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    One lifetime is not enough!

    Roma, non basta una vita! so the popular saying goes. It means, in Rome, one lifetime is not enough – there’s simply too much to see, eat and experience. Here you’ll find the great icons of the Western world: the Colosseum, the Forum, the Pantheon and St Peter’s Cathedral. Layered atop are neighbourly medieval piazzas, Renaissance palaces and baroque churches and fountains, each corner revealing priceless Bernini sculptures and haunting ruins.

    Unfazed by it all, Romans go about there daily business. Take a leaf out of their book: choose selectively and then soak up the dolce vita vibe by lingering over long, lazy lunches and romantic evening aperitivo.

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    09:00 a.m. – Auditorium Parco della Musica

    Viale Pietro de Coubertin 30
    00196 Rome
    Tel: +43-06/80 24 12 81
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    Three concert halls, their contours inspired by musical instruments, lie like giant beetles gathered around an amphitheater. Each seats between 750 and 2800 visitors. Flexibility is the key feature of the interiors, all of which are lined with cherrywood paneling to ensure good acoustics. “A second colosseum,” was how the German broadsheet FAZ described the building at its opening in 2002, a reference to the checkered history of the new auditorium designed by Renzo Piano. In Rome, you cannot delve more than a couple of meters down, not even outside the historical center, without the risk of uncovering ancient walls.

    In 1995, when the ground was dug in preparation for the auditorium’s foundations, the remains of a Roman villa dating from the 4th century B.C. came to light – and construction promptly ground to a halt. Architect Piano took the only course open to him and incorporated the ruins into his design, so that today there is an archeological museum in the middle of the Parco della Musica. Piano, who designed the Centre Pompidou in Paris and contributed to the creative work on Potsdam Square in Berlin, also planned the Parco della Musica. The Sala Santa Cecilia is the largest of the three concert halls – and with just under 2800 seats also the largest auditorium of its kind in Europe.

    11:00 a.m. – MAXXI National Museum of XXI (21st) Century Arts

    Via Guido Reni, 2
    00196 Rome
    Tel: +39-06/320 19 54
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    The MAXXI Museum is just a stone’s throw away from the Auditorium Parco della Musica. But is it the art or the building in which it is housed that’s the star of the show here? Visitors to the museum, which opened in the Flaminio district of the city in 2010, are initially fascinated by the passageways, corners and loops formed by the concrete inside the building. The Romans call it “tagliatelle” because the building designed by Zaha Hadid (seemingly) features the same lack of order as a plate of pasta.

    Beginning in the foyer, staircases wind upward, walls curve, light channels flow along ceilings. The views upward and outward are a delight to see, which sits perfectly with the British-Iraqi architect’s intentions. In her view, “architecture must give pleasure. People entering a room should gain a sense of well-being and harmony.” After recovering from the impression of the foyer and entering the first of the five galleries intended for architectural exhibits,

    the visitor will immediately recognize how well – for all its extravagance – the building works as an exhibition space. One of the first exhibits is “Widow,” an installation created in 2004 by the Indian artist Anish Kapoor. A black double funnel almost completely fills the room, and as before in the foyer, the eye strains to see inside and through it, but fails because the shape is impenetrable.

    Ramps and stairs lead into the other galleries, which offer ever-new spaces and corners for artworks from the past 50 to 60 years by the likes of Mario Merz, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Sol LeWitt, Ed Ruscha and Rosemarie Trockel. The high point of the museum is gallery number 5, nearly 23 meters up, which extends out over the piazza and affords fascinating views. Tip for people who enjoy a sense of vertigo: There’s a window set into the floor through which you can see down into gallery number 3.

    03:00 p.m. – Macro Museum for Contemporary Art

    Via Nizza, 138-140
    00198 Rome
    Tel: +39-06/67 10 70 400
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    Red and black: A lipstick-red auditorium and a former brewery hall painted matte black form the core of the new exhibition rooms of the Macro Museum. Parisian architects Odile Decq and Benoît Cornette used contrasts and color to create smooth transitions between the museum’s different levels, the old substance of the industrial building and the new core, the abstract art garden on the roof and the exhibitions rooms on different floors. Domenico Bianchi, Tony Cragg and Wolfgang Laib have already staged shows

    at the Macro, which also uses space in a former abattoir in Testaccio. The permanent exhibition includes postmodern Italian art that spans the works of the Forma 1 group to those of the Nuova Scuola Romana of Piero Pizzi Cannella,  Marco Tirelli et al. The museum’s bathrooms provide an eccentric highlight with washbasins set in a central block of white plastic and equipped with motion detectors, which not only dispense water and hot air, but also produce a crazy flashing of red lights.

