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  • Museums in Rome

  • Public Spaces in Rome

  • Lodging in Rome

  • Coffee and Drinks

  • Eating Out in Rome

  • Gelato

 

Tom’s Notes: Public Places

Here are Tom’s ten favorite places to experience public life in Rome, from Piazzas to Parks.

“The perfect public space”
1. Campidoglio

Michelangelo was the architect responsible for giving this square its grand but intimate shape and scale. At the top of the Capitoline hill, overlooking the forum on one side and Renaissance Rome on the other, the Campidoglio is home to city hall and the world’s oldest public art collection, some of which is on display in the square itself. Approach up Michelangelo’s steps, view the Forum (especially at sunset or after dark) from the back and don’t miss entering the church of Araceoli (check out the view from its front door as well for a shortcut back down to the city)


“Baroque Splendor”

2. Piazza Navona

[Navona]
From early morning to late night, the art and architecture of this square make it one of the city’s most spectacular. Avoid eating on the square, but consider getting a drink or snack at VibiBistro in Palazzo Braschi at the southern (flat) end of the square — a table in the courtyard frames the piazza perfectly.


“Pure Geometry and Light”

3. Piazza Farnese

Although the pedestrian space is invaded by cars, Piazza Farnese is still a perfect space. Dominated(!) by the Renaissance Palazzo Farnese and punctuated by tubs from the Roman baths, the Cafe Farnese at the corner is the best place to enjoy the view. You once could hang on the steps of the French Embassy but security has intervened.


“Salotto Urbano”

4. San Lorenzo in Lucina

Piazza San Lorenzo in Lucina has in recent years become one of the most civilized and stylish public places in the city. Get a coffee or a campari soda at Ciampini or Teichner, visit the church of San Lorenzo with the dashing Guido Reni painting above the alter, go window shopping.


“Back streets and alleys”

5. West of Piazza Navona

[NAVONA] With its fig tree and cafe of the same name, Piazza del Fico is one of several off-beat, typically Roman places in the neighborhood which make for a great stroll. From here head through the Baroque stage-set of Santa Maria della Pace, stopping for a coffee on the second floor of Bramante’s cloister, then to the little Piazza San Simeone off of Via Coronari, surrounded by antique stores. End your walk at Piazza della Chiesa Nuova dominated by Renaissance and Baroque architecture, a fountain and a tree.


“Central Park”

6. Villa Borghese

Enter from the top of the Spanish Steps, past the Villa Medici (French Academy, not the Hassler Hotel) and explore this elegant but crowded central park. Once the suburban retreat of the papal family, it is famous for the Borghese Gallery (call to book ahead) but also contains Rome’s zoo, the national Modern Art Museum and other institutions.


“New European Green Squares”

7. Piazza Cavour and MAXXI

[PRATI]

Since its renovation in the early 2000s this square has become one of the few urban green spaces where you can sit on the grass and enjoy the nice weather against the backdrop of the neoclassical palazzaccio (court house). Nearby, the gardens of Castel Sant’Angelo make for a nice shady stroll. Another new public space, hip and green, is outside the MAXXI Museum by Zaha Hadid on Via Guido Reni (sadly only open when the museum is open though).


“Panoramic Views and Green Retreats”

8. Passeggiata del Gianicolo

Climb to the Janiculum for the best views of the city, especially in the afternoon (looking east the city is illuminated from your back). At noon be ready for the canon which is fired each day below the statue of Giuseppe Garibaldi. Nearby, the huge Villa Doria Pamphilj and the tiny Villa Sciarra offer other options for green escapes from the city.


“Campagna Romana”

9. Parco dell’Appia Antica

The Appian Way, the Caffarella, and the Aqueduct Park, three huge green spaces speckled with ancient ruins are well worth getting bikes for a day.


“Rome’s forgotten river”

10. The Tiber Riverfront

Descend to the banks of the Tiber Island (from the outside the hospital) or below Ponte Sisto (a space that has been dubbed Piazza Tevere and boasts Rome’s largest public art work, by William Kentridge, the first public space for site-specific contemporary art on the Tiber riverfront). Just watch out for high water in the winter and mostly trashy restaurants and bars in the summer.

Tom’s Notes: Museums

Here are Tom’s favorite museums in Rome. I am not including the Galleria Borghese or the Vatican because they are obviously at the top of any list, or the Ara Pacis which is more of a monument or the foreign academies which have great exhibits, or many churches which are really museums too.

