After my degree, I moved to Umbria and lived in this beautiful Italian region for about 15 years, working with Hosted Villas in promoting Umbrian food and wine experiences to their guests.
My name is Benedetta but everyone calls me Benny. I was born in Rome and raised in different parts of the world. I attended International schools and after 18 years of this wonderful life, I returned to Italy where I attended college and graduated as Interpreter and Simultaneous Translator in Spanish, English, and Italian.
I love my city! I love the experiences it has to offer - the culture and love for food and wine. Remember, there is no such thing as Italian food… just ask and I will tell you.
My perfect day in Rome would be...
It goes without saying that food plays a very important role in my life. Rome has an array of possibilities for food and wine lovers and if you mix and match these experiences with culture, then the memories you create will last a lifetime.
Wake up early and explore the city. Rome at sunrise is magical. The light is stupendous! Explore around Castel Sant’Angelo and St. Peter’s Square when the city is just waking up. Cappuccino and a fresh made cornetto are a must for a typical Roman style breakfast and depending on where you go, there are charming “bars” all over Rome where you can stop and enjoy this morning ritual.
I would then head to the Vatican to visit the Vatican museums and the Sistine Chapel. The Sistine Chapel is breathtaking and the beauty of the Basilica is amazing. If you are up for it, climb all the way to the top of the dome for a view you will never forget!
For lunch, because you will have to eat, I would select a Food Tour; something short that will capture the essence of what Roman Food is all about.
The rest of the afternoon can be spent exploring the Jewish Ghetto and Campo dé Fiori, strolling and savoring the cobblestone, back-end streets so full of life. To finish off the evening, nothing beats an aperitivo on an exclusive roof-top bar right at Piazza Navona with a 360° view that is to die for.