I have been to Rome twice, once in ’01 and once in ’02. Both times I threw coins in the Trevi Fountain so I am certain that I will return there again one day. The first time I went was a three day stop, which is enough time to see most of the sights.
The second time I was there for six days, allowing time to relax, people-watch, and soak up the essence of the city. Rome is a huge city with no building taller than St. Peters. So it has that ancient feel, even with the bustling of the modern day residents. If you don’t like noise, vespas, people or cars…don’t go. But if you thrive on activity, or can even just tolerate it for a few days, Rome is a special treat.
On my 2nd visit, my friends and I discovered Trastavere. It is a wonderful, out of the way neighborhood with shops and outdoor vendors and just a bit of funkiness. The food there is probably the best in the city and there are always musicians to entertain for tips.
I never had a bad meal in Rome, or in all of Italy for that matter. I think the best in Rome were in Trastavere. I had two dinners in this charming neighborhood and both were excellent.
Osteria de Belli was the perfect little Trastevere dinner spot! We sat outside watching the colorful people and had a little concert while we ate. I had Rombo (fish, Yum!) and my friends had seafood pasta and a bowtie pasta with shrimp and asparagus. The bruschette was delicious and so were the contorni – spinach and artichoke.
At Trattoria Al Fontanone, the owner was wonderful and was also our server. The fried zucchini flowers and artichokes were amazing! We had grilled sole, pork loin and asparagus. All were terrific. And followed it all with a cappuchino and canneloni! Delicioso!!!
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