As much as I wanted to take Anthony Bourdain’s advice on skipping touristy stuff in Rome, I couldn’t help myself. A month in Rome gave me more than enough time to see both tourist attractions, while also maintaining a tight budget. It was at times difficult, yet simple, to keep my money in my pocket since Rome has evolved into a serious tourist trap. Food is no longer authentic in most restaurants. You find yourself exhausted looking for authentic pasta, gelato, or suppli and at times unsatisfied. As a true foodie on a budget, my grand advice to anyone traveling to Rome is COOK! cook as much as you can. DSCF6962

If there is anything worth trying in Rome it’s buying amazing produce at a local farmers market and making a simple meal. I cooked four days out of the week, even though at times, I got home exhausted. I always looked forward to the bright white carrots, sweet onions, fresh basil, etc. waiting for me in my fridge. If you really can’t cook then at least treat yourself to a cooking class and learn a bit about the cities food history, because ultimately food can you tell you a lot about a culture. Always look to have an authentic experience.

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The formula to achieve an authentic experience is:

Eat where the people that live there blog about+ experience the nightlife+ avoid any lines tourist are on+ visit a street food market. Below are must eat places in Rome and random photos of the city .

Church

Must visit:

-Gelateria del Teatro: Via Dei Coronari 65

Best Gelato in Rome point blank!! try all the flavors

-La Moretta Trattoria

Must have their Carbonara Ala Romana: pasta with pork and egg yolk, one of Romans most common dishes

-Hosteria Grappolo d’oro

Cacio e pepe pasta to die for!: pasta with pecorino cheese and black pepper

-Testaccio Market( Farmer’s/Street Food Market)

Try the porchetta there but also try the Trippa sandwich from Cucina Romanesa

-Eataly

Best Suppli( Italian street food) ever

Make sure the cheese inside is runny and goeey

Great place for wine and olive oil to bring back

Onion

Happy Travels!

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