We Came, We Saw, We Conquered…Rome

We Came, We Saw, We Conquered…Rome

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I don’t know if anyone ever noticed, but I never blogged about our time in Rome last November. I’ve had that on my list to do forever, and am just getting around to it. I’m sure you understand. I’m terribly busy.

Four Days in Rome

We spent four days in Rome at the tail end of our Greece trip. At this point, I have forgotten some of the details, so I’ll just summarize some highlights. I also just went through the pictures and they are bad. Wholly uninspiring. And such a disservice to such an amazing place. I’m a little embarrassed to display them, but alas, I have to include them in this post because bad photos or not, I want to chronicle as much of these several months of traveling as I can.

For some reason, our phones kept dying on us in Rome. So, we did this trip largely old school. Like circa mid-90s. We used the hotel map to find our way around the city. We were totally that couple with the unwieldy, unnecessarily large map, gesturing and pointing and holding the map super close to our faces. Total tourists. But I have to say – it was really fun. It’s good to go old school every once in a while.

Highlights

One of the most significant things I remember is ordering a cappuccino on our first morning there. After weeks of bitter espresso in France, it was so refreshing to have good coffee.

 

Of course, we saw all the sights – Vatican, Colosseum, Pantheon, etc. I’m not going to enumerate them all here. It was SO much walking. Our feet were dying. Rome is definitely a city I’d like to take much slower if I ever get the chance again. There are just so many must-sees, you can miss the charm of the place as you’re traipsing from one sight to the next.

I’m sure you’ve never seen a picture of the Colosseum, so here’s day and night versions, plus a few others.

 

To do something a little different, we went on a food tour. This was the best idea. It was more than a food tour – it included some off the beaten path sights and stories and came with an adorable guide. The food was amazing. And we were stuffed at the end, which is exactly how I think you should be at the end of a food tour.

One of the fascinating things we saw on the food tour was the grave of English poet John Keats. Who knew he was in Rome? What’s interesting about this is that his name isn’t on his tombstone. He requested instead that only this phrase be inscribed: “Here lies one whose name was writ in water,” in reference to the fact that he didn’t think he would leave much of a poetic legacy. He wasn’t much appreciated during his life, but of course after his death, his reputation would grow until he became considered one of the great English poets. I am not a poetry fan, but I used to have a bit of a thing for Keats after reading a few of his poems in an English class.

While we were in Rome, I got a message from a friend telling me that there is a gate in some piazza and if you look through the keyhole in the gate, you’ll see the that the dome of St. Peter’s Basilica perfectly lines up with the keyhole. So we did a bit of research, found the piazza, and went to check it out. It is pretty cool. I took about 20 photos attempting to capture it…and annoyed probably 20 people who were waiting in line to take a peek. I could never get a good shot, but here’s the best I got – just to give you a taste. That’s what you see through the keyhole!

 

And last but not least, we ate so well in Rome, but the two best things we had were at this restaurant called Trattoria Da Enzo. We had fried artichokes (a Roman-Jewish specialty) and Tiramisu (not just any tiramisu. this one had a small, thick puddle of nutella placed at the bottom of the dish). Ingenious.

 


Sweet Endings

I probably don’t need to tell you that there was a lot of this.

A little Keats for the road (seems oddly fitting as a caption for a gelato picture, doesn’t it?)

I am certain of nothing but the holiness of the Heart’s affections and the truth of the Imagination – What the imagination seizes as Beauty must be truth”

~John Keats, in a letter to Benjamin Bailey

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