Tuesday, October 27, 2009

A Weekend in Roma

J and I spent a fantastic weekend in Rome! We got very lucky with the weather; it only rained Friday afternoon while we were busy exploring the Vatican Museum. We visited all the sites (the Vatican, St. Peter's Basilica, the Colosseum, the Pantheon, etc) and visited as many piazza's as possible. I ate my body weight in gelato but didn't care because a) it was dee-licious and b) we walked EVERYWHERE! We didn't use public transportation once and it was wonderful.
We stayed in a French woman's sweet little apartment in the Trastevere quarter on the west bank of the Tiber River, south of Vatican City. The area is picturesque Italian and I would highly recommend staying here or at least spending a day walking through it's winding medieval cobblestone streets, admiring old terracotta buildings covered in ivy, and having a strong italian espresso in one of it's many outdoor cafés. We spent most of our weekend exploring this unique and charming Roman neighborhood.
I have to say, though, I was a bit dissapointed by all of the tourist traps found around Rome serving reheated pizzas and what I'm sure was canned ravioli. Unfortunately J and I had a few bad meals (which I thought was impossible) and we'll definitely ask for restaurant advice from the locals the next time around. However, we did have some amazing food including one of my favorite Italian dishes - pasta con fiori di zucca (pasta with zucchini blossoms), so I'm not going to complain too much!
I really love everything about Italy (the language, the food, the friendly people...) and although I've been several times I always find myself longing to go back. I still have some more European cities I'd like to visit (Dublin, Copenhagen, Berlin, Stockholm, Budapest) but I'll hopefully be able to get back to Italia next summer. Vedremo!


Stacy said...

I'm so glad you guys had a good weekend!! Trastevere is one of the most amazing neighborhoods in Rome-- I love it there! And its funny you mention the bad food-- I too thought you couldn't eat a bad meal in Italy. Then I moved here and found out the hard way that that's not true! :)

Andromeda said...

Zucchini blossoms are so good! Were they like, battered and fried? Yum! And the gelato makes up for the bad food! Only eat the gelato, lol.

Nicole said...

Thats awful about the food! We went for a long weekend last October and only stumbled across amazing restaurants. I guess we had really good luck!