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Rome Cooking Workshops gives you 25% OFF on our best seller cooking classes. We offer three different unique culinary experiences.

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Maestro Chef Challenge7th of December at 10:30 am – Market, cook and compete! Get ready to create authentic Italian recipes in our pulse-racing, high-adrenaline kitchen. Let’s say you can cook well, but the question is how fast? Want to try?

 

Wine Tasting and Pasta Making, 6th of December at 7:30 pm – Come and drink the most delightful wines with us while you get your fangs into some amazing cheese and ham! You will also have a pasta making class in this fun! Sounds interesting?

 

Pasta and tiramisu makingPasta and Tiramisu Making7th of December at 4:30 pm – Roll up your sleeves! You will join one of the most fun and edutaining pasta and tiramisu making class. Let you have all the fun on Saturday with us! Want to join?

 

To take advantage of this promotion simply choose the experience you are interested in among our three best-seller cooking classes and use your promo code: BLACKFRIDAYRCW. Don’t wait too long to book. The code is valid until Monday, 2nd of December. We look forward to seeing you in our cooking academy!

 

For any further questions or information please do not hesitate to contact us.

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Italy's popularity as a tourist destination has grown hugely over the last few decades. With its beautiful climate, romantic scenery and world-class food, it’s one of the best countries in the world to visit. 

 

The ideal time to visit Italy can depend on what you want to see and do; however, the weather tends to be cooler in spring and autumn with smaller crowds, so these months can be an excellent time to visit. 

 

With so much to see and do across the country's picturesque countryside and cosmopolitan cities, it can be hard to squeeze everything into your itinerary. We've put together a guide on the best times to visit Italy to ensure you can fit everything in and plan your perfect Italian trip. 

 

1) See the Giro d'Italia up close

Whether you're a fan of bike races or simply enjoy cycling leisurely at the weekends, the chance to see one of the best cycling tours in the world should not be passed up. One of cycling's three "Grand Tours", the Giro d'Italia offers you the chance to see some of the biggest names in cycling. The road cycling race is held in May, with multiple stages hosted across a variety of cities throughout the various regions and cities in Italy. There's plenty of opportunities to see some of the stars in cycling across the event in 2020.

 

Venice2) Enjoy the Venice Carnival 

Venice Carnival forms part of the celebrations taking place across two weeks leading up to Lent. One of the most famous carnivals in the world, it offers a unique opportunity to see century-old traditions that are still carried on today. Across the fortnight, the spectacle offers an intriguing opportunity to see a range of fancy dress, parties and a variety of masked and costumed people through the streets of Venice. 

 

 

3) Visit the Vatican at Easter

During March or April, depending on when Easter occurs, the eyes of the Roman Catholic world turn to the Vatican and Rome.

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 A range of events and celebrations take place across the Easter weekend, so this is the perfect time to visit Rome and the Vatican if you wish to enjoy one of the most important times in the Christian calendar. The Pope delivers his annual Easter address from Saint Peter's Square surrounded by over 30,000 flowers. Join in the Easter celebrations and experience one of the most important periods of the Christian calendar.

 

4) Celebrate Republic Day

Each year on 2nd June, Italians celebrate "Festa Della Repubblica", or Republic Day. This marks the anniversary of the formation of Italy’s modern republic, created after World War Two. Italians hold a range of parties and festivals showcasing the very best of Italian culture. Republic Day offers you a unique chance to see how Italy celebrates its history and join the festivities, whilst also giving you the opportunity to see the Italian Air Force's flyover, with its pilots displaying the Italian flag in the sky.

 

 

It all began back in 2010. We wanted to offer something that gave everyone the chance to travel Europe with fun-loving people and create memories that will last a life-time! Since then, we haven’t looked back and simply love doing what we do. With our experierence, hard-work, and customer-focus, we promise you are in good hands!  If you’re an out-going person who likes to meet new people and enjoys having fun whilst travelling to new places, then EuroTrip Adventures is the right company for you!

