One Sidewalk Cafe, Coming Right Up: Rome, Italy, Part 2

 “Italy has changed. But Rome is Rome.” ~ Robert De Niro 
 What we did:
  • Tried to take the metro to most places (No.1)
  • Paid full-price for most museums and sights. I think they were getting strict with the student deals because it was Holy Week, and a lot of students were traveling. They had the same strict policy as in Florence.
  • What I did: kept exiting places by accident (No. 2).
  • Walked to the Vatican from the Roman Forum. Many miles. I thought it was worth it, but the others did not agree. And then after I climbed the steps to the top of St. Peter’s Basilica, I had to agree. Too many steps.
  •  Asked people for directions at almost every block. Received differing directions from almost every person.
  • Stood in line for an exorbitant amount of time to see St. Peter’s Basilica. Stood in line for a similar amount of time for the Colosseum.
What we saw:
  • The Vatican, in a very confusing way (No. 1)
  • The Roman Forum and the Colosseum
  • The Pantheon
  • St. Peter’s Basilica
  • Lots of lines everywhere
  • Columns on columns on columns
  • Art in the streets and in the squares
  • Trevi Fountain
  • Fountains everywhere really
  • Winding, narrow, beautiful streets with hidden cafés and charming glass shops
  • Windowsills filled with flowers
  • The Spanish Steps
 – Spanish Steps –
What we ate:
  • Pasta with clams (No. 3)
  • Did I mention gelato?
  • Cappuccinos and pastries at the café just down the street from us (on Via Flaminia)
  • Ice-cream at a place called “Wonderful Ice Cream.” Yes, that was the name. But it lived up to it at least! Pistachio, Frutti di Bosco (Raspberry), and Mela con Cannella (Apple and Cinnamon).
  • Ravioli at Flambar on Via Flaminia.
  • The most amazing pizza at a small fast-moving pizza place on the way to the Vatican (No.4)

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