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FREEtto Restaurant & Take Away, Rome

  FREEtto is a take away/dine in restaurant focused on Italian fine fried food. At the moment they have two restaurants, the first in the city center near to via Veneto, which is the one we visited, and the second (bigger) one near the Collie Albani metro station, and more are due to open soon. We’d heard that they do excellent food, using organic ingredients, with plenty of options for vegetarians and those with other preferences and since they were easy to get to on foot (many vegetarian places in Rome are a…

Aroma Restaurant at Palazzo Manfredi, Rome

Aroma Restaurant is our favourite evening-time eatery in Rome. It’s not easy to say that either considering how many good places to eat in Rome there are and also, that there are very few vegetarian options on the Aroma menu (and I do try my hardest to be vegetarian). The service and location were beyond excellent, however, as was the food and wine where content most definitely matched style; the presentation was great and the quality lived up to it. A few more vegetarian options and a nod towards vegan and gluten/lactose free…

Hotel Lancelot, Rome

The Hotel Lancelot was one of the highlights of our stay in Rome. It’s a beautifully appointed hotel with a timeless feel in a wonderful location (very near the Colosseum) and run by the sort of charming, experienced and knowledgeable owners that you have to search seriously hard for nowadays. Here are a few photos and observations that we made during our stay, and at the bottom of this review is a video that’ll give you a further idea of the hotel. Location – We took about twenty minutes to walk…

Casa Coppelle Restaurant, Rome

We arrived early evening at Casa Coppelle, having had a photo stop at the Pantheon (which is perhaps Rome’s most complete ancient ruin). The staff greeted us warmly and offered us a choice of seating inside or out. We peeked inside, it looked beautiful… …but the restaurant isn’t on a main road so there wasn’t much traffic passing (I think just three or four vehicles passed us in the two hours were were seated there) and the moon was shining down from a clear sky; in such circumstances it seemed criminal…

Restaurant Rooftop Hotel Forum, Rome

The Hotel Forum is an impressive 4 star hotel with an amazing location and view over Via dei Fori Imperiali, the thoroughfare that leads from the Colosseum past the Ancient Roman Forum to Piazza Venezia and the Vittoriano, the symbolic heart of the modern city. The interior of the hotel, where we relaxed for a while (it’d been a half hour walk from our hotel so we wanted to collect ourselves before what we knew was going to be a special dining experience) before taking the lift up to the restaurant on…

Fatamorgana Gelateria, Rome

We were encouraged to seek out Fatamorgana gelateria for several reasons. Firstly, the Romans we asked all nodded when we mentioned the place and said “Yes, you should go there, it’s excellent ice cream!” The Romans we know all seem pretty great judges of good food, including gelato, so that was a good sign. Secondly, we’d heard that the owner (and creator of all the gelato on offer at each of the seven Fatamorgana shops in Rome) Maria Agnese Spagnuolo, still peels and prepares all of the organic ingredients used in the…

Hotel Romae, Rome

We stayed at the Hotel Romae for eight days whilst making our latest Photographers’ Guide. If you’re a teenager who wants to party then we have to be honest and say you’ll probably enjoy staying at the Romae’s parent organisation, the Yellow Hostel and Bar, which is opposite the Romae, much more than you will do staying at the Romae itself.  If you’re an older tourist, or backpacker on a budget, however, and simply want a clean place to sleep that’s near to the central (Termini) train station and not far…

Fior di Luna Gelateria, Rome

A short walk from the excellent Open Door Bookshop (http://www.books-in-italy.com/) in Trastevere and the best viewpoint in Rome – the Gianiculum Hills – is Fior di Luna Gelateria. It’s modest shop front hides the fact that this is one of the cities most authentic gelateria, creating gelato with no preservatives and only the finest ingredients, all of which are organic. If you’re somebody who appreciates excellent gelato, or somebody who doesn’t understand the difference between gelato and ice cream but would like to, then we highly recommend you pay this…

Sapori del Lord Byron Restaurant, Rome

The Sapori is located in the Lord Byron Hotel, a 20 minute walk from the Spanish Steps. We took the lift down to the restaurant… …I was surprised upon entry to see the walls hung with portraits of independent, strong yet feminine looking women, which we thought slightly unusual (usually the portraits in public places are of men, or there will be at least some men among the art shown) but then it clicked. Of course, the connection between the poet Byron and the ancient Greek poetess Sappho! (THE isles of…

Hotel Romae, Rome, Italy

We stayed at the Hotel Romae for 3 nights when we took part in the Rome Marathon in 2012. Before we go into details, here’s a short film that I made on arriving at the hotel. It’s not meant to be a glossy film showing the accommodation at it’s best, just an honest first impression on what the average visitor might encounter on arrival. Location - Hotel Romae is at Via Palestro 49, a 10 minute walk from Rome’s main Terminus Train Station. It took me just under 40 minutes to…