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thanksgiving dinner1) Thanksgiving in Italy - from €189 a person

Date: 28th November- 30th November 2019

It's time to start making plans for Thanksgiving! Spend this holiday in an unforgettable way with EuroTrip Adventures: visit Venice, Pisa, Florence and Milan in 3 days !

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discover Ireland2) Discover Ireland - from €339 a person

Date: 28th November – 2nd December 2019

See the Cliffs of Moher!
Enjoy a Guinness in Dublin!
Tick off another country and visit the capital city of Northern Ireland!

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Baltic Christmas Cruise3) Baltic Christmas Cruise - from €339 a person

Date: 21st December – 25th December 2019

Spend 5 days cruising around the Baltic Sea!
Check out the beautiful island, Suomenlima in Helsinki
Enter the most famous church “Savior on the Spilled Blood” in Russia!
Stroll through the medieval town and learn its haunting history in Tallinn Estonia!

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Santa Claus village

4) Northern Lights Discovery - from €499 a person

Date: 13th  – 18th February 2020

Visit the Santa Clause village
Take a Husky ride and feed the Reindeers
Ride the snowmobile
Chase the Northern Lights

Get a 50€ discount voucher by inserting the promo code NORTHERNLIGHTS on the website when booking!

If you’re living in Rome and want to get in on the local sports scene, then getting involved with the local football scene is the way to go. While there are plenty of other popular sports around the country, football – as you might expect – is king. And while some of the more northern Italian clubs tend to command the most attention (Juventus, most notably), there’s plenty of good action in the Eternal City.

AS Roma and SS Lazio are both mainstays in Serie A (the top league in Italian football), and are both based in Rome. In fact, they even share a home base in Stadio Olimpico, a 70,000-plus seat venue that was first opened in the 1930s.

These two clubs make for a thriving local football scene, and below we’ve put together some information you’ll need to fully enjoy it during your time in Rome.

How Can You Get Tickets?

Each football club’s website sells tickets, and they each play 19 league matches at home every season (which runs August to May, save for the couple weeks off in the winter). There are also additional matches, between exhibitions and European competitions outside of league play. Often, there will be plenty of tickets available for general sale for less important matches, while the bigger occasions will be more challenging. If you’re eyeing one of those occasions (perhaps when the two clubs play one another, when Juventus comes to town, or if a major club from another European league is visiting), you may have better luck finding a seat online via a third-party vendor like Viagogo or StubHub.

If you don’t have tickets but still want more of a communal Roman football experience, it’s worth noting that plenty of people watch at local sports bars as well. There are 12 screens at Four Green Fields, and up to 180 can fit in the bar so you have a good chance of being able to see the action. Or you can try the lively, Scottish-inspired Highlander’s, close to the Vatican and often full of fans.

Can You Place Bets on the Action?

You may have noticed if you’ve watched from abroad that European football tends to have a fairly active betting component to it. Major bookmaking companies sponsor some of the clubs and make their presence known, and naturally, plenty of fans of the sport regularly place bets on both match and season-long outcomes.

If this is something that interests you, we’d note that online gambling is permitted in Italy, though you may find that an external site offers the most active listings. Some of the UK’s free betting sites and the aforementioned big companies sponsoring clubs are often the most active not just regarding the British Premier League, but for all European football. So, in short, the answer is that yes, you can wager on the action – but you may have the easiest time of it via an international platform online.

It can be a fun way to attach yourself to a match, particularly if you don’t have a developed rooting interest. Just be sure to be responsible about it!

Who Should You Root For?

Both Serie A football clubs in Rome have strong fan bases. Roma, though, is considered to be one of the most supported clubs in the world. So, if you want to join the masses, go for AS Roma; if you want the slightly alternative (but still popular) pick, take SS Lazio.

