best pizza in rome

Top 10 Things to Do in Rome

 

With a history of over 2,000 years, the options of things to do (and see) in Rome are almost limitless. So our experts put together a list of Top 10 Things to Do in Rome, to make it a little easier for you. If you can’t get through all of them…you’ll just have to come back for another visit!

THE must-see destinations when in Rome:

1. Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel. St. Peter’s Basilica – The most beloved places to visit in Rome, the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s Basilica are a must-see for your itinerary. We’ll let the tour guides fill you in on the sites but can recommend a great place to grab a drink before or after your Vatican City visit. If you’re craving the pub-vibe, look no further. Literally just steps from the Vatican, Ris Café has a good mix of locals, students, expats and tourists. And one of the best burgers in town!

2. Colosseum & Ancient Forum – Explore one of the most remarkable places to visit in Rome. Avoid expensive tourist traps and make your way over to neighboring Monti after some historical sightseeing. There are a few restaurants with this name in Rome but there is only one La Carbonara. This real-deal, no frills spot has been serving inexpensive yet equally delicious Roman pasta since 1906.

3. The Pantheon – The most unique and impressive monument in Rome, the Pantheon is rich with history. But if you are in the mood for some rich gelato, go to nearby Della Palma where they offer about 150 delicious and distinctive flavors.

4. Trevi Fountain – Your Rome itinerary would not be complete without a visit to the grandiose Trevi Fountain – the largest and most famous fountain in Rome. We recommend you grab a quick bite as this area is heavily populated and foot traffic can be fast moving. Within walking distance of the crowds is Pane e Salame, offering a selection of breads and cured meats in a chic setting.

5. Piazza Navona – A square famous for its three fountains by Bernini, there are a ton of options to eat and drink. But this area can be quite expensive and oftentimes the quality of the meal does not match the price. There is one place in particular that is loved by locals and tourists alike – Armando Al Pantheon. This institution has been around since 1961 and tables are always in demand, so be sure to book a reservation well in advance!

6. Campo de’ Fiori – A square that is market by day, pub destination by night, Campo de’ Fiori has many different options for dining. If you want lunch or a snack on the go as you continue your sightseeing adventures around Rome, Il Forno is the best place for pizza bianca (extremely light and delicate bread that you can eat plain or as a sandwich).

7. Spanish Steps – No food recommendations here – this area is strictly for shopping. Gucci, Versace, Armani, Cavalli, just to name a few of the big guys. And newly reopened, you can now enjoy the beautiful view of the Spanish Steps and snag a seat if the weather is nice enough. But if you’re feeling fancy and didn’t spend TOO much money shopping, Babington’s Tea Room & Cafe (established in 1893) is worth a visit for some high tea.

8. Castel Sant’Angelo – Originally built in the Roman era but successfully converted into a Papal prison in the 14th century, Castel Sant’Angelo’s history is as impressive as its structure. This massive castle and the beautifully sculptured bridge leading up to it has been featured in movies like Roman Holiday and The Great Beauty, and was even the last scene in Puccini’s famous opera, Tosca. http://castelsantangelo.beniculturali.it/

9. Galleria Borghese & the Borghese Gardens –  This art gallery housed in the former Villa Borghese includes 20 rooms containing the most recognizable works of art from Caravaggio, Raphael and Bernini. And outside lies the third largest public park in Rome. Weather permitting, you can spend an entire day picnicking or walking around the beautiful park grounds. http://www.galleriaborghese.it/it/

10. Piazza del Popolo – One of the larger squares in Rome, it literally means the “People’s Square”. But historically, the piazza lies inside the northern gate of the Aurelian Walls, where you can still see part of the ancient door.  http://www.turismoroma.it/cosa-fare/piazza-del-popolo?lang=en

What kinds of pizza can you eat in Rome? Where to find the best…

After a busy day spent visiting the most beautiful places of Rome with Enjoy Rome tours, what could be better than eating a delicious pizza?

Before to suggest you some of the best pizza restaurants where you can eat a nice pizza, here there is a  short introduction describing the main kinds of pizza you can eat in Rome:

Neapolitan pizza

pizza-napoletana

It ‘a round pizza with soft dough and high-sided (ledge) known as high. The “high” pasta is due to air, which during the phase of manipulation of the dough moves from the center outwards.
Classic Neapolitan dough is not allowed any kind of fat,only water, flour, yeast (beer or natural) and salt.
The cooking of the Neapolitan pizza, finally, is always and done exclusively through the use of the wood stove and then never using other cooking methods such as the oven. The pizza is one of the most common dishes in the world and is present in almost all restaurants and local Italian cuisine abroad.

Roman pizza

pizza-romana

It’s a round pizza very thin, low and crispy. The dough is made with wheat flour type 00 or 0, water, yeast (or sourdough), olive oil (or to get pizza crisper using seed oil) and salt in proportions such that it is tough and consistent, so often make it necessary to prepare with a rolling pin.

Roman Pinsere

pinsa-romana

It’s a kind of pizza to ancient origins but which in recent times is spreading; of oval form, it is made with composed dough of soft wheat flour, soybeans and rice, with a high degree of hydration (75% of water compared to flour) and a leavening long (up to two days), making it highly digestible and light.

And finally, here there is our favourite list of best places where you can eat a nice pizza:

 

PIZZA RE’
Via di Ripetta, 14 – Rome
Tel: 06 3211468

Since 20 years, in this pizza restaurant located two steps away from Piazza del Popolo, Via del Corso and Piazza di Spagna, you can eat an excellent neapolitan pizza for its dough, smell and taste. Here you can eat other Neapolitan specialties like the delicious fried or sweets.
Considering the location and the quality also the prices are great.

 

AI MARMI
Viale Trastevere, 53 – Rome.
Tel. 06 5800919

Also called “Il Cassamortaro” from romans, essential environment, but you can find here very good roman pizzas of all kinds. Special mentions also for the fried, never frozen and homemade, like the delicious potato croquettes.

 

DA BAFFETTO
Via del Governo Vecchio, 114 – Rome
Tel: 06 6861617

A few steps from Piazza Navona this historical pizzeria in Rome offers classic Roman delicious pizza crunchy at low prices. Friendly staff and quick service but often very crowded.

 

REMO in Testaccio
Piazza Santa Maria Liberator, 44 – Rome
Tel. 06 5746270.

Located in the heart of Rome, this is the right place if you want to eat the real roman pizza, a place clean and simple, classic “low crispy pizzas. Very busy at weekends.

 

TONDA

Via Valle Corteno 31, Rome, Italy
Tel.: 06 8180960

For those who love “high” pizza, Neapolitan, but at the same time light and digestible this is the right place. Great variety of appetizers, the spectacular Trapizzini, try the rice balls amatriciana! Local is not very large, it should call for reservations.

 

PINSERE

Via Flavia, 98 – Rome

In central area, there this Pinseria where the Pinsa is always eat standing or leaning against the bench placed outside the room. The restaurant is small, but the Pinse are really special and are cooked in a wood stove only after being chosen and ordered.

 

LA PRATOLINA
Via degli Scipioni, 248 – Rome
Tel: 06 36004409

In the Prati district, near the Vatican, there is this “Pinseria”, not very large, with reservations required, but where you can eat the oval Pinsa from mixing light and fragrant and the many combinations of seasoning. Also excellent and original appetizers and desserts.
The staff and service are excellent.

 

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