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OUR SUGGESTIONS ON WHAT TO DO IN ROME by Marco Secchi


Visit the Roman Forum

Make your way to the Imperial Forums, especially Trajan’s markets which is the first “multi-level shopping mall” in the world. You can also explore the Via Biberatica, which is the most intact ancient Roman street in the city.

Wander over the Roman Forum and take in the iconic views!


Climb up on Palantine Hill

After exploring the forum, and wandering the streets that Julius Caesar once did, climb up to see the ruins of the imperial palaces on the Palatine Hill. Enjoy the beautiful garden areas and fragments of ancient villas.

Visit the Colosseum

Take the southeast entrance from the Roman Forum, and walk right up to the Colosseum. It is such an amazing sight to see, and if you are really interested in exploring the inside, join a tour. The tours can be expensive and have quite a bit of a wait, so decide if it is something that is really important to you!

Next to the Colosseum is the Arch of Constantine, one of the largest of Rome’s ancient triumphal arches. The arch celebrates Emperor Constantine the Great’s victory and the battle that made Christianity the religion of Rome.

Watch the Sunset from Piazza del Campidoglio

Make sure that before sunset you slip around the back side of the central building in Piazza del Campidoglio, on top of Capitoline Hill. You’ll see a beautiful panorama of the Forum from above, with the Palatine Hill and the Colosseum in the background.

Have a Cappuccino at Caffé Sant’Eustachio

One of the oldest and most famous cappuccino and espresso shops in Rome, Caffé Sant’Eustachio is famous for its home-roast beans, blended with water from an ancient aqueduct. You will find authentic, Italian coffee and some colorful characters!

Visit the Pantheon

Definitely a sight you CANNOT miss in Rome, the Pantheon is the only ancient Roman temple to survive the millennia virtually intact. The architecture will blow your mind, and you will need a few minutes just to sit in the piazza and take in the stately sight before heading inside.

Go to Piazza del Popolo

Make your way north to Piazza del Popolo, and if it interests you, check out the fabulous church of Santa Maria del Popolo.

Explore Villa Borghese

Adjacent to the Piazza del Popolo, you’ll find the grounds of Villa Borghese. Stop at the east end for great views over the city and epic photo opportunities.

Sit on the Spanish Steps

You can sit and people watch from the lively and iconic Spanish Steps before grabbing some gelato and taking a walk down Via dei Condotti and the surrounding streets to do a little window shopping.

Toss a Coin in the Trevi Fountain

No trip to Rome would be complete without seeing the Trevi Fountain! The tradition is to toss a few coins in, to ensure that one day you’ll return to the Eternal City.


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Experience Vatican City

Wake up bright and early so that you beat the tour buses to the spectacular, St. Peter’s Basilica, which opens at 7 am. If you are interested, following the basilica, climb the “cupola” for a workout and breathtaking panoramic views of the city across the river.

Once you’re finished, spend some time in St. Peter’s Square out front, and visit the world-famous Vatican Museums, which open at 9 am, if you want to check out history at its finest. You can expect to spend most of the day at the Vatican if you’re a history lover!

Visit Piazza Navona

Back across the river, and home to Bernini fountains, cafés, colorful street performers, and large crowds, Rome’s famous Piazza Navona is a lively place to people watch and enjoy your daily gelato.

Get Lost

As with all first-time visits to a city, allow lots of free time to get lost and discover unsuspected treasures around Rome. Keep a map handy, but try walking around without a plan or destination. You never know what you’ll find!

One day in the Cinque Terre by Marco Secchi

If you are wondering if one day is enough for Cinque Terre, the answer of course depends on what you are looking for. If you want to quickly see all the five villages and hike the Cinque Terre trail, then yes, one day is enough. Of course, you can stay longer and explore deeper, but if you are short on time you can definitely see the best of Cinque Terre in one full day.


In the 5 Terre area are located five villages, from West to East they are: Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza, Monterosso.

There are other two villages in the Cinque Terre area named Volastra and San Bernardino. They are never listed in the 5 original towns but are included in the Cinque Terre National Park territory.

Cinque Terre are reachable by train, by car, by bus, by boat:

Go the the 5 Terre by train is the best because stops in every village.

If you want to get to Cinque Terre by car, consider that the road is narrow and winding and runs up high from the villages. Cars are not allowed to drive into the villages and parking for visitors are located outside the villages.

Getting to 5 Terre by public bus now is possibile there are small buses depsrting from La Spezia and arriving to Vernazza only.

Going to 5 Terre by boat is certainly very scenic but takes too much time to get there. The boat stops in Portovenere, Riomaggiore, Manarola, Vernazza, Monterosso (Corniglia has no pier). From La Spezia to Monterosso, including the stops takes approx 2 hrs.

For the calculation of the distances and duration of the transfers we keep La Spezia as reference, this is the biggest town inland of Cinque Terre.

Best Restaurants for Dinner

One of the nicest things about Cinque Terre’s restaurants is that they have both great ambience and great food! Lots of restaurants have outdoor seating, with popular dinner spots situated near the waterfront.

