Rome! I don’t know where to begin. I spent most of my Italy trip in Rome, and absolutely loved it! I stayed in Trastevere, a part of the city that I know a lot of people will say is touristy. Trastevere is touristy – it definitely had its fair share of American and British students studying abroad. But beyond that, it felt like a community. Something was always open, there were always places to grab pizza or gelato, and I fell in love with a particular cafe around the corner from my AirBnB. The water in Rome is all drinkable, and there are natural fountains everywhere. A big upgrade from schlepping 6L of water home from the grocery store every other day in Mallorca.
Rome is an amazing city, filled with amazing food, and history. I walked everywhere, even though I bought a week long transit pass, which in retrospect, I’m not sure is really worth it. Italy is also notorious for not checking that you bought a ticket – you’re supposed to buy one before you get on the bus and validate it, but it’s really on the honor system. If you get caught, there are hefty fines, but, if an official gets on the bus you could just as easily get off. I’m not the kind of person that operates under that kind of pressure though, so I wanted to make sure I could get anywhere easily and not worry about having to find a point of purchase.
In Rome I got to meet up with a friend I haven’t seen from high school, and that was the best. Aside from the comfort of having a little piece of home all the way across the ocean, it was nice to reconnect, and also not wander around the city like a completely blind tourist.
The woman whose apartment I stayed at was delightful. She introduced me to the Rome free walking tour, which I totally recommend. It was a lot of walking, but I got to see a lot more, and with better direction than I would have with just my tour guide book. If you’re interested, here’s a link to their website. The same day, I also had the most amazing pasta caccio e pepe, at a restaurant I found based on a friend’s recommendation. Even better than that was the mascarpone and chocolate-laden coffee I had for dessert. The restaurant is called Il Brillo Parlante.
In Rome I fell in love with pizza by the slice, where they have pizza waiting, and they chop off as much as you want, and charge you by weight, with gelato, and with the cafe near my AirBnB. It’s called Checco er Carretiere. I just found their website, and I didn’t know they also are an actual restaurant, but the cafe part was amazing. The men who worked there were the sweetest, and drew flowers on my cappuccinos.
I could go on and on. Rome was fantastic. I would return to Rome, and Trastevere, in a heartbeat! I think anything I write about it at this point is redundant, and I really want to share my photos, so I’m going to post as is. The moral of the story is I had an amazing time with amazing people and amazing food, and if you get the chance, you should visit.