Saturday, December 8, 2012

Restaurant Sibilla Tivoli Italy

Restaurant Sibilla in Tivoli on the banks of the Tiber river, approximately 30km from Central Rome is a spectacular place to enjoy a leisurely lunch or dinner. Operating as a restaurant continuously since 1720, this place is a tourist attraction itself, independent of the 2 fabulously interesting attractions, Hadrian's Villa and the beautiful Villa d"Este that exist nearby. It is quite amazing to consider that this restaurant has been in operation for over half a century longer than European settlement in Australia. On the day we visited, the sun was shining and we sat under the very impressive Wisteria vine that has existed for centuries. However in the winter months the fireplace and beautiful indoor furniture would also ensure dining indoors was equally comfortable.

We chose one of the fixed price menus which gave us large portions of incredibly tasty food. The service and attention to detail from all staff was excellent and it is easy to understand how this restaurant has been so successful, entertaining royalty and dignitaries for centuries. We were sharing the outdoor space with an Italian wedding which was wonderful entertainment and made us feel as if we were invited guests. The vistas are spectacular with a gorgeous garden area and Roman ruins right in the grounds where the tables are situated. All our guests thoroughly enjoyed this restaurant and we will definitely return on our next visit to Tivoli, in fact I would love to return when the wisteria vine is in flower as with its vast size the canopy of purple flowers would definitely be worth seeing.