“Grand Tour Must”
1. Capitoline Museums

[Venezia] Designed by Michelangelo, these buildings house the oldest public art collection in the world. Besides ancient sculptures and reliefs, the collection contains very fine paintings from the 15th and 16th centuries, by artists such as Titian, Rubens and Caravaggio. Don't miss the walk through the portico of the Tabularium downstairs with its fantastic view into the Forum.
Piazza del Campidoglio.

Open daily 9:30am-7:30pm.

Note: the ex-Centrale Montemartini on the Via Ostiense, 106 continues the sculpture collection (combined ticket) against the gorgeous industrial backdrop of the 20th century power plant.

“Archaeological Gems in a Renaissance Palace”

2. Palazzo Altemps

[Navona] This Renaissance palace was restored and opened as a museum in 1997, and remains one of the capital's best-kept secrets. Inside is an entrancing collection of classical sculptures. They include the so-called Ludovisi Ares, a Roman copy of a 4th-century BCE Greek original, and the Ludovisi Gaul, part of the same group as the better-known Dying Gaul in the Capitoline Museums.

Piazza di Sant'Apollinare, 46-48. Tue-Sun 9:00am-7:45pm.

“Frescoes, Mosaics, Sculpture from Ancient Rome”

3. Palazzo Massimo alle Terme

[Termini] Part of the Museo Nazionale Romano, it houses ancient Roman sculpture, painting, and mosaic, as well as objects from daily life such as toys, tools, and money. The highlights include the frescoed room from Livia's Villa, and the statue of Augustus ad priest. Largo di Villa Peretti, 1. Tue-Sun 9:00am-7:30pm.

Note: the same ticket includes Palazzo Altemps (above), the nearby Museo delle Terme (Baths of Diocletian) and Crypta Balbi.

“Architectural Palimpsest”

4. Crypta Balbi

[Ghetto] In the late 20th century the archaeological superintendency embarked on a restoration of a single urban block, preserving as well as possible all of its historic phases. This small museum is the result, a place where you can follow the rise and fall of Rome through finds, exhibits and the complex building itself. Via delle Botteghe Oscure, 31. Tue-Sun 9am-7:45pm. Monday closed.


“Quiet Renaissance Splendor”

5. Villa Farnesina

[Trastevere] Villa of Agostino Chigi, Sienese banker of the 16th century, this is a fine example of country architecture and trompe-l'oeil painting, including frescos by Raphael. Via della Lungara, 230. Mon-Sat 9am-2pm. Sunday closed.

“Villa in the Heart of Rome”

6. Palazzo Barberini

[Trevi/Quirinale] The Galleria Nazionale D'Arte Antica houses part of the national art collection of 13th - 16th century paintings. The museum contains Bernini and Borromini staircases and a Pietro da Cortona ceiling fresco. The collection includes paintings by Caravaggio, Lippi, Titian, Raphael, and Guido Reni. Via delle Quattro Fontane, 13. Tue-Sun 8am-7pm.

“Intimate Family Home”

7. Galleria Doria Pamphilj

[Pantheon]

Paintings by Rubens, Caravaggio, Guercino, C. Lorrain and Raphael are displayed in the opulent rooms of the Doria Pamphilj family home. The collection also includes one of the world's greatest portraits, the red painting of Innocent X by Diego Velasquez. Use the audio guide narrated by the current heir to the family. Via del Corso, 305. Daily 9am-7pm.

“Modern Rome”

8. Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna

[Parioli] Fantastic Italian collection of modern art. This museum contains the work of many painters and sculptors from 19th and 20th centuries. It also includes work by Rodin, Van Gogh, Monet and Canova. Viale delle Belle Arti, 131. Tue-Sun 8:30pm-7:30pm. Monday closed.

“Free Musuems”

9. Museo Barracco, etc.

A handful of small museums are now free of charge: Museo Barracco (Campo), Museo delle Mura, Via di Porta S. Sebastiano, 18. and Museo della Via Ostiense (Porta San Paolo), and Museo della Repubblica Romana, Largo di Porta San Pancrazio. Tue-Sun 1:00pm-7:00pm (June-September); Tue-Sun 10:am-4:00pm (October-May). Monday closed.

“Newest Underground Treasure”

10. San Giovanni Metro C Station

I am including this with museums although it is really a subway station used by Romans regularly.

