#1 The art of aperitivo
by Claudia, assistant to the senior accountant
Don’t miss an opportunity to try the aperitivo, a drink/light meal that takes place at the end of the workday as a warm-up to dinner. It's a great excuse to be in good company, in a beautiful location, outside in the sun.
Try Il Baretto or Freni e Frizioni in Trastevere, Necci Bar in the Pigneto area, Terrazza Caffarelli at Campidoglio, I Tre Scalini at Monti, or Tram Depot in the summer time at Testaccio. If you are a beer lover, don't miss Open Baladin near Campo de’ Fiori.
#2 It's all about gardens and villas
by Krista, events coordinator
Rome is lucky enough to have beautiful and sunny weather, so take advantage of it and explore! Gardens and villas are open to the public. Although we suggest you visit as many as you can, don't miss Villa Borghese, Villa Ada, Villa Torlonia (have a look at Casetta delle Civette), the Orto Botanico in Trastevere, and last but not least, Villa Pamphili. This is the largest park in the city, a hub for walking, running, biking, doing yoga, playing soccer or playing catch. Feed the ducks (geese, and turtles) at the lake, then take a walk up to Vivì Bistrot, an all-organic café that serves pancakes and breakfast sandwiches, as well as salads, paninis, and other lunch options.
#3 Jump on a bike
by school of architecture staff
Rent a bike to get around in the crazy Roman traffic. Explore Villa Borghese, the Parco degli Acquedotti, the Appia Antica, or spend Sunday morning at the flea market of Porta Portese. And if you want to have a perfectly framed view of Saint Peter’s Basilica, take a peek from the keyhole of the Knights of Malta on Aventine hill; you will be struck by the poetic view.
#4 Taste everything, regret nothing
by Mallory, director of student affairs
We wouldn’t be in Italy if we didn't talk about restaurants. Everyone has their favorites and wherever you go, you will eat deliciously, but it's best to avoid tourist spots. In Italy, every region has its own culinary tradition. When in Rome, try Roman food such as pasta alla carbonara, cacio e pepe, saltimbocca alla romana, coda alla vaccinara, Roman pizza (thinner than the Napolitan one), supplì, and cariciofo alla giudia. Don't miss: Da Baffetto, La Gatta Mangiona in Monteverde, Da Felice a Testaccio, Mazzo in Centocelle, Trapizzino near Ponte Milvio, and il Ristoro degli Angeli in Garbatella.
#5 Breakfast all'italiana
by Antonella, rector
When Americans first visit Italy, some confess to culture shock at the breakfast menu. In Italy, breakfast — la colazione — is much lighter than the egg-bacon-toast fare of our colleagues' homeland. But after experiencing la colazione all'italiana, all culinary anxieties disappear faster than you can say cappuccino. To eat breakfast like an Italian, follow our simple guide:
1. Find the neighborhood bar. Stand at the bar while perusing a newspaper (points for soccer match results).
2. Order the coffee of your choice. Remember that this is the only time of day to enjoy milkier drinks, like cappuccino or latte macchiato, without being teased. Make the most of it.
3. Finally, choose a baked good. In Rome, you can choose between a cornetto, a bomba with custard or jam, and a maritozzo generally with cream.
As every bar is the best place to go, Antonella suggests a mandatory stop at Pasticceria Regoli close to Termini Train Station. You won’t be disappointed.
#6 Visit the real Rome
by Michele, security guard
There's much more to Rome than the city center. You can see the real Rome in areas such as Pigneto, San Lorenzo, Prati, Garbatella, Monteverde, EUR, Trieste, and many more. A quartiere with a really unique arquitecture is Coppedè: when you get there, remember to stop at the kiosk and ask for a glass of lemoncocco - you won’t regret it!
#7 Street art in ancient Rome can be possible
by Costanza, communications specialist
Rome is famous for its classical art and architecture, but what about modern art? Must-see modern and contemporary art museums are Museo delle Arti del XXI secolo, Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna), Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Roma, and smaller galleries such as the VARSI Gallery. Streets in Rome are also full of contemporary street art that redevelops neighborhoods and communicates vivid messages. To get the full street art experience in Rome, visit the Tor Marancia, Testaccio and Ostiense areas. Street art is known for being temporary, so you may miss some pieces of art, but new ones will surely appear.
#8 Don't forget about the sporting events - Forza A.S. Roma!
by Simone, handyman
During your stay in Rome, many sports events will be taking place: from Rugby Six Nations to Internazionali di Tennis; most important is the Italian Soccer Championship. Rome has two soccer teams, S.S. Lazio and A.S. Roma. Simone is a huge A.S. Roma football supporter, and he suggests you go see one game live at Stadio Olimpico for the full experience!