|One of the beds in my spacious room|
|View from La Biga's patio|
|Even more awestruck during the day|
|A pop of purple at Palatine Hill|
|Ruins at the Forum|
|They had us all fooled - how do they do it?|
|One of many, many favorite varietals|
|Inhale the scents|
|Cycles and graffiti|
|Where I got my photo booth fun on|
Here are my favorite quirky things about Rome:
- You can park your car anywhere, and I mean anywhere (sidewalk included).
- There are running water faucets all over the city, so bring your recyclable container and never go thirsty!
- You get out of your car at an automatic car wash and wait for it.
- Random photo booths!
- Stray cats and dogs everywhere.
- You can drink alcohol on the streets and I took full advantage of that.
While there are lovely fountains sprinkled around the city, my favorite was the stunning Trevi Fountain! Beware - there's always a very large crowd, so it will be difficult to capture a photo that doesn't include a family or two:)
|See what I mean?|
|Wish I could have a windowsill like this|
|Staring in wonderment|
|Beauty inside St. Peter's Basilica|
I rarely dine at Italian restaurants in the U.S.; however, Italian food in Italy is like no other. From bread to pasta to pizza to gelato, it was all divine, and don't even get me started on the wine! I give high nods to the following establishments:
- il tajut - the interior of this place is reason enough to pay a visit (see photos). They have a fantastic wine selection and small bite offerings. http://www.iltajut.it/
- Leon Pizzeria Vineria - a slick interior with very friendly staff. Really decent pizza and wine with great specials. Also, one of very few places with wifi:) http://www.ristoranteleon.com/
- Isidor - I really liked the almost cave-like brick interior of this restaurant. I had delicious pasta and they offer a wonderful selection of tasty wines. http://www.hostariaisidoro.com/home-eng.html
- La Calamita - This place actually sells wine and beer. The owner is extremely friendly and knowledgeable, and I walked out of there with some incredible beers. This is also where I learned you could drink on the streets of Rome:) http://appside.it/item/la-calamita-beer-and-more/
- Pizzeria Luzzi - Where I had my first pizza pie! Felt like a local, inexpensive and great pizza. I even saw a man hauling in wood for the wood fired oven as I ate. http://www.yelp.com/biz/luzzi-roma
|The hard worker at Pizzeria Luzzi|
|A very cool sitting area at il tajut|
|Adore this cork sink at il tajut|
|Divine profiteroles at Isidor|
The shear excitement of being in Rome caused severe lameness in terms of keeping track of all the places I went to, because I know I'm missing a few:/ If I recall any of them, I will add to the list.
The only other thing you need to know is that Rome should be on your bucket list for its history, beauty, food, architecture and people. Ciao!
|James Bond was here|