Oh a city I truly love - Roma. We happily escorted Leslie & Bob back to Rome, any excuse to visit this incredible city once again!
Rome is only about a 3 hour drive from our house & we had a nice easy drive along the via Flaminia (the ancient road built to connect Rome to the Adriatic Coast.) We arrived before lunch, dropped off the rental car & started our visit in the Piazza del Popolo.
First stop, the Spanish steps, we wandered the side roads & found the most perfect quiet street in all of busy Rome - just a block off the hustle & bustle everything settles down, oh the smell of lilacs in the spring - god i love that!
After lunch a must-stop, artisan gelato - Giolitti, opened in 1900 & is voted best gelato year after year by the locals. There is a line out the door for this gelati - so no dilly dallying, know your order when its your turn & get moving for the next person in line.
Here are a few of my favorite Rome shots from years past:
The Pantheon, one of our all time favorite spots in Rome.
The Hall of Maps, Vatican Museum
Piazza de' Renzi, 15
Our favorite place to eat: Augusto - This family run trattoria is well known by locals, a perfect dinner spot with outdoor seating & a no frills menu with pasta made by mamma! (Trastevere is just across the river from Rome.)
After a day ramblin' about the streets of Rome, we stayed at our good friend Denise's dollhouse of an apartment & took the train home the next day. (The first time Rome's been affordable!) Can't wait to visit again....