    07:00 p.m. – Palazzo della Civiltà

    Quadrato della Concordia, 2
    00144 Rome
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    It’s a well-known fact that Benito Mussolini had crazy plans for Rome. El Duce wanted to pick up where the Ancient Rome of Augustus left off – generally and also on the urban development front. The Esposizione Universale Romana (EUR) was the site created for the planned world exhibition of 1942.The layout following the same lines as the urban plan of Ancient included a main axis that would connect the historical center with the sea and be lined by monumental buildings.

    After the war, the area was left to itself. Some of the buildings had already been completed, however, and over time, the usual, faceless style of office buildings filled the gaps between them. Today, EUR is a residential and administrative district, and its most imposing building is the Palazzo della Civiltà, known to Romans as the “Colosseo quadrato.”

    Thanks to its arcades, the Neoclassicist building resembles a picture by Giorgio de Chirico. It is no coincidence that the number of round arches that make up the arcades – vertical six, horizontal nine – corresponds to the number of letters in Benito Mussolini’s name; this was a deliberate gesture of subservience.

    The building designed by Giovanni Guerrini is not open to the public at present, but has served as a magnificent backdrop in a number of films, including Fellini’s Boccaccio ’70 (1962), Peter Greenaway’s The Belly of an Architect (1987), the comedy Hudson Hawk  (1991) and Titus (1999) the movie adaptation of Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus.

    10:00 p.m. – Jubilee Church 
Dio Padre Misericordioso

    Largo Terzo millennio, 8
    00155 Rome
    Tel. +43-06/231 58 33
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    Light comes from a divine source, but few modern buildings use it to such virtuosic effect as the Dio Padre Misericordioso church, or “Jubilee Church.” The American architect Richard Meier built it in the rather drab Tor Tre Teste district on the outskirts of Rome as one of 50 new churches in a millennium project sponsored by the Archdiocese of Rome. The church was consecrated in 2003 and immediately celebrated as one of the city’s loveliest houses of worship.

    By day, the church’s interior is flooded with natural light that enters between three pure-white concrete sails – representing the Holy Trinity – and illuminates the altar of white Roman travertine. From the outside, the building is a magnificent sight, especially at night, when the interior is illuminated and its sculptural lines are accentuated. So whatever time of day you choose to visit, your lengthy journey will certainly be rewarded.


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    Vatican City

    Piazza San Pietro
    00120 Vatican City
    Tel: 06 6988 4676
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    Built above the tomb of A-list apostle St Peter is Rome’s iconic basilica, forming the epicentre of the Vatican complex that incorporates Michelangelo’s world-famous Sistine Chapel frescoes and an exhausting feast of art in its adjoining museums.

    Museo e Galleria Borghese

    Piazzale del Museo Borghese
    00197 Rome
    Tel: 06/ 84 13 97 9
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Sun 0830-1930

    If you only have time for one art museum make it this one, housing the heavenly private collection of bon vivant Cardinal Scipione Borghese (1577-1633).

    Musei Capitolini

    Piazza del Campidoglio 1
    00186 Rome
    Tel: 06 0608
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Sun 0900-2000

    The world’s oldest public museum, the Capitoline is crammed with Rome’s finest classical statuary as well as paintings by Titian, Tintoretto and Rubens. The iconic She Wolf, depicting the city’s suckling twins Romulus and Remus, was donated by Pope Sixtus IV in 1471.

    Galleria Doria Pamphilj

    Via del Corso 305
    00186 Rome
    Tel: 06 679 7323
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0900-1900

    Still home to the aristocratic Pamphilj family, this 15th-century palace is lined with masterpieces, which you can tour with a free audio guide narrated by resident Jonathan Pamphilj, who will fill you in on all the palace scandal.

    Palazzo Massimo alle Terme

    Largo di Villa Peretti 1
    00187 Rome
    Tel: 06 3996 7700
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    Wander amid a painted garden of climbing roses and pomegranates and sample the good taste of Roman burghers Augustus and his wife Livia Drusilla who commissioned these outstanding frescos.

