Rome Sweet Rome

After exploring Tuscany in May 2012, our family went to Rome for a couple of days.

Italy

You can read about our time in Florence HERE and our amazing dinner in Panzano at Officina Della Bistecca HERE.

We rented an apartment just off of Via del Corso near the Spanish Steps and Trevi Fountain.

Rome

Rome

The location was perfect for exploring “The Eternal City”.

Rome

Rome

Rome

John and I went for a quick trip back in January, but all we did was eat, drink, and recharge.

You can read about that trip HERE.

This time, we added sightseeing to our eating.

Rome

One day we booked a Vatican Walking Tour with Angel Tours.

Vatican City

The 3.5 hour tour includes the Vatican Museums, Raphael Rooms, Maps room, tapestries room, the Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Basilica, and St. Peter’s Square.

Vatican City

I’ll tell you more about that tour later.

Rome has a terrific underground railway system but most places are an easy walk.

Rome

Rome

Trevi Fountain

Rome

Rome

Rome

Rome

Rome

Rome

We ate at Trattoria Da Gino back in January and couldn’t wait to take the kids there for dinner.

Rome

It’s an authentic Roman restaurant tucked away in a narrow alley near Piazza del Parlamento.

Look for this “Trattoria” sign on Via de Campo Marzio and it will point you in the right direction.

Rome

The staff is warm and pleasant and their food is amazing.

Rome

Rome

Rome

It’s like going to your best friend’s Italian grandparent’s house for dinner.

Rome

Rome

Rome

We were so full but we ordered dessert anyway.

Rome

Rome

And then, as if I didn’t already love this place, our waiter brought out complimentary Limoncello.

Rome

If I ever get back to Rome, I’ll eat at Trattoria Da Gino. And the time after that.

And the time after that.

The next day we went on a Walking Food Tour in Testaccio with Eating Italy Food Tours.

That tour definitely deserves a post of its own — the food was outstanding!

For now I’ll just tell you that I ate the best gelato EVER at Giolitti.

Rome

After the food tour we walked to the Colosseum.

The Colosseum

The Colosseum

The Colosseum

If anyone tells you that it’s just a pile of rubble and a waste of money, politely nod and go in anyway.

The Colosseum

It is considered one of the greatest works of Roman architecture and Roman engineering.

The Colosseum

And I think it’s amazing.

The Colosseum

The Roman Forum is a short walk from the Colosseum.

Rome

For centuries, it was the center of Roman public life.

Rome

Rome

Rome

Rome

We ate dinner at Osteria da Angelino.

Rome

It is another one of our favorite restaurants from our January trip. The menu depends on what the chef finds at the market that morning.

Rome

The restaurant was filled with locals and that is always a good sign.

Rome

Rome

The sun was setting so we headed back to the Colosseum for one last look.

The Colosseum

The Colosseum

We had an incredible couple of days in Rome, but there was still one thing left to do.

Trevi Fountain

The legend says that if a visitor throws a coin into the Trevi Fountain, they are ensured a return to Rome.

Trevi Fountain

Trevi Fountain

So we tossed our coins, made our wishes, and started our journey home the next morning.

Rome was the perfect end to our family vacation.

Vatican City

Until next time, Roma…

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4 Responses to Rome Sweet Rome

  1. Hi Kristi,
    I love reading about your travel and food adventures. I look forward to reading more. Beautiful family!!!

    Your recipes look spectacular and have pinned a few to try.

    Happy Travels in an out of the kitchen :)

  2. Thank you, Sherri! I really appreciate that! :D

  3. Debbie says:

    We just spent a week in Rome and agree wholeheartedly that it is worth a repeat visit. Threw 3 coins in the fountain just to make sure!

  4. I love that, Debbie! I hope your trip back is sooner rather than later! :D
    ~k.

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