Where: various venues
When: One week during spring Cultural Heritage Week offers an opportunity for all state-owned museums and monuments to allow visitors for an admission charge.
When: 21 April Born in 753 BC, Rome isn’t exactly an ordinary city. Therefore, it hosts one big birthday party. With most of the revelry hosted at the Campidoglio, fireworks are just one part of the huge celebration.
Where: Villa Ada, via di Ponte Salario
When: Mid-June through early August The Villa Ada park hosts a variety of musical acts on its lakeside stage. With the breeze off the lake, this makes it one of the most-favored summer music festivals. Additionally, you can expect bars and food stalls.
Where: Via dei Fori Imperiali
When: The 3rd or 4th Sunday in March Attracting some famous participants to the Marathon Village, this is Rome’s annual marathon, beginning and ending at Xia dei Fori Imperiali. There are multiple events, including the Stracittadina Fun Run, which is a 5km jog, along with the long 42km main event. You can sign up online up to one day before the event.
Where: Villa Celimontana
When: Early June through mid-August Held in the beautiful Villa Celimontana park, the stages of this festival feature some acclaimed artists from multiple musical genres. The festival grounds are lit with candles and torches, giving a whimsical feel to the fun. There are also dozens of stands selling a variety of wines and local foods.
Via del Moro, 8.
8 Millimetri is one of the most budget-conscious hangouts for students near Trastevere. From the outside, it may appear to be rather small, but sometimes the party also spills outside of the bar. But don’t worry — the fun doesn’t stop.
Via Properzio, 31/33.
Il Sorpasso is an underground cafe and bar that creates a unique setting for a night of drinking with friends. There’s plenty of room, and the open atrium gives it an even more spacious feel. The subterranean vibe is very popular with students, and they even serve up really good cocktails at a fair price.
Via del Babuino, 9.
Located in the Hotel de Russie on the Piazza del Popolo, this famous bar deserves at least one visit. Priced at around €20 and up, the cocktails are perfectly crafted and claim to be the city’s best. Even the locals seem to agree.
Via Braccio da Montone, 80.
This contemporary bar is one of the newest in Rome, and it’s getting a lot of attention. Its trendy name is an abbreviation for Cocktail and Social, and it’s high up on the list for one of the best places to party in the city.
Piazza di Pietra, 42.
Salotto 42 has actually been ranked as one of the best bars on the planet, and some of this may have to do with the fact that it overlooks the 2nd-century ruins of the Temple of Hadrian. What better way to experience authentic Rome and have a beer or two? It also offers small plates and finger foods, all set to a backdrop of hip music. With indoor or outdoor seating, the crowd is more relaxed in the afternoon, and a bit more upscale at night.
Via Benedetta, 10.
If you want an authentic experience in Trastevere, Checco er Carettiere offers delicious foods, surrounded by black-and-white pictures of local celebrities who have visited. Started in the 1930s by the Porcelli family in the 1930s, it’s come a long way from a donkey cart selling wine. This only adds to the appeal, making it a real favorite amongst the locals. Be sure to have the large ravioli in broth, or opt for the tender veal dish.
Via del Portico d'Ottavia 57.
Set in the old Jewish Ghetto, this fun establishment offers tasty dishes in both indoor and outdoor settings. There’s a kosher kitchen, and the menu boasts a variety of Roman Jewish dishes, plus both Mediterranean and Middle Eastern Jewish fare. Don’t miss the spicy fish platter or baccalà with raisins and pine nuts.
Via Velletri 35.
This cozy restaurant with only 20 seats has a trendy glassed-in kitchen. The best part is that the dishes are affordable, but they taste as if they came from a Michelin-starred restaurant. Be sure to have the Mediterranean nigiri, with a raw red prawn on a filet of San Marzano tomato, and topped off with gelatinized soy. The intimate setting only adds to the appeal here at Marzapane.
Largo Dino Frisullo.
Set in a 19th-century complex, this nearly famous eatery is housed in a crumbling, archeological spot. More and more has been revitalized as time goes on, such as grocery store, exhibit space and a hip bar. Stazione di Posta is the newest arrival, and it has quickly grown in popularity, especially due to its unique location in a row of former cattle stalls. Be sure to indulge in the Ajo e ojo di mare, a wide pasta covered with a shellfish reduction and sprinkles of mussel powder.
When you’re in a new city, you may not have the time or the budget to always eat out at a restaurant, even when you have so many to choose from in Rome. When you still haven’t met friends who will invite you over for a traditional Italian dinner, there’s another alternative. Home Food uses a pool of home cooks throughout the city, and you can book a meal with them at a very minimal cost. After you eat your fill of Roman stew, you’ll love the pears, which are baked with ricotta and chestnut honey.