Our sincere thanks at the end of the summer season for the many appreciations received during the Friday APERICENA and online!

Summer in Rome usually lasts until October, with mild temperatures and shiny days, but now it is almost over and we have also suspended our APERICENA on Friday night.

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Birth of Rome 2017 - Aurelia Residence Exhibition

Date: 21st to 23rd of April 2017

Time: 4 pm > 6.30 pm

Where: Aurelia Residence San Pietro, via Aurelia 145 Roma

Free admission. Please contact us to reserve your place!

“Legio. Roman Army Exhibition” is coming !!!

The birth of Rome 2017 is coming! Among the many initiatives planned in Rome to celebrate this event, it is also included our exclusive exhibition “Legio. Roman Army Exhibition”!

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Natale di Roma 2017

Events and initiatives from 21st to 23rd of April 2017 for the 2770 ° Foundation of Rome – MMDCCLXX Dies Natalis

Birth of Rome 2017 opens with a weekend full of surprises, and more have to be revealed in the next days! April the 21st is the birthday of Rome and this year comes on Friday, so there is the opportunity to celebrate with a long weekend full of events with theater, music, guided tours and exhibitions or congresses.

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Zeppole di San Giuseppe Aurelia Residence

How to prepare the delicious Saint Joseph’s fritters (ZEPPOLE DI SAN GIUSEPPE )?

Here we propose our recipe of Saint Joseph’s Fritters. Taste it in a lighter baked version too!

In Italy, March 19th is the day of Saint Joseph, the father’s day and especially in the south,it is celebrated with the Saint Joseph’s Fritters (Zeppole di San Giuseppe), fritters filled with pastry cream. During Bacchanalia the Ancient Romans would consume large quantities of wine and wheat-flour fritters. It is not surprising that the modern St. Joseph’s day often includes those customs.


Ingredients for pastry

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 ½ teaspoons of sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup flour
  • 4 eggs ( room temperature)


  • 2/3 cup milk ( room temperature)
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup plus 1 spoon of sugar
  • 2 ¼ spoon of potato starch
  • pinch of salt
  • powdered sugar to sprinkle
  • Cherries


Pour water into a pot, add salt and butter. Bring to a boil, while stirring. Add the flour and mix the batter well it is smooth. Remove the pan from the heat and transfer the batter to a bowl to cool. Once the batter reaches room temperature add the eggs and mix together. Once the batter is light and airy, place the dough in the refrigerator for 20 minutes or more.


In a pot, pour the milk, the lemon peel and bring to a boil. Beat the egg yolks in a bowl with the sugar. Then incorporate the flour, whisking continuously. Once the milk begins to boil, remove it from the heat and slowly add the egg, sugar and flour mixture, whisking until the cream becomes soft. Then transfer the mixture to the stove over medium heat. Stir constantly until the cream becomes dense. Once complete, transfer the cream to a bowl and cover with plastic wrap to let cool.


To shape the fritters, place the fritter batter in a pastry bag with a star-shaped tip. Cut out 2-in squares of aluminum foil and grease one side of the squares with extra virgin olive oil. Then, using the pastry bag, form rings of dough on each foil.


Fill a pot with frying oil and place over high heat. Once hot, place the fritters in the oil, two at a time, with the foil. The foil will separate from the fritters in the hot oil.

Once the fritters are cool enough to handle, fill another pastry bag with pastry cream.


If you prefer to bake the zeppole, place them in the oven for 12 minutes or until they turn brown. Once cooked, fill with pastry cream.

Decorate each fritter with a cherry on top. Sprinkle with powdered sugar !


Baccanali festa del papà

From the Bacchanalia – the Ancient Roman festivals of Bacchus on March 17th  to the day of Saint Joseph – the father’s day nowadays on March 19th

How the orgiastic Bacchanalia cult in Rome were converted into the chaste father’s day?

Until  500 AC, on March 17th , the Ancient Romans were used to enjoy the Latin celebration of Bacchanalia in imitation of the orgies of the Greeks for the Dionysian mysteries. This festivity was celebrated in honor of Silinus, the god of wheat, and Bacchus, the god of wine, freedom, intoxication and ecstasy. The Bacchanalia were held in severe privacy, and initiates were bound to mystery.

They seem to have been accepted and even well-organized, more throughout the centre and south of Italy. They were almost certainly associated with Rome’s native cult of Liber Pater (“The Free Father”) the divine patron of plebeian rights, freedoms and augury.

It was the god equivalent to Dionysus and Bacchus, both of whom were sometimes titled eleutherios (liberator).

Senatorial legislation to reform the Bacchanalia in 186 BC attempted to control their size, organization, and priesthoods, under threat of the death penalty. The reformed Bacchanalia rites may have been merged with the Liberalia festival. Bacchus, Liber and Dionysus became virtually interchangeable from the late Republican era onward.

In Italy, March 19th is the day of Saint Joseph, the father’s day, celebrated with the Saint Joseph’s Fritters (Zeppole di San Giuseppe), fritters filled with pastry cream.

During Bacchanalia the Ancient Romans would consume large quantities of wine and wheat-flour fritters. It is not surprising that the modern St. Joseph’s day often includes those customs.

Would you like to prepare the Saint Joseph’s Fritters? Super simple! Follow our recipe here.

And later, share with us your photos with your own fritters, we would love to see them. Enjoy your Father’s Day!

Ara Caesar - Aurelia Residence
In the picture: Ara Caesar, Roman Forum – Aurelia Residence offers guided tours in the Historic Centre of Rome

The Ides of March are still remembered for the savage murder of Julius Caesar, which took place on 15th of March 44 BC

How things happened? That morning Caesar’s wife, Calpurnia, tried to dissuade him from going to the Senate because she had seen many troubling omens, but Decimus Brutus (one of the conspirators) went to his house and urged him to attend the meeting.

Caesar trusted him and followed him to the Curia of Pompey, going out along with Marco Antonio. A slave during the way tried in vain to approach them to warn him. An oracle tried to give him a sheet with the description of what was about to happen but because of the crowd, Caesar did not read it.

Caesar had recently abolished his bodyguard and when he arrived at the entrance of the Curia, even the gigantic Marco Antonio was held off by two conspirators with an excuse.

So he went alone into the room and sat down as usual. While the 23 stab wounds struck him, he received each shot with great contempt of danger and fear. When he recognized his dear friend Junius Brutus among his murderers, he exclaimed:

“Tu quoque, Brute, fili mi!” (You too, Brutus, my son!)

At that point he stopped to defend himself, stayed quiet and covered himself with his tunic, delivering to the story a last act of pride, until the end.

Later, the chase to the murders started: memorable remained the Marco Antonio’s speech while haranguing the people to vengeance, showing the bloody robe of Caesar. All murders of Julius Caesar died killed or disappeared within a few years.

After more than 2000 years the tourists continue to place flowers on the #Ara Caesar (in the picture above). The history of the world on that day radically changed direction, but we do not know what could have happened: maybe the future Roman Empire would resist more and maybe today we would speak Latin in Europe, we would use the Roman method of counting, we may would have very different customs.