I have been working as a Local Host with Hosted Villas for several years. I enjoy taking care of people's needs and making sure they are happy with the plans I've suggested
Although I was born in Rome and raised as an Italian, I grew up abroad and attended international schools. I came back to Rome where I gained a Master’s Degree in Communications, became a trained pastry chef, and have been working in hospitality and tourism for many years. I have a family business, Local Aromas, where we organize authentic food and wine experiences in Italy: food tours, wine and oil tasting, cooking classes. Sharing my love for quality experiences in Italy is what I love to do.
The choice of places to eat is also tremendous, so there is no excuse for going to the tourist places with their huge long menus of bad food and their high prices!
My perfect day in Rome would be...
Rome has over 900 churches. Not only are they masterpieces themselves, but some of them treasure priceless artwork of Italian artists. Give yourself a day to walk and explore these hidden secrets.
Head towards Termini station to see the stunning mosaics of the Basilica Papale di Santa Maria Maggiore and the Basilica di Santa Prassede. From there, visit the Basilica di San Pietro in Vincoli to admire Michelangelo's Moses statue. Stop for lunch in the Monti neighborhood, in Via Urbana, for a taste of local gourmet sandwiches at Zia Rosetta or Tricolour. Walk on one of Rome's most evocative streets, Via dei Fori Imperiali, that goes from the Colosseum, through the Roman Forum and ends at Piazza Venezia.
Head to the Roman temples at Largo di Torre Argentina where Julius Caesar was killed. Close to the Pantheon is the Basilica di Santa Maria sopra Minerva where you can see a famous elephant sculpture designed by Bernini and Michelangelo's Christ the Redeemer statue. Finish your day by admiring Caravaggio paintings in two churches, Chiesa di San Luigi dei Francesi and Basilica di Santa Maria del Popolo. Reward yourself with an aperitif at Terrazza Borromini right by Piazza Navona.