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5 Great Breakfasts and Brunches Close to the Vatican

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Updated: 23 February 2017
They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so why compromise when that much-needed energy for the daily touring of Rome’s most fascinating museum and site is at stake? We’ve put together a collection of places close to the Vatican which offer great breakfast and brunch menus, a real treat in the heart of the Eternal City.
St Peter's Basilica
St Peter’s Basilica | © Elena Pagnoni

La Veranda

La Veranda is possibly one of the most refined and extravagant restaurants in Rome. It garnered particular attention because some scenes in the Oscar-winning, controversial film The Great Beauty by Paolo Sorrentino were shot here. In Rome it is also renowned because of its Sunday brunch, a lavish meal which awakens and refreshes even the most drowsy of visitors.
Address: Borgo Santo Spirito 73, Rome, Italy, +39 06 6872973

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With fresh ingredients employed in the preparation of the delicious breakfasts here and sumptuous brunches accompanied by vintage furnishings, this restaurant boasts a menu of paninis, toasties, smoothies, eggs, bacon, burgers, several kinds of teas and herbal teas, cake, biscuits, and so much more to boot. Situated just across the Tiber from the streets around Vatican City, it’s a fine choice to dine before hitting the museums of Rome.
Address: via di Monte Giordano 60/61, Rome, Italy, +39 06 68802461

Borgo 139 | Courtesy of Borgo 139
Borgo 139 | Courtesy of Borgo 139

Borgo 139

In Borgo 139 customers assemble their own panini with fresh ingredients and delicious combinations. Whether you prefer to choose freely from the various delicious ingredients on offer or prefer to entrust the friendly staff with your choice, you will not be disappointed! For the sweet-toothed there is also the Nutellone, with Nutella, mascarpone cheese and hazelnuts.
Address: Borgo Pio 139, Rome, Italy, +39 06 87767200

Bar Latteria Giuliani

Established in 1912, this is one of Rome’s finest historic bars. It specializes in Italian breakfasts: cappuccino and various sorts of pastries. With cheap espressos and the great value it offers, Bar Latteria Giuliani will convince any tourist that this is not just your usual brunch bar but an authentic Roman joint where Romans come and go every day.
Address: Borgo Pio 48, Rome, Italy, +39 06 68803955

SMAXS il chiosco

For something a little different in the proximity of the Vatican City, head over to the humble little street food kiosk of SMAXS il chiosco. Spilling out onto the pavements of Viale Giulio Cesare, this bubbling joint serves up home-made pastries and filled breads, along with plenty of local Italian wines and tipples, the perfect choice for kick-starting a day of culture in the Vatican Museum.
Address: viale Giulio Cesare 140, Rome, Italy, +39 340 1857859