It is absolutely spectacular! The finds on display tell the story of Rome through stratigraphy (graphically marked with a clear indication of level below modern ground), chronology (with key dates popping up as you descend) and themes (color coding of themes dear to Sustainable Rome readers: water, reuse, etc.). The lighting is good, the signage is graphically excellent. And the ticket price is only €1.50, good on all transit for 100 minutes. Read my full review here.

Tom’s Notes: Lodging

Here are Tom’s favorite places to stay in Rome, from hotels to short-term lets. 

“Bright and Casual”
1. Hotel Eden
Via Ludovisi, 49 [BORGHESE]

The Eden is one of the grand old hotels of Rome but its recent makeover makes it the most comfortable (understatement of the year).

“Location and Class”
2. Hotel de Russie
Via del Babuino, 9 [POPOLO]

Fronting onto the very central Piazza del Popolo but with a gorgeous rear garden climbing the hill to the Borghese park, the de Russie is strategically placed. It is also very professionally managed and boasts impeccable design.

“Inside the Borghese Palace”
3. JK Place
Via di Monte d'Oro, 30 [SPAGNA] http://www.jkroma.com/

The design by J.K. Michele Bönan is compelling and smart but it is the location right in the heart of Rome’s elegant centro storico which puts this high on my list.

“Rome’s Newest Luxury Hotel”
4. Palazzo Dama
Lungotevere Arnaldo da Brescia 2, Rome [POPOLO]

Brand new on the scene, another welcome luxury hotel between Piazza del Popolo and the Tiber

“High Design Amidst Archaeology”
5. The Rooms of Rome Palazzo Rhinoceros
Via del Velabro 9 [VELABRO] https://theroomsofrome.com

Unique addition to Rome’s luxury hotel scene. Designed by Jean Nouvel and activated by art under the curation of the Alda Fendi Foundation.

“A Villa by the Tiber”
6. Villa Laetitia
Lungotevere delle Armi, 22-23 [PRATI]

A bit out of the way across the river north of the Vatican, Anna Fendi’s villa is a welcome retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city center.

“Posh and Exclusive”
7. Fendi Private Suites
Via della Fontanella di Borghese, 48 [SPAGNA]

Yet another Fendi hospitality venue, this time the tiny collection of elegant suites, more private club than hotel. Great design, great location, and interesting formula.

“Design on a Charming Street”
8. Margutta 19
Via Margutta, 19 [SPAGNA] https:// www.romeluxurysuites.com/ margutta-19/

Small and stylish luxury hotel close to the Spanish Steps but picturesque quiet side street.

“Contemporary Renaissance”
9. Hotel dei Ricci
Via della Barchetta 14 [CAMPO]

In the back of the Renaissance Palazzo Ricci this new boutique hotel has only 4 suites and a bar but provides full five-star service and a great location.

“Noble Elegance”
10. Ruspoli Bonaparte Residence
Via della Fontanella di Borghese, 56 [SPAGNA]

The heritage of the Ruspoli family spans from the 15th century to the current generation who provide an opportunity for guests to stay in their historic palazzo in breathtaking luxury.

“Janiculum Garden”

11. Donna Camilla Savelli

Via Garibaldi, 27 [TRASTEVERE]

The setting is lovely, with a church by Borromini on the property.

“Newly restored but not ruined”

12. Hotel Locarno

Via della Penna, 22 [POPOLO]

I was happy to learn that the recent renewal of this historic hotel didn’t sacrifice its old world charm. Great bar.

“Pantheon”

13. Albergo del Senato

Piazza della Rotonda, 73 [PANTHEON]

Amazing location an arms’ reach from the Pantheon, with a view to die for from the roof terrace.

“A Find”

14. Hotel dei Mellini

Via Muzio Clementi, 81 [PRATI]

This is one of those hotels you find and keep; not too ostentatious but very well managed and conveniently located luxury hotel close to the center but away from the tourists.

“A Mystery”

15. Residenza Farnese

Via del Mascherone, 59 [CAMPO]

This four-star hotel is a mystery to me; I’ve peaked into the lobby a few times and it seems nice, and the location can’t be beat, but I’ve never known anyone to stay there.

“Comfort and Style”

16. Hotel Monte Cenci

Via Monte dè Cenci, 8 [GHETTO]

Cute little stylish boutique hotel on a cute little square in the ghetto.

