Wednesday, September 12, 2012
to rome, with love
one of my favorite cities in the world. in my mind, rome is the voluptuous monica bellucci to the delicate princess sister city of florence. everything is old, and grand, and marble.
it is impossible to see this city in one visit. impossible. and some people don't give it enough of a chance to visit twice. a shame.
the food is simple and wonderful. rome is not the culinary capitol of italy but it's simple fare of cacio e pepe, carciofi alla romana, and peppery rucola salads are not to be missed.
some restaurants we loved:
la taverna degli amici on the cutest little piazza.
il gabriello came highly recommended from several people and did not disappoint
ristorante maccheroni off the pantheon was a place we've visited a few times
i could write a tome on roman cafes but i'll narrow it down to our favorite two streets of our last visit. there are loads of cute cafes off via pellegrino and via die coranari (also cute vintage shopping, it's where i got the dress you see above)
have a gran caffe at sant'eustachio for the quintessential roman cafe experience
casa é bottega in centro storico had simple aperitifs which is part of my favorite italian experience
things to do:
there are many, many more but if i only had four days and was bringing someone who had never visited rome, the following would be on my list.
the vatican museum
galleria borghese (pack a picnic and laze about under the italian pines)
head for the spanish steps, trevi fountain (at night), and then san crispino for some very famous gelato
alternatively visit the pantheon, piazza navona, and then campo de' fiori for dinner
the colosseum and roman forum is ambitious for one day but so worth it!
a bike ride along the appian way
this list barely scratches the surface and is comprised of our favorite things from our most recent trip. i can't wait to take elodie one day!!