Theoretically you could cheer for both sides while you’re living in Rome, even if to many Serie A supporters this would border on blasphemy. However, you’ll need to choose sides when it comes time for the two clubs to square off. The Derby della Capitale, or Roma-Lazio rivalry, is considered one of the fiercest and most historic in Europe. In the 1920s, Mussolini forced several Italian football clubs to join together, aiming for national unity. This gave birth to Roma, but Lazio refused to join, essentially guaranteeing a deep-rooted rivalry.

If you’re able to attend one of the two annual derby matches, be prepared. It can get heated, and on occasion there have even been physical altercations between opposing fans. Mind you, we’d still recommend attending one of these matches if you can, because they make for incredibly energetic football experiences. Just maybe don’t be too loud about your support one way or the other unless you’re confident you’re among like-minded supporters! (And if you want a more logistical tip, avoid sitting right behind the goals, as that’s where the most serious followers sit, and thus where things will get rowdiest.)

Hopefully with these tips and explanations in mind you feel prepared to enjoy the wonderful football scene in Rome!


Rome rose gardenRome Rose Garden reopens on October 15th! You can visit and admire the autumn blooms of its more than 1,000 varieties of roses EVERY DAY from 8.30 to 18.00 and the ENTRANCE IS FREE!!!

The Rose garden is located within the walking distance from Circo Massimo metro station - Via di Valle Murcia, 6!

The park was established in 1931. Over 1100 varieties of roses are ready to bloom there, many of them gifts from countries around the world. It is one of the most prestigious botanical collections of roses in the world, which allows us to trace the history and evolution of the rose from antiquity to the present day. The cultivated specimens come from the Far East up to South Africa, from Old Europe up to New Zealand, passing through the Americas. There are primordial species (botanical roses) that date back to 40 million years ago, very precious and little known, together with ancient roses, all of great originality and beauty.

The Rome Rose Garden covers 10,000 m square and each section has rose varieties characteristic of, or grown in, the respective variety. The park also has an experimental section where new varieties of roses are tested for their suitability for public and private gardens in Italy.

The rose garden can be visited by people with disabilities. Small dogs are allowed on a leash.

For information and reservations, you can contact the Municipal Rose Garden directly by phone 06 574 6810 or by e-mail at rosetoromacapitale@comune.roma.it

Rome is one of the most popular cities in the world, welcoming between 7 and 10 million visitors every year. As a result, holidaying in Rome can be expensive unless you have some money-saving tricks up your sleeve. I lived there for almost two years, am a naturally cheap thrifty person and would like to share some tips on saving money in Italy’s capital city.

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Sightseeing

There are plenty of fantastic free sites to enjoy in Rome! Iconic landmarks like the Pantheon, Teatro Marcello and St Peter’s Basilica don’t charge an entrance fee. People-watch in Piazza Navona and gaze at the Trevi fountain for as long as you like without paying a thing. Relax in Rome’s beautiful parks, such as Villa Borghese, Parco degli Acquedotti and Villa Pamphili. Rent a bike or walk along the 2000-year old Via Appia Antica (which is dotted with catacombs, churches and ancient ruins). Visit Circo Massimo, a large outdoor space which hosted chariot races, events and games. Peek through Rome’s secret keyhole for a special view of the Vatican. The keyhole creates an optical illusion, making the Vatican’s dome appear much closer than it is.

Rome has over 900 churches spread across the city and the vast majority are free to enter. I love to sit down and soak up the ambiance, enjoying the stunning interiors, stained glass windows and countless statues and sculptures. They also offer a cool respite from the hot summer temperatures. I particularly recommend Basilica of Santa Maria del Popolo, Santa Maria Maggiore, Santa Maria Sopra Minerva,  St. Clement’s Basilica, San Pietro in Vincoli and Santa Maria Trastevere.

Instead of paying for organized tours, why not download an audio guide that you can listen to at your own pace, while you explore the Eternal City? Rick Steves is so passionate about travelling and exploring new places, and you can download his free audio guides here. He has ten audio guides for Rome, including the Vatican museums, Colosseum, Roman Forum, Jewish Ghetto and Trastevere neighbourhood.

