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T+L's Definitive Guide to Rome

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Four romani share their go-to spots in the city.

Pier Paolo Piccioli and Maria Grazia Chiuri

Creative directors at Valentino

“Rome has beautiful gardens—we adore the Villa Sciarra and Villa Doria Pamphilj. The best way to explore them is by bike (for rentals, see collaltibici.com); the path from Ponte del Risorgimento to Villa Ada passes by the Villa Borghese gardens. For the perfect torta di ricotta, head to Pasticceria La Deliziosa (39-06/6880-3155). Two must-visit shops: Iosselliani’s iR-01-IOS, in Pigneto, for cutting-edge jewelry, and Altroquando, an excellent cinema bookstore.”

Filippo La Mantia

Chef of his namesake restaurant in the Hotel Majestic

“I was born in Sicily, but Rome has been my home for eleven years. I opened Trattoria, my first restaurant, here in 2005. A place I often go, especially for lunch on Saturday, is Cesaretto (23 Via Pietro Cavalli; no phone; $$); it has fantastic Roman cuisine. If I’m craving sushi, there’s no place like Shinto ($$$), a sleek white and gray restaurant in the centro storico. I’m also a big fan of Il Caminetto (89 Viale Parioli $$$). It opened in 1959 and still draws crowds, thanks to its classic regional dishes. ”

Christopher S. Celenza

Director, American Academy in Rome

“One of my favorite sites in the city is the ancient Roman frescoed dining room in the Palazzo Massimo museum, near Termini station. The frescoes are stunning and evocative and transport you back in time to that culture. Another, of a very different era, is the Coppedé district, around Piazza Mincio, which has amazing early-1900’s houses with great flourishes, all built by Gino Coppedé. For excellent pizza, cooked in an open oven, don’t miss Ai Marmi, in Trastevere (39-06/580-0919; $$).

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