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A locals guide to Myrtle Beach dining

Myrtle beach has a wide choice of restaurants, which bring a world to cuisine direct to the shore. Of these the following are amongst the most unique.

RIOZ Brazilian Steakhouse 2920 Hollywood Drive

For a steakhouse with a difference you just have to try RIOZ. Low lighting greets you together with an extraordinary level of customer service from the moment you walk through the door. The salad bar and range of exquisite drinks sets the meal off in style and you can guarantee the steak or other meat will arrive cooked exactly as you like it. Great prices too.

Villa Romana – 707 South Kings Hwy

Walk through the door of this small and cosy restaurant and you will think you have been transported to Rome. With large portions of well-cooked Italian food, including soups salads and pasta in a wonderful romantic setting with a family atmosphere, this is the place to be for lovers, friends and family alike.

Bodo’s German Restaurant & Pub – 407 8th Ave. North

Bodo’s presents a real taste of German culture in the heart of America. The food is delightfully authentic and as good as you will find anywhere outside its country of origin. Add to this the quiet but discrete friendliness of the service and the unusual decor and you have an evening that all can enjoy.

Fuddrucker’s 2101 North Kings Highway

When you are close to the beach, you want a special place for all the family. Fuddruckers is the burger and fries place to go if you and your kids want to dine out together in a relaxed atmosphere and with reasonable prices. The range of sauces is mouth-watering and the atmosphere is always jolly and relaxed.

Myrtle Beach is awash with dining places and these four rank among the best.

Italian Traditional Food

Italian traditional food is known for its wonderful recipes and wines, but often an important side of it is hidden or even unseen.

This side is what eating means for Italians. It’s not just eating, it means much more.

If you happen in a major Italian city you may find some shops with continued opening time. But the most close from 1 to 4.30pm. Italians do stop for lunch.

Life has changed in Italy too, not allowing everyone to go home for lunch and maybe take even a rest. But most public offices close at 2.00pm and the ones that work from 9 to 5 have lunch time, where people go to restaurants and have a real meal.

I went to meet a friend who works in a bank office in Rome and we had lunch together. She suggested a small familiar restaurant (trattoria) where I ate wonderful potato gnocchi and unforgettable artichokes with potatoes. A real lunch, that is maybe served in luxury Italian restaurants abroad, eaten during a lunch break from job.

This idea lead to another interesting fact about restaurants in Italy and Italian restaurants abroad.

Usually, the Italian restaurants abroad are good and sometimes luxury restaurants. Very well decorated and often a very pleasant environment, many times tied to society fashions.

In Italy, the luxury and the “environment” are secondary. Often an Italian friend takes you to a very good restaurant, and it looks too poorly decorated. Don’t worry, he cares about you, because…you eat wonderful food, and that’s the important thing for your friend.

He does not think about taking you to a fashionable place where food is not good. He would fail towards you, and for an Italian, it hurts.

There are so many restaurants in Italy that are square spoiled rooms that are really not inviting…but their food is wonderful. They just don’t consider the decoration, but what you’re going to eat.

In Italy go out to have dinner is also a social program, as all around the world. But what you eat has a stronger role in the whole evening.

Among other cultures, the food may be medium, and people talk about other things and have a good evening.

In Italy, may be the most enjoyable people, but if the food is not good, they will feel like the evening was a little bit wasted for that. They will talk about it, comment it, showing that the food isn’t merely part of the evening, but quite the main attraction.

Another side of tradition concerning Italian food regards eating at certain times, following a established order in eating (never eat a meat dish before the pasta one, for example), and some other small but present rules.

Concerning time, Italians have lunch from 1.00pm to 2.00pm. Most restaurants close at 2.30 pm. It’s frustrating for a tourist visiting Rome, for example, to find the restaurant closed at 3pm.

Now some restaurants are offering different scheduled times, but these are the tourist restaurants, not the good ones. These keep pasta cooked and re-warm it. It’s better not to trust them if you desire a good Italian homemade dish.

