The Pantheon. One of the most...
The Pantheon. One of the most perfect buildings I have ever been in. It's inspiring. I would love to be there when it is raining or snowing and see a perfect column coming down the center. Sitting in the center of the Campo de' Fiori watching life happen.
My best advice when travelling to Rome is to pack light - you never know how much shopping you may do whilst there!
Also, cobble stones don't make it easy to drag luggage from the train station to your hotel.... Make sure you bring comfortable shoes - you will walk and walk and walk in Rome.
I never bother with heels when travelling in Italy - too many cobble stones to contend with. Never leave home without your camera, and plenty of spare batteries, cf cards/films etc.
There are so many great photo opportunities in Rome. Another good reason to pack light - imagine if you ended up with a hire car like this one!!!
This shop specializes in all kinds of books (in Italian). I bought cookbooks, magazines, and Roberto Benigni's Pinocchio book (the movie had just come out). Of special interest to me was a Roman recipe book with pictures. Italian books and magazines in Little Italy, NY would cost much, much more.
From any place in Europe by...
From any place in Europe by train you arrive at the Stazione Termini. Once you arrive you can check your bags at a baggage office and walk around outside the train station for a cheap hotel. Before I arrived in Rome I would hear that this area was very dangerous and for me , coming from New York it was just like the area around Penn Station in NYC. It wasnt that bad at all. Believe me...
Delicious new Italian food.
This place was a real gem and our only disappointment was that we found it at the end of our break and could only visit once. The food is definitely Italian but very unusual and new dishes. The decor is bright and modern with light wood and bright lights. The service was extremely good and attentive without being too obtrusive. GF's meal was: antipasta - smoked salmon wrapped around rocket mousse with coconut oil, pasta - taglioni with courgette blossoms and fresh anchovy fillets, mains - (see photo) fillet of grouper on a bed of mushed corn/polenta. Dessert was very unusual - it was plate of various friuts and nuts that had been hollowed out and filled with ice cream. For example, there was a walnut filled with walnut ice cream, a prickly pear filled with prickly pear ice cream, pomegranite filled with pomegranite ice cream and so on. All really delicious and home made.
JF - I had had a big pizza in the middle of the day and was not too hungry so I went for lighter foods. Antipasta - salad of rocket, cherry tomatoes and shaved cheese (forgot what kind but it was like pecorino), pasta - gnocchi with spicey chicory and cod (really delicious). I wasn't able for a secondo and skipped it in favour of dessert. My dessert was called peach and hazelnut tart but was more of a hazelnut muffin with peaches.
We had a bottle of Pignoletto Frizzante, a refreshing sparkling white wine and a bottle of mineral water. The total was €65.