Off the beaten track bars in RomeNicola
For a quiet moment in Rome, to escape the buzz and slow down after an exciting day of sightseeing with Italy’s Best, these two wine bars are just the ticket.
Located at Viale del Belvedere
Casina Valadier is a beautiful wine bar with Rome’s domes as a backdrop.
Villa Doria Pamphili
Via Vitellia 102
Off the beaten track, yet within resonable walking distance, is a lesser known place most likely not on your tourist map, called Villa Pamhili. It is in Monteverde, a little bit further uphill from Trastevere, yet one of the biggest parks in Rome. Here you can sit, walk, jog, cycle and kick a football, or even take a picnic, while also taking in the views looking back over the Rome.
Inside the park is Vivi Bistro, a wine bar and restaurant serving bio food. And the Villa Doria Pamphili, a 17th century villa originally owned by Prince Camilo Pamphili, who lived there until the 18th century. The villa is now a museum with beautiful art collections and a chapel with exquisite frescoed ceilings. When the Pamphili family died without a male heir, the villa was passed onto Prince Giovanni Andrea IV Doria, and has been known as the Villa Doria Pamphili ever since. Built during the Baroque period, the house is however designed in the Renaissance style, and surrounded by a manicured garden with lemon trees and enviable views. The gardens surrounding the villa are vast and there is a bridge connecting the two halves of the park.
During the summer months, many of Rome’s parks have open air concerts where you can listen to music under the pine trees.
Add these addresses to your Rome to do list…
VIvi Bistrot Wine Bar @ Villa Doria Pamphili
Address: Via Vitellia 102
Casina Valadier @ Villa Borghese
Address: Viale del Belvedere