A traditional Italian meal begins with the antipasto (which means before the meal). Usually it’s “from land”(di terra) or “from sea” (di mare). Those from land are usually Italian cold cuts, olives, cheese and so on. Those from sea are seafood salad and similar.

After the antipasto comes the first dish, that can be pasta, soup or rice (risotto). After then there’s the second, when you can choose between meat and fish. It’s necessary to add a side, because in Italy they are not included. If you ask for a steak, it will come by itself, with no French fries or salad.

After that, you can eat fruit and a dessert. Then a good coffee and a liquor called “ammazza caffè” (kill the coffee). It can vary between many choices, being the more used nowadays the lemon liquor (limoncello) and grappa.

At this point, your Italian friend looks satisfied. He will probably rest his shoulders on the back of the chair and take a long breath. After a perfect meal, these few minutes just enjoying it all are surely needed.

Different styles of Italian food and restaurants

I love Italian food! Give me a plate of pasta of almost any kind, and I’m a happy girl. I never really thought about what region of the country the foods I love come from. There are so many variations that it is quite overwhelming. Some of the most popular regions are; Veneto/Venice, Tuscany, Rome, Naples, and Siciliana.

None of this makes much difference in America, because we are mainly exposed to the same dozen or so dishes such as; Fettuccine Alfredo, Lasagna, Chicken Parmigiana, and Pizza. But, when traveling to Italy, knowing what types of foods are the specialty of the regions you visit can be a big help in deciding what to try where.

Here are a few dishes from each region:



*Risotto congli Asparagi-Risotto with Asparagus

*Cape Sante alla Veneziana-Sauted Scallops


*Pasta E Fagioli-Bean Soup

*Rosemary Foccacia

*Ravioli con Ricotta e Spinaci-Ravioli Stuffed with Spinach and Ricotta Cheese


*SALTIMBOCCA-Veal Scaloppini with Prosciutto And Sage

*SPAGHETTI ALLA AMATRICIANA-Spaghetti with Bacon and Tomato

*CARCIOFI ALLA ROMANA-Artichokes Roman Style


*Pizza Marghareta

*Spaghetti alla Puttanesca-Sphaghetti with Olives and Capers

*Biscotti Rococo-Spicy Almond Cookies


*Sicilian Eggplant Caponata

*Fusilli coi Broccoli Arriminati-Pasta with Cauliflower Sauce

*Cannoli Siciliani

It is evident that when dining in any of these regions, we will not find the same Americanized Italian dishes that we find in the states. I did not see a lasagna or a chicken Parmesan anywhere in site. That Ravioli stuffed with spinach and ricotta is calling my name, though!

Information obtained from http://www.annamariavolpi.com/

Feeding the poor today and everyone on the planet tomorrow: What are the issues, and what can be done to avert a global food crisis?

The global food crisis in our times is more often not a lack of food; it is a need to remove the obstacles to having that food available. Poverty comes in many forms and from many sources. For some it is the sudden loss of a job or home in a nation of affluence. Addictions or medical expenses rob a family of money needed for food. The need to emigrate because of war, floods, droughts, earthquakes, volcanoes, lack of employment, or political conflicts and occupations often places people in temporary communities where assistance is needed for the daily provision.

The most obvious obstacle we are now experiencing is a rapid increase in transportation costs to deliver food and supplies and an increase in the cost of the supplies because of fuel costs and food production being diverted to create biofuels for transportation vehicles. This all makes a donation less effective in serving the need. In war and natural disasters, destroyed roads, bridges, shelters, medical facilities, and such present another obstacle to reaching those in need.

