Food, Drink and Entertainment has been an integral part of Roman culture for centuries; the current times are no different.
And while a global city can sometimes lose its identity in food and drink, Rome has not. We looked at what is still unique in Rome.
Full flavours and farm to table ingredients are the hallmarks of Roman cooking. Rome is fortunate to be in the fertile Lazio region, a constant supply of fresh produce.
Lazio provides Rome with a wide variety of fresh vegetables (the Romans love their artichiokes), meats seasoned with herbs, and cheese for the foundation.
Some typical dishes are Gnocchi alla Romana (with nutmeg), Trippa alla Romana (tripe, tomato sauce, cheese), Spaghetti cacio e pepe, and Carciofi alla Giudia (fried artichokes).
And desserts are simple, from ricotta cakes (cheese, fruits, nuts) to the Maritozzi (buns with cream and candied oranges).
A Fraschetta is a traditional Roman tavern serving cheap local wine and ‘porchetta’ or roasted pork stuffed and seasoned with aromatic herbs and entrails. These days you will also get a basic but hearty meal.
These taverns are usually located in revamped wine cellars and are typical of Rome and its outskirts; specifically found in Ariccia, a pre-Roman village in Castelli Romani. Historically they catered to merchants coming to the city to sell produce.
Nightlife in Rome is more about the company and the social bonding. It takes its time to get started, after a lot of discussion. It commonly involves the Passeggiata or slow walk through the town, chatting with friends and stopping at bars.
Locals wind up the night with a cornetto (like a croissant filled with custard) from a cornetteria, and cappuccino on the way home.