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Rome, known as the Eternal City, has attracted visitors for over 2,000 years. It is one of the most magnificent and romantic cities in the world, boasting an attractive mix of grandiose sights — the likes of the Colosseum, Roman Pantheon and Forum — and bustling city life. Life is sweet: the cake is there for eating. Italian designer shopping, smooth ice cream, frothy cappuccino, tasty pasta and pizza, and exquisite wines to name but a few things that draw in over 4.2 million tourists in search of a taste of the Italian "dolce vita" every year.

Cafes

The Cafes to visit

Italian cappuccino

Sant' Eustachio Il Caffè

Bags of coffee beans rest on the floor and images of plantations adorn the walls. Sant' Eustachio Il Caffè has looked the same for as long as anyone can remember. Steps away from Piazza Navona, this Roman institution is arguably Rome's most famous coffee shop, famed for its home-roast beans, which are blended with water from an ancient aqueduct.In addition to the different types of coffees, they also serve the "gran caffè", a cappuccino without milk, where the coffee is foamed instead.

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Close up of typical Sicilian Granita, iced coffee with cream

La Casa Del Caffè Tazza D'oro

Tazza D'oro is another classic Roman cafe known for its exceptionally strong coffee. A much-admired "granita al caffè", flavoured ice with coffee and whipped cream, is also available.

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Traditional sicilian roll of flucky paste that look like tail of lobster

Forno Campo de' Fiori

For over 30 years, this bakery in the heart of Rome has provided customers with delightful bread, pastries, pizzas, and pies. Pop in for a lunch, but be prepared that it might be crowded since Forno Campo de' Fiori is very popular among locals.

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Assorted delicious baguette sandwiches filled with thinly sliced ham or salami and fresh green lettuce or basil arranged in an oblique row on an old wooden table with copyspace

200 Gradi

Close to the Vatican, you will find this trendy cafe with over 60 different sandwiches to choose from. They bake their bread at 200 degrees, hence its name 200 Gradi. Besides sandwiches, they also serve salads, pastries, and a wide range of drinks, including bottled beers and customised soft drinks.

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various flavors of gelato ice-cream at the showcase in a dessert shop in Rome

Giolitti

Founded in 1890, Giolitti is reportedly the oldest ice cream shop in Rome and where you will find the creamiest gelato in the city. Nestled between the Pantheon and the Italian Parliament, Giolitti offers a large selection of flavours that will please even the pickiest of ice-cream eaters. Soak up the atmosphere of Giolitti, watch the world go by, and enjoy your seasonal flavour cone or the evergreen chocolate one.

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Italian espresson con panna in a black cup. Espresso with whipped cream

Ciampini Cafè

Set in close proximity to the picturesque Spanish Stairs and the imposing Villa Borghese, Ciampini Cafè has been a local gathering point since 1941. Whether it's a sandwich, a morning espresso, or the famous Italian gelato, Ciampini Cafè will please every palate.

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Grattachecca

Sora Mirella

This little green kiosk may not seem like much at first glance, but rumour has it this is where some of Rome's best "grattachecca" (a shaved ice-based dessert, enhanced with many flavours) is served. Nothing beats grabbing one on a hot summer's day, then finding the perfect spot on the banks of Tiber to indulge.

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Many boxes of Italian ice cream

Gelateria Della Palma

This ice cream parlour is not for the indecisive: around 150 gelato flavours await you at Gelateria Della Palma, one of Rome's most renowned ice cream shops. Flavours like champagne, pear & cheese, or Irish coffee are accompanied by its exquisite interior with marble and columns. Gelateria Della Palma is located in the heart of Rome, close to the Pantheon and Piazza Navona.

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Close up photo of experienced barista touching a cup and a filter holder while pouring coffee from espresso machine

Sciascia Caffè 1919

The Italian espresso is served in the cosy, timeless setting of Sciascia Caffè 1919, complete with narrow wooden seats, on-the-counter delights, and vintage pictures adorning the walls. Thursday live music from 6 pm to 9 pm creates the perfect atmosphere for a romantic date night.

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Close up shot of professional barista holding cup of fresh cappuccino with beautiful rosetta flower while working at the bar counter in cafe, coffee shop worker making cappuccino with latte art

Faro - Caffè Specialty

Coffee seekers will enjoy this cosy cafeteria just a few minutes from Villa Borghese. Faro serves guests artisanal coffee with sustainable origins along with light snacks. The friendly and well-prepared staff will help you select the perfect brew that matches your taste.

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People eating cheese and drinking wine at rooftop restaurant at sunset time

Canova

Overlooking the splendid Piazza del Popolo, Canova is one of Rome's most remarkable rendez-vous spots. Once the hang-out of personalities that have marked Italian history, including behemoths like Fellini and Canova, it is the perfect setting for coffee, afternoon tea, light lunches and snacks, or for a romantic date night with live music in the moonlit Pincian Terrace.

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The cup of latte or cappuccino coffee with milk

Antico Caffè Greco

Antico Caffè Greco is not only the oldest cafeteria in Rome (and looks practically unchanged from its original state), but is also known for having had patrons like Goethe, Schopenhauer, Gogol, and even Casanova. Today, it continues to be the gathering point for many artists who come here to exchange their ideas. The place is worth a visit for its historical significance.

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Sicilian rice balls, arancini

Mizzica

Mizzica is a pastry shop and cafe in the district of Bologna. They serve affordable Sicilian specialities, including breakfast, dessert, and gelato. If you don't have a sweet tooth, try out their arancini, rice balls stuffed with cheese or other fillings.

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Professional espresso machine pouring strong looking fresh coffee into a neat ceramic cup

Barnum Cafe

Digging into Barnum Cafe's healthy offerings will delight the eye and stir the heart. Barnum Cafè offers quality strong coffee, freshly baked pastries, aperitifs, and light lunches. After 6 pm, Barnum booms with life welcoming guests for dinner and cocktail time.

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Cake and coffee

Caffetteria del Chiostro

Despite being located inside an old cloister (now an art museum), and only steps away from the immeasurably beautiful Piazza Navona, this charming cafe is a genuine spot perfectly fit for a light lunch (try the salads) or coffee and cake. Cafe guests are welcome to walk through the museum upon notifying the staff.

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