Discussions on ways to end hunger were the focus in Rome in 1996 where 180 nations met for the World Food Summit (WFS). By 2015 they hope to cut in half the number of undernourished people. . The goals were reaffirmed five (5) years later as set out in the “Rome Declaration on World Food Security” and the “World Food Summit Plan of Action.” Sustainable development, promoting fair trade system, prevention of natural disasters and other emergencies that threaten food security are their lofty and perhaps nave goals. An excellent resource with many links is at ResearchSEA at http://www.researchsea.com/htm l/article.php/aid/3145/cid/1

In May 2008 alone we saw the rice crop of Myanmar (Burma) destroyed by a typhoon and an earthquake in China devastated a large area. Between the two disasters, well over two million will need prolonged food assistance, over 100,000 have died, and multitudes are out of homes to live in. In spite of lofty goals and technology, man cannot conquer the global food crisis or other world problems with technology.

There are ways to provide more food for the poor today and to have abundance for the whole planet in the future. Ninety percent (90%) of United States grain goes to feed livestock and one-third (1/3) of Africa’s peanut crop feeds cattle in Western Europe. We can change our ways. This is an important consideration for several reasons:

1.) According to Dr. D.C. Jarvis,

Rome – Away From the Masses

Rome is one of the most beautiful and interesting cities in the world. Its magnificent monuments and architecture, its beautiful neighbourhoods and its ‘dolce vita’ lifestyle draw millions of tourists to the Eternal City every year. Some of the city’s major attractions and squares, such as the Vatican, the Colosseum or the Spanish Steps, can be extremely crowded. Do not get me wrong: these highlights are definitely worth a wait. But after spending some moments at the city’s highlights, you might want to move away from the masses and the traffic.

You might want to have a good Italian lunch on a quiet piazza. To enjoy the Mediterranean sun in one of Rome’s beautiful parks. Or to wonder at some of the city’s most astonishing panorama’s. But where to go? This article reveals some beautiful places to spend a quiet moment in the bustling city. So that you can combine your visit to the world-famous highlights with an off-the-beaten-track experience.

The Aventine Hill

Close to the center, serene and a beautiful place to visit on a sunny afternoon is the Aventine Hill, one of the seven hills on which Rome has been built. Just south of the Circus Maximus you can walk up the hill by taking the V. Valle Murcia, which shortly after becomes Via di Santa Sabina. After fifteen minutes you will find on your right hand side the entrance to a little park. Originally called the Parco Savello, this park is commonly known as the Giardini degli Aranci, or ‘Orange Gardens’. The tree-lined paths lead you to a beautiful view over the center of Rome and the Tiber river. In the summer, the park hosts theatre and musical performances. When walking further up the hill you will come across the Santa Sabina church, a fifth-century church which has essentially been unchanged from its original layout and interior. Following the Via Santa Sabina will make you end up at the Piazza dei Cavalieri di Malta. On the right hand side of this square is the Priory of the Knights of Malta, a military order. Though the Priory is not open to the public, the ornate keyhole of the gate will offer an impressive and surprising view on the Vatican and the cupola of Saint Peter’s Basilica, which will leave only few uncharmed.

Trastevere In the evening, the neighbourhood of Trastevere – just across the Tiber river – is one of the most popular places to go for both tourists and Romans. But the area is also a great place to visit at daytime, before the crowds arrive. Stroll through the narrow streets, packed with little bars, restaurants and shops, until you arrive at the neighbourhood’s main square, Piazza di Santa Maria in Trastevere, named after one of Rome’s most splendid churches, located in the square’s northwest corner. Then go for lunch at one of the typical Roman restaurants, such as Casetta de’ Trastevere on the small Piazza de’ Renzi, for great Roman dishes. For a good walk after lunch, follow the Vicolo del Cedro which will lead you to the foot of the Gianicolo Hill. Follow the Via Garibaldi further up until you reach the large statue of this 19th century father of Italian unification on the Piazzale Garibaldi. Here you will be able to enjoy a magnificent panorama over the roofs of Rome.

Rome is more than the Colosseum. And as the saying goes, ‘when in Rome, do as the Romans do’. So when in Rome, do not forget to move away from the crowds and discover the beauty of Rome in its narrow streets, little piazza’s and small, local restaurants. Add a touch of Roman life to your Roman holidays!

