For Thanksgiving, Have Cacio e Pepe in Rome

By By Shivani Vora

As a lifelong Roman and co-owner of Access Italy, a company that plans luxury experiences in Rome, Simone Amorico wants travelers to discover the city he loves and is proud to call home.

“Rome is an outdoor museum full of historical sites that go well beyond the Vatican and Colosseum,” he says. “There are so many hidden gems, neighborhoods, and streets that tourists don’t know and are full of surprises.”

They might be monasteries where a pope is buried that isn’t listed in travel books, he says, artworks in 15th- and 16th-century buildings, and living artists who are carrying on traditions that have been around since medieval times. “I continue to unearth finds that make me even more appreciative of my hometown more often than I would expect,” he says.

Unlike Paris or London, Rome doesn’t tend to be a repeat destination, but Amorico says that it should be because each trip will leave visitors with something new and unexpected. He encourages them to get the most out of their getaway by avoiding the rush of summer when the crowds and heat take over the city and detract from its magic. Instead, come in the late fall, winter, or early spring.

“My favorite time is during [U.S.] Thanksgiving, when Rome is especially quiet or in April when the days are sunny but comfortable temperature-wise,” he says.

Amorico shared his favorite Rome spots with Penta.

Pierluigi Restaurant


This seafood temple is an absolute must for visitors. The square where it’s located is surrounded by ancient buildings with frescoes and gives you that La Dolce vita vibe. Order the fried zucchini flowers, pasta with lobster, and salt-crusted sea bass and a good bottle of wine, and savor the energy and experience.

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