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Jewish Ghetto in Rome

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One of the most charming neighbourhoods in Rome is the Jewish Ghetto, which also happens to be the second oldest in the world, after the one in Venice. Actually the word ghetto derives from the venetian “gheto” which means: a place with a foundry.

The roman ghetto was established on 1555 and lasted for around 3 centuries. The Jews were restricted to live inside its walls, locked at night, walls built with money paid by themselves. Those were hard times for the Jewish community, because all their rights were also revoked, they suffered many prohibitions, poor hygienic conditions, humiliations, among other impositions.

 Don’t miss the plaque that remembers the massive roman Jew’s extradition, that took place on October 16th, 1943; when german soldiers captured around 1,000 persons (200 children included), who were afterwards sent to Auschwitz, from which only 17 persons survived.

If you are curious to see this area, is close to the river Tiber and Campo dei Fiori. Nowadays it                                              counts with many popular restaurants and the new Synagogue of Rome.  Don’t forget to try one of their specialities like the fried artichokes. We can surely recommend these Kosher restaurants:

Ba Ghetto: Via Del Portico D’ottavia 2, Closed Friday dinner and Saturday lunch, +39

Taverna del Ghetto: Via del Portico D’Ottavia, 8, +39 06 6880 9771. Closed Friday dinner.


Gelato: 5+1 famous Ice cream places in Rome

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FataMorgana: with traditional flavours but many creations such as: basil with honey and nuts or black rice with roses. Prices are ok and they are gluten free and no artificial colours.

Where: Via Bettolo 7, in Prati area. Near Ottaviano Metro

Ciuri Ciuri: This chain started with one shop, the gelato is good quality and they are generous when they serve it, but actually the best thing there is the typical sicilian sweets: cannolo, cassata, etc.
Where: Monti: Via Leonina, 18, Trastevere: San Cosimato, 49, Navona: Largo del Teatro Valle, 1, Colosseo: Via Labicana, 126

San Crispino: This gelateria has been recommended by many international newspapers like the New York Times, and gourmet guides like Michelin. The ice cream is tasty, but a bit costly and small, sometimes a bit sweet too. No artificial components.
Where: Trevi: Via della Panetteria 42, Pantheon: Piazza della Maddalena 3. Fiumicino Airport terminal A.

Fassi: One of the oldest gelaterias in Italy, near Termini,with special creations as the “San Pietrini” an ice cream cube covered with chocolate. The place is big with many tables to sit inside, the gelato is pretty good and creamy. Other products are: granite, semifreddo, cakes, etc.
Where: Via Principe Eugenio, 65, metro Vittorio Emanuele

Giolitti: This place started as a creamery back in 1890, and became renowned because of their ice creams after first world war. The fame has even brought the franchise to Copenhagen, Seoul and New York.
Where: metro barberini: via uffici del vicario 40,

Gracchi: A small place but well-known by locals. The ice creams are creamy, with real fruits and nuts. Don’t miss the ricotta and pear flavour or the apple with cinnamon one. No artificial components.
Where:Via dei Gracchi, 272, metro Lepanto.

Forget about diet and give yourself a treat!

You can save calories if you skip toppings and go for a ice base granita.


Roman summer: all the links with the info

Colosseum, Saint Peter’s dome, Pantheon, Spanish Steps, many piazzas; Rome is full of fantastic and historical places to visit during the day, for sure your “must to see things” is completely full, but don’t forget about the roman nights. The eternal city has a vivid life,  specially during summer with concerts, open cinema, bars along the river Tiber, markets, ecc.

Here is a list with the most important festivals where you can find details about it:

“July sounds good”:category: music
Until 31st July

“Rome encounters the world” Category: music
Until 28th July

San Lorenzo festival. Category: Music  ***Free concerts
Until August 10th

Rock in Roma Category: Music  
Until August 2nd

Opera in Rome. Category: Opera
Until August 8th

Roma Vintage. Category: Music, dance, sports, theather, restaurants, cinema.***Free entry
Until August 15th


Open-air Cinema free in Rome! OVS movies

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For those who love cinema, this summer offers the excellent opportunity to enjoy some of the most unforgettable movies for free and in their open-air cinema. If you go for a walk to Villa Borghese in the afternoon, then you can easily take a break and head to the Casa del Cinema, where you can also fancy a drink in the garden. The movies are all displayed in the original language with italian subtitles. The Casa del Cinema in Rome has planed a different theme for each day of the week:

  • Monday: Shakespeare which such movies as: A midsummer night’s sex comedy of Woody Allen and Giulio Cesare with Marlon Brando.
  • Tuesday: Ciao Maschio: italian movies featuring the new generation of actors
  • Wednesday: Tribute to the italian director Michelangelo Antonioni
  • Thursday: Films with leading ladies, evening dedicated to the women: Yentle with Barbra Streitsand, Victor Victoria with Julie Andrews, Boy’s don’t cry with Hillary Swank
  • Friday: Dance movies like: Billy Elliot, Top Hat with Fred Astaire, Tango of Carlos Saura.
  • Saturday: closed.
  • Sunday: Universal Pictures and Paramount films: The legendary Hollywood Sunset Boulevard with Gloria Swanson, The war of the worlds of Orson Welles, We’re not angels with Humprey Bogart.

To see the full program:

When: From the 3rd of july until the 29th of august. The showings usually start at 21:00 or 21:30.

