Skip to main content

Rome Essentials

Eats 

Near Santa Maria Maggiore

Tempio di Mecenate Ristorante/Pizzeria
Largo Leopardi, 14/18
(Via Merulana)
www.tempiodimecenate.it
This restaurant is always full of diners. There's usually a line in front of the outdoor dining room. The food is quite good and the bill for three with wine and bottled water adds up to €52. 

Panella
Via Merulana
This is a bakery and restaurant in one. They have a buffet table for a fixed price. Outdoor seating. Attracts a young crowd.

Cute animal shaped breads at Panella

Near the Pantheon

Capranica Enoteca and Taverna
Piazza Capranica 99/100
www.enotecacapranica.it/en

Bar at Capranica

This is a beautiful taverna inside the Palazzo Capranica, a renaissance era palace.  The bar, in warm tones of brown, is the backdrop of this elegant dining room. I had their salmon with risotto and zucchini.

Across from the Colosseo 

Oppio Caffè
Via delle Terme di Tito, 72
Colosseo, Roma
www.oppiocaffe.it

This café not only has the best view of the Colosseo, it also has the best "eat as much as you can" buffet for €10. This includes a glass of wine. This price can't be beat. The buffet includes several kinds of pasta, meat dishes, bread, dessert, and they keep replenishing the buffet table. 

In Piazza Navona

Tre Scalini
Piazza Navona, 30-35
www.3-Scalini.com


This is a good place to sit and people watch while enjoying a gelato. Piazza Navona can be incredibly crowded especially during the summer months and its nice to just sit back and relax at this restaurant which up has been here since 1815.

Sleeps

Hotel Giusti
Via Giusti 5
Cross street Via Merulana between Santa Maria Maggiore and St. John Lateran.
www.romagiusti.com
This hotel is managed by the Sisters of St. Anne of Providence. It's in a central location with a supermarket nearby and many restaurants in the vicinity. It's within walking distance to the Colosseo. €90 for twin bedded room (as of this writing) with continental breakfast, free wifi and air conditioning. Receptionist may help arrange private airport transportation which is a good idea especially if you are leaving on an early morning flight.  

Shops

Casa del Rosario
For religious articles and souvenirs, this is the place to go. It's right across from the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore. They have prayer cards, rosaries, postcards, and religious icons. There's also a tiny branch on the left side of the Basilica (facing Via Merulana).

Apostolato Liturgico Roma
Largo Brancaccio 57 (angola Via Merulana)
cal.roma@pddm.it
Phone: 06-48-14-794
I bought my beautiful Madonna icon from here. They sell a large selection of high quality religious artworks, statues, and vestments.

*  *  *

Images by Charie

Popular posts from this blog

Adare, Ireland's Prettiest Village

Thatched-roof cottages
Twenty minutes south of Limerick City on the River Maigue is Ireland's prettiest village, Adare. It's a small town, pleasantly quiet even in mid July, at the height of the tourist season. There was a celebrity classic golf tournament going on at the exclusive Adare Manor Golf Course during my visit. But thankfully, this did not bring in the crowds.

Augustinian Priory
It's an easy stroll from the Augustinian Priory to Bill Chawke's Lounge Bar on the opposite end of town.  Centuries old thatched roof cottages, medieval monasteries, vine covered townhouses, the Adare Town Park and the quintessential Irish pubs line Main Street. There's no need to rush. All these places invite visitors to linger and savor the moment.

At Bill Chawke's the kegs are full and ready to be served. But before saying your first "sláinte!" (to your health), consider walking the extra mile or so to the ruins of Desmond Castle, north of Adare Manor. It dates bac…

Bargain Shopping in Greenhills, Metro Manila

At Greenhills indoor flea market, you will find santos (religious statues), costume jewelry, authentic South Seas pearls, clothes, shoes, knock off branded handbags, Oriental furnishings, Christmas decorations, paintings, souvenirs and linens. There are stalls upon stalls of goods and you walk down narrow aisles teeming with shoppers who are at this moment doing their Christmas shopping.


I was particulary interested in new costume jewelry trends and there are a variety of stones and glass beads on display. The latest is a headband made of shiny glass beads, a unique party accessory. I was pleased to find wood carvings and paintings at much more reasonable prices than elsewhere in the city, except in Divisoria which I have yet to check out.


Weekends and holidays are the worst times to come though you can shop their night market during the holidays. Crowds notwithstanding, I plan to spend more time shopping for home furnishings at Greenhills after the holidays.

* * *

Photos by Charie

Carlos "Botong" Francisco, A Nation Imagined

Carlos "Botong" Francisco, FILIPINO STRUGGLES THROUGH HISTORY Oil on canvas, 1964, (located at ManilaCity Hall) A National Cultural Treasure owned by the City of Manila
Carlos Botong Francisco: A Nation Imagined is the latest art installation at the AyalaMuseum in Makati to celebrate the 100th birthday anniversary of Carlos “Botong” Francisco (1912-1969), a Philippine National Artist. Forty paintings and lithographs were culled from various private collections to form this exhibition. Of the large scale paintings on display, Maria Makiling and Fiesta, both oil on canvas, are representative of the indigenous genre which Botong loved to portray. In Maria Makiling, Botong reveals a relaxed and recumbent woman with her legs dangling in the cool waters of the stream and playing with an exotic deer by her side. Fiesta is about how the Filipino people gather to celebrate an important occasion, be that a religious feast or a wedding. The central figures are dancing the tinikling, a po…