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Birding Opps: Info for our birding friends. In and near Rome you can see these species: Serin, Yellow Legged Guls, Hooded Crows, Firecrests, Swifts, Pied Flycatcher, White Wagtail, Woodcrest Shrike and Bee Eater.
At Unseen Birding (unseenbirding.blogspot.com/) we learn what to look for while touring the historic sites of Rome.
Green Holiday Italy (greenholidayitaly.com/) has a wonderful report on a book called “Where to Watch Birds in World Cities” by Paul Milne.
Our friends at Birding Pal (birdingpal.org/Italy.htm) have listed their contact information.
Shopping: Everywhere you go in Rome there are shops, boutiques, stores and galleries to tempt your indulgence.
Transportation: What you need to know is here (rome.info/transportation/)
Business Information: Rome is open for your Business! Check out (turismoroma.it/?lang=en)
US Embassy: via Vittorio Veneto 121, 39 06-46741 (http://italy.usembassy.gov/acs.html)
Exchange Rates (http://www.x-rates.com/)
Day One: Make your first stop Galleria Doria Pamphilj – Daily: 10-5, Via del Corso, 305, 39 06 6797323
Here you will visit a large number of seventeenth-century masterpieces (works by Caravaggio, Annibale Carracci, Guido Reni, Guercino, Jan Bruegel, Jusepe de Ribera, Velázquez, Claude Lorrain, Gaspard Dughet), and important Renaissance pieces (Titian, Raphael, Garofalo, Lorenzo Lotto, Pieter Bruegel, Correggio, Parmigianino).
There are also the marble busts (several executed by Alessandro Algardi and Gian Lorenzo Bernini), and a large corpus of antique sculptures, from archaic times to the Hellenistic period.
It’s a short walk to the Roman Forum – Located between the Palatine and Capitoline Hills.
It has been called the most celebrated meeting place in the world. Many of the oldest and most important structures of the ancient city were located on or near the Forum.
It’s time for lunch at the La Taverna dei Fori Imperiali – L & D: Daily, via Madonna dei Monti, 9, 39 06 6798643
Start with the bruschetta and pork or the smoked swordfish in a lemon sauce.
Next we suggest the noodles with pepper and pecorino cheese.
For your main course it is either the scaloppini or the grilled prawns, unless one of their specials catches your fancy.
For your wine selection we suggest a ’00 Beni de Batesiolo Barolo.
Now it’s time to visit the Coliseum – Piazza del Colosseo, 39 06 3996 7700
It is the largest amphitheatre in the world, and was completed in 80 AD. The Coliseum could hold between 50,000 and 80,000 spectators, and was used for gladiatorial contests and public spectacles such as mock sea battles, animal hunts, executions, re-enactments of famous battles, and dramas based on classical mythology.
It’s now time for a gelato at Ciampini - located at Piazza San Lorenzo in Lucina 29, in between the Spanish Steps and the Pantheon.
Being handmade is the main characteristic of Ciampini ice cream.
The passion for ice creams has always been the pride of our tradition for more than 50 years.
You have just enough energy to visit the Borghese Gallery and Museum – Tu-Su: 8:30-7:30, Piazzale del Museo Borghese 5, 39 06 8413979. In order to visit this museum you need to book tickets at Polo Museale Romano: tel. +39 06 32810
The original sculptures and paintings in the Borghese Gallery date back to 1613.
Artists included in this collection are Bernini, Correggio, Titian, Raphael, Canovo, Rubens, Caravaggio, and many others.
Tonight dinner is at Restaurant Nino – L & D: Daily, V. Borgognona 11, 06 6795676
Your appetizer choices include: meats and crostini, buffalo mozzarella and zucchini timbale.
First course choices are the ribollita, the homemade pappardelle, ravioli or gnocchi.
The main course options are the T-bone steak, game, or the spinach pie with chicken livers.
Order a Riserva di Costasera to go with these dishes.
Day Two: Breakfast is Caffè Sant’Eustachio – B: Daily, Piazza Sant’ Eustachio 82, 39 06 68802048
The coffee shop has 6 tables outdoors and inside they are roasting coffee over wood that goes back to 1948.
Some locals say it’s the best espresso in Rome. I have to agree.
Your first outing today is the Piazza Navona – Navona Square
This piazza displays the genius of Bernini and Borromini, and is one of the finest Baroque Masterpieces in papal Rome.
Today life in the piazza revolves around the open air cafés and the seasonal fairs. The piazza provides a continuous festival of painters, caricaturists, fortune-tellers and buskers.
