Travel Postcard: 48 hours in Rome, as Romans do

Fri Oct 12, 2012 9:17am EDT
 
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By Jessica Donati

ROME (Reuters) - In Rome one can still indulge in la dolce vita without breaking the bank, even in times of austerity.

Reuters correspondents with local knowledge help you skip the crowds, dip into daring ice-cream (anyone for pecorino cheese flavor?) and of course, spend evenings in the piazzas watching the world go by, just as the Romans do.

Friday

5 p.m. - Rome's 2,000 year old Pantheon is the perfect place to start. Originally built as a temple to the gods in ancient Roman times, it is one of the city's oldest and best-preserved landmarks and still used as a church.

6 p.m. - Look no further than the cafes in the square, where you can admire the Pantheon's glorious facade over an aperitivo.

For a pick-me-up after a long journey, tucked up a side-street, Tazza d'Oro is one of many establishments claiming to serve the best coffee in Rome and you can buy beans there too.

7:30 p.m. - Dinner. You should make it your mission to avoid the ever-expanding number of tourist traps in the city's historic sites and the area around the Pantheon is no exception.

Make your way through bustling Piazza Navona, stopping to admire Bernini's dramatic Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi, to La Montecarlo on Vicolo Savelli 13, where simple but delicious Roman food is still served at a reasonable price.   Continued...

 
Tourists view the tomb of artist Raphael, which plays a part in novelist Dan Brown's book Angels & Demons, at the Pantheon in Rome May 1, 2009. REUTERS/Chris Helgren