NIGHT ATMOSPHERE @ PIAZZA NAVONA
Oh what a lovely memory I have of Piazza Navona by night ! I remember as I was walking, heading to Piazza Navona, I was overwhelmed by the beautiful fountains, the sparkling lights, the splashes of water, the artists, the singers, the cafeterias, the ice cream shops... I dream of Rome and I can see Piazza Navona ! I guess apart from the Trevi Fountain, Piazza Navona, must hold my fondest memories of Rome!
Here are the wonderful...
Here are the wonderful Italians I have met 5 years ago. Italians are very nice people and very friendly. You have to respect them and they will do the same to you. They are very warm and honest. I am so happy I have met them and kept-in-touch often, with at least one of them and his name is Andrea (sinistra - bello). He's the nicest and the best one of all :-) I am fortunate to have met him and glad that we are still keeping in touch. Friends are the greatest gift of all.
Chocolates in Roma : Bellissima
“Let not your mind run on what you lack as much as on what you have already.”
— Emperor Marcus Aurelius (AD 121-180)
Moriondo & Gariglio is the oldest chocolate shop in Rome. It began business operations in 1850 when the first shop was founded in Turin as the chocolatier to the House of Savoy, Italy’s royal family. When Vittorio Emmanuel and his Court and family moved to Rome following the country’s unification Moriondo & Gariglio followed, opening a branch in the new capital.
Its recipes have been handed down for generations over the company’s 100+ year history. The chocolates are hand made on the premises.
We visited this old-world shop, with its red walls, dark wood trim and glass shelves lining the wall, at day’s end; the shop was empty of customers. We could take our time with our selections; samples were even offered. Nothing is prepackaged; anything you want will be boxed by hand by the sweet, non-English-speaking staff. But do not worry: this is chocolate, a universal language! Chocolates are not the only confections for sale; those made from almonds, chestnuts, and other nuts are also very good.
River boats of Rome (I Battelli di Roma)
River boats are a pretty new way of getting around this beautful city and see Rome from the Tiber, the most ancient monument.
I left from Calata Anguillara, a few steps from Tiberina Island, and went to Ponte Duca d'Aosta and then the same way back.
You have the chance to see the city from another point of view and I highly recommend this experience!
Don't miss the pizza!
I asked Katie at my hotel to recommend a place to have pizza for lunch. She recommended Wanted. It’s located off via Cavour. I sat outside under large umbrellas eating some delicious pizza while it rained. I had the Margherita w/proscuitto. The crust was thin and the pizza had been cooked in a traditional wood oven. I also had ¼ liter of red wine. 11 Euros.