We are here in Rome and having a great time. Each day from start to finish has been filled with lots of adventures, sightseeing and of course getting lost. The one thing we love about traveling is there are so many places to see. We purposely take side streets or alleys and see where they take us. It's a big city but it's fairly easy to get around and all roads lead to some popular destination at some point.
It is easy to get around but sometimes rather difficult to navigate the metro and bus routes. The hard part is just figuring out what stop to get off on and when. But like most cities we go to by the end of our stay in just a couple of days we have the travel down, the neighborhood figured out and the bus routes memorized. Either way it's always a challenge and fun after the fact.
Rome was great, we made a list of all of the places we wanted to go and see. It feels big at first but after you start to get a feel for the city you realize how relatively small it is and how close thigs are. We often took the back alleys and small roads off the beaten path to see more of the city, the local culture and get away from the rather large tour groups.
We ended up staying at a fairly nice hotel, Hotel Albani, not to far from the main train station but just enough distance away from the main rush of people and tourists. It was a quieter place in town and we are glad we were there instead of in the heart of the city.
For food, it's been a change and challenge to eat what we are used to. Here, you pretty much have sweet pastries and donut like items and cappuccino which we don't really eat or drink much of. We found a few small places for fresh fruit, snacks and panini sandwiches. Throughout the day we would eat wherever we were and of course we indulged in a few gelato stops. Nothing like fresh gelato on a warm day. Speaking of warm, the weather was great. A small shower when we got there and a few days of cloudy and stormy skies but we escaped any rain. The clouds were always welcome by the afternoon since they kept it shady and cooler for us.
For one night we finally decided we wanted to get a good dinner on a side alley in town. We found a little place that was on the corner and it was great. A cold drink and a good glass of wine accompianed by a good meal made for a great dinner.
Another night we found a place just a short walk from our hotel in our neighborhood that was highly recommended for wood fire oven baked pizza. Let me tell you, I thought I had good pizza like this in Napoli when I went there 5 years ago but this place was amazing. I ordered a pizza with salami and a fresh prosciutto bacon and it was amazing. Brittany ordered a pasta with a pink cherry tomatoe sauce and shrimp and it also was delicious. The pasta was made fresh there and they baked some fresh pizza dough with seasoning and cut that up as well for a light snack before. We can't even begin to say how much we loved that place. So much so we went back the last night of our stay in Rome. Not to mention an amazing gelato place. So good!
I know we are a few days behind but hopefully we can catch up soon.