Rome’s Best Restaurants

Rome caters to a variety of tastes and preferences, each of them distinctly Roman! From the casual Roman tavern (also known as a trattoria or osteria) to the trendy upscale restaurants, each offers a different perspective of Roman wine and cuisine.

MET, which is found near Ponte Milvio, is one of Rome’s trendiest hotspots. The minimalist table decor alternates between white, black, and chocolate brown. The menu is suitably varied to cater to different tastes.

Maccheroni, the most popular Italian dish in the world, is the name of one of the best trattorias in Italy. Located in an ancient neighbourhood in the Piazza delle Coppelle, it maintains a warm, rustic atmosphere. The menu is an offering of traditional (and homemade) Roman cuisine. It also includes regional specialties.

Roscioli is considered by locals to be the city’s best enoteca (or wine bar). Here you’ll be served fresh bread and specialty wines each day according to Roman tradition.

You can’t come to Rome and not try the pizza. For authentic Roman pizza and local wine, visit the Montecarlo. It is located close to the Piazza Navona, and its noisy, fun atmosphere is loved by both locals and tourists.

Quinzi & Gabrieli is arguably the best seafood restaurant in Rome. Having been established in a 16th century building, the restaurant features three rooms with vaulted ceilings, an open front kitchen, and a terrace that overlooks a typical Roman square. The food is cooked in full view of the patrons, and the seafood comes directly from the fish tanks into the pots. A few choice ingredients are used to bring out the flavour of the fish.

La Pergola in the Rome Cavalieri Hilton Roof Garden is one of Rome’s best gourmet restaurants. It has been awarded a three Michelin stars and was founded by executive chef Heinz Beck. The cocktail bar with its views of the Eternal City and St. Peter’s dome is widely acclaimed. The restaurant has a frescoed ceiling and cherry wood interiors to add to the gourmet experience. In the summertime, you could also enjoy alfresco dining on the adjacent terrace.

For something off the beaten track (as far as Italy goes), try something completely different. SOMO, a Japanese/fusion restaurant, is one of the best non-Italian restaurants in Rome. The special lighting and intricate Japanese interior design give this restaurant in historic Trastevere a special touch. The restaurant is open everyday except Monday for evening meals between 7.30 pm and 12.30 am.

Food & Wine Of Rome

Rome, the capital city of Italy and of the Lazio region, is situated in the central-western portion of the Italian peninsula, where the river Aniene joins the Tiber. It’s one of the unique and largest cities in the European Union. Rome is most crowded commune worldwide, with about 2.8 million residents. Rome is an exhilarating, thrilling and stunning city that always reminds people of its past.

Rome is home of one of the world’s greatest antique civilizations, laden with history, creative and architectural treasures, pizzas, piazzas and the Pope, Rome’s 3,000 years old Centro Storico is a must-see even for artphobes. According to legend, the city of Rome was founded by the twins Romulus and Remus on April 21, 753 BC.

Rome enjoys a temperate Mediterranean climate. The main tourist season starts at Easter and runs until October. It is good to visit Rome in autumn, spring and in the winter months. In the moths of July and August, the temperature during sunny days exceeds 35° C and weather becomes hot and humid. Rome is an excellent place to spend your vacations.

Amazing temples, residences, basilicas, churches, palazzi, parks, museums and fountains attracts lots of visitors every year. Colosseum, St. Peter’s Basilica, Trevi Fountain, Forum Romanum, Piazza di Spagna, Arch of Constantine, Arch of Titus, Arch of Septimius, Severus Aurelian Column, Baths of Caracalla, Campidoglio Circus, Maximus Pantheon, Pyramid of Caius Cestius, Villa Borghese are most popular attractions of Rome.

