The Small Buses Touring All Around
My day often started arriving at Piazza de Popolo. I came from the camping early with bread,ham,a tomato and milk ( from the local store = maximum 2 Euro altogether ) to enjoy my breakfast sitting there watching people walking by.
At the south end ( between the twin churches ) you get on the small buses
( about every quarter ) and they take you south towards Piazza Venezia and the Colloseum and around back if you want.
Included in weekly or daily tickets !! Sharing my tiny breakfast with an old, partly crippled man. ( NOT a beggar , just hungry )
He spoke of course no English, I speak no Italien, BUT we had a nice little conversation .........in German.
He learned during the war, I learned at school
My 'newly discovered' must take item this year was the Mini Rough Guide to Rome book.
This proved to be invaluable. It is small enough to put in your bag, yet is also full of great ideas and advice. Normally I would not carry a guide book around with me, part of the fun is getting lost and discovering new places, but going with Daniel, I find that I need to keep his enthusiasm going, and reading about the places that we see is one way of doing that.
Grocery shopping with the locals
Since we decided to rent an apartment while vacationing in Rome, we wanted to find a supermarket where the locals shop for groceries, fresh fruit and veggies, etc.
Di per Di was the place that served this purpose while we were in town. It is very popular with locals and you will not find too many tourists here. The store is not very big (nothing is big in Rome), but it carries a large variety of meat and meat produce, dairy, veggies and fruit, bread and baked goods, juices, house cleaners, deodorants, etc. We got very tasty fruit from here, several natural juices (sugar free and no preservatives in them), excellent cheese (a variety of them that were fresh and tasted extraordinary) and excellent panettone (chocolate filled ones, with dried fruit, etc).
There are several locations in Rome, but we shopped at the one located close to the Pantheon, few steps away from Via del Gesu. groceries, local sweets and breads, local cheese and local salamis
We stopped early for lunch at this restaurant overlooking Rome. It was originally named Cafe du Jardin and was a simple bar. In 1989, Marco Ciampini turned it into a restaurant and ice cream shop My grandson is a picky eater like his mom. He liked pizza, steak and hamburger. Since pizza wasn't available, he ordered a cheeseburger, and fries, and it came with BBQ sauce. I knew he didn't want that for his fries, so I asked for catsup for him, and when he switched the little pot of BBQ sauce off his plate, it slopped all over the tablecloth. I had a chicken salad which was good. There was a 2 € charge for the bread, which my grandson mostly ate.
After we ate, I had a cup of coconut gelato. It would have been 6€ if I had it at the table, but if I took it out it was only 2€. I think Sandro was wary of my eating in the car, but he let me get in while I was still eating, and I put the cup in my bag so it wouldn't make the car messy
Great Pizza Rustica near Piazza del Popolo
This is a very popular way to eat pizza in Rome. It is not the round one served in a regular pizzeria, but the one you buy by weight. It is also called pizza a taglio.
It is open all day but it gets particularly busy at lunch time between 1 and 2 pm. You can eat standing inside or take away. It can be a good option if you decide to do a pic-nic inside Villa Borghese that is located just around the corner.
They also have Lasagna and Calzoni