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Where to eat cheap in Rome, Italy

Little things to consider: Italy is not cheap, and Rome could be even more expensive, so to eat cheap at Rome is not as easy as in Spain.

A cheap lunch in Rome will be around 12 and 17 euros pax and the cheapest dinner won’t be under 15-20 euros. This is the touristic Italy! Having this clear, we’ll give you some names of places where we used to go when we lived in Rome. Bars and restaurants where we would take you if we were there traveling all together!

NEAR THE COLOSSEUM:

Trattoria “Luzzi” Via di San Giovanni in Laterano, 88 tel: 06.7096332

It’s a classic trattoria romana where you can eat the most typical meals of the capital as “coda alla vacinara” (is a modern Roman oxtail stew, made from oxtail and various vegetables). We recommend you to take an unique plate of pasta and if you are really hungry you can even take and antipasto to share before.

Average prize: 12euros pax

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NEAR THE VATICANO:

“Cacio e Pepe” Via Giuseppe Avezzana, 11 tel. 06 3217268

How to arrive:

Take the underground to Lepanto station and walk from there.

Here you will find the best “Carbonara” pasta of Rome, Fulvio says that is the best of the World! You can sit at the street on these tiny tables with square pattern tablecloths full of people who works near there, is not a super truistic place. We recommend you to take the Carbonara and white wine “de la casa”. Take the coffee in a different place.

Average prize: 12euros pax

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AT TRASTEVERE:

To spend a night at Trastevere is always a good idea, but you need to prepare yourself for crowded streets and restaurants.

“Pizzería Carlomenta” Via della Lungaretta, 101 tel.06 580 3733

You will probably find a queue at the door because is good end with good prices. So patience, you will have a table in 15 minutes more or less.

 

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Osteria “Miraggio” Via della Lungara 16 tel. 06 6875319 (mapa 3.B)

Tipical Trastevere’s food, pasta, pizza and a lot of antipastos. It is a little bit farer from the most crowded streets but near enough to arrive by foot.

 

AT SAN LORENZO (our suburb)

“La Fraschetta” Via degli Equi 44 (mapa 4.A)

Here you’ll find really good sandwiches stuffed with tasty ingredients, choosing yourself what you want inside.

Average prize: 4-5 euros

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“Formula 1” Via degli Equi, 11 (mapa 4.B)

Super delicious pizzas and one of the best fried antipasto (fritti).

Average prize: 18 euros pax

 

 

APERITIVI:

The “aperitivo” in Italia is a cultural thing. It use to be between 7pm and 9pm and is like an after work with more food than drinks. In the north, as Milan, is more tipical and you can find it almost in every bar, but in Rome is not so usual. There are two places with a good aperitivo that we like cause you can have dinner paying 10 euros for each drink and eating as much as you want. So, taking a couple of drinks and eating a lot you’ll pay just 20 euros.

Important: AS the aperitivo is from 19:30 to 21:30 in theses places as soon you go as much you’ll eat, if you arrive late the aperitivo will be finished and the normal dinner (ordering food and paying it separately) will start.

“Monmart” Viale 21 Aprile

How to arrive: take the underground to Piazza Bologna station and walk from there.

Chic and cool place with wood oven. Pizzas are great and included in the aperitivo.

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“El Oasi della Birra” Piazza Testaccio, 38

Como llegar: Take the underground or bus to Piramide station.

This is at one of the suburbs with more young ambient in Rome, you’ll find also pubs and discos there. In this aperitivo you will take a lot of good things to it and a huge menu of beers!

Cervaro, and the ‘deepest’ Italy

Cervaro is a little town in the Province of Frosinone in the Italian region Lazio. It is located in the Liri valley, about 130 kilometres (81 mi) southeast of Rome and about 50 kilometres (31 mi) southeast of Frosinone.

But Cervaro is also Fulvio’s family home, in the middle of Italy, between Rome and Naples. And we love to come here when is possible to visit our Italian family and friends, eat a lot and so good and have a relaxing time surrounded by nature.

The last weekend we made a surprise visit to our Italian family at Cervaro, and it was as great as you can see on the following photos!

During our journey we made a little exploration trip around the “Ciocciaria” area, discovering beautifull places as the “Abbey of Casamari” or the fall in the center of “Isola del Liri”. We always say that “Ciocciaria” is a Tuscany without marketing, or a poorer Tuscany. As beautiful as Tuscany but cheapest and unknown.

Puglia, “the boot’s heel”

Do you know that the Italian peninsula is known as “the boot” because of its shape? Well, if you see this boot, on the heel you’ll find the region of Apulia, or Puglia. And this is the place where we’ll be traveling together today.

We have been several times in Puglia because Fulvio‘s parents have a kind of a house there, which is a pleasure! The area was a little bit more virgin when we visited it 4 or 5 years ago… sadly, today is crowded and more touristic, but still not as much as the rest of Italian coasts.

Our place in Puglia is at a little village called “Torre del Orso” and from there we’ve visited places like Lecce, Otranto, Sant Andrea, and even went to the very end of “the heel” to visit Leucca and the marvelous Gallipoli. This last is and amazing little town in a kind of a peninsula itself.

But Puglia is not only beaches and nice villages, it is also the place to eat so well that you’ll go back home fatter for sure 🙂

Some of the meals you have to try there are ‘orecchiette’ con le cime di rapa (pasta with turnip tops), ‘burrata’ cheese, raw sea food, zuppa di pesce alla Gallipolina (Gallipoli style fish soup), polpi in umido (Stewed octopus)… and much more!

If you need any help planning your travel in Italy or you just want to know a little bit more about Puglia, let us know on the comments, we’ll be happy to help!

The Truffle party, Italy

Campoli Appennino is a little cozy town between the Italian region Lazio and Abruzzo. Driving around you can find this fairy tale place In the middle of the mountains. The day we went there it was the truffle party in town (sagra del tartufo) and that’s been so lucky!

The truffle is a treasure and taste it in so many ways and so cheap was wonderful. We had a walk around the rocky streets, visiting different houses which owners made us taste bread with truffle, pasta with truffle, white truffle.. and so on.

In the main square there was a kind of tent where home cooks were preparing more delicious meals. Heaven!

Take a look to the photos but only with a full belly!

Snowboarding in Abruzzo mountains, Italy

One of the things we love more about Fulvio’s home town in the centre of Italy is that you can be at the beach in less than an hour but also skiing in one hour and a half.

So during our Christmas travels we always spend a couple of days in Rocarasso, snowboarding and having a lot of fun!!

Which are your favourite ski/snowboard places around the World?

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