“Yes, I have finally arrived to this Capital of the World! I now see all the dreams of my youth coming to life… Only in Rome is it possible to understand Rome”  cit. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.

Benvenuti a Roma ragazzi!

Your fantastic adventure has started. You’re going to spend one of the most beautiful period of your life in a fantastic, unforgettable city. Rome is the heart of Italian and European culture not only because here, centuries ago, the first rights and laws were written, but also because it was the capital of arts and architecture, of market and exchanges. Rome was one of the most cosmopolitan cities ever and today you can see everywhere the traces of its ancient greatness.

Rome is a very big city, with many nightlife areas, but at night, the places where you want to be are: in Trastevere, next to the river, in its narrow alleys, you can find a lot of “Osterie” ( typical roman restaurants where you can taste the real roman food) and, after the dinner, you can enjoy a walk through a typical and original roman district. Testaccio again, a very typical “people’s” district which is full of discos and good clubs that offer different kinds of music; San Lorenzo, this is a very crowed place, loved by students because of cheap beer prices and easy going setting. Campo de’ Fiori: a place where both Romans and International people love to gather around. Grab a beer and take a walk along the square, it’ll be easy to get to know people. This is also one of the best places to have an aperitif.

What about shopping? Via Condotti is certainly the most famous place but Gucci, Prada and Bulgari are not very economical =), you can then go onto Via del Corso or Viale Marconi where there are many shops and stores where you can find a good bargain. If the weather is too cold (or too hot) you might consider visiting some great shopping centers such as RomaEst or EurRoma2, located in different areas of the city. If you are looking for something more typical you should go to Via Sannio or to Porta Portese’s market, which is one of the biggest and most ancient flea market of the world . Market day for Porta Portese is Sunday, but you should get there rather early in the morning if you wish to do the best deals.

If you are interested in watching a basketball or football you can get the tickets at Lottomatica authorized ticket office, or at an AS Roma Store, if you are a fan of Rome’s football team.

There are a lot of fantastic things to do in Rome that are not shown in touristic guide: some of them are the “coffee taste”. Do you want to taste the best espresso in Rome? If you do, you should go in center, near the Senate, at Sant’Eustachio square or at via degli Orfani at Bar Tazza d’Oro, here is very famous the coffee’s granita (crushed ice drink) with cream, but if you prefer a good Italian ice cream you have to look for Giolitti in Via degli Uffici del Vicario or Fassi in Via Principe Eugenio, 65.

Instead, for the best tiramisu, you should go to Pompi in Via Albalonga in San Giovanni area. Other advises for you are to go at Castel Sant’Angelo in the late afternoon, so you can see the setting sun from the high terrace…that’s fantastic! You can also go to Piazza dei Cavalieri di Malta, don’t get nervous by the two cops patrolling the surrounding, get close the main door and look into “the keyhole of Rome”…trust me, you’ll be astonished!

You may are going to move by public transports, so this will be an useful web site for you: atac.roma.it– here you can look for what metro or bus you should get to arrive where you want and the timetable buses routes. As during the night the metro is closed, the city offers night buses, but I advise girls to get them only if you are not alone. If you want to know about all the events organized during the week and nightlife you can look on: www.romace.it and if you need information about museums, sport and shows you can check www.comune.roma.it – www.romaturismo.it.

These are just some advises for you, but in Rome you’ll have a lot to do and everything to discover!

Buon divertimento,

ESN Roma LUISS