From there we picked up a tourist bus – yes a tourist bus… but how else could we see what we wanted to stop at later on the day? When time is of the essence don’t discount these buses – you totally get a quick view of what there is to see and then you can determine what it is that you want to spend your time going back to or not.
We actually got off the bus in Piazza Navona and did some more walking. Our goal for our walk? Not to see an ancient Roman ruin… but to get Gelato!! Actually first we needed to get some lunch but we wanted to be in close proximity to the famous Giolitti’s for gelato!
Lunch was our best meal in Rome to date – I wish I had the name of the place to refer it to others but later in the day after Todd and Amy found the missing luggage I gave Todd the business card with the name so they could go there. But it was melt in your mouth delicious. A fantastic caprese salad for me along with homemade gnocci. And Josh had Maine lobster (it was definitely not a Mediterranean lobster because those are more spikey) with fresh homemade pasta…. mmmmmmm…. I would go back there in a heartbeat!
But leaving room we were off to Giolitti’s! We read about this place in our tourist book and had done a walk by the night before (but it was way too packed to go in). When you look at the picture, it reminds me of Michael’s Pastries in the North End of Boston. The lines are ridiculous here but they carry around 100 flavors of gelato and unlike when you go to places here in Spain (from what I’ve found so far) and in the US – you pick the size cone or cup you want, and then you can pile on as many flavors as you want until they tell you it’s enough. So worth the extra calories! And considering Josh and I walked from 10AM – 4:30PM that day (and then again later on in the evening), I’d say we walked it all off!
After Giolitti’s we were supposed to meet Todd & Amy at the Colosseum but they were still on luggage search so we went over by ourselves. It was not far from where we had started our day at the Vittorio Monument – you could actually see it peaking from behind the monument! However on our way to the Colosseum we also walked by the Roman Forum.
The Roman Forum has remains from 2000 years ago which includes temples, courts and monuments. The remains are skeletal in most areas but given it’s an archaeological site, we didn’t expect it to be in perfect condition.
We finally met up wtih Todd and Amy around 4:30 and they had finally found the missing luggage! However, unfortunately for them, they lost an entire day and still wanted to tour around a bit. So agreeing to meet up with them for dinner, they were off and running. Josh and I took a little break and then attempted some shopping (he was more successful than I was which is just criminal in this fashion mecca!). After a few drinks at the Irish bar we found, we met up with them at the “Wedding Cake” in order to head over to the neighborhood of Trastevere for dinner. The next time we come to Rome I’d like to spend some more time in this area as it’s much less touristy and very quaint. I have to say that I had what is probably one of the best pizzas ever that night! Ahhhh, if only I could take the food of Rome with me back to Barcelona. I enjoy the city life of Barcelona much more compared to Rome but most definitely like the food of Rome much much better!!
After a fantastic dinner, we headed back to our hotel but not before stopping at the Fountain at the base of the Spanish Steps where both Josh and Todd (perhaps a few bottles of wine into the evening) felt the need to taste the water and let us know if in fact it is the sweetest water in Rome. I think the wine affected their taste buds because they couldn’t say if it is true or not.