I recommend buying a combined ticket for the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill; an adult’s ticket costs €12 (€7.50 for concessions) and grants entry over two consecutive days. Some people are eligible for free entry to the Colosseum & Roman Forum. Visit this website for more information and remember to bring whatever identification or paperwork you need to get your discount.

On the last Sunday of the month, many of Rome’s top sights are free entry including the Vatican, the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, the Borghese Gallery, the Roman Forum, Terme di Caracalla and the National Gallery of Modern ArtYou can find the full list of museums here.

Most people pay to climb to the top of St Peter’s Dome, or take the lift up the Vittorio Emanuele II Monument in Piazza Venezia. However, you can enjoy wonderful viewpoints for free from Terrazza del Gianicolo, situated between the Vatican and Trastevere. Aventine Hill and Pincian Hill also offer stunning views of the city.

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                    The view from Terrazza del Gianicolo

Food

Rome is absolutely bursting with fantastic eateries serving up some of the best Italian food you will ever eat. The Lazio region (where Rome is located) has some of its own unique specialties that you should try to sample while you’re there. Unfortunately, as with many popular cities, there are also lots of tourist traps to avoid. For tips on dining really well when you’re on holiday (wherever you are), check out this blog post!

One of the first ways you will save money eating out is by not tipping. Yes, you read that correctly! In Rome, it is not customary or mandatory to tip. A service charge is often included on the bill (it’s called coperto). Romans will either just pay the bill & coperto, or add a few euros on top if they had particularly good service.

Instead of having a full sit-down meal, go for aperitivo! Aperitivo is a great way to save money: you pay for a regularly priced beer, cocktail or glass of wine, and then have access to food provided by the bar or restaurant. Sometimes the food includes slices of pizza, small sandwiches or pasta, but most of the time it’s an elaborate buffet. You can fill your plate more than once, so it can be a very affordable dinner option. Some of my favourite aperitivos include DoppiozeroMeeting PlaceAnalemmaFreni e Frizioni and Gusto.

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If you’re renting an apartment with a kitchen, why not cook some meals at home? This way you can save money and create some dishes using authentic Italian ingredients. There are lots of open-air markets across the city; two of my favourites at Mercato Testaccio and Nuovo Mercato Esquilino. You might even spot some fruit or vegetables you’ve never seen or tried before!

Rome has a great selection of street food to enjoy on the go, which can save you money by not paying for sit-down table service. You can enjoy slices of pizza (Roman style is with the thin crust) or supplì (deep-fried rice balls filled with cheese, meat or ragù sauce). Make it your mission to try a trapazzino as well (multiple locations across Rome). Trapazzini are warm pizza pockets, with the most delicious fillings. My absolute favourite is Pollo alla Cacciatora (chicken cacciatore style), but the Parmigiana di Melanzane (eggplant/aubergine parmigiana) and Polpette al sugo (meatballs in sauce) are also sublime.

So how does it work ordering at the bar? Usually you order and pay at the till area and then are given a paper receipt to take to the bar area. Other cafes will let you order and pay for your drinks at the bar. Just watch what others are doing before you. Along with espresso, you can get different types of coffee like cappuccino, macchiato or caffe shakerato (iced coffee). Bars often have orange juice and other soft drinks as well. All drinks are served unsweetened but there are sugar sachets on the counter.I’m sure you’ll want to get a cup of coffee (or ten!) while you’re in home. Cafes are known as ‘bars’ in Italy (and coffee is known as ‘caffé’. Confusing!). Save money by standing at the bar, in front of the baristas, instead of sitting down at a table. Prices are set at the bar; locals pay between 80 cents and €1.50 for an espresso. However cafes can set their own prices for table service. I’ve heard some horror stories, such as tourists paying €8 for an espresso just because they sat down to drink it. Apparently, a coffee in eyesight of the Pantheon can cost €18 per cup(!). Ridiculous!