“Stay in a Convent”

17. Domus Tiberina

Via in Piscinula, 37 [TRASTEVERE]

While it’s not really a convent, this old hotel caters to pilgrimage groups and feels like it was once one.

“Green and Well-managed”

18. Kolbe Hotel

Via di San Teodoro, 48 [ VELABRO]

In a former convent (really) this oddly named hotel looks out onto the archaeological site of the Palatine Hill and is a short walk from Rome’s most vibrant farmers’ market, not to mention the Tiber River.

“Bright and Casual”

1. Colosseum Art Beauty Studio

https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/993284?s=51 [CELIO]

Sunny, well decorated little flat minutes away from the Colosseum.

“Cozy Ethnic Design”

2. Designer Flat in Trastevere

https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/432123?s=51 [TRASTEVERE]

Homey and worldly flat with eccentric pieces and a fully-stocked kitchen. The green terrace is perfect for warm evenings and home-cooked meals.

“Live Like a Local”

3. Bright and Cozy Top-floor

https://www.airbnb.it/rooms/21409846?s=51 [MONTEVERDE]

This is my family’s previous apartment, in an authentic Roman neighborhood away from the hustle but still central.

“Clean and Modern”

4. Designer Flat close to Pantheon

https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/15728405?s=51 [PANTHEON]

Simple elegance with rooftop access, in the historical heart of Rome.

“16th Century Suite”

5. Campo de’Fiori Deluxe Apartment

https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/12910395?s=51 [CAMPO]

Sleep under 16th-Century ceiling frescoes in this single room apartment, full of old world wonder. A quick walk to a famous market place and many sights.

“Best Rooftop View”

6. The Priest Hideaway

https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/15295239?s=51 [TRASTEVERE]

Colorful flat with stunning rooftop views of Rome’s central monuments.

“Vintage in Monti”

7. Svevo Hipster’s House

https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/17821467?s=51

[MONTI]

A bright apartment with hip furnishings to match the neighborhood. Includes portable wifi hotspot.

“Spacious Family Loft”

8. Hospitality at Campo de’Fiori

https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/12805439?s=51

[CAMPO]

Airy apartment with gorgeous 17-century frescoed ceilings. Great for families.

“Homestead Timecapsule”

11. Historic Nobleman’s Loft

https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/84226?s=51 [TRASTEVERE]

A very spacious home dating back to the 1600s, with beautiful terra cotta floors and exposed brick and wooden beams. Perfect for a big family group

“Renaissance Chic”

12. Costaguti Experience

https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/22912934?s=51 [GHETTO]

Rome’s newest luxury accommodation, in the 16th century Palazzo Costaguti. The lavish apartment has been expertly renovated and furnished to compliment the ceiling frescoes by Renaissance masters.

OTHERS TO INVESTIGATE

Aleph [BARBERINI]
Hotel Majestic [PINCIO]
Hotel Nazionale [PANTHEON]Hotel Capo d’Africa [CELIO]ABITArt Hotel [OSTIENSE]

Hotel Sant’Anselmo [AVENTINO]Hotel Re Testa [TESTACCIO]
Monti Palace Hotel [MONTI]
Hotel San Francesco [TRASTEVERE]

Tom’s Notes: Coffee & Drinks

Here are Tom’s ten favorite places to savor coffee and other drinks, at time of printing, in more or less ascending order of price. 

“Old World Elegance”
1. Roscioli Café

Pzza. Benedetto Cairoli, 16 [CAMPO]

Tiny bar where most people stand for their excellent coffee drinks and pastries, what we would expect from Rome’s culinary kings.

“Simply the Best”
2. Tazza d’Oro

Via dei Pastini 11 [PANTHEON]
Open since just after WWII, this has the best coffee in Rome and as authentic a scene as you can expect in this location. Sure tourists come here, but the bar doesn’t stoop to compromises. Pay at cashier, take your slip to the bar, try to get the barista’s attention.

Note: in the summer order a “granita di cafe’ con panna”.


“Wine and Mescal”
3. Litro

Via Fratelli Bonnet, 5 [MONTEVERDE]
Between hipster and locavore but with amazing concoctions based on Mescal of all things. People come from all over Rome to drink and eat here.

