchini, rice, mozerella, and cod. Just fantastic! And if you n...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 4, 2002

L'Archetto di Fontana di Trevi
Via Dell'archetto, 26
Rome, Italy 00187
+39 066789064

Jonathan's Angels

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Restaurant

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A very kitsch bar. Decorated within an inch of its life with fairy lights, random tack, and paintings of the biker-dude owner in various guises. This isn’t the place for a snuggle and smooch, but it’s a great place to try someplace that is quite simply in a world of its own. The drinks are standard- spirits and mixers, wine, and cocktails that come with pretty umbrellas, and fruit. The Jonathan – a cocktail made with five different white spirits- is great for obliterating any worries, such as that Gucci handbag you bought. If only you should be so lucky. It does get a bit cramped inside, especially at weekends, so come before 10 if you want a space. In the summer extra tables are push...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 16, 2002

Jonathan's Angels
Via della Fossa 18
Rome, Italy

San Clemente

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Attraction | "The church of S. Clemente"

San Clemente Photo, Rome, Italy
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Probably the best little known secret in Rome. Why don't more people go here? San Clemente is an incredibly beautiful church run by Irish monks from NY. Not only are there some fantastic mosaics and murals from the 17th century but pay E5 and you can descend a staircase to a burried 4th century church. Even if the floor plan is a bit chewed up by the protruding foundations from the above church it is amazingly beautiful and eerily silent. A narrow corridor packed full of early Christian plaques and emblems leads to the first written example of modernised Italian (ie not Latin). And what is this first breakthrough in one of the world’s most studied and beautiful languages? It says something rude ab...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 4, 2002

San Clemente
Via Labicana, 95
Rome, Italy 00184
+39 0670451018

Villa Borghese Gardens

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Attraction | "Villa Borghese"

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Once a playground for the rich and powerful Borghese family, now an excuse to get away from the rush of the plebs. If you’re tuckered out from seeing the more monumental sites, or if you’re just looking for something offering a break from the mobs, come up to Villa Borghese, and relax. Essentially, Villa Borghese is Rome's version of Central Park, but (dare I say it?) with more class due to the zillions of statues, random arches and 'ruins', and immaculate maintenance. There’s so much crammed into this park that it would take quite a while to exhaust the possibilities, but one good way to survey your options is to peddle around the park. Rent out a bike from one of the bike rental places. Be warne...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 4, 2002

Villa Borghese Gardens
Piazzale Flaminio
Rome, Italy 00196

Piazza Navona

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Attraction

Piazza Navona Photo, Rome, Italy
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The eclectic, buzzing atmosphere of Piazza Navona, manages to blend history, art, and the Italian love for life perfectly. You could almost say the atmosphere best captures Rome’s character, here where it is at it’s most entertaining and lively. Sometimes it seems that this beautifully unique square in the hub of Rome is in danger of being swamped by cheesy portrait artists and giant, shadowy watercolours of barely picturesque landscapes. It is still one of the best places in Rome to rest and recuperate surrounded by (blissfully admission free) gob smacking history and architecture. Once the site of the emperor Domitian’s stadium in 86 AD and the one-time paddling pool of rich noble’s carriages...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 4, 2002

Piazza Navona

Rome, Italy 00186

Campo de' Fiori

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Attraction | "Campo dei Fiori"

Campo de' Fiori Photo, Rome, Italy
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Is it the oldest market place in Rome? Yes. Is the food really that fresh? Yes. Who cares - look at all those colors, food, and bars! Actually a great place to pick up fresh picnic food, a cheeky glass of vino (Vineria), and great panini at Aristocampo towards the fountain. Or you can sod all that and come here to play at night because this place gets much more crazy at night, especially on weekends. If you miss your fellow countrymen don’t worry, they’ll all be here. Just come and get’em. If you need some liquid help to pass those hours away, Vineria is the bohemian place to been seen smooching and networking. A bit of Trastevere on the wrong side of the river, with some great wine ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 4, 2002

Campo de' Fiori
Piazza Campo de' Fiori
Rome, Italy 00186