I’m feeling a little sad to have come to the end of sharing my first trip to Italy with you. It’s a country I had longed to visit for so many years and I had a wonderful time travelling from the south to the north. I often think back on the journey with such fond memories – it’s a country I long to breathe the air of again.
If you’ve missed my adventures (or like me you just want to relive it), here’s a recap:
- Sunny days in Taormina, Sicily
- Fresh ricotta and a Sicilian lunch
- A Sicilian cooking lesson
- Wine tasting in Sicily
- Visiting Venice
- A short stay in Cinque Terre
- Pizza in Piza
- Feeling inspired in Florence
- Fresh produce at Mercato Centrale, Firenze
During the two days I was in Rome the weather was fantastic however as it was the end of the tour, I was exhausted (and a tad hungover) so my first day was spent close by the hotel.
I didn’t visit the Vatican and unfortunately the Colosseum had scaffolding on the outside so I didn’t get a great snap.
I’m pretty impressed with my snap of the Pantheon, the blue sky in the background makes it look like a shot from a tourist guide book.
I was fascinated by the ruins in the centre of Rome where Julius Caesar died – it is now a haven for stray cats that are desexed and given a safe place to live within the grassy concrete jungle of the city.
For my first lunch I was persuaded into a restaurant by a charming and chatty Italian man out front.. and I’m glad I did. The gnocchi with pesto, cherry tomatoes and fresh mozzarella was incredible. Soft pillows of potato that aren’t anything like the hard, stodgy, packaged ones we get at home in Australia.
Nothing in Rome, or in fact Italy, mesmerised me more than the incredible Trevi Fountain. I visited it a number of times, at different times of the day because I simply couldn’t stay away from it. It’s so much bigger than I thought and is THE MOST BEAUTIFUL THING I have ever seen.
The intricacy of the stone work, the relaxing sound of the flowing water, the shadows from the sun. I can’t ever remember something taking my breath away as much as this fascinating structure.
I made sure I tried different restaurants during my stay – some that appeared fancy and some that were authentically small and quiet.
I had ricotta and spinach ravioli in tomato sauce at a restaurant right near my hotel which reminded me of the simplicity of good Italian food.
The Italians love a water feature and this one, the Triton Fountain, was just down the street from my hotel. Impressive by day and gloriously beautiful when lit up at night.
With the recommendation of our tour guide, for our final night I ordered an indulgent truffle pasta dish and it was everything I expected and more – strong, rich in flavour – as if each bite was a gift to be savoured and remembered. Enjoyed with Italian pinot grigio – a drink that has stayed with me throughout and long after my Italian visit.
Tell me friends, what are your favourite places to visit in Rome?