Rome museum and restaurant recommendations

As some of you will know, I love Rome and will be retiring there in 5 years. So I like to post about Rome and Italy and now seems like a great time for some advice to those readers in Torino who have a few days in Rome at the end of their trip to the Olympics.

Capitoline Museum on Piazza del Campidogliohas a great view of the Roman Forum. A new wing contains the original equestrian statue of Marcus Aurelius. Open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Closed Mondays. Admission $7.80.

To find Roman pizza, you have many choices (even some Chinese restaurants serve 10 or more types of pizza) I like Pizza Re (I belive there are three but I went to the one near Piazza Mazzini which has two large rooms and you can see the pizzas put in the oven). You can also try Pizzeria ai Marmi on Viale Trastevere, 53-59, but it’s closed Wednesdays.

Maccheroni, Piazza delle Coppelle, 44, is near the Pantheon. The kitchen sticks out into the main dining area allowing you tp see them making your dinner. This is a bit more expensive than pizza and dinner for two, with wine, can run about $60. Maccheroni is open for lunch from 1 to 3 p.m. and dinner from 8 p.m. to midnight.

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  1. Ed Hahn says:

    So, what does one have to do to retire to Italy? I don’t think I’d choose Rome but I still dream about spending lots of my retirement time in Italy.

  2. James Trotta says:

    I’m still working on that. Foreigners can buy real estate in Italy, but I’m not exactly sure how… I’ll blog about it as I find out. When I was in Italy in 2001 I was told it’s not too hard to immigrate to Italy or even to beome a citizen. Again, I’ll blog more when I know more…

  3. Marg says:

    I lived and worked in Italy for 15 months. Luckily I went there to work with a large company that had a contract with a group who helped me find an apartment, review the contracts that I had to sign, set up movers to/from, get long-term visa (year), etc. FYI, the Italian movers were fantastic in packing/protecting – much better than going to Italy.

    Without help, it’s long lines and people you should not trust too much. One good thing is that Italians like to rent to foreigners because they can kick them out of the apartment at any time. However, if they rent to an Italian who stops paying rent, they can’t kick them out (italian law). That’s why they go through “friend of a friend” or love to rent to Americans. If you sign a contract, you will have to sign two probably (one they show the Italian government, and a “private one”). Together they equal your rent. It’s a way for them to pay lower taxes (they don’t tell the Italian Government about the 2nd private one). My rent was equal to my American apartment but I had a very nice furnished apartment outside of Rome with a pool and 3 bedrooms. I did ship some furniture and personal/cooking items but almost all apartments are furnished and have all cooking things. And there’s a big IKEA there to buy new stuff if you prefer.

    Utilities are cheap there. The apartment keeps the phone on all the time and the phone bill will probably stay in the name of the apt owner if you work with them. They take it out until they feel they can trust you to pay your bills.

    They turn off the heat around the first of April (whether or not it is still cold outside). Ditto for when the heat is turned on.

    If you buy a car there, there are lots of restrictions for it and for insurance. Hire someone to help you through the process and to make sure you are insured.

    Food is cheap there (especially fresh market vegetables and fruit) and they have great markets on the weekends and usually one day during the week, depending on where you live.

  4. Italy is one of my favorite places too. I really enjoy your personal comments. I am always much more impressed to read “from the heart” postings than the ones that sound like a tour guide who could keep talking in his/her sleep.

    I’ll keep reading your blog.

    Charles Brown

  5. Manuele says:

    Guys if you go to Rome you must visit the Sa Tanca Crostaceria, they make the best sea food ever.

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