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Jamikins and BikerScott Hit Rome for New Year's 2011/2012

Jamikins and BikerScott Hit Rome for New Year's 2011/2012

Dec 19th, 2011, 01:46 AM
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Jamikins and BikerScott Hit Rome for New Year's 2011/2012

Hello lovely fodorites!

It is that time again - time for our annual new years vacation and this year has us drinking and eating in Rome!

Now we have been to Rome before:

Once at the end of our 3.5 week honeymoon in 2003. We were tired and ready to head home and booked a B&B at Rei di Roma metro station - not ideal for walking and eating out at night! It was also Bikerscott's first time to Europe and let's just say that Rome was a bit 'intense' for him!

Second time was in 2007 when we spent a week in an apartment at Campo di Fiori with my parents, my brother, and Scott's parents. Never ever do this. Just dont. It was so stressful trying to make everyone happy that we didnt really enjoy Rome at all!

So when discussing where to go this year we decided to give Rome another chance and we hope to fall in love with it. We are trying to rectify all the mistakes of previous trips!

First, we have rented a lovely flat in Trastevere where we are hopefully surrounded by yummy food, and walking distance to sites: http://www.liveromelikearoman.com/index.htm

Second, we have a list of wine bars and deli places to pick up supplies for our week.

Thirdly, we have no agenda other than to eat great food, drink great wine and take photos. We have been to all the usual sites so only have reservations at Borghese Gallery and a local restaurant for New Year's Eve.

We would love to hear about any great restaurants or beloved places to buy food etc so please let us know if you have a favourite.

We head out Boxing Day - looking forward to sharing our travel journal and photos as we go!

Happy Holidays Everyone!
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Dec 19th, 2011, 01:58 AM
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Well, I'm very envious but will be looking forward to reading your report. Especially your thoughts on he apartment. We are hoping to have 10 days in Rome next year and the apartment looks nice.
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Dec 19th, 2011, 02:57 AM
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Do you know the Via Ripetta which runs up to Piazza di Popolo? There is an excellent winebar, Buccone at no.19. We found it on our way to La Buca, ate lunch there instead and returned a few days later to eat exactly the same thing again.

Our other food find was L'Asino d'Oro, recently moved to Via del Boschetto 73, off Via Nazionale. A fixed lunch is 12 euro and the day we went consisted of four not huge but delicious courses, wine and a bottle of water. Pudding and coffee are extra. Highly recommended.

My son, who has recently moved to Rome, complained yesterday that the temperature was only 10 degrees. Have a good time.
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Dec 19th, 2011, 04:11 AM
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Fanstic tarquin! Thanks so much!

We will be sure to pack our warm clothes - so far the forecast for Friday is sunny and 14 degrees so fingers crossed for sunny days!
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Dec 19th, 2011, 06:49 AM
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My husband and I stayed in that apartment in 2007. We loved it - perfect location, very interesting owner, and it feels homey. Especially loved the books everywhere!
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Dec 19th, 2011, 07:56 AM
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jamikins, third time is the charm, you will love Rome and I'm looking forward to your report!
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Dec 19th, 2011, 09:22 AM
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I cannot recommend this cafe/wine bar/restaurant enough - especially for your (non) "agenda":


Great spot for anything: coffee, snacks, drinks, or full meal. The food/wine is to die for and it's conveniently located in an area you are likely to be passing through at some point in your stay (mid-way between Piazza Navona and the Vatican, on charming Via dei Coronari). It almost demands lingering.
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Dec 19th, 2011, 09:40 AM
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sorry I don't get this. have you been or are you going? This is posted as a trip report so in theory you should have been by now
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Dec 19th, 2011, 09:41 AM
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Fabulous suggestions, please keep them coming!

jose0 - we are going 26 Dec but always post a live trip report with photos - so I am just starting that thread and we will add to this as we go!

