Rome, where do I even begin? What can I say that hasn’t been said? Rome is just…incredible. It’s everything you expect it to be and everything you aren’t prepared for. At times I was Lindsay Lohan in an Italian version of Mean Girls and at others I was Lizzie McGuire throwing coins into the Trevi fountain. It was heart-stoppingly beautiful and full of history, yet fast-paced and alive with all the vitality of a bustling, modern city.
We arrived in Rome, as mentioned in my previous post, shocked and tired. However, after a full days rest, we were ready to explore. And by that I mostly mean stuff my face with lots of pizza. LOTS.
Our first dinner was had at the first pizza restaurant we set eyes on. Was it the least touristy? Maybe not. Was it in a bad part of town? Kind of. Was it delicious? Absolutely. It was amazing, in fact! My first official Italian pizza; I didn’t know it could be that good. The pizza was topped with artichokes and an egg, among other things. It was a fantastic blend of ingredients, especially ones I’ve never tried on pizza! We had a bottle of wine (or 2) and headed back to our hotel for the night, but only after stopping at a store for some more wine and snacks (of course).
The next day we ate dinner next to the Coliseum. It was my first time seeing it and it was nighttime, so it had a completely different feel than during the day. I definitely recommend seeing it at night! There were only a handful of people there, so it really allowed you to enjoy the space without feeling crowded. That night we ordered more pizza and pasta a la carbonara. It was delicious! Literally melts in your month.
We spent a good couple of hours there, pizza in one hand, glass of wine in the other, admiring the Coliseum. It was magical. The restaurant itself is in a touristy area (I mean, it’s next to the Coliseum), so I can’t say it’s the most authentic meal you’ll have in Rome, but if you like a good view and $10 for a bottle of the house wine, you’ll be just fine. 🙂 The joint is called Antica Domus.
The rest of our time in Rome was split between seeing the typical sights and eating lots and LOTS of food and drinking gallons of wine. I highly recommend it.
All in all, Rome is something else. There’s beauty, culture, and a ridiculous amount of history. You literally turn a corner and there’s art or architecture that’s been there hundreds of years. Most of us have studied Roman history at one point or another, so if that’s the case it’s especially nice to be able to connect the dots and see things in real life. You should see it, like, forreal.
Also, if anyone is currently in Rome and wants to FedEx me some wine, that’d be cool.
Hope you enjoyed this post and happy travels! 🙂