So we decided to take the 3 hour drive to Rome. One it was quite an interesting drive being both me and my husband are still learning how to drive manual. We stopped along the way for cafe and cornetto’s. Once we got to Rome we found parking and headed to the place we wanted to start, which was Piazza del Popolo.
So we started walking straight from the Piazza towards the Colosseo. We wanted off a few of the side streets heading towards the Spanish Steps and the Trevi Fountain. We ended up heading towards the Trevi Fountain first. Of course my husband immediately wants to climb all the steps. I was not up for that, so we got about half way up before I couldn’t go any further. However next time we come I will climb them.
Next we made it to what I knew was going to be my favourite place the Trevi Fountain. I was not disappointed. Even before we got there my husband could tell I was getting excited. Now I know some of you have heard the news saying that they roped off the Trevi Fountain. Which is true, BUT when we got there it was around 9am and they hadn’t roped it off yet, lucky us! When we were on our way back later in the day it was all roped off. However we were able to get close and throw a coin in, take pictures. By far my favourite moment of our day in Rome, and it wasn’t even before 10AM.
As we finally started making our way to the Colosseum we passed some Roman Forums that were amazing to see. I am always amazed at the history here. My inner history nerd wants to tell everyone the history of everything we’re seeing. As my husband reminds me quite frequently not everyone is as amazed as I am at the history of a place. Oh well, their loss. Once we made it to the Colosseum we realised how packed it was. Note for next time: buy the tickets ahead of time. So we wandered around the outside and decided to skip the plan of going to the Colosseum and just wander around and see what we could find.
As we were walking my husband kept seeing this beautiful white building with brass statues off in the distance. So he kept demanded we go find that building. So we started walking towards checking out things as we walked towards the building he was attracted to. On the way we came across Santa Maria della Salute a Primavalle. We wandered in and saw the most amazing presepe I’ve ever seen. Also as we came in the Father told it was free to look around. Sweet! I also wanted to light a candle for my Grandfather’s who passed away recently in a church in Rome. His family was originally from a village near Rome.
So we finally made it to the building my husband was obsessing over, and come to find out besides it being the Altar of the Fatherland there is also a military museum here. Which is hysterical because my husband is obsessed with military history. We made jokes for quite a while that even when not trying he’s drawn to military history.
Finally it was lunch time and we were ready to relax, so we wandered the streets again until I found a restaurant that had Cacio e Pepe and Spaghetti all’Amatriciana. So we were quickly seated, ordered drinks and food and waited for our pasta to come. Well first I was shocked at the drinks. This was the first time we hadn’t ordered Vino with our food and got cocktails. Prosecco and limoncello was what I got. I could tell a few sips it was going to be a fun filled afternoon because I was getting tipsy. The food was delicious I was pleasantly surprised by the Cacio e Pepe. This was something I’ve been waiting to try in Rome for years. I’ve tried making it state side with no success, I’ve tried ordering it and it was never any good. However here, it was fantastic. Simple, delicious, heavenly, basically every word you can use to describe how amazing something is.
Finally our day was coming to an end, and I was tipsy and hot so we searched for some gelato and went back to Piazza del Popolo and sit on the steps and relax for an hour or two. There’s no better way to absorb a culture then to sit back and watch it happen around you. It’s sometimes hard to see this place when we’re looking through the lens of tourist, or too busy snapping pictures. Sometimes the best way to see the place you’re visiting is to sit back and watch.