During your vacations in Rome, you will really enjoy pleasure of a fabulous, delicious, tasty food and wine. Diet of Romans during early days was meat, wild fruits and nuts. Conventional Roman cuisine is made up of simple with strong flavors but low-calorie, scanty ingredients, that follow the seasons and which are therefore tremendously fresh.

Romans ate beef rarely. It was a mark of luxury and was eaten only on special occasions. Early staples were grapes, olives, grain and fruits. Apples, pears, plums, apricots, peaches, pomegranates, cherries quinces, were fruits preferred by Romans. There were no lemons and oranges at that time. Nuts that Romans ate were almonds, filberts, hazelnuts, pistachios, walnuts. Romans never ate corn, potatoes and tomatoes. The land around Rome is evidently infertile, sun burnt and with little vegetation.

Typical dishes of Rome are really exciting and no other city has so many restaurants, inns and hostelries like this. Roman cooking offers a wide variety of dishes, using fresh products, and it is very varied from one region to another. Roman seafood restaurants are some of the best around even though they may be expensive. There’s also authentic thin and crispy pizza romana from wood fired ovens.

Pasta is still the staple of the Roman meal, especially spaghetti. There is the classic Roman dish of spaghetti alla carbonara, made with pancetta or guanciale egg yolks and cheese. ‘Pinzimonio’ is a very simple but delicious and yummy dish. It consists of celery or fennel dipped into a dressing of oil, salt and pepper. This dish goes well with other important dishes, like spaghetti, lamb chops, amatriciana, authentic pecorino cheese, fantasious salads and good Roman wine.

Dishes made from sheep meat, like ‘Abbacchio’, lamb meat and goat meats are much loved by Romans. Another dish is fried artichokes “alla giudia” that consist a fried fish prepared with typical way of cooking artichokes from Jewish-Roman traditional cooking. The “carciofi alla romana”, the most distinctive vegetable dish comprises artichokes packed with grated bread, anchovies, parsley, salt and pepper.

Plump, locally grown artichokes are fried in olive oil or served alla romana, with oil, garlic and Roman mint. Salt cod fillets are also popular when deep fried. Also taste coda alla vaccinara, saltimbocca alla romana, costolette d’abbacchio dishes. Try a couple of maritozzi, or freshen up with a lovely “grattachecca”, the typical Roman crushed-ice drink.

For a wine lover, Rome is a great city to taste and enjoy different flavors of wine. Regional wines in Rome are cheaper and of good quality. The ‘Colli Albani’, one of the most popular Roman Castles’ wines is a dry and sweet wine. This wine is made from various different kinds of grapes like White Malvasia, Latium’s Malvasia and Tuscanian Trebbiano. ‘Colli Albani’ a golden yellow wine of Frascati is served with both fish and meat. Colli Lanuvini, Castelli Romani, Velletri and Montecompatri Colonna are well-liked flavors in Rome.

The ‘Cesanese Del Piglio’, ‘Cesanese di Affile’ and ‘Cesanese di Olevano Romano’ are three popular red wines of Rome that are prepared from Cesanese Affile and Cesanese Comune grapes. ‘Est!Est!Est!’ a light yellow wine having light taste, a bit scented and fits with all specialties of roman cuisine. It is made of Tuscanian Trebbiano and Tuscanian White Malvasia grapes and is produced in Montefiascone, near the Bolsena Lake and its surrounds.

‘Marino’ yet another wine preferred by Romans, is prepared from Candia’s Malvasia, Malvasia Puntinata and Tuscanian Trebbiano plus other local grapes. This yellow colored and fruit-perfumed dry wine’s taste is like Golden-type apples and apricots. The ‘Aprilia Merlot’ is bright red color, dry wine and ‘Aprilia Sangiovese’ is rosy color, dry and strong wine. Both of these are meal wines. The ‘Frascati’ is a light yellow, fruity perfume wine made of Candia’s Malvasia, Malvasia Puntinata and other local grapes. It should be drunk young and is perfect for an each and every meal.

