And 14! Mama Shelter is picking up her suitcases again on her world tour world tour and dropping anchor in Rome – one of our most beloved cities. As always, we chose our neighborhood because we love it! Prati is away from the usual stream of tourists but just a stone’s throw from the Vatican and the city’s most beautiful landmarks.

  • Legendary ice-cream parlor

    Gelateria del Teatro

    Italian, Desserts, veggie welcomed - € - 2.7 km from Mama

    Top of the charts among Rome's ice cream parlors, this gelateria offers an incredible array of flavors with 100% homemade and deliciously crisp waffle dough cones.
    Via dei Coronari, 65, 00186 Roma - https://www.gelateriadelteatro.it/

    Nestled in a small paved alleyway covered in greenery, the Gelateria del Teatro attracts a faithful following that swears by its unique combinations. Our favorites? Sage and strawberry, honey and lemon, white peach and lavender… But foodies also enjoy the delicacies with mascarpone, Madagascar vanilla or tiramisu. Savor it without a care in the world sitting on the steps of the neighboring palazzo while you watch the world go by.

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    Astounding

    A stroll in Centro Storico

    The old town - 3 km from Mama

    From the Piazza del Popolo to the Ghetto, the old Jewish quarter, this walk reveals the city's most famous buildings and is an opportunity to soak up Rome’s unique atmosphere - lavish, joyful and decadent.
    Piazza del Popolo, 00186 Roma

    It’s a fabulous walk, worth doing time and time again and at all hours of the day and night. There’s no need to plan a route; instead, just wander through the narrow streets and admire the Piazza Navona with its impressive fountains, marvel at the might of the Pantheon, enjoy an ice cream at Giolitti’s, sip a ristretto at the historic San Eustachio, stroll along the aisles of the Campo dei Fiori market, relive the mythical scene of La Dolce Vita with Anita Ekberg in the Fontana di Trevi, and end up in the old Jewish quarter. Before finally wandering down to the waters of the Tiber.

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    Mythical

    Palatine Hill

    Unmissable - 5.5 km from Mama

    One of Rome's seven hills and the most famous because the she-wolf is said to have hidden Romulus and Remus there after saving them from drowning in the Tiber. Shaded by umbrella pines, today the Palatine Hill offers a 180° view of the ruins of the imperial forums and the splendid silhouette of the Colosseum.
    Palatine hill, 00186 Roma

    No energy for wandering around the alleyways of the Forum or you just fancy exploring twelve centuries of Roman civilization at a glance? Take a stroll up to the Palatine Hill where you can admire the legendary and breathtakingly beautiful Palatine Hill ruins…. The columns of the temple of Castor and Pollux reaching for the sky; the poignant home to the Vestal Virgins with its porticoes and pools; the Curia, fiefdom of the 300 senators with its bronze doors and still-intact bas-reliefs. And, in the background, the imposing silhouette of the Colosseum, the largest amphitheater the Romans ever built.

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    ROMA MOOD

    mamamoji La Dolce Vita by Frederico Fellini, which made the Trevi Fountain as famous as we know it today.

    mamamoji Angels and Demons, by Dan Brown

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  • Local cuisine

    Felice a Testaccio

    Italian - €€-€€€ - 5.4 km from Mama

    A true bastion of Rome's cuisine, it is THE place to try the traditional cacio e pepe. A warm and welcoming address that also gives you the opportunity to stroll through the narrow streets of Testaccio - one of the coolest neighborhoods in the capital.
    Via Mastro Giorgio, 29. 00153 Roma - http://feliceatestaccio.it/en/rome/

    Pasta, cracked pepper, pecorino and nothing else… In this small brick-walled trattoria, the locals feast on cacio et pepe cooked in the very the best tradition, gnocchi alla romana and a delicious roast suckling lamb, all washed down with a glass of Lazio white (we love the Colli Albani). Next, head for the alleys around Piazza Santa Maria Liberatrice to savor the atmosphere of a neighborhood that has kept its popular and nightlife vibe intact. Tel: +39 06 574 6800.

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    Chic cantina

    Pianostrada

    Italian, Meditarenean, veggie welcomed - €€-€€€ - 3.5 km from Mama

    A group of girlfriends took over this restaurant in the heart of Rome and are having fun revisiting traditional recipes in a street food style with some real delicacies, such as their focaccia ricotta and zucchini flowers.
    Via delle Zoccolette 22. 00186 Roma - https://www.pianostrada.it/

    A few tall tables, a long counter, and four pure-baked Romans… It’s a winning recipe in this chic cantina just a stone’s throw from Campo de’ Fiori. Locals come to grab lunch on the go, enjoying some cleverly reinterpreted specialties – beef polpette with almonds, homemade fettuccine, seafood spaghetti – along with great burgers and freshly made sandwiches. The place is a ‘laboratorio di cucina’ with an original menu written by hand on a blackboard every morning. So, you only want only one thing. To come back! Tel: +39 06 8957 2296.

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    Contemporary pizzeria

    Emma

    Italian, Pizza, Mediteranean - €€-€€€ - 3.5 km from Mama

    For many people, it’s simply the best pizzeria in Rome. You can devour pizzas with an ultra-thin and crispy dough and some excellent veggie dishes, all set on a small terrace a stone's throw from the Pantheon.
    Via Monte della Farina, 28-29 00186 Roma - https://www.emmapizzeria.com/

    Epicureans swear by this address, which has reinvented the art of pizza-making with a delicately crispy dough (made by the very talented neighboring baker Pierluigi Roscioli) and a selection of the best organic mozzarella and burrata from Lazio. A special shout for the margherita with super-tasty cherry tomatoes and the Zibella e bufala – mozzarella with raw milk with culatello cured ham straight from Emilia Romagna. Also dip into their vegetable carbonara and the homemade ricotta ravioli, paired with a craft beer carefully selected by Emma. Refreshing and delicious! Tel: + 39 06 64 76 0475.

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    Organic, modern

    Ginger Sapori e salute

    International, Modern, Healthy - €€-€€€ - 3.4 km from Mama

    A stone's throw from the Piazza di Spagna, there’s a contemporary and very cool place where you’ll eat ultra-fresh organic dishes. It’s been so successful that it’s opened an additional and equally popular place not far from Piazza Sant'Eustachio.
    Via Borgognona, 43 00186 Roma - https://www.gingersaporiesalute.com/

    A decor with immaculate white furniture adorned with a large glass canopy – at any time of the day this beautiful space offers a refreshing break and a mouth-watering menu. Fresh-squeezed juices, delicious smoothies, salads prepared right before your eyes – but also some outstanding fish and pasta dishes. Don’t pass on the tonnarella alla puttanesca and baccala – tomatoes, capers, oregano and cod – or the pecorino and truffle spaghetti. And as soon as the first warm days arrive, enjoy the tempting selection of desserts on the small sunny terrace. Tel: +39 06 669 408 36.

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    Legendary ice-cream parlor

    Gelateria del Teatro

    Italian, Desserts, veggie welcomed - € - 2.7 km from Mama

    Top of the charts among Rome's ice cream parlors, this gelateria offers an incredible array of flavors with 100% homemade and deliciously crisp waffle dough cones.
    Via dei Coronari, 65, 00186 Roma - https://www.gelateriadelteatro.it/

    Nestled in a small paved alleyway covered in greenery, the Gelateria del Teatro attracts a faithful following that swears by its unique combinations. Our favorites? Sage and strawberry, honey and lemon, white peach and lavender… But foodies also enjoy the delicacies with mascarpone, Madagascar vanilla or tiramisu. Savor it without a care in the world sitting on the steps of the neighboring palazzo while you watch the world go by.

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  • Mythical

    Palatine Hill

    Historic - 5.5 km from Mama

    One of Rome's seven hills and the most famous because the she-wolf is said to have hidden Romulus and Remus there after saving them from drowning in the Tiber. Shaded by umbrella pines, today the Palatine Hill offers a 180° view of the ruins of the imperial forums and the splendid silhouette of the Colosseum.
    Palatine Hill, Via di San Gregorio, 00186 Roma

    No energy for wandering around the alleyways of the Forum or you just fancy exploring twelve centuries of Roman civilization at a glance? Take a stroll up to the Palatine Hill where you can admire the legendary and breathtakingly beautiful Palatine Hill ruins…. The columns of the temple of Castor and Pollux reaching for the sky; the poignant home to the Vestal Virgins with its porticoes and pools; the Curia, fiefdom of the 300 senators with its bronze doors and still-intact bas-reliefs. And, in the background, the imposing silhouette of the Colosseum, the largest amphitheater the Romans ever built.

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    Classical

    Palazzo Doria Pamphilj

    Art - 4 km from Mama

    Rome has some of the most famous museums in the world, but also conceals more secret treasures such as this 16th century palazzo housing the most important private collection in Italy.
    Via del Corso 305, 00186 Roma - https://www.doriapamphilj.it/roma/

    It is one of the most prestigious Roman palazzos and perhaps the most fascinating because all the splendor of the decor in its 500 or so rooms is still intact. Gildings, mirrors, painted ceilings… The Doria Pamphili collection unfolds in the midst of incredible luxury but also incredible anarchy, with a profusion of canvases rubbing shoulders. You’ll have to concentrate but you won’t regret it! Velasquez, Raphael, Titian, Caravaggio, Bruegel, and more. Masterpieces everywhere – don’t miss our favorite by Claude Gelée, known as “Le Lorrain”; Sunrise with the white diaphanous light of the dawn. Like the dawn of time… Tel: +39 06 679 73 23.

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    Cultural stroll

    Villa Borghese

    Gardens, museum - 3.1 km from Mama

    This mythical villa looks like an English park with shady cafés, a lake and a small island with a Greek temple. There’s also all the treasures to be found in Galleria Borghese, one of the most enchanting museums anywhere in the world.
    Piazza Scipione Borghese 5, 00186 Roma - https://galleriaborghese.beniculturali.it/

    This palazzo, built in 1613, was the property of Cardinal Scipione Borghese, an art lover with an incredible flair – he was among the first to spot Rubens, Bernini and Caravaggio. In the space of 25 years, he managed to assemble one of the finest collections in the world, which can now be seen in his unchanged apartments. All in one place you can admire Bellini’s Madonna and Child, Titian’s Sacred and Profane Love, and Bernini’s incredible sculpture of Apollo and Daphne. To escape from Apollo, who was bewitched by her beauty, the goddess gradually metamorphoses into a laurel tree – her fingers and toes already sprouting leaves and roots. Amazing! Tel: +39 06 8379 6619.

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    Contemporary

    Maxxi, the national 21st century art museum

    Museum - 3.2 km from Mama

    The work of the celebrated architect Zaha Hadid, this concrete, steel and glass construction is a masterpiece in itself. A lively and very contemporary place in a city largely dominated by classical art.
    Via Guido Reni, 4, 00186 Roma - https://www.maxxi.art/

    Opened in 2010 to replace the old barracks in the Flaminio district, the Maxxi is first and foremost worth a visit for its architecture – the gigantic curves, the imposing black staircases that contrast with immaculate white walls. Dedicated to all forms of artistic creation (design, photography, fashion, cinema, dance, etc.), the place brings together a remarkable collection of contemporary art with works by Giuseppe Penone, Vanessa Beecroft, Maurizio Cattelan, Anish Kapoor and Yayoi Kusama… Tel: +39 06 320 19 54.

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    The most secret

    The Vatican gardens

    Hidden treasure - 2.9 km from Mama

    The Vatican's riches need no introduction - the vastness of St. Peter's Basilica, the purity of the Pietà, the splendor of the Sistine Chapel... But away from the flood of tourists, Rome hides yet another treasure, its parks and gardens.... Same ticket as for the museums, booking required.
    Vatican gardens, via della Cava Aurelia, Città del Vaticano, 00186 Roma - http://www.museivaticani.va/content/museivaticani/fr.html

    Created in the 12th century, today this park is one of the most exclusive spots in Rome. Its 23 hectares hide a bucolic landscape of orchards, woods and beds full of flowers and wild grasses, dotted by medieval ruins, Renaissance buildings, caverns, pagodas and pergolas. A unique place where the locals come to recharge their batteries and admire the play of light and shade… But it’s mornings only because the Pope walks there in the afternoons!

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  • Astounding

    A stroll in Centro Storico

    The old town - 3 km from Mama

    From the Piazza del Popolo to the Ghetto, the old Jewish quarter, this walk reveals the city's most famous buildings and is an opportunity to soak up Rome’s unique atmosphere - lavish, joyful and decadent.
    Piazza del Popolo, 00186 Roma

    It’s a fabulous walk, worth doing time and time again and at all hours of the day and night. There’s no need to plan a route; instead, just wander through the narrow streets and admire the Piazza Navona with its impressive fountains, marvel at the might of the Pantheon, enjoy an ice cream at Giolitti’s, sip a ristretto at the historic San Eustachio, stroll along the aisles of the Campo dei Fiori market, relive the mythical scene of La Dolce Vita with Anita Ekberg in the Fontana di Trevi, and end up in the old Jewish quarter. Before finally wandering down to the waters of the Tiber.

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    Street food

    Supplizio

    Amazing food - 1.4 km from Mama

    Elbows on a tiny counter, locals nibble away at rice croquettes that have flawlessly melting mozzarella in the middle. Perfect as an aperitif, with a craft beer or a local vino bianco.
    Via dei Banchi Vecchi, 143, 00186 Roma - https://www.supplizioroma.it/en/

    Forget about pizza and pasta for a moment and discover suppli -delightful little balls of exquisite risotto and piping hot mozza. You’ll find them in all (good) delis but the locals prefer to eat them street food style at Supplizio, considered the best source in town. A must at around 7 to 8 in the evening when crowds of locals flock to this little place and then spend the evening standing around drinking, munching and chatting.

