Magical Trastevere food tour with The Roman Guy

March 27, 2019

Last week was a real milestone for my blog: it was the first time I've been invited to cover an event, which is super exciting! The Roman Guy, a Rome-based tour operator, got in touch a couple of weeks ago and asked if I'd be interesting in coming on a food tour of Trastevere, in exchange for a non-biased review on my blog. *All opinions are still my own!* Since this involved three of my favourite things, namely food, Trastevere and learning about Rome, I obviously said YES PLEASE. So, without further ado...

Local Foodie Tour in Trastevere by The Roman Guy 

I'll admit I've always been a little sceptical about tours in general - yes, they're great for learning hard facts about the city, but being part of a crowd and herded like sheep from monument to monument isn't something that really draws me in. This scepticism was doubled on a food tour - would it really be authentic food?

The first thing I should say about this tour is that the group was really small. The maximum is 12, but there was only eight of us on my tour - which I think was the perfect amount, as it allowed us all to get to know each other.

Review: Vittorio Spezie e Cucina

March 21, 2019

The area around Termini often gets a bit of a bad rep, but I quite like it. San Lorenzo is full of cool bars that are buzzing in the evenings - they're full of students and a little bit 'edgy', so they remind me of my time in Bologna. Then the other side of the tracks there's Piazza Emanuele, famous for being one of the more multicultural areas of Rome - traditional Roman architecture sits alongside street markets and ethnic restaurants. I kinda love that juxtapostition, and I guess the owners of new restaurant and bar Vittorio Spezie e Cucina do too - it brings together traditional Italian food with the spices of the Piazza Emanuele area. 

Where to eat in Rome if you're bored of pizza

March 12, 2019

Guys, I love Italian food. I really do. I regularly get asked by friends and family how I manage to not be hugely overweight here - my answer is: everything is fine in moderation. Moderation is not, however, an easy thing to achieve when you're surrounded by super cheap and delicious pizza and wine every single day - and in my first year here I did succumb to temptation and put on a few (many) pounds. But I like to think I've got the hang of it now (and by that I mean I joined a gym, so I can eat exactly the same amount but feel much better about it by hitting the treadmill every now and then).

Anyway, my point is this. Italian food is delicious - but when you live here, the lack of variety can get kind of boring. Especially if you're from somewhere like the UK or the US, where there are restaurants from every country imaginable: Japanese, Kurdish, Turkish, Lebanese, Sri Lankan... etc, etc. It was a bit of a shock to me to come here and not be able to mix it up and grab a curry when I fancied it, or even be able to buy a spice mix in the supermarket and whip up some Thai food at home.

But finally, after a couple of years here, I've worked out some go-to places when I want to eat anything other than Italian. If you're in the same boat, have a read and check it out - and if anyone has other suggestions, please please let me know!

Where should I stay in Rome? An area guide

March 04, 2019

Working out where to stay for a weekend break can be tricky if you've never been to the city before - especially if you're on a budget. You want to be in the right area, close enough to the centre to be able to see everything, but not close enough that you'll be paying £200 a night in a super fancy hotel (unless that's what you can afford on holiday in which case, good for you! I'm jealous!)

So I've made an area to guide to help out anyone that's looking, with some of the central areas that I'd recommend staying in and why.