Hello. We're brand, spanking new to Chowhound as a friend just referred us to the site. We're just about to head off to Italy for our first time. I've been scanning the postings for suggestions on restaurants and it all seems both daunting and exciting. I have two specific questions to ask about Rome - if anyone has some suggestions. 1) We like to hit food shops and just buy some items for a picnic to eat and watch the world go by. Can anyone suggest some locations that might be appropriate for sitting and eating al fresco on a bench or the grass - preferably with a view to the city or people-watching? 2) If we do eat in a park or other location, are we allowed to drink wine while eating there? (Technically, we're not allowed to do that here in Vancouver.) If it makes any difference, we'll be staying in the Aventine Hill district.
Thanks a lot, in advance, for any advice. We're getting very excited.