I finally got through part one of my Italy photos – Rome. Rome was wonderful and, despite what every book says (that is not to go in August), to us last week of August proved to be the perfect time. We expected a loud, crazy, tourist-filled city but discovered quite the opposite. Of course, some spots were full of tourists (like us:)) – Trevi Fountain, Vatican and Pantheon, but we managed to find the areas that were so peaceful and quiet that it felt like we were the only ones touring the ancient city.
We stayed in Trastevere and walked everywhere. Trastevere was very quiet in the mornings – with rare passers-by or locals walking the dogs. Otherwise, it seemed like everyone was sleeping till midday and if we walked into the neighbourhood in the evening, we’d find a complete transformation – Santa Maria square full of people, performers, and street artisans.
Top three highlights in Trastevere:
1. Trattoria Meridionale – ignore tripadvisor’s reviews. Most of them are related to the old restaurant and owners. The food was exceptional! So good that we chose to go there two night in a row.
2. A walk up Gianicolo hill – great walk through historic cobblestone streets (uphill); rewarding views of Rome.
3. Hanging out in Santa Maria Square in the evening – it’s quite an experience and there are always some interesting street artists there.