How to Experience Rome Like a Pro

Known as the Eternal City or Caput Mundi (capital of the world), Rome is an ancient city that became the capital of a unified Italy in 1870, after taking the title from Florence.  Although the capital of Italy is a large cosmopolitan city, with 3,000 years of art, culture, and architecture on display, Roman cuisine leans remarkably toward the simple, unpretentious side.


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Seasonal staples include peas, globe artichokes, fava beans, meat (milk-fed lamb and goat), and cheeses (Pecorino, Romano and Ricotta). It’s the rustic regional character of the food that people can’t forget. Pasta sauces are made from basic ingredients and are often spicy. Pasta all’ amatriciana and pasta arrabiata are two such typical Roman pasta dishes, both of which include tomatoes and red pepper flakes. Not-to-miss attractions in Rome include:  Trevi fountain, Ara Pacis (Altar of Peace), Basilica San Clemente, Roman Forum, Galleria Borghese, Pantheon, Vatican, Colloseum and Piazza Navona. Follow this guide for offers available exclusively to Diners Clubmembers in Rome.

Hotel Bernini Bristol Rome

This 5-star accommodation is housed in a historical palace that faces Piazza Barberini near the Trevi fountain. It’s also within walking distance from great shopping! Diners Clubmembers receive 10% off of all tariffs at Hotel Bernini Bristol Rome.

Il Vero Girarrosto Toscano

Although it started out serving Roman cuisine in the 1960s, Il Vero Girarrosto Toscana evolved over the years to focus on Tuscan cuisine, due to the international popularity of these dishes. When in Rome at Il Vero, try the Tuscan antipasti like liver crostini and bruschetta, solid soups such as pasta fagioli and the Fiorentina T-bone steak.

Casa Coppelle

Traditional Italian fare meets modern French at this cozy tavern lined with books and monochrome photos. For dinner, first-course options include famous Roman pasta dishes such as spaghetti carbonara, while second-course options range from the classic Roman saltimbocca to chicken breast with yogurt and vegetable salad. Diners Clubmembers are treated to a complimentary aperitif at Casa Coppelle.

To view these and other Diners Club Privileges in Italy, check out our current offers.

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Le Anfore Business Lounge

After landing in Rome’s Fiumicino Airport, ease into your trip with food and drinks at Le Anfore Business Lounge.

Things to Do and See

Other things to do in Rome include:  viewing the Eternal City from the Gianicolo hill, visiting the former home and museum of an Italian surrealist artist at the Giorgio Chirico House-Museum, soaking up the Caravaggio paintings at  the Church of San Luigi dei Francesi, and visiting the Vatican. Or try this amazing stroll across the Ponte Sisto to see the Eternal City in all its staggering beauty.

Check out Via de Governo Vecchio for a vintage shopping extravaganza. For a fascinating day-trip to see some of the best Roman ruins, visit Ostia-Antica, a large archaeological site located at on what was the former seaport of ancient Rome. Ancient buildings, awe-inspiring frescoes and stunning mosaics are among the viewing pleasures of this site.

In Rome history pulses from every corner, and yet the modern is encapsulated in the vibrant street life. Eat, walk, experience, and taste Rome’s delicious mix of ancient and contemporary the next time you’re in Italy.

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