    Palatine Hill

    Via di San Gregorio 30
    00186 Rome
    Tel: 06 3996 7700
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    This gorgeous hillside shaded by towering pines was the Beverly Hills of ancient Rome. The chosen suburb of emperors and celebrities, its ruined villas and gardens make for a wonderful wander with atmospheric views over the Forum.

    Via Appia Antica

    Via Appia Antica
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    This cobblestone highway, which once linked Rome with the Adriatic port of Brindisi, is lined with creepy Christian catacombs. Tour them to see the graves of 16 pontiffs and faded frescos of saints Peter and Paul dating back 1,600 years.

    Basilica di San Giovanni in Laterano

    Piazza di San Giovanni in Laterano 4
    00184 Rome
    Tel: 06 6988 6433
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0700-1830

    Despite its bombastic baroque makeover, this gleaming cathedral is Rome’s oldest basilica, founded by Constantine in the 4th century. It’s full of surprising treasures including a fabulous Cosmati tiled floor.

    Museo d’Arte Contemporanea di Roma (MACRO)

    Via Nizza 138
    00198 Rome
    Tel: 06 6710 70 400
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Sun 1100-1900
    Sat 1100-2200

    MACRO’s combination of industrial and contemporary architecture provides the perfect showcase for post-war Italian and international modern art.


    Piazza di Santa Maria, Trastevere
    00153 Rome
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    Hop over the Tiber to sample Rome’s ‘left bank’ counter culture amid the cobbled alleys, galleries and bars of Trastevere. It’s less about blockbuster sights here and more about soaking up the vibe.

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    Country overview

    Despite incessant praise, travelling in Italy remains one of those rare experiences in life – like a perfect spring day or the power of first love – that cannot be overrated. In few places do history, art, fashion, food and la dolce vita (the good life) intermingle so effortlessly.

    There are sunny isles and electric blue surf, glacial northern lakes and fiery southern volcanoes, rolling vineyards and an urban landscape that harbours more UNESCO World Heritage sites than any other country in the world. Few places offer such variety and few visitors leave without a fervent desire to return.


    Italy is situated in Europe, with a long coastline of approximately 7,600km (4,720 miles) stretching into the Mediterranean Sea and a mountainous northern border adjoining France, Switzerland, Austria and Slovenia. This northern Alpine region contains some of the highest peaks in Europe and is a good area for winter sports.

    In central Italy, Tuscany has a diverse landscape composed of fertile rolling hills, lush river valleys, minor mountain ranges and a long sandy coastline. To the east is Umbria, known as the ‘green heart of Italy’; hilly with broad plains, olive groves and pines, and Le Marche – a region of gentle mountains, rivers and small fertile plains.

    Further south lies Rome, Italy’s capital city. Within its precincts is the Vatican City. The south of the country is hotter, wilder and much, much drier than the north, characterised by dry sierras, rocky mountain ranges and volcanic outcrops, including three of Europe’s most active volcanoes: Vesuvius, Etna and Stromboli. Puglia, the ‘heel of the boot’, is a mixed landscape of fertile plateaus, expansive olive groves and flat, ochre-coloured plains. The islands of Sicily and Sardinia lie offshore to the southwest and west respectively.

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    Key facts

    Area: 301340 sq km (116348 sq miles).

    Population: 61.5 million (2013).

    Population density: 204.0 per sq km.

    Capital: Rome.

    Government: Independent kingdom of Italy declared in 1861. Republic since 1946.


    Italian is the official language. Dialects are spoken in different regions. German is spoken in the South Tyrol region (bordering Austria). French is spoken in all the border areas from the Riviera to the area north of Milan (border with France and Switzerland). English, French and German are also spoken in the biggest cities and in tourism and business circles.


    Euro (EUR; symbol €) = 100 cents. Notes are in denominations of €500, 200, 100, 50, 20, 10 and 5. Coins are in denominations of €2 and 1, and 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 cents.

    Standard time zone

    UTC/GMT +1 hour


    230 volts AC, 50Hz. Plugs are of the two round-pin type.

    General business opening hours

    Mon-Fri 0900-1700.

