Uncovering Italy’s Superlatives in people, places and things

La Mia Roma by Yvonne Scìo

Yvonne Scìo, actress, model, filmmaker and social rights activist, shares her secrets to the Eternal City.

What makes Rome unique?

The beauty of the decadence 

What places and experiences do you always suggest to friends?

To go to the Fori Imperiali at night with head phones and have Piero Angelo explain how it was in Ancient Rome. There are so many things to do like riding a bike through Rome to see all its beauty!! Palazzo Farnese, Galleria Borghese and the gardens at sunset in June, and of course, the Campidoglio at night.

The Fori Imperiali in Rome, an architectural complex unique in the world, used to be the fulcrum of the political life of Rome. Photo by Ryan Neeven

Favourite galleries, museums and sites in Rome?

Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna, Galleria Borghese, Palazzo Altemps

What do you miss most when away? 

Italian humor, and also the spontaneity, without any second meaning interest. Not in a conventional way, but in an Italian way.

Do you have any favourite shops?

None. I like markets and small boutiques.

Share your favourite bars for coffee and aperitivo…

Le Levain in Trastevere for my morning coffee, and Caffè Sant’Eustachio. For aperitivo-  random wine bars that are never too cool or flashy.

Caffè Sant’Eustachio

What’s your aperitivo drink? 

A glass of good strong red wine and never say no to champagne, a good one, as my mother taught me!

Favourite merenda or street food? 

Piazza bianca con mortadella da Panella

Favourite restaurants?

Da Enzo, Meglio Fresco

La Posta Vecchia hotel in Palo Laziale, photo courtesy of Ryan Neeven

Best day trip or weekend getaway in Lazio?

Palo Laziale

Where would you go out of your way to travel for a meal?

To my kitchen

And finally, your favourite getaway?


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