What I Did:
One of 7 new wonders of world, the Colosseum was constructed in the first century AD. Built out of sand and concrete, it is the largest amphitheater in the world. The entry fee is $12, but you can skip the majority of the line by paying for a group tour.
The Vatican Museum has some impressive art and historical artifacts. One of the most famous and most impressive of these is the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.
St. Peter's Basilica-
St. Peter's Basilica is the largest church building in the world. Artists such as Michelangelo have contributed to the building. Catholic tradition states that the apostle Peter is buried here.
Free walking tour-
While Sandemans does not currently offer tours in Italy, there are other options for free walking tours. Rome is unique in that much of its history is mixed in with its modern city. While many historic sites in other cities are made into museums, there is so much history in Rome that you can just stumble onto sites dating back over two thousand years.
The Trevi is one of the most famous and iconic fountains in the world.
Where I ate:
Cafe Faggiani and Cafe Vitti-
Italian "bars" are not what many Americans think of when they hear something called a bar. They typically serve coffee drinks and pastries in the mornings (that is where the word "barista" comes from). I got a cappuccino and cornetto, the traditional Italian breakfast, at each place.
Gelateria dei Gracchi-
Although gelato is just the Italian word for ice cream, simply calling it ice cream does not do it justice. Gelateria dei Gracchi in the Prati district was recommended by Anthony Bourdain, and it did not disappoint.
Located in the Prati district behind the Vatican, Bonci Pizzarium sells "Pizza al taglio." You select the pizza type and size, then pay by weight. The pizza there was amazing.
Gelateria La Romana-
Located near the hostel I stayed in while in Rome, Gelateria La Romana was an excellent gelateria. When choosing a gelateria, it is a good sign when the gelato is covered as opposed to being displayed. Gelateria La Romana had some of the best gelato I have ever had.
Cacio E Pepe-
Cacio e pepe seems like a very simple dish. It is simply noodles with some olive oil, crushed black pepper, and some sprinkled cheese. However, when done well it can be amazing. I had it at a restaurant named after the dish, and it is one of the best meals I have ever had.
How I got around:
I walked and used Rome's metro system. Walking allowed me to see much of the city that I would have missed had I used other methods of transportation.
My favorite thing:
The food in Rome is absolutely amazing. The cacio e pepe I had is one of the best things I have ever eaten. Also, there is an immense amount of history and culture in Rome.
My least favorite thing:
A side effect of having so much history, so much amazing food, and an amazing culture is a large amount of tourists.
For next time:
I would like to experience more of the food in Rome, and I would love to eat more cacio e pepe. I would like to try Betto E Mary, located in the Pignetto district just outside of the city. It serves traditional Roman food that can be tough to find in the areas around the tourist sites. I would also like to explore more of Rome's history.
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