    Public holidays

    In addition to public holidays, local feast days are held in honour of town patron saints, generally without closure of shops and offices. These include:

    Turin/Genoa/Florence: 24 Jun (St John the Baptist)
    Milan: 7 Dec (St Ambrose)
    Siena: 2 Jul and 16 Aug, Palio horserace
    Venice: 25 Apr (St Mark)
    Bologna: 4 Oct (St Petronius)
    Naples: 19 Sep (St Gennaro)
    Bari: 6 Dec (St Nichola)
    Palermo: 15 Jul (St Rosalia)
    Rome: 29 Jun (St Peter)
    Trieste: 3 Nov (St Giusto)

    Public Holidays 2015

    New Year’s Day: 01. January 2015
    Epiphany: 06. January 2015
    Easter Sunday: 05. April 2015
    Easter Monday: 06. April 2015
    Liberation Day: 25. April 2015
    Labour Day: 01. May 2015
    Whit Monday: 25. May 2015
    Republic Day: 02. June 2015
    Assumption: 15. August 2015
    All Saints’ Day: 01. November 2015
    Immaculate Conception: 08. December 2015
    Christmas Day: 25. December 2015
    St Stephen’s Day: 26. December 2015

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    Getting around

    Public Transport

    Rome’s two-line metro system is of limited use to travellers. It’s easier to get around on foot, or use the city’s extensive bus and tram system, which is operated by ATAC (tel: 06 57003; www.atac.roma.it). Single tickets are valid for one metro ride or 75 minutes. Daily and three-day passes are better value. Tickets are purchased from vending machines and newsstands and need to be validated at the metro gate or in the machines onboard buses and trams.


    Pick up cabs at designated ranks. Taxis can be booked over the phone, and are metered as soon as you book. Try Radio Taxi (tel: 06 3570) or La Capitale (tel: 06 4994). Tipping isn’t necessary.


    Nightlife in Rome


    Rome’s drinking dens range from dressy lounge bars to grungy counter-culture hangouts. Between 6pm and 9pm most of them offer aperitivo (drinks accompanied by a free buffet food bar).

    Later, the scene moves on to clubs in Trastevere, Testaccio and Ostiense.

    Stravinskij Bar

    Via del Babuino 9
    00187 Rome
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    Impossibly romantic cocktail bar in the celeb-magnate Hotel de Russie.

    Lettera Caffè

    Vicolo di San Francesco a Ripa 100-101
    00153 Rome
    Tel: +39 06 97 27 09 91
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    A bookshop, bar and gallery hosting live gigs, jazz, comedy and new wave DJ sets.

    Circolo degli Artisti

    Via Casilina Vecchia 42
    00182 Rome
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    Rome’s best club offering top gigs and DJ sets as well as a cool garden bar.


    Via di Monte Testaccio 65b
    00153 Rome
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    Under-the-stars dancing and gigs featuring emerging groups.


    Restaurants in Rome


    Roman cuisine is rustic and earthy, and the city teams with small, family-run trattorias, wine bars and pizza take-outs.

    But while old-school flavours still dominate, new-school chefs are sexing them up with increasingly creative twists.

    Glass Hostaria

    Vicolo del Cinque 58
    00153 Rome
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    Price: Expensive

    Trastevere’s foremost dining address combines modern décor and inventive cooking.

    Open Colonna

    Via Milano 9
    00184 Rome
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    Price: Expensive

    New Roman cooking in a stunning glass-roofed dining room in the Palazzo delle Esposizioni.

    Armando al Pantheon

    Salita dei Crescenzi 31
    00186 Rome
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    Price: Moderate

    Wood-panelled Armando has been serving traditional Roman dishes for over 50 years.

    Palatium Enoteca Regionale

    Via Frattina 94
    00187 Rome
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    Price: Moderate

    A rich showcase of regional wines accompany artisanal cheeses and trad slow-roast pork.


    Via della Meloria 43
    00136 Rome
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    Price: Cheap

    A gourmet surprise masquerading as a simple takeaway.


    Calendar of events

    Evenings of Great Music at the Courtyard of S. Ivo

    11 July – 11 August 2015

    Venue: Courtyard of S. Ivo

    The internationally renowned International Chamber Ensemble continues to present every year to Rome audiences a popular series of concerts and fully-staged and costumed opera, recognized and appreciated in particular for its artistic excellence.

