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Best Michelin-star restaurants in Rome: Il Tino restaurant, Fiumicino

Best Michelin-star restaurants in Rome: the unmissable Il Tino, Fiumicino

What do you imagine when you think of a Michelin-starred dining experience, and indeed, a Michelin-starred chef? The drive out to Michelin-starred restaurant Il Tino in Fiumicino takes you past meadows flanking dusty roads; slow traffic on a single carriageway skirting the edge of the seaside town. We turn into the ample carpark of a…

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The Flair – Rooftop Restaurant at Hotel Sina Bernini Bristol combines Dolce Vita charm with a modern, minimal menu from chef Alessandro Caputo

Best rooftop restaurants in Rome: The Flair, Hotel Sina Bernini Bristol

The Flair – Rooftop Restaurant at Hotel Sina Bernini Bristol is an opportunity to experience old-world Dolce Vita charm, while sampling a menu from one of the most exciting young chefs in Rome. Chef Alessandro Caputo, Sicilian-born but Rome resident, has managed to pack a lot into his short career: spells at Heston Blumenthal’s The…

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Trattoria Verbano in Rome kickstarts the Trieste neighbourhood’s rebirth with honest cuisine

Trattoria Verbano is the first piece in the puzzle designed to create a new dining district in Rome’s Trieste neighbourhood. Situated right on Piazza Verbano, it’s a good looking bistro-style restaurant encapsulating the best of Roman trattoria fare, while simultaneously creating a comfortable and elegant ambience in its multi-level venue. For the owners, Trattoria Verbano…

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Off Club Rome is a grown-up club and cocktail bar, with fusion food, east of the city

Off Club Rome: a grown-up club and cocktail bar, with fusion food, east of the city

Off Club Rome is a new venture from AS Roma footballer Francesco Curcio and professional poker player Matteo Di Persio near trendy Pigneto, in the Casal Bertone neighbourhood. Designed by Sicilian architect Antonino Cardillo, Wallpaper* magazine has already praised its ‘Kubrickian monoliths’ and ‘a continuity consciously akin to Escher’. Expect interiors which nod to 1960s…

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Trastevere best restaurants: try Jacopa, for gourmet food with Roman heart

Trastevere best restaurants: try Jacopa, for gourmet food with Roman heart

Rome’s Trastevere district never goes out of style, but if you’re looking for the best restaurants in Trastevere, it hasn’t always been easy to escape touristy mediocrity. Enter Jacopa, a restaurant on the peaceful side of Trastevere with bags of character serving gourmet food that has an extremely healthy relationship with the origins of Roman…

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A Vespa sidecar tour of Rome, created by tours of Italy specialists, Dragonfly Tours

If you’re looking for a tip for private tours of Italy, you’ve come to the right place. My recent Vespa sidecar tour of Rome with Dragonfly Tours was a great introduction to the kind of bespoke tour of Italy experience this boutique firm offers, with the glorious city of Rome as the perfect backdrop. Usually…

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The world's first gelato restaurant, the Gelato Bistro of Gelato d'Essai, has launched in Rome, serving sweet ice-cream with savoury food in a novel twist.

The world’s first gelato restaurant launches in Rome

The world’s first gelato restaurant, the Gelato Bistro of Gelato d’Essai, has launched in Rome, serving sweet ice-cream with savoury food in a novel twist. Gelato or ice-cream is usually on everyone’s bucket list when visiting Rome and Italy, so why not put the world’s first gelato restaurant on your hit-list for your Roman holiday?…

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Things to do in Puglia: Best things to do in Conversano, including where to stay in Puglia

Things to do in Puglia: 10 best things to do in Conversano

What to do in Conversano, Puglia Looking for things to do in Puglia, or more specifically, the best things to do in Conversano? Whatever your holiday plans in this gorgeous Italian region, at the heel of the boot-shaped peninsula, don’t miss Conversano, in the metropolitan area of Bari. This ancient town, which has been settled…

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Best Lazio beaches: This guide to the best beaches near Rome includes how to get to the best Rome beaches with public transport, including how to get to Ostia and Fregene, how to get to Sperlonga, Anzio, Gaeta, Santa Severa and Santa Mariella. The best beaches in Lazio.

Best Lazio beaches: the best beaches near Rome & how to reach them 2019

This guide to the best beaches near Rome focuses on the Roman beaches which are easy to reach with public transport. While Lazio – the county or state which includes Rome – has some outstandingly attractive beaches including the Pontine islands and Sabaudia in the south, these are much more difficult to get to if…

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