A few weeks ago, I was lucky enough to travel to Italy for almost two weeks to eat, drink and be merry. I went with my boyfriend Dave and his parents, and it was a celebration of Dave finishing four long years of law school and taking the bar exam. And it was also a celebration of me putting up with it the last four years. 🙂 So, here is a little 3-part blog series on our trip, day by day, starting with Rome. I (literally) ate my way through Italy, and have photos of everything along the way. I’ll share the whole album of photos in part 3 since there are LOTS to share.
Day 1: Monday, August 8, 2011
After flying through the night (PIT -> DTW -> FCO), we arrived in Rome in the morning. Since it was too early to check in, we walked down to the Trevi fountain and had a bite to eat. I was legit falling asleep at the table. That jetlag hit me hard. So, once it was time to check in, we took a nice long nap, got up, and it was dinnertime.
Dinner, night 1 at the Hotel Majestic:
Day 2: Tuesday, August 9, 2011
After getting a good night’s sleep, it was time to hit the streets of Rome. After a little hotel breakfast (brie for breakfast? yes, please) my tour guide (a.k.a. my boyfriend) took me on a walk to the forum and the Colosseum. We saw all of the ruins, and went on a tour of both the forum and the Colosseum (and people watched — Italy is GREAT for people watching). Some sites:
We walked all the way back to the hotel on Via Veneto and I was DIRTY. I had Roman filth all over my feet, so I hosed off in the shower (after contemplating sticking my feet in the bidet.) After a little rest and showers, it was time for dinner, night 2 at Girarrosto Toscano (which was excellent):
A little pasta and a little risotto. Finished with some cafe gelato:
Not pictured: a delicious spread of antipasto that took up the entire table. Then, sweet dreams of buffalo mozzarella danced in my head.
Day 3: Wednesday, August 10, 2011
It was up and at ’em again on day 3, our last day in Rome. But not before stopping for a drink or two:
And then we hit up the The Capuchin Crypt, which was super creepy and super interesting. Here’s a photo from Wikipedia since we were not allowed to take any:
On a happier note, it was then time to go on our next tour, so we took a tour bus over to the Vatican and Saint Peter’s Square and Basilica:
After seeing the sights, it was back to the hotel for some relaxation and preparation for our night ahead. First, Piazza Navona:
Then dinner at Ristorante Pierluigi. Since I’m a terrible faux food blogger, I didn’t snap a picture of dinner. So, onto La Botticella, home of STEELERS NATION Italia. Fun fact: When Dave studied in Rome two years ago, they watched the Pens win the Stanley Cup here. Look how cute it is:
Holler Slippery Rock University: