The Pellegrino apartment is in a small, cosy street at one minute walking from Piazza Campo dè Fiori, traditionally famous for its daily, colourful, market.
From the apartment one could walk everywhere however, if you want to experience something different you can take the cute electric No. 116 bus that hurtles through the historic centre!
For notable shoes stores: Nuyorica (Piazza della Pollarola, 36-37; tel. +39-06-68891243). Rome’s hippest shoe shop stocks international designers, exquisite and expensive. Store for unique shoes that wouldn’t look out of place in a design museum...
Borini (Via dei Pettinari, 86-7). Family business sells good solid shoes made to unique designs in its own workshop.
For clothes stores: go to Via del Governo Vecchio a tiny street that is right accross Corso Vittorio Emanuele. Where all the new trendiest designers want to open a shop.
Full of inviting storefronts stand shoulder to shoulder, but unlike much of the city, there’s an absence of big labels of the Via Condotti. Small fancy boutiques that tempt a specific kind of shopper — the young, trendy, affluent kind.
You will find stores like S.B.U, Luna & L’Altra (Piazza Pasquino, 76; tel. +39-06-6880-4995), Josephine de Huertas & Company (Via del Governo Vecchio, 68; tel. +39-06-687-6586), which sells bright, irreverent shirt dresses and candy-hued blouse. They are also the exclusive seller of Paul Smith Women in Italy. Check out Arsenale (Via del Governo Vecchio, 64; tel.+39-06-686-1380) for something elegant. Structured gowns and floor-length skirts made by its owner, Patrizia Pieroni, (recently on sale for 310 euros) look more like sculpture than something you’d wear. Visit then Paola Frani (Via del Governo Vecchio, 33; tel. +39-06-68301537), a designer who made a name for herself with girlie tops and floral dresses.
For notable nonclothing stores check: Alchemilla (Via del Governo Vecchio, 11; tel. +39-06-6871163), which feels like Takashimaya in miniature with its small, chic silk flowers, and Utilefutile (Via del Governo Vecchio, 20/a; tel. +39-06-68809488) a place for huge, funky stone rings (from 35 euros) and useless but clever novelty handbags (from 40 euros). For a very special travel bookstore - full of atmosphere - don’t miss La Libreria del Viaggiatore (Via del Pellegrino, 78).
Al Bric: Via del Pellegrino, 51 (tel. +39-06-6879533). This bistro wine bar/trattoria - just off Campo de’ Fiori - is full of old world character, from the vaulted ceiling to the walls, decorated with wine labels. Bi-frontal windows, open to passing foot-traffic, display an incomparable selection of French and Italian cheeses, home-made grissini (bread sticks), foie gras, patè and a list of French and Italian wines selected by owner Roberto Marchetti. The menu features unusual flavor combinations and inventive dishes, such as Roman pecorino cheese paired with chestnuts in a maccheroni sauce, or sword fish Strogonoff seasoned with thyme, artichoke charlotte with warm chèvre cheese or the pappardelle (wide egg noodles) with a pinot noir and duck sauce. Among the divine desserts, don’t miss a confection of chestnuts with cinnamon cream. Fresh ingredients are a must at Al Bric and you can taste it in
Cul de Sac: Piazza Pasquino, 73 tel. +39-06-68801094. Popular wine bar - near Piazza Navona - is among the city’s oldest enoteche and a book-length selection of wines. Food is eclectic, ranging from a huge assortment of Italian meats and cheeses (try the delicious lonza, cured pork loin, or speck, a northern Italian smoked prosciutto) to various Mediterranean dishes, including delicious baba ghanoush, a tasty Greek salad, and a spectacular wild boar pâté. Outside tables get crowded fast, so arrive early, or come late, as they serve until about 1 AM.
Ditirambo: Piazza della Cancelleria, 74-75 (tel. +39-06-6871626). Creative, modern Italian cooking in a warm atmosphere. They serve homemade innovative pasta with tasty sauces, stuffed radicchio, tarte tatin and millefoglie with muscat-flavoured zabaione.
Roscioli: Via dei Giubbonari 21-22/a (tel. +39-06.687 5287). For decades, Marco Roscioli has produced some of the best bread and white pizza in Rome (Panificio Roscioli, via dei Chiavari 34). Now sons Pierluigi and Alessandro have opened a modern wine bar and gourmet shop in nearby Via Giubbonari with a small restaurant in the back. At the tables, you can sample any of the offerings from the spectacular selection of cheese, hams and salamis, oils and vinegars offered at the counter in front, or order one of the specialties prepared in the kitchen. Open for lunch, dinner and snacks. Reservations at dinner a must.
La Pollarola: Piazza della Pollarola, 24 (tel. +39-06-68801654). A typical Roman trattoria serving an endless fixed menu.. Among other delicious dishes you can try home-made cannelloni with meat sauce, or pollo in porchetta (chicken with bacon and herbs). The house wines, white or red, are good. You can eat outdoors in nice weather.
Shaki: Via del Governo Vecchio, 123 (+39-06-68308796) offering a great selection of tea, wine and upscale Italian trattoria fare.