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!