Organized by the Associazione Gusto per Roma (the Taste Association for Rome), the ‘Ancient Aperitifs’ are becoming a well-known trend amongst locals and tourists alike. These aperitifs are far more complex than just a Spritz with a side dish of olives and peanuts; the ‘Ancient Aperitifs’ transport you back to the life of ancient Romans by enveloping you in an atmosphere unlike any other. Before the Aperitif, you’ll marvel at the breathtaking and well-preserved frescoes and structures and be immersed in the enchanting stories revealed by your private expert guide.
There are three sites in which the Aperitifs take place. The first site that inspired the ‘Ancient Aperitifs’ was the Roman Houses of Celio. These ‘houses’ were once the epitome of luxury; ornate sculptural structures, walls embellished in gold and painted in bright colors- a dream estate for the ancient Romans. Another site that is incredibly special is the Domiziano Stadium under Piazza Navona. This site is unique in that you’ll learn about the evolution of Sports from ancient Rome until today. For example you’ll hear stories about fighters like Milone of Crotone who was one of the biggest fighters of all time who was rumored to have eaten 8 kilos of meat and 5 liters of wine every day and won the Olympics 31 times! The newest site to be included in the experience is the ‘Renaissance Aperitif’ which is held in Bessarione Chapel. This lesser-known church is an excellent representation of the art that transformed the aesthetics of the time. The dishes you’ll try in this experience is based on the palates from the 15th and 16th centuries.
Not only will you be able to discover an ancient Duomo after-hours, you’ll also be able to try authentically crafted dishes dating straight back to the ancient recipes left behind by the Romans! You’ll experience a day in the life of an ancient Roman by trying their exotic daily dishes! For example you’ll try an exotic mix of chicken seasoned with honey, vinegar, cumin, pepper, coriander and fruit juice! It’s fascinating to discover just how much our palates have changed over the past 2,000 years! All the recipes have been slightly adapted to suit our modern tastes. Your ancient Roman “Happy Hour” will include about 8 dishes designed from the ancient recipes. If you happen to visit the Bessarione Chapel, the food you’ll try is based on the recipes utilized in the Renaissance. You’ll also learn about the different rituals and traditions from those times. For example, you'll hear stories about the Comissati which derived from ancient Greek culture and were essentially dinner parties filled with lots of amusement, chatter and drinking. (After dinners the servants would fill the rooms with flowers and perfumes because it was believed to slow down the process of intoxication)
Since the events do not take place on a regular basis, you can only book your experience via email at email@example.com. Alternatively, the Eyes of Rome can organize an event exclusively for you and your group with a private guide. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. If you would like to see the calendar for upcoming events at other ancient and antique sites, please visit the link. You can also learn more about the events on the Associazione Gusto per Roma on their official site. Please note that the calendar shows upcoming events that are open to the public whereas booking slots via email requires large groups. Each event is around 35 euros a person and runs for around 2 hours at a time.
Overall we believe that the best way to conclude your long day of touring the Eternal City is to absorb the beauty of an ancient relic that many tourists are unaware of and try the exotic cuisines favored at the time!
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