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10 of the best trattorias in Rome

Rome’s trattorias offer a more rustic, casual and economical alternative to the classic restaurant. Food blogger Katie Parla picks 10 of her favourites

• As featured in our Rome city guide

This family-run trattoria situated less than 200 metres from the Pantheon’s porch has probably fed every Roman at least once – and some at least once a month – since it opened in 1961. The menu is seasonal Roman and remains fairly traditional from Monday to Friday, but at Saturday lunch chef Claudio Gargioli experiments a bit, using exotic spices to enhance Roman classics. Armando serves many tourists (Italians and foreigners alike), who are drawn by the warm and efficient service, dependable food and old school vibe. At lunch, you are bound to rub elbows with a few government bureaucrats from the nearby senate and parliament, while at dinner you will encounter more tourists than locals. Booking is highly recommended.
Salita dei Crescenzi 31, +39 06 688 03034, armandoalpantheon.it. Closed Sat dinner and Sun. Average €30

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10 of the best museums and galleries in Rome

Our Rome correspondent John Hooper takes the art beat of the capital – Renaissance palaces, Mussolini’s cinema studio and daring contemporary galleries

• As featured in our Rome city guide

At least as impressive as the still-modest collection it houses is the Maxxi building itself, designed by the Anglo-Iraqi architect, Zaha Hadid. Covering more than 27,000 sq metres, Italy’s first national museum dedicated entirely to contemporary art is a curving, jutting structure of glass, steel and concrete. Visitors find their way from collection to collection through a labyrinth of bridges and ramps. Opened in 2010, the Maxxi is located north of the centre, in the Flaminio neighbourhood, on the site of a former military barracks. Its permanent collection includes works by the Neapolitan painter, Francesco Clemente, and the British sculptor Anish Kapoor. It was recently enriched by the donation of 58 works from the collection of the late Milanese art dealer and historian, Claudia Gian Ferrari.
Via Guido Reni 4A, +39 06 399 67350, fondazionemaxxi.it/en. Open Tue-Wed-Fri-Sun 11am-7pm, Thur and Sat 11am-10pm. Adults €11, concessions €8, under-14s free

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