17.05.2011 - 17.05.2011 26 °C
Our morning was quite productive. We printed our boarding passes for our remaining flights and paid the balance on our room here (Barbara let us off the hook for that extra night I had booked.) We had our breakfast, cappuccinos and nutella croissants. We walked into town. Our only goal for the day was to see Rome.
see the dude in the top left. not happy.
We started out with the Capitol building. It’s located behind the Roman Forum and we couldn’t get to it the day before. I sat on the steps right away as Shane took a picture, suddenly there were whistles blowing and shouting from overhead, apparently I missed the “no sitting on the steps” sign. The building is very grand and inside is located a (very boring) museum. We skipped out after a few minutes.
From the capitol building we walked in the direction of the Trevi fountain. We got side tracked by a church we peaked into. We love old churches. They all look the same from the outside here in Rome, but the insides are 100% different every time. Some are understated, some are very ornate with lots of woodwork and gold and others still just wow you with their paintings, frescos and marble.
From the church we went to the Trevi fountain which we thought would be less busy in the day than the night before. No. Not at all, it was busier. We didn’t even stay, we headed for lunch, to spaghetteria we were at the night before. This time we sat on the patio (technically on the street) and had much better service. The food was still dynamite and after lingering over a bottle of wine we ran off in search of the Pantheon. We were smart this time, knowing we wanted to go back, so we downloaded a Rick Steve’s podcast for it. That is a move I would recommend, he was both informative and entertaining, again so much would have been lost just looking at the pieces.
We also went back to our favourite church here, Sant’Ignazio and spent the better part of an hour thoroughly exploring and enjoying every part of it.
Across the square we stopped in at Tazzo D’oro, a coffeehouse. We paid for our two coffee granitas and elbowed our way to the counter, to have our tickets filled. Holy cow! x100! They were nothing like anything I’d ever eaten in my life. Icy, bitter coffee shards offset by thick, creamy and sweet cream pilled high. I will never be able to recreate this. Ever. And it makes me sad.
We wanted to get to the Capuchin Crypt across town and got lost twice. Not really lost, we never do, we just go the wrong way really far before realizing our mistakes. We checked out another church before we made it there. When we arrived we dropped 5 euros in the donation basket and a woman told me that my “hot-pants” weren’t appropriate and to cover my legs. Jeeze! The crypt was sweet. Bone art is creepy. Period. And I’m sorry but we have no pictures of the crypt, it was forbidden.
We walked to the Trastevere neighborhood and got some more biscotti from Biscotti Artigiano. We took those cookies next door to a local coffee shop and drank down iced cappuccinos. 1.10 each, best deal yet.
We had a Rick Steve’s tour we followed through the neighborhood, which was again, very interesting. When all our touring for the day was finally over we made our way to Nuovo Mondo, a pizzeria across the river. Thank goodness for us it was open this time. We had fried mozzarella balls and a bottle of wine. We ordered a pizza. And then when that was gone we ordered another. They came to us in all their thin-crusted glory, the best margherita pizza to ever make my taste buds sing. Of course we finished up with gelato, what is a day in Italy without?