Steph & I flew to Rome to meet up with her family. We stayed in an apartment not far from the Termini Bus/Train Station. Everything was within walking distance. During the day, we would walk every where, exploring the city. We would return to the apartment in the evening, where we had happy hour with the entire family and start to discuss what everyone had done that day before heading out to one of the restaurants in the neighborhood.
Some of the sights that we saw on our daily walks through the city:
Ancient temple ruins
Altare della Patria (Altar of the Fatherland): a memorial monument for Victor Emmanuel, the first king of unified Italy
Crossing the Tiber River
Piazza di Spagna (Spanish Steps): way too crowded, but the flowers were so pretty
St. Peter’s Basilica: unfortunately, the lines were so long that we couldn’t get it (or didn’t want to wait in those lines). We even tried twice to go there. If you remember, Christian and I had spent one day in Rome at the end of our cruise in the fall of 2013. We visited the Vatican and saw the Pope but also didn’t get to take a tour of the inside.
Trevi Fountain: under construction, so that was really disappointing to see.
Villa Farnesina: built in the early 16th century for Agostino Chigi and then purchased by the Cardinal Alessandro Farnese, which is how the villa was named. We stumbled across the villa by accident. The ceilings alone are worth the visit.
We ate a ton of food during our week in Rome. I am hoping that we walked enough to counter all those calories but I am doubting it after gelato every day and delicious bread and pasta! On one of the days, we did a walking food tour of the Trastevere neighborhood. It was a great experience and we ate delicious food. If you are interested, you can book your tour here. I think we had nine stops, tasting cheese, porchetta, gelato, pasta, biscotti and dessert wine.
My favorite was the suppli, a fried rice/risotto ball filled with tomato sauce and meat.
Our last stop was at Spirito di Vino, which is now a restaurant that has a wine cellar 150 years older than the Colosseum)
Best Pizza – Forno Campo de’ Fiori (located at the Campo de’ Fiori)
Best Gelato – Gelateria La Romana (many locations throughout Rome)
We might have waited in line for 30 minutes. Make sure you ask for the dark or white liquid chocolate in the bottom of your cone and always get the cream on top!
It was a wonderful week of exploring Rome and spending time with Steph’s family! I know that Christian and I still want to go back to Rome at some point to see & learn more about this ancient city.