Rome – Food, Trevi and Pantheon

When in Rome do as the Romans do. What did that entail on this trip? Lots of food, walking, relaxing and eye bulging from the stunning sights. As you know by now I went to Rome for Christmas with Tammy and Andrew, a quite spontaneous decision. We were originally planning on Marrakech but last minute changed our minds as the idea of seeing the Pope was too tempting (we are very bad Jews). I had never been to Italy before but always wanted to go. I’ve had this idea in my head to do a big road trip and hit up all the main spots but due to timings and a lack of idea becoming a reality Rome’s time came earlier than expected. We got an airbnb in the centre close to the Termini station. It was beautiful, the host was lovely and she supplied an abundance of snacks from pasta to pandoro and nutella. Our plan was a few days in Rome, spend Christmas at the Vatican and cook a traditional aubergine parmigiano, and then do a cheeky day trip to Pompeii. Everything went smoothly luckily and Rome was everything I thought it would be and more. Apparently I’m not welcome back to Rome as I didn’t throw a coin in the Trevi Fountain (I didn’t know that’s a thing) but if you don’t tell maybe I can sneak in at a later date?

So let’s kick this trip off with Rome! We landed around lunchtime and by the time we had settled in the light was already disappearing (negative of coming in winter). Luckily we preplanned this and booked onto a food tour with Eating Italy around the Trastevere neighbourhood. This area is similar to Williamsburg and the artsy, hipster blocks. We met our guide Luca and a few other people and headed off for four hours of food and delights. The whole tour went really quick and I had a lot of fun. There isn’t too much walking so don’t worry and our guide was super knowledgeable not only about where we were going but also every other question people were throwing at him. We hit up six stops including a bakery with the most mouth-watering biscotti, a wine bar for gnocchi and then of course some iconic pizza. Being vegetarian there were lots of options for me and I’m sure they can accommodate any dietary restrictions. It was a great idea for us as we got fed right away, got to walk around and experience Rome without really thinking (follow the leader is great after a plane) and it really got us excited for the next few days!

There are a lot of food photos but you get the idea. The biscotti from the place below were so tasty and as you can see from Andrew’s candid face he was clearly really enjoying himself haha.

Next day we did some generic wandering and exploring. We hit up some main tourist spots like the Trevi Fountain (always jam packed but well worth checking out). I was surprised by how tight it feels in the square but I guess a giant fountain in a small piazza will do that. We also checked out the Spanish Steps and I got Amazing Race flashbacks. A personal highlight for me was the Pantheon and getting to check out the inside. It’s simply a stunning building and the architecture and way it was built is gorgeous. To think just how old that building is and how the ceiling isn’t even reinforced is bonkers. For me it’s a definite to check out! Then we just got lost, ate some food and soaked up as much as we could. On the next post you’ll see the Forum and Colosseum and damn no spoilers but they’re brilliant.

Discussion

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