Picnic in Rome

Villa pamphili, monteverde rome, italy

Picnic is cool, and Rome definitely offers the ingredients

Have you noticed that the youngsters of big cities have started to be hungry for a bit of nature?

Instead of shopping tours, we prefer wandering. Instead of dancehalls, we prefer the bank of Tevere or the beach parties.

Instead of spending money in a fancy restaurant, we prefer to lie in the grass with a bunch of friends, enjoying the touch of the sun, and the taste of fresh fruits.

Actually you can’t find better place to eat out under the blue sky, than Rome. Why? Because the sky is really blue, the grass is really green, and the food is really tasty.

 

The great acquisition action

For a nicely done picnic the first step is to get the best ingredients, and find the perfect balance of price and quality. Sincerely, special talent is needed to find tasteless fruits or vegetables in Italy, so nobody should be concerned about buying uneatable tomatoes or rucola, regardless we choose a supermarket, a traditional market or the local grocery store. After a huge burden has fallen down from the shoulders, I would still encourage the picnic enthusiasts to support the retailers and the products of small private farms, because those goods are somehow filled even with the taste of love. In addition there are some details, which we should be aware of, if we are new on the big boot.

For instance, it’s worth to note that the bigger greenish-yellow tomatoes are meant to be cooked, not to put in salad. For the raw joys, you should choose the cherrytomatoes, which is also known as pomodorino. If you love to haggle, your place is definitely the Mercato dell’Esquilino. There, you can find any kind of exotic food and you can get there absolutely under your expectations. You will spend less than ten euros and you will be the proud owner of a nice amount of avocado, mango, dates and heavenly spicey indian powders. The smartest thing to get fish, seafood, cheese, yogurt, and fresh milk from the closest market to your fridge. Rome’s warmth is sly and efficient when it’s about to spoil your food. 

 

How to make it special

Hanging around in a park and enjoy the sunshine is about enjoying every moment. Picnics are perfect after a long week, when the weather let you stay outside with your friends on a lazy Saturday or Sunday afternoon. This statement must be true for the organizer and the honorary cook as well. Not to overcomplicate the preparation and the getting-from-your-home-to-the-nature challenge, the best solution is to keep the foods simple and compact.It’s useful to grab some topping, which can stay packed until the the whole bunch of people get laid back. In Rome, the prosciutto crudo, some gorgonzola cheese, and mozzarella di bufala is like an ace for this smartly packed stuff. It’s essential to prepare plastic cutlery and food carrier.

The number one hint about which should be the inner content of one of the carrier is a delicious avocado cream. Nothing could sound more mediterrean. If you can add fresh lemon juice and a bit of garlic to your avocado dollop, no doubt that you will mesmerize the participants of your fancy picnic. Do not put too much trust in the bakery products in Rome. Italians are wizards of cooking, but bread is a weakpoint. For this reason the most practical and budget friendly way is to put everything on prepared toast bread, what you can get in any supermarket. Don’t forget to crown the event with the unique and uncomparable Italian fruits, like cachi, grapes, oranges, or whatever is fresh in the season.

 

The perfect spots

Rome is full of huge parks, where you can find endless green fields, shadows of giant pineas, romantic lakes, and tiny rivers. Those parks look like lands of fairytales, which have come true. No surprise that almost every park hides ancient ruins or historical castles. In Rome, most of their names starts with “villa” and not with “parco, and it refers for the fact that a castle is included somewhere in the paradise of nature. In case you are not afraid of animals, but you are crazy for open space, the best choice is Parco degli Acquedotti. It can happen over there that sheeps will join you, just like in Caffarella. Contrarily Villa Pamphili and Villa Ada are located on hills. There you can find more shadow, labyrinths, and awesome concerts during the summer. Meanwhile Villa Tortona offers you cultural events as well, like theater shows or classical concerts after the picnic.

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Mira Budafoki was born in 1992 in Budapest, Hungary. She started writing in high school, continued with publishing in Hungarian journals during her studies in communication and media at the Corvinus University of Budapest. Already in her university years she has been an enthusiast journalist, and has worked for several lifestyle and cultural magazines. Despite of living the roller-coaster in her wheelchair, only travelling gave her real ups and downs. After a long weekend in Rome she helplessly fell in love with the city, and made her way back through a serial of magical events, which have led to her first book in English (Rome as we roll it), the result of her half-year romance with the Eternal City. After this, she kept on publishing about the beautiful Italian capital at Romeing and Italian Insider. In the meantime she is supporting the assosiation of Romability, which deals with the accessible tourism in Rome.
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