Rome, the open-air movie star

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Chantal Fiorelli

Italy is a destination that needs no introduction. It swarms with magnificent destinations from the unique majesty of Venice to the breathtaking views of colourful villages on the Amalfi Coast, wandering through the high-end fashion streets of Milan and the Medieval treasures hidden in the hills of Tuscany.

Rome, the capital of this beautiful country and one of the world’s most powerful ancient empires, is worth visiting at least once, though it would take a lifetime to see all it has to offer. The Eternal City has been a background for many international movies, which have wonderfully highlighted some of its most iconic and unique sites.

Headquartered in Rome, EMI Meetings & Incentives develops and delivers incentive programs, meetings, conventions, conferences and more throughout Italy. The DMC’s director, Chantal Fiorelli, is constantly searching for innovative ways to show Italy and create outstanding and unforgettable events. She’s looking forward to a fresh new start and to sharing her passion for her country with worldwide guests!

All photos courtesy of EMI Meetings & Incentives.

“An American in Rome” – The Ritual of Food

Rome - the ritual of Food. Photo courtesy of EMI Meetings & Incentives

Italians are renowned for their great, varied cuisine and their love for food. In Rome, pasta has a daily fundamental role. Amatriciana, Carbonara and Cacio e Pepe are the Roman holy trinity of pasta. You can be born Roman or become Roman: the inspiration for this philosophy comes from the legendary Alberto Sordi, who dives into a dish of bucatini all’amatriciana in the movie “An American in Rome.” To relish the wonderful sensation Sordi did, experience the great adventure of learning how to prepare pasta with a fun cooking class led by a real Roman nonna.


“Roman Holiday” – Vintage Vespa Ride

Rome - Vespa Ride. Photo courtesy of EMI Meetings & Incentives.

Relive the myth of Vacanze romane (Roman Holiday), the famous romantic comedy starring Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck. The only true way to see Rome is on the back of a vintage Vespa. Whiz through the small, cobbled streets of the Eternal City like a local and relish the admiring glances from passers-by! Enjoy seeing the city from a different point of view as you drive through the city’s “quieter” streets and its most important sites.


“To Rome with Love” – Grape Escape in the Roman Castles

Rome - Grape Escape

Only 20 miles south of Rome lies one of the finest wine areas in Italy: Frascati and the Roman Castles. White grape vineyards produce a light, clear and world-famous wine. Visit a local wine estate, once an ancient convent, where you will be welcomed by the hosts, who will walk you through the wine groves and proudly reveal the secrets and techniques of their wine, passed down through the generations. Of course, they will not let you leave before you taste their fruity wine!


“Eat Pray Love” – Do like Romans do

Rome, Italy. Photo courtesy of EMI Meetings & Incentives.

Take time to stroll among Rome’s most beautiful piazzas, fountains and churches following Julia Roberts’ steps in the movie “Eat Pray Love.” Do not look at the city, be part of it. Use all five of your senses to get a new perspective and get a taste of life in Rome. Start your day with a cappuccino and cornetto and get lost through the jewels of the city center. A walk through the cobbled streets will bring you to the Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps, Navona Square and Pantheon. Stop along the way to enjoy a creamy gelato. When it gets dark, you must have an aperitivo on a rooftop terrace. Sit back and enjoy your Spritz and toast to a romantic Roman sunset!


“007 Spectre” – The modern chases the ancient

Rome, Italy. Photo courtesy of EMI Meetings & Incentives.

When you think of Rome you inevitably think of its glorious past made up of emperors and popes, but that is not all there is to it. Beyond the Coliseum and the Vatican, there is a fancy modern side to the city. Many buildings built in the 20th and 21st century offer a striking contrast to the ancient heritage. An extraordinary example of melting between ancient and modern is the Centrale Montemartini (shown above), a former electricity plant converted into a museum, housing hundreds of classical sculptures from the Capitoline Museum. The doors of this special venue can be opened for your exclusive gala dinner.

Headquartered in Rome, EMI Meetings & Incentives operates throughout Italy and has staff on the ground in Venice, Florence, Milan, Sorrento, and Sicily. Its services include site selection, team-building activities, transportation, gifts, awards, unique entertainment, after-hour private viewing and all other requirements of incentive travel programs, conferences, conventions and more. EMI is represented in Canada by Select Group Marketing (SGM).