“Gritty Local”
4. Bar San Callisto

Piazza San Callisto [TRASTEVERE]
I wouldn’t recommend this if it weren’t in my veins like Rome. It’s crowded, kind of run down, has cheap beer and normal coffee and not much else (well the vanilla ice cream is good). But it is oh so memorably Roman (from Fellini to Sorrentino).

“Famous but, so what?”
5. Sant’Eustachio

Piazza Sant’Eustachio [PANTHEON]
Around the corner from the Italian Senate, this caffè has attitude and a secret technique (they put sugar in the coffee before running the steam through it—whoops, there goes the secret). Otherwise it’s worth a visit once but not once in a while.

“Where something is always happening”
6. Barnum Café

Via del Pellegrino 87 [NAVONA]
Barnum café is a multishape and transformable space, a creative venture (part cocktail bar, part coffee shop) that continues to develop and where something is always happening.

“Renaissance Chic”
7. Chiostro di Bramante

Piazza Santa Maria della Pace (inside the musuem) [NAVONA]
On the second floor of the perfect Renaissance courtyard, order a coffee and sit at the parapet looking at Bramante’s work, or go inside where there are retro stuffed armchairs in a peaceful salone.

“The Real Deal”
8. Sciascia

Via Fabio Massimo 80/A [PRATI]
As I often do, I’m taking Katie Parla’s advice and including this, although I’ve only been there rarely. It’s a grand old caffè in the Italian tradition; good coffee and great service. Treat yourself.

“Tradition upgraded”
9. Monteforte Pane e Vino

Via del Pellegrino, 129 [CAMPO]

Newly remodeled and reopened, a traditional bakery is now a hip coffee, wine and baked goods shop with comfortable seating and a helpful team behind the counter.

 

Tom’s Notes: eating out

Here are Tom’s ten favorite places to eat at time of printing, in more or less ascending order of price. 

“Specialties near Navona”
1. Osteria de Memmo
Via dei Soldati 22 [NAVONA] Tel: +39 06 68135277. Lunch and dinner. CLOSED SUNDAYS.

This place was recommended to me by a roman friend. Not far from Piazza Navona, but with very few tourists, Memmo is a great place for a serious gourmet lunch or dinner. The owner is from the Marche region and brings specialities from there, such as seafood and porcini mushrooms, to the heart of Rome.

“Local Wine and Food”
2. L’Arcangelo
Via Giuseppe Gioacchino Belli, 59 [VATICAN/PRATI]

Charming, elegant with creative dishes, meat, fish and vegetarian. Try to pigeon, served with a burning sprig of rosemary and a rich nutty mustard sauce. The same owner, Arcangelo Dandini, has opened a street food establishment called Supplizio, famous for the carbonara and matriciana rice balls, at Via dei Banchi Vecchi, 143 [PIAZZA NAVONA]

“A tiny Roman institution”
3. Armando
Salita dei Crescenzi, 31[PANTHEON]

As you exit Pantheon its just to your left. A neighborhood institution since 1961, now run by Armando Gargioli’s sons Claudio and Fabrizio. Classic Roman dishes like carbonara (pasta with egg, bacon, pepper) but also try pasta alla Claudia with garlic, oil, saffron and mushrooms.

“Traditional Trattoria”
4. Al Pompiere
Via di S. Maria de' Calderari, 38 [GHETTO] Tel: +39 06 6868377. CLOSED ON SUNDAY

Second floor above a quiet square, these great halls are the stage for good traditional Roman eating. Artichokes (Roman or Jewish-style) are their specialties when in season, but they also have good fish and meat dishes.

“Friendly Trattoria”
5. Renato e Luisa
Via dei Barbieri, 25 [CAMPO] dinners only, closed monday

Good local trattoria on a back street near Largo Argentina, friendly, high- quality and well-considered dishes. Start with fiori di zucca(fried, stuffed zucchini flowers), try the pappardelle and don’t skip desert, very good tiramisu.

“Working Lunch with Locals”
6. Enoteca Corsi
Via del Gesù, 87-88 [PANTHEON]

Where locals and tourists alike go for a cheap, authentic, chaotic Roman lunch (yes, only lunch). Choose a first or second or both from the daily menu on the wall.

“Blackboard Bistro”
7. Da Augusto
Piazza Dè Renzi, 15 [TRASTEVERE]
Traditional, no-nonsense osteria with good, cheap Roman specialities. Expect to share a table with locals in the two crowded rooms or on the pretty little piazza.

