Best craft beer bars in Rome

Where to Drink Italian Beer in Rome

5 of the Best Craft Beer Bars in Rome

Although most people associate Italy with wine, the last decade has seen the Italian beer scene develop at breakneck speed as the Italians adopted a love for the production and consumption of artisanal beers. Until relatively recently beer consumption in Rome was centred around the ubiquitous Irish pubs or a palate-cleansing Peroni with a pizza, with just a handful of craft beer establishments. Nowadays beer-drinking in Rome is a more sophisticated affair with many excellent bars and pubs offering a huge selection of beers from both Italy and beyond.

Where to Buy Wine in Rome

Our Favorite Wine Shops in Rome

It is no surprise that there are many places to buy wine in Rome. While most of the city’s supermarkets and delis carry a good selection of cheap plonk, for something a little bit special the locals will head to their nearest ‘enoteca’ to pick up a bottle. Somewhat confusingly the word ‘enoteca’ covers any establishment that is vaguely wine-related; from bottle shops to hole-in-the-wall wine bars, to smart restaurants with an extensive wine list. In theory all of these will sell you a bottle to take away (‘da asporto’) but the dedicated stores generally have a wider selection, good prices and staff on hand to guide your selection.

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Testaccio Market Food Tours in Rome

Introducing Our Brand New Testaccio Market Food Tours

The neighbourhood of Testaccio is often cited as having some of the best food in Rome, so Local Aromas are proud and excited to announce two new Testaccio Market food tours. 

Come with us as we peel back the layers of Roman cuisine from ancient times until today, tracing the history of the neighbourhood and its development and eating as we go.

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Best Italian Cheese Shops in Rome

By Kate Zagorski

Our 5 Favorite Places in Rome to Buy Italian Cheese

One of the great joys of visiting the Eternal City is sampling and buying Italian cheese, which is widely available across town but may be harder to find (or considerably more expensive) back home. Whether you want to buy and eat right away, or vacuum seal your purchases for travel, this is the Local Aromas pick of the best Italian cheese shops in Rome.

Typical Easter brunch in Rome

8 Things to Eat in Rome this Easter

By Kate Zagorski

What you should be eating in Rome at Easter

Pasqua is an important event in the Italian calendar in terms of both religion and food. As with all major holidays, the Italians prepare special cakes and pastries just for Easter and, while the recipes and customs may differ from region to region, the majority of dishes will feature eggs (symbol of new life) or lamb (in reference to the lamb of God). 

In Rome, Easter Sunday usually kicks of with an abundant breakfast of salami, cheese and eggs before moving on to a large lunch, usually roast lamb, and finishing up with a slice of colomba, the traditional Easter cake.

St Peter's basilica at sunset

5 Unusually Romantic Things to Do in Rome

By Kate Zagorski

What to do on Valentine’s Day in Rome

Rome is one of the most romantic cities in the world and a top destination for a Valentine’s Day getaway or an amorous escape at any time of the year. However, while iconic sights such as the Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps and the Piazza Navona are undoubtedly spectacular, some lesser-known parts of the city also provide a beautiful backdrop to dine, kiss or perhaps even propose…

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7 Addresses for the Best Artisanal Panettone in Rome

By Kate Zagorski

Our favorite places to find the best panettone in Rome this Christmas 

As the festive season hits the Eternal City, panettone fever takes over. Although originally a Milanese recipe, no Italian home would be without this traditional cake over Christmas time. Characterized by its tall, domed shape, the sweet, bread-like dough for panettone is proved for several days giving it a distinctive light texture and is studded with dried and candied fruits before baking.  

Panettoni hanging upside down

How to Eat Like a Roman at Christmas

By Kate Zagorski

Our guide to eating in Rome at Christmas

The beginning of December sees Rome take on a festive shine as twinkling Christmas lights and sparkling baubles start to adorn the Eternal City’s streets, monuments and piazzas. The Feast of the Immaculate Conception on the 8th December is a public holiday and the traditional day for Italian families to dress the Christmas tree. It signals the start of the Yuletide period which concludes with Epiphany on the 6th January.

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Where to Eat and Drink in Testaccio

Top Ten Bars and Restaurants in Testaccio

Just two metro stops from the Colosseum and an easy hop across the Tiber from Trastevere, Rome’s southern district of Testaccio is one of the city’s best areas for those searching for an authentic culinary experience and some good Roman food. Even the Romans themselves come here to shop at the neighborhood market, grab a pre-dinner drink with friends or head to one of the neighborhood’s many restaurants for some of the best food and wine in the city.

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Find Your Perfect Food Tour in Rome

How to Choose a Roman Food and Wine Experience

Rome is one of the top gastronomic destinations in the world making it the ideal place to take a food tour or wine tasting. However, with such an overwhelming choice of culinary tours to choose from, how can you pick the best experience for you?
Read our top tips for selecting the perfect food and wine tour in Rome to suit your needs:

Castel Sant'Angelo at night

7 Unique and Fun Things to Do in Rome

By Kate Zagorski

Unusual ways to experience the Eternal City

Everyone knows the major monuments of Rome. The Colosseum, Vatican, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon and Spanish Steps are on every visitor’s checklist and remain unmissable parts of the city. But Rome is a complex, vibrant place which stretches beyond its immediately recognisable sights. To get a real feel for the city sometimes it is good to take a look from another point of view; be it through the food, architecture, history or people.

Artichokes Rome Market

7 Vegetables You Should Eat in Rome in Spring

By Kate Zagorski

What you should buy at the market in Rome in springtime

Following the seasons is the best way to guarantee freshness, flavour and value when shopping for food in Rome.  The beginning of spring in Rome is a wonderful time for fresh vegetables at the city’s produce markets. The tail end of the colder months means that the winter favourites linger on, while the start of the new season brings with it the bright, vibrant taste of longer, sunnier days.

Gnocchi at Gli Ulivi

Our 6 Favorite Family-Run Restaurants in Rome for a Christmas Feast

By Kate Zagorski

The 6 best family-run restaurants in Rome

While there is nowhere quite like Rome at Christmas time, travelling away from family during the holiday period can prompt feelings of homesickness. Luckily Rome has an abundance of friendly, family-run restaurants ready to provide you with a warm welcome, comforting food and a convivial atmosphere, making you feel right at home.

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