We have done so much walking today!!
It was probably as much as the other days but it felt like so much more because we really went off track…
We started the day early, walking into the historic centre.
Had to stop for a coffee first and this place was kind of interesting!!! Something to note if you come here, if you have your coffee at the “bar” rather than at a table, you will save yourself at least 2 Euro!
We wanted to take a few pictures at the Fountain of Trevi during the day, and then continue on into Travestere.
We found the fountain ok, but even at that early hour it was full of people and hard to get a decent shot.
We still haven’t thrown a coin over our shoulder into it!! Must remember to do that.
Next stop was the Pantheon!! Another site I wanted to take day photos at. We stumbled upon it by accident. Such an impressive building.
I know we’ve seen these sights before but soon we’ll be gone and who knows when I’ll get to see them again.
Found this cute little sign on a wall.
We passed through Piazza Navona again which, in my opinion, is underrated. I looked up at the apartments and wondered who lives there!! and what are they paying to live there? Do the constant stream of tourists bother them? So many questions!
We hadn’t really had breakfast so hubby and I decided to look for more “special” pizza to have. We didn’t find it right away, but we did see this. Have you ever seen a bigger piece of Mortadella!!!!
I should have got hubby to stand next to it for perspective.
Before we knew it we were crossing the bridge over into Travestere
That picture on the left is not Bocca Della Verita but I really wanted it to be… so we went past it and continued over the bridge.
Oh my god was it so nice over this side!!!! It was quiet, and peaceful and just what you’d expect Italy to be. We also noticed the prices were much cheaper.
We just wanted to keep ordering food!! We got coffee at one place, dessert at another. I didn’t even photograph the dessert I was so excited to eat it! It was full of this delicious custard! Oh god, it would be worth the walk over the bridge to get that again!
And it was just so pretty over there. Please, if you find yourself in Rome, you MUST go to Travestere!
I really should have taken more photos. I felt so at home in this section.
Without any plan or guidance, we started walking south and it soon turned, not so nice.
Well , in fairness, it got average, and then not so nice.
I had been looking for a handbag since we were in Greece and didn’t see anything I really liked. There was this one bag from a street vendor in Greece I kind of liked but was not in the mood to haggle.
I noticed it on the street in Travestere and while hubby was looking at the price, the guy came up and said it was a super special morning discount. The price quoted was 40 Euro but he said he’d sell it for 30 Euro. I said I wasn’t interested and for that price, I really wasn’t.. but he was so desperate and he said “What price would you pay for it” and I answered honestly “20 Euro”. I thought that was fair. It’s not leather after all, just a nice big bag I can wear on my back.
He tried to ask for 25 Euro but when I said I wasn’t going to pay that and started to walk away, he said “Ok 20 Euro” and started to take the paper stuffing out to prepare it for sale right away, as if he was scared I was going to change my mind about the 20 Euro.
I felt so bad.
He just seemed so desperate for money and there is such poverty in the streets here.
I love my new bag though!
As we continued walking we found ourselves in an area that could be anywhere in the world. Not old, not new, just neutral. We didn’t really know where we were, we just continued walking.
We got some pizza at a pretty good price! And a couple of arancini balls.
We needed a bathroom break so ducked into the free washrooms at McDonalds and I took a photo of the menu – Not sure if you can see it. Interesting to see a familiar menu in a different language.
By now we were pretty tired and had no clue where we were. We crossed the bridge back over to “our” side but still had no clue. Nothing looked familiar and we were on wide roads with tons of cars streaming past. I looked on Google Maps and told hubby I thought we should be heading in a certain direction, but he was sure it was another direction and off we trotted…. and we walked, and walked and walked… and finally I said “Please for the love of God we have to ask someone or check Google Maps”
And turns out, we were walking in the wrong direction… Probably on our way to Naples.
Not that we could tell what Google Maps was saying as we had no reference point.
When we asked the guy at the petrol stop where to go, he pointed in the direction we had just come from and said “second left after the gate”
I think he meant this gate?
It still felt really foreign and we passed all sorts of ruins we hadn’t seen before or even heard about.
I’m sorry I didn’t take pictures. I think I was just too tired.
I promised hubby we would stop for icecream (haha) so as soon as we hit civilisation, (as we had been walking down a freeway for quite some time up until this point) I got us some ice cream.
It was absolutely delicious!
When we finally got back to the apartment I had a glass or two of Limoncello and I was out like a light.
No more Limoncello for me ever again please!!!
Although we love pasta and pizza, we were looking for something different tonight.
Am I wrong in thinking there’s only so much pasta and pizza you can eat?
We walked past a million places and finally settled on this one place that seemed ok. I think we were just tired of walking and looking.
Hubby thought he might like some risotto and this place had it on the menu so in we went.
Most people sat outside but I kind of liked the interior. It was cute.
I don’t think you can see it in the picture but at the top of the wall there is a painting of different parts of Rome. It’s really well done.
I went for something light – Some bruschetta and minestrone soup and hubby had a risotto and cannelloni.
I wasn’t a fan of the bruschetta because it had rocket throughout it and not basil.
The minestrone was ok. Hubby was happy with his.
I feel like I need a change of cuisine tomorrow thought.
The supermarkets close at 10pm here which meant we couldn’t get any sneaky snacks to bring home! Probably just as well.
Goodnight and god bless.