    Procession of the Cross

    25 March 2016

    Venue: Colosseum

    By far the biggest event of Easter is the famous Via Crucis or ‘Way of the Cross’ procession, when the Pope leads a solemn torchlight procession from the Colosseum to the Palatine Hill to commemorate Christ’s last walk to Mt Golgotha. Along the way, the faithful stop at each of the 14 stations of the cross to say a prayer.

    Festa di Noantri

    15 – 30 July 2015

    Venue: Piazza Santa Maria, Trastevere.

    This festival is a celebration of the district’s working-class heritage and of the Madonna of Mount Carmel. Held in one of Rome’s most lively nightlife quarters, you can expect plenty of food, wine and dancing. The event culminates with an impressive fireworks display.

    Rome Marathon

    3 April 2016

    Venue: Rome

    Rome and Marathons have been connected for centuries. This is a great opportunity to be a part of or simply observe a sport that’s been a tradition for ages.

    Natale di Roma (Rome's birthday)

    21 April 2015

    Venue: Aventine Hill

    Not every city celebrates its birthday, but Rome does on 21 April each year. It was Romulus, suckled by a she-wolf as an infant, who went on to found the city in 753BC. Romans today celebrate the event with bands on Piazza del Campidoglio and fireworks over the River Tiber. Rome’s monuments, archaeological sites and many museums allow free entry on the day.

    Primo Maggio

    1 May 2015

    Venue: Piazza San Giovanni

    Each year on Labour Day, Rome celebrates with a free rock concert on Piazza San Giovanni. Over 700 artists line up for a turn on the stage before a huge crowd, occasionally joined by a high profile guest artist. The event began in 1989 and quickly grew into a major popular event, heavily covered by TV and the press. Get there early for a good view of the stage.

    All information subject to change. Please check the dates on the relevant event organizer’s website.


    Hotels in Rome


    Rome’s outward beauty can often mask overpriced, under-serviced hotels. While five-star beauties are thick on the

    ground, you’ll need to look harder for good-value mid-range options and book early, particularly in summer.

    Lord Byron

    Via Giuseppe de Notaris 5
    00197 Rome
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    Category: Expensive

    An art deco beauty situated on the north side of the Borghese Park.

    Hotel Farnese

    Via Alessandro Farnese 30
    00192 Rome
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    Category: Moderate

    Boutique rooms in a neoclassical villa with rooftop views of St Peter’s dome.

    Residenza Domiziano

    Via San Nicola da Tolentino 50
    00187 Rome
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    Category: Moderate

    Sleek, stylish modern digs within walking distance of Piazza Navona and the Spanish Steps.

    Romance Hotel

    Via Marco Aurelio 37A
    00184 Rome
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    Category: Moderate

    Baroque furniture and walls dressed in yellow silk give the Romance Hotel a gilded sheen.

    Amica Roma B&B

    Via Antonio Baiamonti 2
    00195 Rome
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    Category: Cheap

    This friendly B&B provides a home from home in pretty Prati.


    Bella mozzarella

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    Jewelry was once the centerpiece of his presentations, today it’s mozzarella. Silvio Ursini, former creative director at Bulgari, has created a new gastronomic concept: mozzarella bars. There, he presents the small spheres of meltingly mouthwatering cheese with hitherto undreamt of sophistication – and brings the taste of his home to the world.

    Silvio Ursini is a master in the art of arousing desires. As Bulgari’s creative director, he spent 20 years developing advertising campaigns and new products for the luxury market – and then decided it was time for a break. After traveling the world for Bulgari, he felt the tug of his hometown, Naples. “One day, I found myself standing outside a small grocery store, amazed at the line of people standing on the doorstep,” he says. “After waiting patiently, they would finally emerge from the store carrying a plastic plate of mozzarella, which they then proceeded to eat right there on the sidewalk.” It was a rainy winter’s day, people were pushing past, and there was neither space to put anything down, nor a glass of wine. Pity, Ursini thought to himself – and then: I can do better.

