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7 delights in Rome

Here are a few tips if you want to feast your eyes and palate on a trip to Rome.

Ice cream at San Crispino

Julia Roberts ate ice cream at Gelateria di San Crispino near the Pantheon in the movie dramatization of Elisabeth Gilbert’s book “Eat, Pray, Love”. Naturally, the menu consists of ice cream in flavors and seasonal ingredients, sorbets and meringues. When it comes to flavors, how does Amalfi lemon sound, or Sicilian strawberry honey, Armagnac, coffee and nuts? San Crispino now has several branches around Rome and also one in Bologna.

San Crispino

Piazza della Maddalena 3, Rome

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Via S. Maria del Pianto looking towards Via del Portico d'Ottavia in Rome. Photo: Shutterstock

The old Jewish quarter of Rome

Jews arrived in Rome as merchants as long ago as 163 BCE. Their financial and medicinal skills became highly valued, but in 1555, Jews were banished to the area around Via del Portico d’Ottavia. Jews still live there and many restaurants serve Italian kosher food. Stop at Giggetto al Portico d’Ottavia and try their fried artichokes or any of the other dishes, Jews have introduced to the people of Rome. There's also a synagogue with a museum that tells the history of Rome's Jewish population, the Museo Ebraico di Roma.

Giggetto al Portico d’Ottavia

Via di Sant'Andrea delle Fratte, 1, 00187 Rome RM, Italy

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Miraculous sculptures

Admire the stunning angel sculptures, created by the great architect Gian Lorenzo Bernini (1598-1680) in the church of San’t Andrea delle Fratte, across from his house at the corner of Via di Propaganda and Via della Mercede. The church has also been the site of religious miracles, and you can read about these inside the church.

Sant'Andrea delle Fratte

Via di Sant'Andrea delle Fratte, 1, 00187 Roma RM,

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Santa Maria church from the outside. Photo: Shutterstock

Artistic mosaic

The mosaic in Santa Maria church in Trastevere dates from 1140, but the church itself was founded around 350 CE

Basilica di Santa Maria

Piazza di Santa Maria in Trastevere, 00153 Roma RM

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Aperol spritz at Sofitel Rome Villa Borghese. Photo: Accor

Sunset drinks

Watch the sun set behind Villa Borghese while you enjoy a cocktail and a few aperitifs before dinner. Their signature drink contains elderflower liqueur and Champagne that is served with a selection of bruschetta, ham and cheese. If you want to stay the night, you’ll have sweet dreams in one of the beautifully styled rooms at this five-star hotel.

Sofitel Rome Ville Borghese

Fresh herbs are a big part of an Italian meal. Photo: Cookingclassesinrome.com

Learn to cook Italian style

Learn how to make pasta and stuffed, fried zucchini flowers just like mamma used to make. Or at least like Andrea makes them. He offers a five-hour cookery lesson where you learn to prepare a four-course menu consisting of starter, pasta, main course and dessert.

Cooking Classes in Rome

Via dei Fienaroloi 5, 00153 Roma

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Max 12 students per class. Price: €75.

Not exactly like mamma’s cuisine - but amazingly good. Photo: Bistrot64

Reasonable Michelin

Your money can disappear quickly in Rome. However, it's still possible to enjoy a gourmet meal that's not overpriced. Bistrot64 offers a brilliant fusion of Italian and Japanese cuisine. Chef Kotaro Noda delivers a food experience that’s a feast for all your senses. The restaurant has one star in the Guide Michelin. Richly deserved.

Bistrot64

Via Guglielmo Calderini, 64, 00196 Roma RM,

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Taster menus cost from €50 per person, wine pairings from €35.

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