“Classic Roman”
8. Settimio al Pellegrino
Via del Pellegrino 117, +39 06 68801978 [CAMPO DE’ FIORI]

Settimio al Pellegrino is a very traditional Roman restaurant, the kind you used to find everywhere but now have to go out of your way for and book in advance. The two small rooms have space for a handful of tables and they are known to fill up early, or just turn you way if they don’t like you. Choose from: fettucine with meat sauce, gnocchi with tomato sauce (Thursdays only), trippa alla romana, polpette alla piastra (grilled meatballs), and involtini (meat rolls).

“Roman Pizza, casual & crazy”
9. Pizzeria Da Remo

Piazza Santa Maria della Liberatrice 44. [TESTACCIO]

Arrive at this classic Roman pizzeria before 8pm or be prepared to queue for its scrocchiarella (crispy thin crust) Roman-style pizza. Take a pass on the fritti, which are nothing much to write home about, and start with a plate of beans instead, the old-school approach to Roman pizza.

“Food Court, Italian-style”
10. Mercato Centrale
Via Giolitti 36 [TERMINI] Tel: +39 06 92939569. ALWAYS OPEN

The new Central Market of Rome opened it's doors the 5th October 2016. High ceilings and many floors are giving the opportunity to the visitors to try all the best the Made in Italy can offer, taking it away or eating it there, it is certainly worth the visit. This huge space, used as after- work area by the personal of the Stazione Termini of the past, has been renewed always looking to the past and focusing all the Market to the big "Cappa Mazzoniana", realized in the Thirties by the architect Angiolo Mazzoni in Portuguese marble.

Note on tipping: Service is always included. If a server tells you it isn’t, s/he is just hoping for some extra money from confused tourists. Tip when you feel generous, don’t tip when you don’t.

 

Tom’s Notes: Gelato and Sweets

Here are Tom’s ten favorite places for gelato and related sweet treats, in no particular order. Many of the gelato places switch to chocolate in the winter.

“Natural and local”

1. Gelateria del Teatro

Via di San Simone, 70 [NAVONA] Quaint location, fresh ingredients, and Stefano, the passionate owner, put this at the top of the list. There’s another location on Lungotevere just north of Via Arenula.

“Personal passion for quality”

2. Fata Morgagna

Piazza degli Zingari, 5, [MONTI] Via Laurina, 10 [POPOLO], Via Laurina, 10 [CAMPO] or Via Roma Libera, 11 off Piazza San Cosimato [TRASTEVERE].

All around the city now, Maria Agnese Spagnuolo’s personal production method based on the use of only natural ingredients. Creative, unusual flavors often mix sweet and savory.

“Fair trade friendly”
3. Fior di Luna

via della Lungaretta, 96. [TRASTEVERE]

In the heart of one of the most appealing neighborhoods, this has a fair trade philosophy and good fresh ingredients, changing seasonally.

“Slick and creative”

4. Otaleg

Via di S. Cosimato, 14a [TRAVESTERE]

Read the name backwards. Rome’s best gelateria, run by Marco Radicioni, is now open at a convenient central location.


“Among the best”

5. Il Gelato di Claudio Torce

Viale Aventino, 59[AVENTINO]

Excellent natural gelato by a master of the art.

“Creamy Gelato sensation”

6. I Caruso

Via Collina, 13 [PINCIO]

It’s worth a trip over. They only have about a dozen flavors, most very traditional, but among the creamiest and richest around.

“In the shadow of the MAXXI”

7. Neve di Latte

Via Luigi Poletti, 6 [FLAMINIO]

Ermanno di Pomponio’s natural gelato shop near Zaha Hadid’s space-age museum of 21st century art. Closed Tue.

“Original gourmet gelato”

8. Fassi Gelateria

Via Principe Eugenio, 65 [Esquilino]

Despite odd location in Chinatown this is the oldest Gelateria in Rome, from 1880, somehow still tastes amazing.

“Neighborhood Favorite”

9. Gelateria dei Gracchi

Via dei Gracchi, 272 [PRATI] and at more central Via di Ripetta, 261 [POPOLO] and Via di S. Pantaleo, 61 [NAVONA] Always bustling with locals spilling out the door, this gelateria has been voted top in Rome on countless review sites and for good reason. The flavors are unique and made fresh. Some of the best nocciola you can find in Rome.