I Love Italian Wine and Food – The Abruzzi RegionI Love Italian Wine and Food – The Abruzzi Region

If you are looking for fine Italian wine and food, consider the Abruzzi region of central Italy. You may find a bargain, and I hope that you’ll have fun on this fact-filled wine education tour.

Abruzzi is located on the central eastern part of Italy on the coast of the Adriatic Sea. The area is 2/3 mountains and 1/3 hills. Over time Abruzzi has belonged to the Romans, the Lombards, and the kingdom of Naples. While this area was once very poor, its income is now growing. Abruzzi and Molise were a single region from 1948 to 1965. Its population is 1.275 million.

Agricultural products include grapes, olives, wheat, sugar beets, tobacco, saffron, pigs, and sheep. The Adriatic Sea and inland lakes and streams provide a wide variety of fish and shellfish. If I remember correctly, the first time that I heard of this region was decades ago, when I learned that according to Craig Claiborne, at the time Food Editor of the New York Times, Italy’s best food was found in Abruzzi.

Abruzzi has no large cities. Its administrative center l’Aquila has a population of about 70 thousand. But big cities are hardly a requirement for good wine. Few would ever claim that Italy’s best wines come from Rome, or the surrounding area.

Abruzzi devotes about eighty two thousand acres to grapevines, it ranks 10th among the 20 Italian regions. Its total annual wine production is about 110 million gallons, giving it a 5th place. About 90% of the wine production is red or rosé (not very much rosé), leaving 10% for white. The region produces 3 DOC wines. DOC stands for Denominazione di Origine Controllata, which may be translated as Denomination of Controlled Origin, presumably a high-quality wine and 1 DOCG red wine, Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Colline Teramane. The G in DOCG stands for Garantita, but there is in fact no guarantee that such wines are truly superior. About 17% of Abruzzi wine carries the DOC or DOCG designation. Abruzzi is home to about two dozen major and secondary grape varieties, a few more white and than red.

Widely grown international white grape varieties include Trebbiano and Chardonnay. Sauvignon Blanc. The best known strictly Italian white variety is Trebbiano d’Abbruzzi, felt by some to be Bombino Bianco.
The best known Italian red variety is Montepulciano d’Abruzzo. The Montepulciano d’Abruzzo DOC is the most widely exported Italian DOC wine.

Before we reviewing the Abruzzi wine and cheese that we were lucky enough to purchase at a local wine store and a local Italian food store, here are a few suggestions of what to eat with local wines when touring this beautiful region.
Start with a Pizza Rustica, Cinnamon-Scented Pie Stuffed with Proscuitto, Cheese, and Eggs.
Then move on to Polenta sulla Spianatora, Polenta (Cornbread) Topped with Sausage in Spicy Tomato Sauce.
For desert enjoy a Crostata di Ricotta, a Ricotta Tart.

OUR WINE REVIEW POLICY While we have communicated with well over a thousand Italian wine producers and merchants to help prepare these articles, our policy is clear. All wines that we taste and review are purchased at the full retail price.

Wine Reviewed
Abruzzo Illuminati Montepulciano d’Abruzzo “Riparosso” 2004 DOC 13% alcohol about $11.50

The marketing materials state that this wine has hints of an Amarone (a much more expensive wine) or a Ripasso ( a more expensive wine). There are raisings, currants, and tar on the nose whilst the taste profile is ripe, mellow fruit flavors of raspberry jam and ocha. It doesn’t contain a lot of acidity so drink it within a year. Pair it with pizza, burgers, or any meat dish that you tend to eat during the week.

This wine is said to complement pasta, red meats, and savory cheeses.

