Eating is one of Rome’s greatest pleasures, so one of the best things to do in Rome is be adventurous and explore the city’s restaurants without a Rome guide. The only place to avoid is the area surrounding Stazione Termini, where meals are usually overpriced. The rest of the city will not disappoint: Testaccio and San Lorenzo are popular eating areas among the locals, while Trastevere hosts an excellent variety of rustic-style restaurants hidden in tiny squares. In the centre, pick up a Rome map and explore the side streets around Campo de Fiori and Piazza Navona, which harbor good restaurants and pizzerie, as does Monti. Finally, the Ghetto is the place to go for traditional Roman-Jewish cooking.
Summer time in Rome
During the summer these areas are lively and vibrant, with most Roman bars offering outdoor seating. Restaurants usually open for lunch from 12:30 to 3pm but many are not keen to take orders after 2pm. In the evening, restaurants open from about 8pm. Many restaurants close during part of August.