29 December 2016
italian diaries : rome
I'm now sitting on my hostel bed at 9 at night catching up on blog posts from the last two weeks which means all my blog posts relating to Italy! I was lucky enough to spend the last two weeks travelling around Italy and spent most of that time with my friend Imogen who is also travelling with a one way ticket around Europe. So I am starting a little sub-section on my blog called the Italian Diaries, where I'll do a little blog post with pictures and recounts of my time in each Italian city that I visited. First stop, which is most peoples first stop - Rome.
I have already visited Rome before, nearly exactly 2 years ago on my Europe trip right after high school so I had done most of the touristy things and so had Imogen (having been here nearly a whole week before my arrival) so we decided to just wander around and find the best foods and streets and just enjoy Italia to the full. Which for me, was very much about the food. Italian food is my all time favourite cuisine and I had been dreaming about it for months before I finally arrived in Italy. So first stop of the day, gelato of course! We went to a place that had over 150 flavours in gelato... we couldn't decide for at least 20 minutes what we wanted to try... but in the end I went for a ‘Kinder bueno’ (Italians love their Kinder) and a hazelnut (because Estelle loves her hazelnut) and it was yum, you wouldn't expect anything less than that. So we wandered around to the Spanish steps to enjoy our gelato, which we soon found out we couldn't do... well at least eat the actual gelato on the Spanish steps... oh well. So the next mission as lunch, we ignored our backpackers budget and decided to splurge a little for my first proper Italian meal and researched one of the best places to go. We ended up in this tiny little restaurant which had the most amazing food! I had the ricotta and spinach ravioli with a mushroom sauce... it was bliss and I was in food heaven!
The rest of the day was just spent exploring the city and taking photos and just taking it all in before heading back to our hostel to cook our own Italian meal ourselves, a pesto gnocchi dish. We did of course visit some sights like the Trevi fountain and the Colosseum (even if you’ve seen it once, it’s too amazing not to go back!)
The next day, unfortunately Imogen was really unwell, so she stayed in, which meant I was alone exploring again. Which luckily for me is something I am very used to. So today my mission was the find the best pizza in Rome, yesterday was pasta and today would be pizza. A little research later and I found the perfect little place that apparently had the best thin crust (a true Roman pizza) around, so off I went. It was perfectly Italian, very small, very average decor and people running around like crazy and not treating you like you would be treated in an Australian restaurant, but it was packed which just said it all. I went for a margarita (of course) and seriously I was not disappointed. It was beyond amazing and I really am going to have to work on my pizza making skills because I am so going to make that when I am back home... although it probably will take years of practice to get it anything like the one I ate!
The rest of the day I just spent wandering around, in and out of vintage stores, across the river, exploring new neighbourhoods that I haven't seen before and just enjoying the perfect weather. Blue skies and the perfect temperature - around 13 degrees - fresh but not cold.
So here are a few little photos from our couple of days in Rome and stay peeled on my website because over the next few days I'll be uploading the rest of my blog posts from the other Italian cities we visited, plus what we got up to on Christmas!