Rome Journals

A Rome Wedding

A September 2002 trip to Rome by AndrewL

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Quote: My wife and I were married on 9/27/02 in Rome. This journal contains information on how we managed to pull this off. If anyone is considering the same idea the information here should be helpful. Even if you aren’t there is some useful information for anyone planning a trip to Rome.

A Rome Wedding

Overview

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Our wedding in Rome was a dream come true, but it was a tremendous amount of work. The wedding ceremony was actually inside St. Peter’s Basilica; we had a small but magnificent reception at an actual Italian palace, and we were able receive a personal blessing from the Pope. We’ve been asked many times since the wedding how we were able to pull it off. I’ll try and shed some light here. Mainly it was a lot of hard work, planning, and perseverance. We were able to work out a lot of the arrangements through email and over the phone. We were able to work out a tremendous amount of the planning just through email. It would have been much harder to pull this off 5 to 10 years ago when everyone...Read More

Palazzo Olivia

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Hotel

Palazzo Olivia Photo, Rome, Italy
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When planning out where all of our guests would stay, we originally wanted to try and rent a house or large apartment where everyone would be together. However, we weren’t able to find anything large enough for everyone that was in a convenient location. What we did find though was Palazzo Olivia and we are very glad we did. Palazzo Olivia is a newly restored 17th Century Palace that has been converted into seven apartments that are rented out on a daily basis (3-day min. stay). The apartments are all one or two bedroom, but have a fold out sofa in the living room. The living room can also be sealed off to make a 2nd or 3rd bedroom so that a two-bedroom apartment can sleep six pretty comfort...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 9, 2002

Palazzo Olivia
15 Via Dei Leutari
Rome, Italy

St. Regis Grand Hotel

Hotel | "St. Regis Grand"

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The St. Regis Grand Hotel is a truly grand and magnificent place. Despite all of this I don’t think it was worth the extravagant prices. The room and food at the hotel were both outrageously expensive.

The hotel is incredibly lavish with marble everywhere. The hotel went through a major renovation in 1999 and the results show. This has to be one the most lavish and beautiful hotels I have ever stayed at. I felt like I was royalty staying here. Despite all of this I don’t think I would stay here again unless I win the lottery.

My recommendation would be to pick a less expensive hotel unless you are after an extravagant and lavish experience.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on June 8, 2003

St. Regis Grand Hotel
Via Vittorio Emanuele Orlando, 3
Rome, Italy
39-06-47091

L'insalata Ricca

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Restaurant

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There are actually several L'insalata Ricci in Rome. The one we ate at was lcoated just off of Piazza Navona. The location was very convenient to us, just half a block from where we were staying. We actually ended up eating there twice. As the name would suggest they specialize in salads. There were about twenty different salads on the menu and we were able to try several different ones. While over all the salads were not bad, all of the different ones we tried tasted the same since they were all soaked in the same dressing. In addition to salads there is a good selection of the typical pizza and pasta you'll find in every restaurant in Rome. The pizza and vongole (clams) that we orde...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on June 7, 2003

L'insalata Ricca
Piazza Pasquino, 72
Rome, Italy
+39 (066) 830-7881

Taverna Parione

Restaurant

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Taverna Parione is located a few blocks from Piaza Navona on a small side street. From North Center Piaza Navona head up Via di Tor Millina and make a left on Via di Parione. There is a map located on their website here We stumbled upon this restaurant quite by accident and we are very glad we did. The food and service were excellent and very reasonably priced. The house red wine was very good and very inexpensive. Lunch four four including wine was about US$50 and we didn't even come close to finishing all of our food. The house salad and several different pasta dishes were excellent. We went during lunch and it was...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 7, 2003

Taverna Parione
Via di Parione (near Piazza Navona)
Rome, Italy
(06) 686-9545

Chapel Alter Photo, Rome, Italy
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Our wedding Ceremony was held inside St. Peter’s Basilica in the chapel of the choir. This is a small chapel located on the left side of the Basilica as you are walking in. The requirements for getting married inside of St. Peter’s are very strict. However, if you meet the requirements and have the patience to deal with getting all of the required documentation in order, it is not too difficult to have a wedding ceremony there. The biggest help and resource for us was Fr. Greg at Santa Susanna church in Rome. Their web site has contact information and all of the requirements for getting married in St. Peter’s. http://www.santasusanna.org/weddingsRome/stPeters.html The most diff...Read More

General Dining Suggestions

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Story/Tip

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I wanted to put done some of my general thoughts and suggestions about dining in Rome. First of all let me say that I think Rome is a one of the best food cities in the world. You may not have as much variety as you would in New York or London, but in terms of quality and choices of local cuisine Rome cannot be beat. My number one suggestion is avoid restaurants that are too touristy. They will generally be overpriced and the food not up to the quality that you would find in restaurant that caters to locals. Most restaurants that are situated right on the main piazzas and other prime spots fall in to this category. Though these restaurants do offer the most convenient locations and of...Read More