When in Rome...

Trip Start Jun 02, 2013
Trip End Jun 29, 2013

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Flag of Italy  , Lazio,
Monday, June 3, 2013

Thankfully, despite our late arrival, our driver is still waiting for us at Rome's Fiumicino Airport and gets us to our apartment near the Colosseum at around 10:30am.  We meet up with our friends, Lisa and David, and quickly after settling in head off to Trattoria Luzzi for an early lunch.  This had been one of our favorite dining spots in Rome on our last trip and it did not disappoint us this time either.

After lunch and a short stroll, we head back to the apartment to nap away some of our jet lag and prepare for the night's activities.  Tonight we're going across town to the Campo dei Fiori where we'll meet up with Ettore of Antica Tours for our "Rome in a Glass" wine and food tour.  This excellent and informative tour takes us to 3 wine bars in various sections of Rome, starting near the Campo dei Fiori and ending in Trastevere, where we sample various wines and some of the "finger foods" that go well with them.  At our first stop near Piazza Navonna we sample 2 white wines along with a plateful of aperitivi.  Our second stop, also near Piazza Navonna, is for 2 reds and platters of delicious antipasti.  After we leave the area of Piazza Navonna, a little rain washes over us but does not dampen our spirits as we cross over the Tiber River to our third stop.  Here we sample a Vin Santo desert wine and various dolce.  So plentiful is the food on this tour that no dinner is needed tonight!

The rain has stopped and from our ending point in Trastevere, we begin our stroll back to the apartment.  We walk along the Tiber, then near the Roman Forum, around the Palatine Hill, along the Circus Maximus, and then past the Arch of Constantine and lastly the Colosseum.  We finally reach the apartment and wearily head off to bed.  It has been a long, but very pleasant day.  We are happy and excited to be back in Rome among the sights, sounds, and tastes of this special city!
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Lauren on

Wow! The pictures are breathtaking. Keep the blogs coming and continue to enjoy your experience : )

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