Andrea was born and raised in Rome. He studied in Milan and started working in his family's hotel when he was 21. He moved to Singapore at the age of 26 to work for Small Luxury Hotels of The World as a Sales Manager APAC. After 3 great years in Asia, Andrea decided it was time to head back home and into the family business again.
Are you Romanian? What do you love and hate about the city?
100% Roman… I love the incredible beauty of my city and hate how badly it is managed.
Describe Rome in 5 words.
Incredible. Unique. Crazy. Chaotic. Alive
If I only had 48 hours in Rome, what would you recommend for me to see and do?
48 hours is a very short time for a city like Rome that probably requires a few years for someone to thoroughly see it! I would definitely start from the history so I would head straight to The Roman Forum and Colosseum.
Pictured above: The Roman Forum (photo credit: James Brandon Photography)
Pictured above: The Colosseum (photo credit: http://overyonderlust.com/)
Another absolute must see is the Vatican City with the museums, Sistine Chapel and Cathedral. You could then spend an afternoon strolling around the Spanish Steps, Pantheon and Navona square area to enjoy the 15th Century Rome at its best.
Pictured above: The Sistine Chapel (photo credit: luxreview.com)
Pictured above: The Spanish Steps (photo credit: richaroams.com)
In the evening go for a drink in the Monti area where mostly locals go or head to Trastevere for a nice cocktail or meal in one of the most fascinating areas of the eternal City.
Pictured above: Trastevere (photo credit: lonelyplanet.com)
What is the best way to explore Rome?
The best way is by far Walking. Every corner you walk around every little square you walk through has a little hidden gem that you would never spot otherwise.
Can you share with us some of non-touristy things to do in Rome for people who have seen the main tourist attractions?
Enjoy the little designer and jewelry stores around the Monti neighborhood. Experience the Farmers Market on a Sunday near the Circus Maximus in Via di San Teodoro. Go for a walk in the revamped Garbatella neighborhood, the up and coming fancy area for locals. Grab a drink at the famous Jerry Thomas mixologist bar near the Navona Square or go for a pizza da Remo in Testaccio.
What is typical Roman cuisine? Can you describe it?
Rome, incredibly enough, used to be extremely poor in the past and people used to eat what they could find or leftovers from the aristocratic banquets. This is the reason why Roman cuisine focuses on dishes such as Tripe or Ox Tail that are, in this modern day, considered gourmet foods.
Two of the most representative dishes are the Gricia, which is simply Bacon and Pecorino cheese with Rigatoni or Bucatini pasta, and the Coda alla Vaccinara (Oxtail stew) served with tomatoes, carrots and various local vegetables, the recipe dates back in time when the butchers working in slaughterhouses were actually paid in offals. We use “poor" ingredients that are extremely rich in taste and flavor.
Where are the best restaurants for good Romanian food?
I would dare say Felice a Testaccio- very touristy nowadays but still incredibly good and faithful to the Roman Tradition. And La Taverna Dei Fori Imperiali, excellent local dishes revisited by the talented chef Alessio.
Pictured above: Felice a Testaccio (photo credit: cool-cities.com)
Where are the best places for a typical aperitivo?
(Apéritifs are drinks, typically alcoholic, that are normally served before or after a meal.)
Fafiuchè in Via Madonna dei Monti is by far my favorite spot in Rome. Great selection of Wines (almost 600 labels!), Artisanal Italian beers and great selection of cold cuts and nibbles for the perfect aperitivo and possibly dinner.
Can you recommend us the best place for:
Pictured above: Ciampini (photo credit: tripadvisor.com)
Pictured above: Verde Pistacchio (photo credit: fridayiminloveblog.blogspot.sg)
Can you tell us your favourite spots in Rome?
Piero e Francesco in Prati, best seafood in Rome
Jerry Thomas Speakeasy, mixologist bar ranked in the top 50 bars in the world
Bar Del Fico, near the Navona Square – lot’s of places to hangout.
The Vicious Club is very popular lately.
The side streets around the Monti area are perfect to spot littles gems as far as fashion design and jewelry are concerned.
Pictured above: Jerry Thomas Speakeasy (photo credit: theculturetrip.com)
Pictured above: Piero e Francesco (photo credit: thefork.it)
Where to stay in Rome
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