I found the Riparosso to be somewhat robust, with cherry and plum flavors. I didn’t have the feeling that I was drinking a regular Montepulciano d’Abruzzo, but instead almost a Ripasso, a wine that I prefer. This wine managed to feel full-bodied even with its light tannins. It balanced nicely the tanginess of barbecued eggplant loaded with garlic, and demonstrated notable spiciness when paired with a meat ball and vegetable stew. Its acidity was pleasant. I did not discern all the flavors listed above. For me the dominant flavor was black cherry. The final meat dish that accompanied this wine was a barbecued boneless rib steak with a spicy curry and cumin sauce. The wine seemed to pick up strength to accompany this meat, which by the way, we don’t eat on a regular basis during the week.

I tasted this wine with two related cheeses. Pecorino Toscano is a soft, nutty cheese. Interestingly enough, I found that the wine was no longer robust, it seemed to soften to accompany this mild cheese. In the presence of a Pecorino Fiore Sardo, a balsamic sheep’s milk cheese with a stronger flavor and coarser consistency than its Tuscan cousin, the wine almost magically picked up flavor to meet the challenge.

Final verdict, as you can tell this wine is a definite keeper.

Extra note. Several months ago on a whim I bought a $6 bottle of Montepulciano d’Abruzzo. Given the realities of the marketplace, I really doubt that any producer can come up with a decent bottle at that price. At first the wine was terribly acidic. I held out, finished the bottle and the last glass was almost OK. Yes, there are bargains, such as this Riparosso, but few in the $6 range.

Travel destinations: Rome, Italy

Considered to be one of the most historical cities in the world, Rome is also the most unique of all European cities. Considering the number of sightseeing attractions contained within the walls of Rome one can be certain about one simple fact Rome cannot be seen completely in a single trip or a short stay in the city.

Centro Storico marks the centre of Rome, and is bordered in the east by the River Tiber and on the west by Via del Corso. The main hub of the city spreads in an easterly direction from the city centre to the district of Spagna, and in a southward direction to the Colosseo, and northward to the Villa Borghese. To the west of the city centre is the Vatican City. Vatican City is one of the serene and calmer parts of Rome when compared to other places and is best reached by bus. Although Rome and its history are best seen when on foot buses provide the much needed relief when you are tired.

Sightseeing Attractions

There are literally too many sightseeing attractions in Rome and it is virtually impossible to name all of them. However, a few of them are a must visit when you travel to Rome and deserve special mention. The largest of the attractions is the Pantheon, situated in Rome’s central district. Rome’s attractions of historical significance further extend to Colosseo which is south of central Rome. Colosseo is home to Coliseum, the Arch of Constantine, Palantine Hill and the Roman Forum. Spagna which is east of central Rome is home to the Spanish Steps and the Mausoleum of Augustus. Towards the west is the Vatican City which houses Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Basilica, St. Peter’s Piazza, and the Vatican Museum. Fori Imperiali is a wonderful attraction because tourists can climb to the top for a spectacular view of Vatican City. There are also other churches and museums which appeal to most tourists. The Capitoline Museums, Palazzo Massimo, Galleria Borghese, and the Villa Giulia Museum deserve special mention. The churches are an integral part of Rome and are spread throughout the city and each one has something to its credit.


Shopping, Dining and Drinking are integral to a visit to Rome. Rome’s nightlife is an experience unparalleled elsewhere. The nightlife of Rome is as significant as its history and architecture. For a night out on the town, a good place to go to is the district of Testaccio. Many bars and clubs are spread across the streets of this district, most offering either live music or a DJ. In the summer, Roman clubs move their parties outdoors, and, in the winter, many clubs are closed for the off-season.

Traditional Italian cuisine can be found literally in every nook and corner of Rome, though Roman restaurants also offer many worldly cuisine options. But of course who wouldn’t want to eat like the Romans while in Rome? The city’s centre and its surrounding regions are usually buzzing in action and are the best places to find ample shopping, dining, and drinking adventures.

A little overview of Rome

As Italians would say, all roads end in Rome. We would say that all the roads start in Rome as well, and one would better put comfortable shoes on if visiting. Rome is all about everything wonderful, from delicious cuisine, history and tradition, a great nightlife to stunning art and fashion.