    But it was on a trip to Japan that the idea finally came to him. Why not present and sell something as delicate and pure as mozzarella in the same way as sushi? In April 2004, Silvio Ursini opened the first Obiká on Via dei Prefetti in the heart of Rome. “Obiká” means “Here it is” in Neapolitan dialect. The concept behind the name is as simple as it is good: a stylish bar, where people can enjoy a light, healthy snack and order a good glass of wine to wash it down. “I wanted it to be a place where you can eat the best Italian mozzarella without having to go to a restaurant, or buy it at a store and take it home,” Ursini explains. The Romans liked the idea and so did Italy’s biggest newspaper, Corriere della Sera, which praised the “new style of culinary break.” The concept closes the gap between the Italian capital’s basic street food joints, where you can pick up a hearty hog-roast sandwich, porchetta panini, and its many proper restaurants; and it’s modern and uncomplicated, and at the same time agreeable and quality conscious. On the terrace of the Obiká located right behind the imposing Piazza del Parlamento, just a few steps away from Piazza Navona, dark metal tables and chairs stand beneath bright sunshades, shielded from the gaze of all-too inquisitive passersby by a dense hedge of bay laurel. On the entrance side, a large window front reveals the long counter inside, where mozzarellas and a variety of vegetables and salads are stored in large glass containers. “The place was an overnight success,” says Valentina Spurio, the manager.

    “At lunchtime, we mostly see local businesspeople,” she says, “but in the evening, we get lots of young people and families coming in.”

    Ursini has since expanded his gastronomic network by opening Obiká bars not only in Palermo, Milan, Naples and Florence, but also in London, Los Angeles, New York and Tokyo. The menu specializes in taster dishes, although the portions tend to be on the generous side given that the Italians have no time for minimalism on their plate à la nouvelle cuisine. “It’s well worth sampling the different kinds of mozzarella at the same time,” says Spurio, “a mozzarella from Paestum in Campania will taste different from one produced in Latina in Lazio.”

    The mozzarelle are delivered three times a week by a consortium of a good dozen hand-picked cheese dairies between Rome and South Salerno. In the Obiká kitchens, the shimmering cheese orbs are handled like raw eggs. “We barely touch them,” says Signora Spurio, “and prefer to serve them whole and just as they come, in other words without salt, pepper or olive oil, so as not to impair their delicate flavor.” Connoisseurs maintain that mozzarella should be eaten at room temperature and not be more than 48 hours old. “That’s true,” as Antonio Lucisano, head of the producers’ consortium confirms, “getting the logistics right to ensure this is our biggest headache.” The elite among mozzarelle never leave the south of Italy, much less do we export them. “For all those who do not live in Rome or Naples, Obiká is the second-best option,” says Ursini, “our mozzarelle are at most four days old.” A native Neapolitan, he knows what he’s talking about. From a small boy, he has known the tender buffalo-milk balls as a fixture on his breakfast plate, and he still eats them every day. “A good mozzarella appeals to all the senses,” he says, “ it is smooth, firm and has the shimmer of finest Chinese porcelain. When you cut it, it feels a bit rubbery, but not too soft. The skin separates cleanly from the soft mass inside, which has little hollows containing a milky liquid that runs out as you cut. When you eat it, it has bite and tastes of milk and butter, slightly nutty and aromatic.” The taste of childhood in a nutshell.

    Purists can sample pure, unadulterated mozzarella at Obiká. They can also order a couple of slices of hearty, pistachio-studded mortadella or wafer-thin San Daniele ham from Friuli to go with it. The menu also includes a delicious rocket salad with orange slices, fennel and mozzarella, and a mozzarella wrap. But the absolute bestsellers are the classic bufala with cherry tomatoes and Obikà’s own pesto, and the pasta sorrentina with tomatoes and mozzarella. For dessert, there’s buffalo mozzarella laced with honey, pine kernels and orange peel, which is best accompanied by a glass of the rare sparkling wine Asprinio d’Aversa that harmonizes perfectly with the delicate flavor of mozzarella.

    Try it yourself! Here you will find Romes finest Obiká-Bars:
    Obiká Roma Parioli
    Via Guido D'Arezzo, 49
    00198 Rom

    Tel. +39-06/85 34 41 84
    E-Mail: parioli@obika.it

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    Obiká Roma Campo dei Fiori
    Piazza Campo Dè Fiori, 10-16‎
    00186 Rome

    Tel. +39-06/68 80 23 66
    E-Mail: campodeifiori@obika.it

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    Obiká Roma Parlamento
    Piazza di Firenze, 26A
    00186 Rome

    Tel. +39-06/683 26 30
    E-Mail: parlamento@obika.it

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    Obiká Roma Fiumicino
    Aeroporto di Fiumicino, Terminal 3, Gate D,
    00054 Fiumicino Rome

