WANDERING IN ITALY – ROMA AND THE LAZIO REGION

They say all roads lead there, so it wouldn’t have made any sense not to get there at some point! So, Rome…

ROME IN 3 DAYS

Hard to drive by and not stop in a such a historical city. To do so properly, we indulged ourselves with two night atCamping in Town.. Central, very clean and well-equipped, I strongly recommend it! Obviously, it’s not cheap (from 25 to 42 euro for a van and two adults, depending on the season). Besides that, according to locals, there are free and safe spots near Villa Borghese… We were already in the campground when we got this tip… If you do go there, let me know!

We spent three days in Rome, including a super cool one in the heart of the city, one doing laundry/working on my projects/just hanging/cleaning and working on the Lieutenant… And a pretty intense one during which we walked for 8k from Vatican to Palatine hill… The Sistine Chapel commands immediate respect, as do Saint-Peter’s basilica and square and the Coliseum, but the ruins on Palatine hill made the biggest impression on us. First, because the site in itself is sublime, especially in the late afternoon light. Second, and maybe more so because it is the place of the foundation of Rome… and therefore is one of the birthplaces of our civilisation… because this is where Remus and Romulus were found and taken in by “Lupa” (wolf in Latin), a shepherd’s wife, after they were abandoned… because this is where all the Emperors chose to builds their places (hence the name derived from Palatium)… and when you know this, walking around the place becomes something pretty special…

 

Rome, from city centre to the Altar of the Fatherland, where you get a first glimpse of the Forum… 

Second day.. Vatican at the first hour… its museum and Saint-Peter’s Basilica (you can find ways to skip the lines on the Internet!)
The plate at the bottom left marks the exact place where Pope John Paul II was when he almost got murdered… a bit insane!

… Coliseum…

Palatine hill.. prepare to feel some feelings.. 

And to put our feet up.. a day off on the next day!

To sum up, Rome was awesome !

 

AND WHAT ABOUT OUR BELLIES ?

We got a bit loose in Rome, and tried two restaurants and two ice-cream places! Crazy!

Pizza in Trevi : So far the best pizzas we have had in Italy.. we were a bit on the defensive because it is right next t to the Trevi Fountain, and touristic places are not often synonymous with with good adresses… But for once, we let ourselves be convinced by good reviews on Tripadvisor, and we were not disappointed! Happiness in a plate! The ingredients are fresh, the pizzas are generous, the dough is home-made… We now know why the place is famous for its dough and why the owners are so proud of it!

Il Gelato di San Crispino : Good address if you enjoy ice-cream and original flavors..

Enoteca e Taverna Capranica : We had had excellent pizzas the day before, and I wanted to find a cosy place with good pasta on the menu… After walking away from a few other places, we ended up in this cute little enoteca… pretty typical… the wine choice was insane, with good advice from the staff… the meal was great as well! A few antipasti which we shared, then a main course, truffle gnocchis for me and beef stew for Thomas… we won’t be able to speak about dessert, as it was time for us to go dream/drool/go crazy at Venchi!

Venchi : Best ice-cream in the entire world! Such a delight if your are to believe Thomas, and I concur! It was so good that we can’t wait to get to Venice just to find their address there, try new flavors, put some colors back in our lives and know happiness again! As they say: Veni, Vidi, Venchi!

 

CARTOGRAPHY

To help you organise your stay in Rome, I have drawn, as usual, a little map of our itinerary on foot in the city… I also pinned the restaurants and ice-cam places we tried!

 

AROUND ROME

It was hard to follow after the slap in the face Rome was, but the gardens of the Villa d’Este in Tivoli were a sweet way to do it. After this, we wanted to get some quiet time before moving on to Campania, and we found the perfect place to get some rest in the shores of Lago di Canterno..

Villa d’Este and its amazing gardens…

Lago di Canterno

OUR NIGHT SPOTS

Roma Camping in Town831 Via Aurelia – Cood GPS 41° 53′ 15.27″ N – 12° 24′ 16.29″ E

Night spot in Tivoli : Parking 41 Via Acquaregna

Nice spot at Lago di Canterno : (Park4Night) Strada Provinciale 201 – Coord GPS : lat. 41,7488 long. 13.2597

 

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