Rome!

After Paris, we flew from Orly airport into Rome. We decided to stay at another Airbnb apartment (we did the ones where we got the entire apartments to ourselves) while in Rome–and I’m so glad we did. Our hosts actually picked us up at the airport and drove us to the airbnb which was amazing. Paris was a whirlwind of sightseeing, and Rome wasn’t too different!

Our Airbnb in Rome was really nice and in the Campo di’Fiori neighborhood of Rome–which was extremely centrally located. They gave us a bottle of wine and then breakfast foods in our refrigerator which was so helpful since Italians don’t really do breakfast. It was nice to be able to eat a light breakfast before a full day of walking.

We arrived pretty late on Sunday night, and decided to go to dinner at Ditirambo in Piazza della Cancelleria (only a few blocks from our apartment). This dinner was phenomenal, cheap, and easy! In Rome, we decided to treat our taste buds a little bit and definitely indulged in dishes I would never order in the US. I ordered the cacio i peppe dish–which was AMAZING…Matt had an incredible rabbit pappardelle dish. All in all, I would definitely recommend this place–also had a really extensive wine list. We will be back to this restaurant the next time we visit Rome–very reasonable prices sealed the deal
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After dinner, we walked to see the Pantheon at night. It’s funny, because you can be walking around Rome and just run into big monuments like the Pantheon without even trying.

The next morning, we set off to visit the sites. We visited the Colosseum first, and were amazed by it. I visited Rome while in college studying abroad and during that trip it rained while I was at the Colosseum, so seeing it in the sunshine was a nice change!

After the colosseum and walking around for awhile, we went to lunch at Da Enzo. This was an amazing lunch of meatballs (no pasta) and salad…plus a glass of red wine! It was a tiny hole in the wall but our meal was so tasty, and the pastas that other tables were enjoying looked so delicious (we just didn’t want to eat a heavy lunch). After lunch we went and checked out the Pantheon during the day, the Spanish Steps, and the Trevi Fountain (which was under construction).

After lunch, we decided to do a little shopping by the Spanish Steps–and stopped into this lovely Italian leather glove shop!

We walked around until late in the evening, then went home to shower for dinner…I swear we walked at least 5-8 miles per day!

That night, we ate dinner at Da Armando al Pantheon (near the Pantheon, obviously!) and it was really delicious, well-priced, and the bathroom actually had a toilet seat!! This is something you expect in the USA, but in Europe, you often have to squat while in public (ugh)…TMI sorry!

The next morning, we woke up early for an extremely informative and well-executed private tour by Easitaly. It was a little bit expensive (about $300 euro) but 3 hours long, and we learned soo much…we also got to cut the lines. I would definitely recommend this tour company–our tour guide spoke amazing English and was so informed–she had her Masters or PhD in Art History. We did a 3 hour tour of Vatican City–which included the Vatican Museums, the cathedral, the Sistine Chapel, the square, and then after three hours, we walked up St. Peter’s Basilica for the best view of all of Rome. It was such a wonderful morning!

It was SUCH a hot day out!

Afterwards, we walked the few miles to the Borghese Gallery (which we had pre-booked tickets for online)…and it was really lovely. I adored the exhibits scattered throughout the museum of clothing (made to look like sculptures/armor) that Azzedine Alaia had created over the last few decades. Everything was absolutely gorgeous! We also walked through the Borghese park/gardens.

Later that evening, we walked to the Monti neighborhood and had the best meal of our trip in Rome at La Carbonara. We shared the Carbonara (UNREAL!) and a filet with mushrooms (ALSO UNREAL!)…I was incredibly impressed–again, the pricing was very reasonable…this place is becoming even more popular–though locals definitely frequent it.

The following day, we decided to shop around again and I found a really amazing Italian lambskin purse that I purchased as my trip souvenir! We visited the Bone Museum in Rome (which unfortunately you cannot take pictures of) and it was one of the most unique places I have ever been.
We  had a nice lunch at La Fontana di Venere (where Matt’s Bolognese lasagna was incredible) and then walked around some more.

We also decided to visit Palatine Hill, the Roman Forum, and Circus Maximus.

After a long day, we hit Nerone in Trastavere neighborhood for excellent pizza for dinner! This was our first pizza of the trip, and extremely yummy.

 
The next morning we woke up early and took the train to Venice! We had the absolute best time in Rome…and especially enjoyed seeing all the ancient ruins & sites…as well as the food!!!

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