    Tel: +39-06/65954786
    Email: fiumicino@obika.it

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    Best time to visit

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    Climate and best time to visit Rome

    Spring and autumn are the best times to visit the Italian capital to enjoy a roster of high-profile festivities such as Easter, the feasts of Saints Peter and Paul and the Roma Europa arts festival. The weather, too, is warm but not too hot, and markets are filled with plump produce. In summer, hot and humid weather drives Romans to the country and seaside and the city becomes very quiet. Winter, conversely, is mild and often sunny and offers lots of good bargains and wonderful Christmas markets.

    Climate & best time to visit Italy

    Italy is a great destination to visit year round, particularly if taking a city break, though for the warmest and most reliable weather April to June is the prime tourist season. Most Italians take their holiday in July and August so prices, and crowds, can soar during these months, which are also the hottest of the year. If you’re keen to avoid the main scrum of peak season but still bank on mild weather, late September to October is a good choice.


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    Telephone & Internet

    Telephone/Mobile phones

    International dialling code: +39


    Telephone kiosks only accept phonecards, which can be purchased at post offices, tobacconists and some newsagents.

    Mobile phone

    Roaming agreements exist with most international mobile phone companies. Coverage is good.


    Rome, Venice, Milan and Bologna have now instituted city-wide Wi-Fi hotspots, and the majority of hotels, B&Bs and even farm stays now offer free internet access. In most towns, internet cafés also offer access at €2 to €6 per hour.


    Shopping in Rome

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    Key Areas

    Via Condotti is Rome’s designer strip, with similarly upmarket tributaries running off Piazza di Spagna. For something more authentic, check out the independent boutiques along Via del Governo Vecchio in the historic centre and in the Monti district. Antique and art stores line Via Margutta, Via dei Banchi Vecchi and Via dei Coronari, the latter famous for its antiques fair, while high-street labels concentrate on Via del Corso and Via Nazionale.


    Rome’s biggest and busiest markets are the enormous Porta Portese Flea Market in Trastevere, the Trionfale food market in Prati and the Testaccio covered market near MACRO. A smaller, more picturesque market is the Campo dei Fiori food market in the historic centre.

    Shopping Centres

    Shopping in Rome is all about small independent stores. Of the few shopping malls that exist, the art nouveau Galleria Alberto Sordi is the most convenient on Via del Corso. Otherwise, the enormous RomaEst is situated 20km (12 miles) east of town.


    My Rome

    The absolute insider tip some Romans passed on to me was to take a taxi out to the Aventine Hill in the evening, where the Order of Malta has its embassy. There’s a fantastic view of St. Peter’s Cathedral from its gateway! Very romantic!

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    Traveller etiquette

    Social conventions

    The social structure is heavily influenced by the Roman Catholic Church and, generally speaking, family ties are stronger than in most other countries in Western Europe. Normal social courtesies should be observed. Dress is casual but smart in most places, and beachwear should be confined to the beach. Conservative clothes are expected when visiting religious buildings and smaller, traditional communities.

    Formal wear is usually indicated on invitations. Smoking is prohibited in public buildings, transport and cinemas. When visiting an Italian home for dinner, bring a small gift of sweets or chocolate, and dress well. Let your host lead when sitting and starting the meal. Take a small portion of what’s on offer as you will surely be cajoled into having another helping. If you do not want more wine, leave your glass full so it cannot be refilled.

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    Main emergency number: 112

    Food & Drink

    Tap water is generally safe to drink. Bottled water is available. The inscription ‘Acqua Non Potabile’ means water is not drinkable. Milk is generally pasteurised and dairy products are safe for consumption. Past outbreaks of brucellosis in southern regions means unpasteurised buffalo mozzarella is best avoided. Local meat, poultry, seafood, fruit and vegetables are considered safe to eat.

    Other Risks

    The World Health Organisation (WHO) also recommends vaccinations for measles, mumps, rubella, polio and hepatitis B.

    Contractual physician of Lufthansa

    Dr. Heinz, Andreas
    Via della Stazione di San Pietro 45
    00165 Rome
    Tel. +39-06-39387984

    Please note that Lufthansa accepts no responsibility for the treatment nor will it bear the cost of any treatment.

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