When dining in restaurants, consider ordering the house wine. Unlike some countries, house wine in Italy (vino della casa) tastes good and is affordable. It is served in carafes – either as a half litre (mezzo litro) or full litre (litro) – and usually costs €8-10.

All across Rome, you can find taps dispensing fresh, clean water. Affectionately known as nasoni (“big noses”, due to their shape), these taps are connected to Rome’s aqueducts and run deep under the ground so the water is always refreshingly cold. There is really no need to buy plastic water bottles in Rome, bring a reusable one and fill up as you go. I have this insulated one which keeps my water cold for hours.

My top money-saving tip is to stay outside of the historical centre. I actually prefer the neighbourhoods around il centro histrico; they feel more authentic, have great restaurants and you’ll be staying alongside locals. You can easily travel into the historic centre to visit the main sights. Great neighbourhoods include Testaccio, Piramide, Monti and San Giovanni. For somewhere more upmarket, try Parioli or Flaminio. Pigneto and San Lorenzo are a little further from the historic centre but offer cool vibes and cheaper prices. Wherever you stay, aim to be near a metro station.

Rome doesn’t really have a quiet season; people flock there all year round. However, if you avoid April to August, you won’t be paying peak prices and can enjoy fewer crowds.

Transport

Rome has two airports – Fiumicino and Ciampino. If you fly into Fiumicino airport, you can take the Leonardo Express train to Termini station (€14), but a cheaper route is the regional train which stops at Trastevere, Ostiense and Tuscolana stations. This route only takes 15 minutes longer and costs €8 to any of the above stations.

If you’d prefer to take a taxi, there is a set price from Fiumicino airport to the city centre. It’s €48, which includes all passengers and all luggage. The centre is defined as anywhere within the Aurelian city walls (this map shows the city centre marked in orange). It is illegal for a taxi driver to charge you more, unless your accommodation is outside of the marked area. Discuss the fare beforehand and if he/she tries to charge extra, walk away and find another driver.

If you fly into Ciampino, you can pre-book a seat on a Terravision shuttle bus. It costs €4 if you book in advance, and a few euros more on the day. The journey time is around 40 minutes. If you’d prefer a taxi, the flat rate is €30 into Rome’s city centre.

When you’re in the city, avoid hailing a taxi on the street as the drivers often charge extortionate rates to tourists. Uber is not commonly used so I suggest you download it Taxi or Free Now (previously known as MyTaxi), two apps which allow you to search for and book taxis from your phone. You can share your location and where you want to go, see which taxis are nearby, how long it’ll take for one to reach you and how much your taxi journey will cost. You can pay through the app.

I personally think the best way to see Rome is on foot. There is something magical about getting lost in Rome’s winding roads and picturesque side streets. If you’d rather use public transport, Rome has lots of buses and trams. The service is slow and sometimes delayed, but it’s a great way to see the city for a much lower price than a taxi or Hop On/Hop Off bus! My favourite tram is the number 3, which snakes through cool neighbourhoods like Testaccio and San Giovanni, passes the Colosseum and terminates in Villa Borghese. There is also a metro, with a faster, more reliable service across three lines (although delays and part-closures are not uncommon!).

If you plan to use the public transport system a lot, buy a daily or weekly travel pass. A single ticket, valid on the metro, buses and trams, currently costs €1.50. Whereas a 24-hour pass costs €7, a 48-hour pass 12.50, a 72-hour pass €18 and a 7-day pass €24. Children under the age of 10 can travel for free, with an accompanying adult. These tickets can save you money if you use the system a lot, and are very convenient as you don’t have to waste time buying tickets at the metro stations or a tabaccheria (Italy’s version of a newsagent’s or kiosk).

I hope these suggestions will help you save money while enjoying wonderful Rome! If you have any other ideas, please leave them in the comments below.

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