For this weekly update we didn’t choose an Italian region, but a city.
Rome, Italy’s capital, is a sprawling, cosmopolitan city with nearly 3,000 years of globally influential art, architecture and culture on display. Ancient ruins such as the Forum and the Colosseum evoke the power of the former Roman Empire. Vatican City, headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church, has St. Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican Museums, which house masterpieces such as Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel frescoes.
The Eternal City hides taste itineraries considered among the best in the world. Let’s imagine a day journey in Rome searching for its true local culinary tradition.
A typical Italian begins their day with a simple and light breakfast: in the bars of Rome you can enjoy a frothy cappuccino, or an Italian espresso and will find many types of fresh desserts. Don’t forget to taste the typical dish of the city: the “Maritozzo”, a sweet bread made with flour, eggs, honey, butter and salt, with or without raisins, which in Rome is the king of breakfasts. And ifyou really have a sweet tooth, choose the version filled with fresh whipped cream!
Let’s go then for a morning tour at the Colosseum. Located just east of the Roman Forum, the massive stone amphitheater was commissioned around A.D. 70-72 by Emperor Vespasian of the Flavian dynasty as a gift to the Roman people. In A.D. 80, Vespasian’s son Titus opened the Colosseum–officially known as the Flavian Amphitheater–with 100 days of games, including gladiatorial combats and wild animal fights. After four centuries of active use, the magnificent arena fell into neglect, and up until the 18th century it was used as a source of building materials. Though two-thirds of the original Colosseum has been destroyed over time, the amphitheater remains a popular tourist destination, as well as an iconic symbol of Rome and its long, tumultuous history.
And now, we are arrived at lunch hour. Whether you choose a typical trattoria or a starred restaturant, Roman cuisine includes a vast selection of tasty dishes prepared traditionally or reinterpreted in a gourmet style by the city’s most famous chefs. You cannot visit Rome without eating at least one of the three most typical dishes: Carbonara, Amatriciana or Cacio e pepe. These are all succulent dishes based on products from the Roman countryside, accompanied with a generous sprinkling of pecorino (sheep cheese).
Free afternoon in Vatican City or in Via dei Condotti and then the aperitif in a traditional fraschetta. These rooms are usually very rustic and they serve appetizers based on meats and cheeses, such as the so called “fifth-quarter kitchen”, where all the parts of the pork once considered less noble are today sought after by gourmets such as trippa alla romana, coda alla vaccinara, coratella and pork rinds and beans with a fresh glass of Frascati white wine, or even a Cesanese of Olevano Romano, finishing at the sparkling Romanella DOC.
For the evening enjoy a walk alongside the Tevere River or a drink in one of the Terraces of the city. From both you can feel thankful for breathing the “Great Beauty”.
Brought to you by: ENIT – Italian National Tourist Board