Annie: @anniewarren93 | http://romeandaway.co.uk/
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What’s the cheapest way to enjoy this city at night?
If it’s warm enough (and it usually is), I love getting together with some friends and going up Janiculum Hill with a bottle of wine and watching the sun go down. It’s free (except for the wine)!
What’s your favorite restaurant here? What’s so special about it?
There are so, so many that I love; for example, Mò Mò Republic, which seems like a cross between a popular bar, a posh restaurant, a modern art museum and my grandma’s house, and Mithos, a small, homely restaurant very close to where I live that serves delicious authentic Italian food and where you’ll never find any tourists. But my favourite has to be Pizzeria Ai Marmi in Trastevere. Tourists and Romans alike rub shoulders in this famous pizzeria, named after its long marble tables where everyone sits side-by-side. It’s also known as ‘l’orbitorio’, the morgue, again because of the famous tables. This restaurant is a no-frills, truly authentic Roman pizzeria. I’ve been told by several Romans that it serves the best pizza in all of Rome, and every time I’ve been there I’ve seen the same three piazzaioli working away. The ‘kitchen’ is actually just a corner of the restaurant, and if you sit inside there’s a good chance you’ll see your pizza being prepared – you won’t see them throwing the dough around though as it simply gets too busy for that kind for trickery, with people queuing from 8pm onwards.
What’s your favorite thing to do on a warm Sunday morning in this city?
I love lazy Sunday mornings; reading the paper at an Italian bar with a coffee and a pastry, heading to Villa Borgese for a stroll or popping into Come Il Latte, a hidden gelateria that serves the most delicious ice cream I have ever tasted. All work wonders for hangovers.
What were some of the hidden gems in that city? Why?
The Magnum Pleasure Store, just off Via del Corso, is a ice cream parlour where you can build your own magnum – and yes, it is as decadent as it sounds.
If you love history, try Basilica di San Clemente (close to the Colosseum). It’s an 18th century church, built on a fourth century pagan temple, built on first century Roman buildings, and you can literally descend down through the ages.
If you want a different view of the Vatican, try the Aventine Keyhole, a secret and totally unique view of St Peter’s that’s hidden at the top of a hill. There’s a beautiful orange garden up there too, and a church and a wonderful view. It’s worth the climb.
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