|Trevi Fountain wishes|
|In piazza Navona with the roomies|
|In Piazza Navona|
|Meatballs and beans at Antiqua Taverna|
Back to my weekend recap. So after our delicious dinner we headed over to a place called "Drunken Ship," lovely eh? After hanging out for a while Sydney and I called it a night around midnight when the realness of my exhaustion finally settled in. On saturday we got up at 8:30 am (I was not a happy camper because anyone that knows me knows how much sleep I require...) to make it to breakfast and then bus over to see some more Roman sites. First, we visited castel, not castle, St. Angelo where the popes lived! There were some beautiful views at the top and we got to see the pope's bedroom which was very grand and neat to see.
|Castel St. Angelo|
|View from the Castel|
After finishing up in the chapel Kelsey and I wandered into a courtyard, sat on a bench, and basked in the sun to wait for the others to finish the museum. We all walked back towards the hotel to shower and get ready for our next delicious Roman meal. This time we made a reservation at a place called Maccheroni that was to die for, but for some reason I didn't have a big appetite so I mostly just sampled everything. We ordered two traditional pastas to split amongst the three of us (Amy, Julia, and I), Pasta cacio e pepe that was phenomenal, and another one with black truffle sauce. Every time I try to be adventurous with my food choices it backfires, so let's just say I only had a few bites of that one....After a leisurely dinner with my roommates, we went for a stroll down the street with all of the ruins before heading to a pub called Scholars. It was spectacular to see the sites all lit up in different colors, it felt like I was the luckiest girl in the world! The pub was a ball, and we all ended up meeting some great characters. I met a guy named Sal from Argentina...random? and Julia and Kelsey chatted with two Roman boys who kindly drive us over in their sweet benz to the next bar called Anima. Everyone here has super fancy cars, and let's just say his car made my little toyota camry look pretty sketchy in comparison. This was a smaller bar, but still had a cool crowd and we dragged ourselves home at the wee hour of 3:30 am.
Getting up this morning was even more of a struggle than on saturday because of the buildup of lack of sleep, dehydration, and exhaustion in general. We got breakfast and then attempted to go to a market a few bus stops away, but we were sadly dissapointed at the lack of vintage things we expected to find. It was mostly tacky costume jewelry and cheap clothes on tables with hectic Italians shoving at each other to get their treasures. So we headed back to the hotel to do a bus tour that lasted about 45 minutes, which showed us more of the city and sites. Then we hopped off the bus to do the famous Colosseum tour, which was insanely cool to see and picture the gladiators fighting with the people in the stands. We snapped some pictures and then broke for lunch where we found a cute little place that had DELICIOUS Margherita pizza! Sadly this is where our trip to Rome came to a close as we headed back to the buses Florence bound. Overall I enjoyed Rome immensely and highly recommend that everyone take a visit there. I'm glad I chose to study in Firenze, however, because the city is much more intimate and way less intimidating than a huge city like Rome. Next weekend is our trip with API to Venice, so I need to rest up to be ready for our next Italian adventure. Arrivederchi tutti! xoxo
|St. Peter's Basilica|