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of Trastevere. Visit the San Cosimato market, open Monday through Saturday,
where family-run stalls offer the foods of
Europe. Then stroll the medieval Piazza di
Santa Maria, the heart of the neighborhood. Duck down one of the cobblestone
side streets for reasonably priced restaurants like Taverna Trilussa, which serves
traditional Roman fare with a focus on
simple, delicious pastas and meats.
(Trilussa is a favorite of some of the
world’s top tennis players; check out their
racquets hanging on the walls.)
There are also several don’t-miss
Roman dishes. One example: the Roman
artichoke, which has received protect-ed-origin status from the European
Union. The ;;;-year-old Ristorante
Piperno is one of my very favorites. It’s
pricy but worth it, since the owners have
perfected the art of the artichoke, serving
it numerous ways but most especially
lightly fried whole, a style that originated
here in Rome’s Jewish ghetto.
And, of course, dessert
Another must is a scoop (or, if I’m
being honest, three) of gelato, the more
intensely flavored but miraculously fewer-calories-than-ice-cream Italian treat.
Giolitti, near the Pantheon, is Rome’s oldest gelateria, dating back to the ;;th century. Get yours to go after paying first at the
cashier, then eat while making the short
walk to the Trevi Fountain. And remember,
no matter how many napkins you think
you’ll need, grab more. Chocoholics should
head for Frigidarium near the Piazza
Navona, where you can have your favorite
flavor dipped in chocolate. Or, get seasonal
specialties at Gelateria dei Gracchi near
the Piazza del Popolo.
Tempting Italian fashion
Fashionistas and window shoppers
will want to stroll the Via del Corso and
the streets that radiate from it, especially
the Via Condotti, the main street for
Italian high-fashion stores.
If Fendi, Valentino and Bulgari are
not your style—or your budget—check out
the deals at the weekend flea markets or
in the bohemian-chic Monti neighborhood. Overlooking the Colosseum, Monti
hosts stores that showcase emerging
Italian designers along with vintage fashion. You’ll find high-quality leather goods
as well, for about half the price of the Via
Yes, Rome has it all: amazing art, rich
culture, ancient history, fantastic food and
cutting-edge fashion. Another plus? It’s a
great leaping-off spot for Venice, Florence,
Sorrento, Naples and other amazing Italian
cities. Ciao! C
NO PLACE LIKE ROME
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REGIONAL WINES TO TRY
Rome: Frascati is a savory, citrusy
white wine that has been produced
in Rome’s countryside for thousands
of years and was enjoyed by ancient
Romans and Renaissance poets.
Florence: Ruffino’s iconic Chianti
is produced in the Galestro clay hills
of Tuscany from hardy Sangiovese
Venice: Prosecco, with its cheerful bubbles, is food-friendly and easy
to drink. Look for Prosecco
Conegliano Valdobbiadene Superiore
DOCG, the highest quality.
Sorrento: Wines from Campania
aren’t well-known, but Greco and
Fiano grapes thrive in the volcanic
terroir, producing aromatic white
wines.—Amber Gibson writes about
travel, food and wine.
Panorama of St. Peter’s Basilica, Bernini’s colonnade
and Maderno’s fountain on a sunny morning before
the crowds arrive.
© DAVID W. SCHNEIDER
Vatican City in the
evening, viewed from
the Tiber River.