A visit to Rome
Trip Start Sep 20, 2009
14Trip End Ongoing
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Where I stayed
Hotel Giglio dell'Opera
We flew out of Prague on Friday night and arrived in Rome’s second airport, Ciampino, a few hours later. As a result of our getting better at travelling, and the flexing of my (admittedly quite weak) Italian language muscle, we were able to catch a quick connection to the city centre. Our hotel was beautiful, decorated with furniture I think they stole from my Nonna’s living room. It was pretty late by the time we settled in, so I bought a bottle of Rose from the lobby bar, and we just relaxed. We knew we had a big day ahead of us.
We woke early Saturday morning, and to our surprise and delight, the hotel offered a complimentary breakfast
As night fell on our first full day, we went for dinner near the Fontana at an intimate pizza and pasta place. We sat beside the wood burning stove, ordered a very nice ½ litre of vino rosso and had our first taste of pasta in Italy – I’m used to only tasting Italy in Pasta. I don’t have the ability to aptly describe a plate of cannelloni, plus I’d feel too much like that creepy French critic in Ratatouille, so let’s just say that the dish lived up to my high expectations.
On our final day in the eternal city, we took care of shopping and piazza hopping. We visited Piazza Del Popolo, Piazza Navona, and enjoyed some pizza and Peroni’s in Piazza Venezia. I found an Azzuri sweatshirt that I needed for all the upcoming Champions League matches involving Seria A sides. Nat got an "I Heart Rome" sweater and a nice clutch that may have fallen off a truck somewhere before we bought it
It was really incredible to see in real life all the places I’ve read about and studied. And it will be nice to have a better answer to the question, “have you ever been to Italy?” Now I have, and with our coins resting at the bottom of Trevi’s fountain, our return is guaranteed.