Food & Wine
The food in Rome is delicious. We ate pasta, pizza, veal, artichokes, and gelato. The Italian food over there is much different than what we get in the States. All the flavors are very mild, cohesive, and smooth. You can't really pick out one ingredient (like tomatoes or oregano), they all just blend together for rich, creamy, deliciousness. The closest thing to Italy in Charleston is "La Pizzeria" in Mt. Pleasant. The gelato was amazing, but I think Whole Foods offers a pretty decent alternative.
|pizza (with prosciutto, of course) before the concert|
|lunch while exploring where we had the pasta and cappuccino below|
|Pinot Grigio has never been my favorite, but the Italians really know how to make a delicious one. This is mainly what we drank over there.|
|Penne Amatriciano - pasta, sauce, prosciutto, chili pepper, and cheese|
|cappuccino - one of my favorite things|
|dinner by Trevi Fountain where we ate artichokes and veal saltimbocca shown below|
|Roman artichoke (one of my new favorite dishes ever) and Italian Rose|
|veal saltimbocca and potatoes|
|where we ate lunch after the Ancient Rome tour - I had another artichoke and lasagna (and of course Pinot Grigio)|
|gelato from San Crispino|
|fondue and champagne at the hotel bar|
|tea and cakes for snack at Babington's Tea Room|
Seeing "Mumford & Sons" in concert was the main reason we traveled to Rome. They are one of our favorite bands and we wanted to see them for our anniversary. They just happened to be in Rome around our special day. We were not disappointed. You forget what good, live music sounds like if you haven't heard it in a while. It's also mind blowing to hear the entire Italian speaking audience recite the English lyrics to every song better than you can. This experience had me all philosophical, like "music knows know language or cultural barriers" and junk like that. Yep, they were that good. Have a listen.
|We arrived an hour early and still had a horribly long line to wait in.|
|cold and excited|
|Weird, trashy girl band called Deep Valley who opened for M&S. The cut off jean shorts and white legs don't really work for anyone....|
Listen to the band and watch the crowd!Tours
We used Real Rome Tours to see Vatican City and Ancient Rome. Ferdinando was our friendly, informative, experienced tour guide. He's actually an archaeologist by trade, so he was extremely knowledgeable and passionate about the Ancient Rome tour. I highly recommend this company and Ferdinando as your guide.
Vatican City - Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's Basilica -
|changing of the Swedish guard|
Ancient Rome - The Palatine Area (6th century B.C.), The Roman Forum (46 B.C.) and The Colosseum (72 A.D.)-
|Julius Caesar's tomb|
It is at the top of the Spanish Steps which is a perfect location for tourists. The rooms were very nice but the service in the restaurants was a little lacking (this seems to be true in the entire city so I probably shouldn't single them out for this.)
|top of Spanish Steps|
Other Pretty Pictures
|Trevi Fountain at night|
All photos were taken by me.
p.s. Why do I drink Baby Mama Juice? Because I am so lucky to be able to take such incredible trips with my sweet, generous husband. Happy 4th Anniversary Mr. BMJ!!!