Here are some tips on how to make the most your stay in Rome during the Shalom Convention 40 years!

Besides the Convention’s program, you can enjoy many charms of the eternal city. Here are some tips given by a brother of the community who lives in Rome that can help you to have an unforgettable and nice experience during your stay in this beautiful city.

Foto: Wallace Freitas / Roma

Historical Places to Visit

  • Vatican Museum

Tip: On the last Sunday of the month admission is free. [Learn more HERE]

  • Papal Basilicas:  St. Peter’s, St. John Lateran, St. Mary Major and St. Paul Outside the Walls.

Tip: Admission to the basilicas is always free. You must always pass through the metal detector.

  • Trevi Fountain
  • Pantheon
  • Altar of the Homeland
  • Colosseum

Tip: On the first Sunday of the month the state museums have free admission. [Learn more HERE]

  • Roman Forum
  • Buco della Serratura
  • Castel Sant’Angelo
  • Piazza di Spagna
  • Villa Borghese
  • Catacombs of San Callisto

Tour Shalomita in Rome, places you can’t miss 

If you are part of the Shalom Work anywhere in the world, you will be delighted to know that in Rome there are holy places that are meaningful for the Charism. Get to know some of them:

  • Chiesa Nuova – (where the body of Saint Philip Neri is).
  • Santa Maria della Scala – where the body of Van Thuan and the foot of Saint Teresa D’Avila are.
  • San Giovanni dei Fiorentini – (where Mary Magdalene’s foot is)
  • Santa Croce in Gerusalemme (where the relics of the Cross are)
  • Scala Santa
  • Basilica di San Clemente (where the original mosaic “Obra Nova” is)

Make your best photoshoot!

The city squares are beautiful – (Piazza Navona, Piazza del Popolo, Piazza di Spagna, Piazza San Pietro). Excellent for those who want to spend some free time and take amazing pictures.

Other sights are:

The Trastevere neighborhood – area famous for its traditional and innovative trattorias, craft beer bars and artisan stores.
Villa Borghese Gardens – considered one of the largest urban parks in Europe, with many museums and attractions. 


There are two possibilities: shopping in a supermarket or eating on the way or in pizzerie and ristoranti.


The top list – cheapest one- in the region is called Eurospin (keep this name and pray for the founder haha). A supermarket chain, not very easy to find, but worth buying there. The others are: Todis, Coop, Conad, Auchan, Carrefour.


It is very common to find restaurants here that serve pizza al taglio (a slice of pizza) where you simply choose the pizza slices and eat outside. The best known pizzeria is called Alice, and it is all over the city. The other option is to download the McDonald’s app and buy the promotional combos. For example, with the app you can buy a mega combo for $8.50.

In general, if your choice is to eat in restaurants, we suggest setting aside at least 10€ for each meal (without the drink).


It is also possible to shop in supermarkets and restaurants through apps, with home delivery. This way you can save time to enjoy more your days in Rome.

The most popular apps for restaurants are Deliveroo, Glovo, Uber Eats, Just Eat. On the other hand, you can shop in supermarkets through apps like: Amazon, Everli, Carrefour, Esselunga and many others.

Too Good To Go

Too Good To Go is an app that connects customers to restaurants and stores that have surplus unsold food. In other words, it is an initiative to combat food waste.

You can search the app for a restaurant (the search can be by cuisine, region, meal, etc.) and purchase a “magic box”. You pay very little for a “magic box”, and in it you find a mix of what was produced on the day (sometimes the app has a description of what you will receive), but which, for lack of customers, was not sold. The only detail is that this usually works at the end of the day: each restaurant provides a time slot where you can pick up the “box”. It is possible to get a box from breakfast to dinner without problem.

Gelato 🍦

In my opinion, the best ice cream parlors are called “Frigidarium” and “La Romana” (this one is in several parts of the city). Please be sure to try the gelato al pistacchio!

Italian breakfast

There are cafes everywhere! So it is not difficult to find a place to order a cornetto and  capuccino. However, here are some suggestions for breakfast:

  • McDonald’s: menu starting at €1.70
  • Cornetteria Dolce Maniera: menu starts at 1.50€ and with many sweet and salty options (Via Barletta, 27 – near Ottaviano station)
    IMPORTANT: if you have breakfast in a coffee shop, the caffè al banco (they serve you at the counter) costs less than if you sit at a table, because they add the service charge.

Gastronomic tour: Trastevere neighborhood. There is everything there!

In Trastevere there is a very popular and economical restaurant called Carlo Menta. It is the cheapest in the area. The owner is Brazilian and very friendly. We already warned her that in September many Shalomites will go there in that restaurant!

Bring your water bottle 

To avoid dying of thirst, bring a small bottle. The city is full of fountains with drinking water. We can even find places with free sparkling water!


If you think about shopping, there is a market (usually on Sundays) that is called Porta Portese.

40th Anniversary Shalom Convention 
Date: September 23-28
Place: Rome
Theme: Friends of God, Friends of Youth, Friends of the Poor



Tips from Wallace Freitas
Brother of the Covenant Community 
Mission Rome, Italy

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