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    Cocktails

    Terrazza Borromini

    Bar - 3.1 km from Mama

    One of the most spectacular terraces in Rome, with a 360° view of the city's forest of roofs and domes. Try it out while sipping delicious house cocktails late into the night.
    Via di Santa Maria dell’Anima, 30, 00186 Roma - https://www.terrazzaborromini.com/terrazze/

    Tucked away in a sumptuous 17th century palazzo, it offers all the comfort and service you’d expect of a luxury hotel. But it also hides a treasure that is accessible to one and all, but is largely unknown… A rooftop terrace where at dusk you’ll be fascinated by the golden rays of the sun that set the city’s ochres and greens ablaze. Sip a spritz while ensconced on a deep sofa, and amuse yourself by pointing out the dome of St. Peter’s on the other side of the Tiber, the Pantheon’s imposing silhouette or Castel Sant’Angelo and, below, the dazzling Piazza Navona with its baroque fountains. A great spectacle! Tel: +39 391 311 4523.

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    Private

    The Jerry Thomas project

    Bar - 2.8 km from Mama

    We love the Jerry Thomas speakeasy and its deliciously Roarin’ 20s atmosphere. You’ll need a password that you can dig out from its website before you’ll be able to enjoy the high-flying cocktails that have made it a very worthy member of the "world's 50 best bars " club.
    Vicolo Cellini 30, 00186 Roma - https://www.thejerrythomasproject.it/

    Rome has also succumbed to the speakeasy bug with some exciting new cocktail bars in the spirit of those clandestine hangouts so popular during the Prohibition. Our favorite is one of the pioneers – baptized Jerry Thomas in homage to the famous American bartender who wrote the first mixology manual in 1862. Opened in 2010, it offers to its (many) loyal followers the charm of its salons and above all anthology tastings under the guidance of the talented Federico Tomaselli. Classic Mint Julet prepared with Wild Turkey 101 Bourbon and homemade pine liqueur or Golden Manhattan with Bulleit rye whiskey, Vermouth del Professore clarified with milk… High artistry indeed! Tel: +39 370 11 46 287.

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    Concerts

    Voodoo Bar

    Open-air bar - 5.6 km from Mama

    This huge open-air bar has conquered the heart of all Rome with its tropical atmosphere and Caribbean street food. Perfect for a ti'punch in one of the small tepees hidden under all the foliage.
    Via delle Terme di Traiano 4A, 00186 Roma - https://www.facebook.com/voodobar/

    Right in the heart of one of Rome’s park on a 2000 m2 space, the Voodoo bar is totally unique in the life of the capital. It welcomes its first devotees in the morning for yoga and meditation sessions in its “healing area” while the cooks are already busying themselves at the pizza station, the sushi bar and in the Tropical restaurant from where the fragrance of Caribbean-style cuisine escapes. Over the course of the day, the place fills up with new disciples that have come to explore the latest exhibition and laze around in hammocks or wicker chairs until dusk is heralded in by the flickering of a thousand candles. And from 10 pm onwards, it’s time for concerts and performances… Tel: +39 06 83796 815.

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  • Urban market

    Mercato Monti

    Flea market passion - 5 km from Mama

    Between the Colosseum and the Termini station is the trendiest of flea markets with fashion and vintage design, crafts and art galleries.
    Grand Hotel Palatino conference hall, via Leonina 46. Monti, 00186 Roma - http://www.mercatomonti.com/

    Take a stroll down the aisles to the sound of excellent music and you’ll be sure to find hidden treasure (we loved the Flaminia kimonos and the vintage Restucciart sunglasses).

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    At aperitif time

    Sorpasso

    Simple but effective - 3.8 km from Mama

    In the Prati district, a simple bar serves delicious wines by the glass - along with cocktails and cold beers - accompanied by beautiful plates of Parma or Bellotta ham.
    Sorpasso Vin Cafè e Cucina, via Properzio 31, 00186 Roma - https://sorpasso.info/home-page/

    A really cool atmosphere and an excellent cellar. Tel: +39 06 89 024 554.

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    Village atmosphere

    The Trastevere quarter

    Lovely walk - 4 km from Mama

    Tucked away in a meander of the Tiber, this quarter still has a village feel with cobbled streets, shady terraces and squares filled with the terraces of bars and trattorias.
    Trastevere, Roma

    Nanni Moretti has his cinema here, the Nuovo Sacher – and don’t miss the Antica Caciara Trasteverina, a delicatessen run by the same family for 3 generations.

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