The next stop is the Roman Pantheon – M-Sa: 9-6, Su: 9-1, Piazza della Rotonda, 39 06 68300230
The Italian kings Vittorio Emanuele II and Umberto I as well as the famous Renaissance painter Raphael and his fiancée are buried in the Pantheon.
It is a wonderful example of second century Roman architecture. It boasts mathematical genius and simple geometry that today still impresses architects and amazes the eyes of casual viewers.
Lunch today is at Flavio Al Velavevodetto – L: M-F, D: M-Sa, Via di Monte Testaccio 97/99, 065744194
Begin with the mozzarella de bufala or the fried mixed vegetables.
For your first course we suggest the spaghetti with garlic and chili oil followed by the beef stew and potatoes or the sautéed broccoli rabe.
A good wine choice is the ’01 Fontodi Chianti Classico. For dessert the tiramisu is a must.
After lunch you should see the Basilica San Clemente - Via di San Giovanni in Laterano, 39 06 774 0021
The Basilica San Clemente is one of the most richly adorned churches in Rome.
The carved and gilded coffered ceilings, fitted with paintings, date from 1719, as do the stucco decor, Ionic capitals and frescos.
The chapel holds a Madonna by Giovanni Battista Salvi da Sassoferrato.
Dinner is at Agata e Romeo – L: Tu-F, D: M-Sa, Via Carlo Alberto 45, 39 06 44 66 115
Start with the leek tart with quail egg and Grana Padano cheese sauce or the zucchini blossoms stuffed with ricotta and thyme in a burrata cheese sauce.
For your first course the ravioli stuffed with goat milk, tomatoes and olives is a good choice or the risotto with asparagus in a goat cheese fondue.
Your second course choices are the beef steak with braised onions or the lamb chop with herbs and roasted potatoes.
Your wine pairing here is a ’00 Vietti Barolo Rocehe. For dessert go for the lemon and raspberry tart with a lime and mint sauce.
Day Three: Breakfast today is at Coromandel – B,L,D: Tu-Su, Via di Monte Giordano, 60. 39.333.268.4683.
Here you can enjoy homemade pastries, pain au chocolat, brioches, grandma cakes and omelets served with crisp guanciale (fat bacon) strips.
Or, try the awesome pancakes and spectacular French toast.
Today visit the Vatican City State – St. Peter’s Basilica: Daily – April-Sept: 7-7, Oct-Mar: 7-6. Vatican Museums: M-F: Nov-Feb: 10-1:45, Mar-Oct: M-F: 10-4:45, Sa: 10-2:45, 39 06 6988 2350
Vatican City is home to some of the most famous art in the world. St. Peter’s Basilica, whose successive architects include Bramante, Michelangelo, Giacomo della Porta and Bernini is a renowned work of Renaissance architecture.
The Sistine Chapel is famous for its frescoes, which include works by Perugino, Domenico, Ghirlandaio and Botticelli as well as the ceiling and Last Judgement by Michelangelo. Artists who decorated the interiors of the Vatican include Raphael and Fra Angelico.
Let’s check out the MAXXI National Museum of XXI Century Arts – Tu-Su: 11-7, Sa: till 11, Via Guido Reni 4A , 39 06 3225178
The MAXXI – National Museum of the 21st Century Arts is a national museum dedicated to contemporary creativity.
It was designed as a multidisciplinary space by Zaha Hadid and committed to experimentation and innovation in the arts and architecture.
The collection includes works by Alighiero Boetti, William Kentridge, Kara Walker, Ed Ruscha, Michael Raedeckeer, Anish Kapoor, Gerhard Richter, Marlene Dumas, Kiki Smith, Ugo Rondinone and Thomas Schutte.
For your last meal in Rome (dare we say supper) we suggest La Rosetta – L & D: Daily, Via della Rosetta, 8, 39 06 686 1002
Start with oysters - your choice of origin: Ireland, Normandy or Brittany followed by the tuna tartare with vinegar, capers and basil or the squid and seafood salad with lemon.
The ’07 Batasiolo Brut Rose Champagne would go well with these choices. A fruit sorbet would be an excellent finish.
There is one last stop you should make and that’s the Trevi Fountain – Piazza di Trevi, 39 06 6710 3238
Legend holds that if you throw a coin into the fountain, you are ensured a return to Rome. An estimated 3,000 Euros are thrown into the fountain each day. The money has been used to subsidize a supermarket for Rome’s needy. So turn your back to the fountain and throw in a coin to guarantee another Sites & Bites holiday in Rome.
Until next time, best wishes and safe travels,
Dick & Dee Welge
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