Rome (2015)

Posted by on Jul 19, 2015 in Europe, Italy, Travel | 0 comments

Rome (2015)

Summertime 2015 and we have returned to one of my favourite cities – Rome.

It has been over three years since I was last here, but the memories come flooding back as I walk down the cobble stoned street from our apartment in Trastevere.

The same neighbourhood we stayed in last time, I love the vibe of Trastevre with it’s narrow winding streets, and plethora of cafes and bars.

In the summer there are bars and restaurants set up along the river around Trastevere, a great spot to while away the evening and watch the sun set.

 

Watching the sun set over the river, the white tents on the left are the bars and restaurants

Watching the sun set over the river, the white tents on the left are the bars and restaurants

 

On our first night we make a beeline for our favourite restaurant Antica Trattoria da Carlone, where the boys tuck into mountains of its famed carbonara.

After dinner we wander the streets for a couple of hours to walk off our food comas, passing by the famous sites of Circo Massimo, Palatino and Colosseo.

We wind up eating gelato while sitting on the steps of a fountain staring up at the ancient beauty that is the Pantheon.

 

The beautiful Pantheon

The beautiful Pantheon

 

We continue to eat our way through Rome, enjoying pizza cut with scissors and weighed to determine it’s price, the local specialty of suppli and bakery treats like ricotta cannoli, washed down with freshly squeezed spremute and endless coffee and wine.

Check out Nonna Vincenza for sweet treats and coffee, Cafe Farnese by Campo de Fiori for spremute, eBar for a good value lunch, and Baylon Cafe for brunch.

 

ebar salad

The salmon salad from eBar

 

An early morning run takes me up to Fonte Acqua Paola where I am rewarded with a breathtaking view of the domes of the city.

I continue down to the Fiume Tevere, passing by middle aged men pausing on their Vespas to chat with local cafe owners.

One of the many drinking fountains found across the city

One of the many drinking fountains found across the city

I head west along the river to the Vatican, and make my way back along the beautiful Via Giulia.

Returning through Trastevere the city is slowly waking up, market stalls are being set up in the square getting ready to sell fresh produce, and people are milling about at the bar of cafes sipping on espresso.

I decide to join them and stop in at our local cafe “uno espresso per favore” (pretty much the extent of my Italian!)

By now the sun is out and it’s getting hot, the temperature already pushing 30 degrees Celsius.

We already visited the main attractions last visit, so there’s no pressure to be anywhere and we easily slip into living “la dolce vita”, stopping to enjoy a coffee and slowly wandering through piazzas, perusing market stalls in Campo de Fiori and enjoying the Piazza del Popolo.

 

The markets at Campo de Fiori

The markets at Campo de Fiori

 

Rome is undoubtedly one of the great cities of the world, and with dazzling historical sites, delicious local cuisine and a vibrant atmosphere it’s no wonder why.  But be warned, once you’re here you won’t want to leave!

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