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Vegetarian Italian Dishes

posted by admin in Food, Restaurants

If you are a vegetarian and you are coming to Rome, you definitely need to know what dishes not to miss. You’ll be glad to find out that italian food is not only consisting on salame, prosciutto and mortadella. There are many meat-free dishes that are heavenly delicious and which can be found in almost every menu. Write down this list of typical roman vegetarian dishes so you can make sure to try them:

  1. Gnocchi alla romana: These are a variant of the typical potato gnocchi. They are made with semolina and cooked with a butter sauce and of course, parmesan cheese.
  2. Penne all’arrabbiata: the tomato sauce of this pasta has a special trick: hot chilli and parsley.
  3. Fried artichokes: a classic Jew recipe, that is offered not only in kosher restaurants.
  4. Risotto ai funghi porcini: These mushrooms were named “porcini” (piggy) by the ancient Romans, because they can get really big. If you are a rice lover, this creamy risotto will make your day!
  5. Pizza Ortolana: is garnished with roasted vegetables like: eggplant, zucchini, bell peppers and tomatoes.
  6. Insalata Caprese: a classic salad which includes: mozzarella, tomatoes, olive oil and basil leaves. The freshness of this choice is pleasing to the palate.
  7. Pasta Cacio e pepe: Simple but tasty pasta cooked with Cacio cheese and black pepper.
  8. Bruschetta: Typical italian appetizer, the most common version of this toast is with tomato, garlic, olive oil and basil, but you can find other variants like with olive paste.
  9. Pasta e ceci: A winter dish consisting on a soup with short pasta and chickpeas.
  10. Pumpkin flowers: Dipped in a batter and fried, they are stuffed with mozarella cheese and sometimes with anchovies.

Apart from these proposals you may find many vegetarian dishes or starters for every type of budget: restaurants, pizzerias by the slice and small bars offering  affordable fixed menus.

Buon appetito!

Paulina Ceballos

Alternative Museums in Rome

Is not your first time in Rome and you want to see new and original things?
Then you could schedule a visit to one of the following museums:

National Museum of the musical instruments
The pieces on exhibition are the best preserved in Europe. Inside you can find the famous Barberini harp.
Where: piazza Santa Croce in Gerusalemme 9/a
When: From Tuesday to Thursday, 8.30 -19.30

Museum of the Roman Walls
A route to follow where you can discover the history of the city.
Where: via di Porta San Sebastiano 18
When:From Tuesday to Sunday, 9:00- 14:00

Vintage Carriages Museum
A private collection with more than 300 carriages from different origins and periods.
Where: via Andrea Millevoli 693
When: From Tuesday to Sunday, 10:00 -13:00 and 15:00-19:00

If you want to visit something more like in an english style, try to see the:

Wax Museum
With figures like Leonardo da Vinci, Dante Alighieri, Pavarotti and Francesco Totti.
Where: piazza SS. Apostoli 68
When: Everyday, 9:00-21:00

If after you have seen the wax statue of Bonaparte, you still want to see more about him:

Napoleon Museum
A house-museum that hosts artpieces, relics and memorabilia of the Bonaparte family.
Where: piazza di Ponte Umberto I, 1
When: From Tuesday to Sunday, 9:00-19:00

If you are a fan of supernatural events, then we can recommend you:

Museum of the Souls in Purgatory
A Neo-ghotic little church where you can see “evidence” of the departed that wish to contact this world from beyond.
Where: lungotevere Prati 12
When: From Monday to Saturday, 7:00-11:00 and 18:30-19:00

In case you want a hair-raising experience:

Horror Museum of Dario Argento
You can see the props that the celebrated italian director used on his movies.
Where: via dei Gracchi 260
When: From Monday to Saturday, 10:30-13.00 and 16:00-19:30

May the fun begin!

Go green during your next visit to Rome!

posted by admin in Curiosity, General

Are you always trying to help the environment? Are you interested on the ecology?

There is an easy way to do it during your next visit to Rome. While you are visiting the main attractions, you can fill your bottle of water for free, at one of the many fountains distributed throughout the city. The water is absolutely fresh and is coming from the mountains outside of Rome. You may buy a normal  plastic bottle, which after a day may end up crashed at the bottom of your backpack.

Therefore if you want an original and durable bottle,  buy the Eco-water, it costs only €2 and it could be a special souvenir because it has printings of the Colosseum, the roman aqueduct, and the unmistakables “Nasoni” the drinking water fountains. You can get it at any Tourist Information Point or in the museum shops.

I personally recommend to drink this water, is one of the most important romans prides, they even protested last year when the government tried to charge for the water. Luckily they had positives results and nowadays this service continues to be available to everyone. Enjoy it and salute!

Paulina Ceballos

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