All by yourself in Rome? If so then you will notice that Italians are nothing like the characters in Godfather movie, but rather they are friendly, fun and, let’s admit it, beautiful. A family trip to Rome or a solo trip can be both educational and entertaining. Romance is all around and if you’re with the loved one, be prepared for extra butterflies in your stomach.
The history of Rome began three thousand years ago, but archeologists discovered 13,000 year old traces of civilization. Rome’s tumultuous and legendary history gave birth to some of the most beautiful monuments and pieces of art. The Pantheon, or the temple of all gods, is the oldest best preserved building in the world. Its architecture has been a source of inspiration for monuments all around the world.
And speaking of large buildings, you wouldn’t want to miss the Colosseum. This was the largest amphitheatre in ancient Rome, with a capacity of 50, 000 people. Here is where the legendary gladiator fights took place. Romans are also known for their amazing public baths and systems of canalization. Visiting a public bath, such as The Bath of Diocletian, was a social “must do” as one could bath, have a massage, eat, relax in hot water or have a cold bath, not to mention enjoy the ancient equivalent of a jacuzzi.
The baths were divided by social status; this is the place where great historical decisions were taken and where the latest rumors around town were being spread. Circus Maximus (Latin for large arena) is where celebrations took place and games were played. Although some of the ancient monuments are not perfectly conserved, they could make one feel like they’re living in another era. The death of Roman Empire seems to be a legend. From this perspective, it’s interesting to take a look at The Catacombs of Rome. Since the Romans believed in life after death, cremating was out of the question. The Catacombs were underground burial places, an ingenuous solution to celebrate eternity. 
When traveling anywhere in Italy you cannot miss, simply cannot miss the Vatican: the smallest independent state in the world, the capital of Catholic Church and the Pope’s residence. A collection of beautiful museums, basilicas, monuments and paintings by Boticelli, Michelangelo or Benini will delight all your senses.
Since sightseeing is exhausting, make sure you eat well, and there is no way not to eat well in Rome. Italian food is fabulous, and good food can only come along with good wine. A typical roman meal begins with bruschetta (full of garlic), followed by the eternal Italian pasta. Be sure not to miss spaghetti alla carbonara, bucatini all’amatriciana, bucatini cacio e pepe or gnocchi alla romana. Rome is the home of the pizza as well, so it would be a pity not to try it since you are already there. You can also freshen up with  grattachecca,” the typical Roman crushed-ice drink.
Wine cellars are widespread and so are the market places, such as Campo Dei Fiori. Historical café shops are combining traditional drinks with modern technology; famous café’s to be seen are Caffè Greco, Babington’s Tearooms, Caffè Rosati and Caffè Canova.
Rome is full of seasonal events; it’s most prestigious arts festival, RomaEuropa, runs from September to November and features music, dance and theatre with an ethnic edge.
At Christmas and Easter, pilgrims flood into the Vatican to attend Papal masses in St Peter’s square. Yet there are other various religious events around the town. On 9 March, for example, devout drivers head to the church of Santa Francesca Roma in the Foro Romano to have their cars blessed on behalf of this saint, who was said to have the gift of bilocation (being in two places at once).
Spring arrives early in Rome, bringing masses of blooms. Azaleas are praised; when they bloom (end of march), 3, 000 vases of them are arranged in Spanish Steps. Shopping is a “must have” in Italy, the capital of fashion. And naturally there are fashion boulevards: Via Condotti, Via Borgognona, Piazza di Spagna and Via Frattina.
Last, but not least, the nightlife! Young Italians meet in Campo Dei Fiori, then gather in numerous bars around the square. Rome is also an endless recourse of nightclubs, some of which are extremely popular: Gilda, Goa, Ex Magazinni. We recommend Black Out Rock Club for live music fans. 
Of course, Rome wasn’t built in a day. And, at the end of any day, there’s still something new to be discovered. There’s just something about Rome.