While all the food we had in Cinque Terre was great, my one criticism of some places were that the portions were tiny. I suppose that is the Italian mentality that you should eat multiple courses for dinner so each is a little smaller than you might anticipate. Below I’ve listed recommendations for great Cinque Terre restaurants that I really enjoyed:

Osteria: despite the rather bland name, we loved this spot for fresh pasta and seafood. We tried the seafood pasta, pasta with clams and walnut ravioli pansotti as well as the huge plates of garlicky mussels (Monterosso)

Ristorante al Pozzo: great pastas here as well, but portions are a bit small. (Monterosso)

Belvedere: the fish stew here is incredible. (Monterosso)

La Cantina di Miky: homemade pastas with an emphasis on seafood, beach views and fresh pesto bruschetta (Monterosso)

Al Castello: for a fancy sunset dinner with a view, located inside the castle. (Vernazza)

Visit the spectacular coastline of the Cinque Terre, a beautiful stretch of ocean coast

Enjoy the pastel-colored villages as you walk through the village's stone paths

Savor a delicious local lunch in a quaint restaurant with a stunning view of the sea

Explore the Parco Nizionale delle Cinque Terre

Covering only about 4,300 acres of land, the Parco Nazionale Cinque Terre is the smallest national park in Italy. The park, also called Park of Man is unique as the people cultivated the steep and sloping land, erected authentic traditional settlements and sketched hiking trails which provides the visitors with breath-taking scenery. In 1997, the wonder of man was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The area inhabited by around 4000 people boasts of whopping 2.4 million visitors every year! Visitors to this Eco tourist national park are vowed by the atmosphere, the perfect harmony created between the humankind and nature, food, and the welcoming people.

Tease the taste buds at Liguria

The best thing about the seaside destinations is the freshness and deliciousness of the food available. A trip’s purpose is wasted if one has not gorged on the tasty seafood of the Cinque Terre. Perhaps it is the result of the rich algae that blooms in the Ligurian Sea that the food is especially delectable. Anchovies, the local staple are found in antipasti, as an appetizer, and even as pizza toppings.

The locally invented Fresh basil pesto is another local specialty which should not be left out. A light brown pasta, trofie is also a must-have.

Where to eat and drink in Florence by Marco Secchi

My favourite places where to eat in Florence by Michela Goretti

 

I' Girone De' Ghiotti €

Crush delicious, stuffed with typical Tuscan ingredients; despite being small, the restaurant offers seats, not many, but there are! Unbeatable prices for quality:

2 crushed (that are enough and advance) 1 bottled beer, 1/2 water € 14.50 ... less than in a very bad fast-food, and we are

in the historical center!

Via dei Cimatori 23/Rosso, 50122, Firenze, Italia   +39 055 532 6053


Senz’altro Bistrot  € 

Young and smart guys! They take care of every dish in the smallest details; curious combinations and refined taste.

Small, intimate and welcoming place. Located in a long street full of life and passage, easy to reach both by public transport and private transport (there is a nice parking at the beginning of the pedestrian zone).

Highly recommended.

-Borgo la Croce 21/r, 50121, Firenze, Italia      +39 055 24382


Ditta Artigianale €

Ditta Artigianale selects individual origins from all over the world,

traveling to the constant search for the best products

and ethical to bring to the customer,

enhancing every single passage of the grain journey,

from the plantation to the cup.

Via dei Neri 32r Firenze Italia  +30 055 274 1541


Mercato Centrale €€

For those who love street food will find an oasis gurmet in the heart of the city.

12 shops of some of the best Italian artisans, Tuscan restaurant, Chianti wine shop, pizza osai, street food

Primo piano Piazza del Mercato Centrale Firenze Italia   055 2399798


Gurdulu  €€€

A bit like a Londoner and a Parisian, Gurdulù is all Florentine: in the neighborhood of Santo Spirito comes a unique but common place, familiar but unusual, real and at the same time fantastic. Pure State, Tradition and Territory, Today at the Market, Classic Snacks, Desserts and Seasons: this is the menu that offers the restaurant and that periodically changes respecting the seasons.

Via delle Caldaie 12 R Firenze Italia   +39 055 282223


Ora D’Aria  €€€

The environment is essential and elegant, with attention to details that express a delicate and never ostentatious luxury Ora d'Aria perfectly reflects the philosophy of the chef who promotes a kitchen made of quality and transparency, the same that are found in every place of the restaurant, starting from the kitchen, overlooking the street and the hall, that of the local and who he deals with it defines the essence.

Via dei Georgofili 11R - 50122 Firenze Italia    +39 055 200 16 99


Winter Garden by Caino €€€

In an elegant setting of a sophisticated winter garden nested in The St. Regis Florence, the collaboration in the kitchen between epicurean masters Chef Gentian Shehi and 2 Michelin Star Chef Valeria Piccini sets new heights of a refined restaurant experience in Florence, bringing together the culinary tradition of Tuscany and bespoke service in the heart of Florence

Piazza Ognissanti, 1 Florence  Italia  +3905527163770


La bottega del buon Caffè €€€

Authenticity and honesty are at the heart of each dish we create at La Bottega del Buon Caffè .

Respecting our Florentine Location the seasonal menus are designed to reflect the region's unique gastronomic heritage and vibrant culinary culture. Artisan butchers supply the kitchen with exceptional cuts of locally-reared meats whilst the very freshest fish are delivered from the Mediterranean.

Borgo Santo Pietro in the CityLa Bottega del Buon CaffèIl LoungeL'Enoteca
Lungarno Benvenuto Cellini, 69/r - Firenze, Italy • Tel. +39 055 55 35 677

Relais Borgo Santo Pietro Srl • P.IVA/CF: 0144 0680 526



Il Palagio  €€€

In an original and authentic atmosphere, elegant but not strictly formal, Il Palagio offers a culinary experience and one of the most unforgettable settings in Florence.

Loved by both tourists and locals alike, Il Palagio is one of the most popular restaurants in Florence for its traditional Italian and regional cuisine enriched by a touch of modernity.

Borgo Pinti, 99, 50121 Firenze  +39 (055) 2626 450


Enoteca Pinchiorri  €€€€

The kitchen is a laboratory where ideas take shape, the best ingredients are combined in the search for innovation but always in the name of local and territorial tradition.

Via Ghibellina, 87,Firenze FI  055 242757