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Enjoying espresso with a client a Cafe della Pace in Rome. This photo was from a Fortune Magazine shoot but I've spent many hours having cafe & conversation at this place. ( ~ expat in Rome ~ )

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Il Margutta Ristor Arte is a great vegetarian restaurant off Via Margutta - a street known for its art galleries. Organic ingredients prepared beautifully and served in a space filled with contemporary art. What could be better? Lunch buffets during the week are a can't miss for the price. ( ~ An expat in Rome ~ )

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Piazza del Popolo is one of my favorite piazzas in Rome. My first flat in Rome was near this Piazza so I walked through it most days when living there. It's named after the church of Santa Maria del Popolo in the northeast corner of the piazza. Before the age of railroads, it was the traveller's first view of Rome upon arrival. For centuries it was a place for public executions, the last of which took place in 1826. ( ~ an expat in Rome ~ )

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Antico Caffe Greco on the Via Condotti is a lovely café with a rich, warm environment: antique furnishings and portraits of the literary luminaries who frequented it like Lord Byron and Goethe. It was built in 1760. ( ~ an expat in Rome ~ )

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I love Piazza Navona for numerous reasons. One of them is its three gorgeous fountains/sculptures - the most impressive one being Bernini's Fountain of the Four Rivers (the Ganges, Danube, della Plata, and Nile) in its center. The piazza was erected in 1651 but in the year 86AD, the Stadium of Domitian with sport competitions and great chariot races was located here. ( ~ an expat in Rome ~ )

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One of the best meals I've had in Rome is at Ristorante Spirito Di Vino. This slow food restaurant is family owned - mama is the chef, the husband explains each dish and its natural ingredients, and the son handles the wine, stored in their wine cellar dating back to ancient Rome. Amazing summer vegetable pie and barley salad with watermelon and goat cheese. Heavenly. ( ~ an expat in Rome ~ )

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Although the best gelato I've ever had was in at the Gelateria di Piazza in San Gimignano (Sergio Dondoli is a master gelato maker known around the world for his innovative flavors - I had a ginger chocolate mint that was divine) you can get some great gelato in Rome at the Della Palma Gelateria near the Pantheon. With over 150 flavors you are bound to find your favorite flavor there. If you are a hazelnut fan, don't miss the nocciola and gianduja - they are to die for. ( ~ an expat in Rome…

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Ristorante Vivendo - A was taken here for Valentine's Day and had a wonderful and very romantic dinner. It's not for those on a budget, but for those who enjoy good food and wine it is well worth it. The atmosphere is elegant, intimate and the service was impeccable ( ~ an expat in Rome ~).

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Ristorante il Pagliaccio (pagliaccio = clown) - If you are ready to splurge to eat really well in Rome, this restaurant should be at the top of your list. We took my father here for his birthday when my parents visited and everything about the experience was fantastic. ( ~ an expat in Rome ~ )

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Le Grotte delTeatro di Pompeo - Excellent restaurant serving cucina Romana. Has bufala mozzarella and a fettucine con radicchio that is out of this world. ( ~ an expat in Rome ~ )

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I recommend Salotto 42 - Described as a "bohemian coffee shop-cum-cocktail bar lined with thick books on art, fashion, film and music". It's owned by an Italian (art enthusiast) - Swedish (former model) couple and their menu reflects that blend. I love their comfortable sofas, healthy meal options and contemporary,artsy ambience tucked into a nook of the ancient art and architecture of Rome. ( ~ an expat in Rome ~ )

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Cafes - Sant’Eustachio is one of the best cafes (or the best, depending who you talk to) in Rome. A New York Times reporter once said: "When the need for a real espresso becomes overpowering, buy a ticket to Rome, tell the taxi driver to head straight for the Sant’Eustachio cafe. The espresso will be perfect. A little expensive, but surely worth the trouble.” I also recommend their chocolate covered espresso beans - they are amazing. ( ~ an expat in Rome ~ )

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Campo de' Fiori (Field of Flowers) was the site where a Dominican priest and philosopher named Giordano Bruno was burned at the stake for heresy and blasphemy in 1600. Today in the morning there is a market with gorgeous flowers, fruits and vegetables. At night it is a hub of nightlife - a great place to go for shopping during the day and fun at night. ( ~ an expat in Rome ~ )

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Terme di Caracalla - Teatro dell'Opera in Rome holds its summer opera and ballet season at the ruins of the Baths of Caracalla. Opera under the stars in the open air is an experience I recommend. I saw Turandot there and it was truly magical. ( ~ an expat in Rome ~ )

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The Trevi Fountain - No matter how many times I see it it still makes me stop and stare in awe. The fountain was built by Nicolò Salvi in 1735 and decorated by various assistants of the Bernini. At the center of the fountain is the god Neptune on a chariot pulled by winged horses. The legend says that a foreign visitor throwing three coins in the fountain over their shoulder ensures their return to Rome. Pennies anyone? ( ~ an expat in Rome ~ )

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One of my favorite pieces in the Galleria Borghese - Bernini’s "Apollo and Daphne". Pictures don't do it justice. Galleria Borghese is the museum I recommend everyone visit while in Rome. It's a diverse, well chosen collection that you can see in under 2 hours. It's one of my favorites - I've been countless times. (~expat in rome~)

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