7 Autumn Foods to Try in Rome
The fall harvest in Italy brings a bounty of delicious seasonal foods. As the temperature drops and winter appears on the horizon, the culinary focus shifts to hearty, comforting recipes and fresh, vitamin-boosting fruits. If you are visiting Rome from October to December look out for these ingredients at the city’s markets and on restaurant menus for a true taste of autumn in Italy.
7 Places to Eat a Great Panino in Rome
Nothing beats a sandwich for a quick lunch on the go and Rome’s panino game is strong. Whether you want a simple ham and cheese baguette, a traditional Roman stew squashed between local bread or a gourmet spin on classic combos there are plenty of great-value sandwich spots to satisfy both your tastebuds and your wallet.
Our Favorite Rome Bloggers to Follow
If you are looking for some real insight when planning your trip to Rome then bloggers are a good place to start. While traditional guidebooks and travel websites are a useful resource, nowadays the advent of the travel blogger has opened up the world of local, personal reviews and experiences, paired with up-to-date, real time information.
6 Seafood Dishes You Need to Try in Rome
While Rome’s traditional cuisine seems to rely heavily on meat and dairy with pork products and sheep cheese being the principal players, the Italian capital lies just 20 miles from the coast meaning that seafood dishes are easy to come by. Tuesday and Friday are the principal days for buying fresh fish, but you can find plenty of fishy options almost every day in the city’s restaurants, or travel a short distance to the nearby coastal resorts for a fish-based meal with a sea view.
These are our favourite authentic fish dishes to eat in Rome:
5 Reasons to Visit Rome During August
Ask any Roman and they will tell you to get out of town during August. Long-regarded as the time for annual vacations, until relatively recently the city would completely shut down for the whole month as the locals escaped to the cooler climes of the mountains or head to the beach to recharge. The national holiday on the 15th August (the Feast of the Assumption, commonly known as Ferragosto) is an important occasion and most Italians organise their vacations around that date, but the recognition that there is a need to provide services for tourists and those who stay in the city means that Rome still has plenty to offer visitors during this period.
Here are 5 reasons why Rome in August is actually not a bad idea:
5 Reasons to Book a Local Aromas Cooking Class
For a fun and delicious experience in Rome look no further than a cooking class. What could be better than spending a few hours in good company as you laugh, learn and cook with an Italian chef, picking up skills and recipes that will stay with you for the rest of your life. We would love to welcome you to the Local Aromas kitchen so if you need any more convincing to take one of our cooking classes in Rome read on for five very good reasons:
How to Spot Real Gelato in Rome
Gelato is a year-round indulgence in Rome, but with the rising summer temperatures, gelato season really kicks off and gelaterias seem to pop up on every corner of the city. Unfortunately, the majority of the city’s ice-cream shops serve a poor imitation of real Italian gelato, preferring to save time and increase profit by selling fake concoctions of powders, colorings and flavorings, as a opposed to the real deal made with fresh ingredients. But how do you know what is good and what is bad? Take a look at the Local Aromas handy guide to finding great gelato 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.