Cant wait for this last week of work to be over!
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Dec 19th, 2011, 09:42 AM
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Best restaurant( and not expensive) : "Il Brillo Parlante"
It has a very central location near Piazza del Popolo, and it has great food !!
On the ground floor there is a gourmet Shop, in the basement the restaurant.
Do not leave without trying the Tiramisu !!!! It is the best i have tasted ever in Italy.
Here's the link : http://www.ilbrilloparlante.com
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Dec 19th, 2011, 10:21 AM
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my mouth is watering! Gourmet shop - YES PLEASE! We will need to stock up for the chilly evenings in!
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Dec 19th, 2011, 02:17 PM
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There's also a very nice fresh air market in Trastevere - seems like one of the most authentic in Rome, a distinct absence of touristy stuff on sale.
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The best meal we had in Rome was near/in Trastevere Le Mani In Pasta..just delicious

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Dec 20th, 2011, 06:45 AM
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Wow, love the apartment. I would love to hear your personal opinion once you get to the apartment, especially whether the noise is acceptable or not. Not so much for the living room but from the bedroom. Also views as to whether there are food stores, great deli and wine stores nearby. Just the nitty gritty on living there. Looking forward to more.
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Dec 20th, 2011, 01:31 PM
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You guys are awesome, keep them coming

Colleen - check back late evening Boxing Day (or maybe 27 Dec US time) and we will give a complete report!
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Dec 21st, 2011, 07:51 AM
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Am I allowed to say I am soooo envious? I LOVE Rome and as mentioned above I hope your third time is a charm. Three of my fodorite friends will be there the same time as you...I may need to bring this thread to their attention...maybe your paths will cross while in the eternal city!

I have a rather lengthy (25-ish pages)list of Rome restaurants/cafes/gelaterias/food shops listed by neighborhood which I have compiled over the last few years. Some places listed I have been too, others are my "wish list" for next time (because when it comes to me and Rome, there is always a next time!). Most of the places on the list I have pulled from interent articles, other trip reports, the chowhound website, and a book I have called Food Wine Rome. If you are interested I'd be happy to share my list with you. We may need to exchange real life emails, to do this, so if you are not up for doing that, I completely understand.

Also, you may want to check out Katie Parla's website (ParlaFood) she is a writer/blogger, an American living in Rome and she also conducts tours. She frequently writes food related Rome articles for the NY Times. She is also on Facebook and Twitter...I've been following her for a while and she always has something interesting to say about food!

Have a wonderful time and raise a glass (or 2!) of prosecco! ;-)
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Dec 22nd, 2011, 05:45 AM
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Have a great time. Will be looking for more from you. Italy is the probable destination for in 2012, early Fall or over Christmas, so can't wait to read all about your trip.

We were in Paris this time last year and although we just got back, i am ready to go again but I haven't been to Italy in years and my husband has never been. It is time to skip Paris for a year or two (maybe).

Safe travels. We will be enjoying lots of Prosecco here this weekend!
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Dec 22nd, 2011, 07:00 PM
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Yea!!! Looking forward to another Jamikins and Bikerscott TR!!!

A couple of restaurants that I liked:
Colline Emiliane
Cul De Sac
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Dec 22nd, 2011, 10:39 PM
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LowCountryIslander - I would LOVE your list, my email is jamie dot a dot shearer at gmail dot com (I hope that makes sense hahahaha)

Great suggestions from everyone - we are so excited to try them all out!!! Mmmmmm...is there anything better than yummy food and wine in Rome????

We leave on Monday, so will give you updates as we go - merry christmas everyone!!!!
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Dec 23rd, 2011, 01:54 AM
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>>is there anything better than yummy food and wine in Rome???? <<

I don't know as I'm about to find out, too! We leave Paris for Rome on Thursday so for now we're enjoying food and wine here in Paris - delicious! Meeting up with the 2 other Fodorites LCI was speaking of. We'll try not to cause an international incident!

Save travels!
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