Where: Casa del Cinema, Largo Marcello Mastroianni, 1, entrance at Piazzale del Brasile

How to arrive: BUS 490 – 491 – 495 – C3 – 88 – 95 – 116

METRO Linea A:  Barberini (closest), Spain, Flaminio


Summer concerts in Rome: Villa Ada

Like every year the summer brings not only the nice weather, gelatto and many flowers in Rome; it’s also usually accompanied by many fun activities including concerts, exhibitions, open cinema, etc.

One of the most successful festivals is “Roma encounters the world” (Roma incontra la mondo), hosted in the island of the lake in Villa Ada for the nineteenth time.

The place has also 4 food stations with self service, italian and international dishes, pizza, kebab, snacks, desserts. If you are in the mood for a drink there is also a bar. This area opens from 20:00 hrs, while the concerts start at 22:00.

Performers come from all over Italy, Europe, Latinomerica and the United States. The variety of the music styles suits all tastes: reggae from Jamaica, british indie rock, Joan as a Police woman from USA,  flamenco guitar players, serbian balcanic folk group, Ben l’oncle soul from France, italian rock bands, brazilian singers, etc.

To see the full program click this link:

How to arrive: Metro B1 Conca d’Oro

When: until july 28th.

Infoline: 0641734712, 0641734648 , 3472481011, 3389214142

– Season ticket for 5 concerts: €20
Individual tickets cost from €11 to €28 depending on the concert and can be purchased in the box ticket before the concert in Via di Ponte Salario from 20:00.


Paulina Ceballos


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« Nasoni » is an Italian word, which means “big noses”. In Rome it indicates the typical small fountains that you can see in the centre ofRome, distributing free drinking water. The funny name is due to the typical curved shape of the faucet, which looks like a big nose. Just inside the walls of the city there are nearly three hundred “nasoni”, that refresh the tourists and the inhabitants during the roman hot Summer.

They made their first appearance a few years after Italywas born, when the Mayor of the city had the idea to place these fountains throughout the whole city. One of the oldest “nasoni” (still perfectly working) is in Piazza della Rotonda, near the Pantheon.

At the beginning, however, (even before taking the well-known nickname) these water dispensers had three spouts instead of one, and they were decorated with a dragon’s head. You can see a modern reconstruction in a downtown street, which is called via delle Tre Cannelle (“three spouts street”).


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Portaportese, the protagonist of lots of songs and movies of Roman culture, is the largest and most famous Sunday market in Rome. It extends from Via Via Ippolito Nievo and Via Portuense, reaching up to Viale Trastevere and of course the square from which it takes its name, Piazza di Porta Portese.

Opens very early in the morning, around 6:00 a.m. and closes at around 14:00.
There you can find anything, new and used clothing and shoes, sandwiches, false brands, old bicycles, motorcycle helmets, suitcases, bags, home accessories, plants, records, antiques, furniture, records, CD , umbrellas,key chains, toys, cosmetics and everything that comes to your mind.
When I arrived I was convinced not to buy anything and I went away with loads of envelopes. It is impossible to resist a pair of shoes or jeans at 10 euros. The seller of jeans has also given me  the recipe for a special sauce while I was trying his jeans on. This is Portaportese: they  call you, then they cheat you. If you get hungry they insult you, and finally, you become friend. My advice: go very early or very late, at peak  hour yourisk of having difficulty walking among beggars, vendors, tourists and crowds. Beware of your wallets: Portaportese is a heaven for pickpockets.

Salvador Dalì, the exhibition

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Also this year, after Giotto and Van Gogh last year, the Vittoriano in Rome has decided to call the attention of art lovers. The exhibition “Salvador Dali: the man, the artist” opened on March 10 and ends on June 30.

The title given to the exhibition clearly refers to the ethos of the painter, where the two sides were together, impossible to divide. His life was art, he was art. Although knowing very little about his life, it is difficult to understand how much Dali felt to be different from others.

Hours: open every day. Monday to Thursday: 9.30-18.30 Friday and Saturday 9.30-22.30. Sunday 9.30-19.30
Tickets: Adult € 12.00   Reduced  € 8.50

Week end in Rome for free

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Participating at our new contest “Your Roman Holiday” you’ll have the possibility to win a week end in Rome for two persons.

Taking part to it is very easy and it will take no more than a few minutes: just click on the following link:

and click on “participate”. You wil be able to submit your best photo and start the competition. At the end of the contest, the picture with the biggest number of votes will win the prize.

We hope you’ll enjoy it and may the best photo win!

Discover Michelangelo’s masterpieces in Rome

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You don’t need to spend a lot a money to see the masterpieces left by famous artists like Michelangelo di Buonarroti. It is true though that in order to see the Sixtine Chapel you need to pay out €15, but believe us they are totally worth it, because the painting of the Final Judgement is impressive, not to mention all the artistic heritage inside the Vatican Museum. Nevertheless throughout the city there are many things that can be enjoyed for free:

Mosè sculpture
Inside the San Pietro in Vincoli Chruch. Via Cavour. Metro Cavour. Visiting hours: 7-12/15:30-18:00 hrs.
Christ that carries the cross
Santa Maria Sopra Minerva. Piazza della Minerva, closet to the Pantheon Visiting hours: 7-19:00 hrs.
• Piazza del Campidoglio
The artist designed the piazza and the stairs, near Piazza Venezia.
• San Pietro’s dome
Metro: Ottaviano, inside the basilica you’ll find it (at your right when you entry) the famous sculpture “La Pietà” (The Mercy). You can also go up to the highest part of the basilica. Visiting hours: 8-17 hrs. Hold your breath because there are many stairs, but the view is a priceless reward.
Don’t forget to include this spots in your itinerary when you come to the eternal City, as you can see Rome is affordable to any kind of pocket, is just a matter to find the right information!
Paulina Ceballos

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