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ROME... food scene, few questions... also hotel area

erica | Jan 16, 201812:17 PM     6

At the suggestion of VinoRoma, who has been so helpful here, I am beginning this thread. Please keep in mind that I am not asking about specific places to eat since I have done almost no research for this trip and have not been in Rome in almost 8 years or so. I am hoping to travel to Italy in late May/early June and have perhaps 5 nights in Rome and then drive to Abruzzo/Le Marche (see other current thread on this). Adding a stay in Rome means more driving, which neither of us love to do in Europe. Otherwise could fly into Ancona or other airport (again, have not done major research) and then rent car, and return--who knows--maybe even from Bari. (Have made 4 trips to Puglia but never stayed in Bari)

So, right now, besides deciding on bases in the east, I need to decide whether or not to include Rome, or to spend more time elsewhere. I'd like to have about two weeks, maybe a little more. Flexible.

So, questions: Is Rome awfully jam-packed with tourists at this time (I think I know the answer; my recent trips have been in January which was wonderful)? Will I have major pains to book restaurants?

As for restaurants, (keep in mind we want local, Roman food, not too experimental; not going to be at La Pergola but do have generous budget; nothing fancy but fairly pricey for great ingredients and prep is ok. Last time I liked Trattoria Monti a lot but I think that is much more famous now; liked pajata at Nerone; never eaten in Testaccio and would like to; liked Armando a lot--all this to give an idea of our tastes. Did not love being lumped in rooms with only tourists, as at Matricinella).

With that in mind, will I find any great eating in historic district/Tridente? Am thinking of splashing out on hotel with Amex or Virtuoso which might mean JK Place. Even Hassler might be ok but I think location is not great except for shopping. (Last trip the doorman would not let me in to see Hassler lobby due to my carrying large plastic bag of blood oranges; also blew out hotel fuse on that trip since carried my own juicer---another tale). From the few things I've been reading, sounds as if the good places are located way out of the center--true?

Location of JK Place..not too bad, correct?

In general, just trying to get an idea of the situation. Include Rome, or leave for some November/December trip? (Not getting any younger, so there's that, and reasons for hotel choices)

Apologies for the long-winded TMI post....thanks in advance for comments..

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