Italy

Roman holiday

November 24, 2011

Sorry for my absence. I know it’s rude to disappear from a blog without a word. But I’m back. I was in Rome and I strongly believe one should have an extra week of a holiday after a holiday.

Rome is a busy city, with many tourists even in November, heavy traffic and cars parked everywhere. At the beginning you think cars try to run you over, but later you learn they will stop finally, but very close to you. But there is also other side of Rome, the one with quiet, little streets, lovely piazzas, beautiful city views and history hiding around every corner.

Rome

Italian car and scooter
History is everywhere. It is incredible how buildings survived so many centuries. Everything we build now is so brand new, so filmsy. The beauty of buildings and sculptures is breathtaking. You want to ask yourself questions – where are you going, why do you hurry up, are you doing anything meaningful in your life that will survive you?

Roman Forum
Colloseum
Roman Forum
Food
But let’s get back to food. Even though I haven’t eaten as much as I wanted, but I can tell you Italian food is exactly as I imagined – simple, fresh and delicious. Italian national talent is preparing delicious food with as few ingredients as possible.
I love Italian bars and its sounds – people exchanging news over a cup of caffè and dolce or panino, glassware is chinking.
Italian coffee
Gelateria
We did our best in trying ice-cream. We went to Palazzo del Freddo – the oldest ice-cream factory in Rome. It is quite off the beaten track, so you could see mostly Italians in their winter jackets eating ice-cream. You can see the list of flavours on the big colourful board. The portions are huge so look out. My favourite flavour was red orange.
Palazzo del Freddo
Via Principe Eugenio, 65  
Rome, Italy
The oldest ice-cream factory in Rome

But our favourite gelateria was Gelateria del Teatro (you can see it next to the cat photo). Small gelateria we have found wandering around. It’s opened long hours and flavours are changing. I changed my opinion on chocolate ice-cream. In Poland I was mostly vanilla ice-cream girl, but ithere I was converted to chocolate ice-cream. They were heavenly good. They tasted like the best dark chocolate and they had flavours like – chocolate&wine, truffle, etc.
And nope, a cat wasn’t owned by the gelateria. We met it at cat’s shelter provided in the remaining of old temples. This particular cat was the biggest beggar, he didn’t take an eye from food!
Gelateria del Teatro
Via de San Simone 70,
Rome, Italy

Italian cat and gelateria
Pizza
Pizzeria Buffetto was recommended by Tomek’s cousin. She found it in a French guide. We needed to wait for a table in a quite big line, but it was worth it. We were sitted with a nice Italian family. The pizza we have got was extra thin and delicious.

Pizzeria Baffetto 
Via del governo vecchio 114 
Rome, Italy

Italian pizza
Arancini
The best things I have tried in Rome were arancini. Arancini are fried rice balls coated with breadcrumbs filled with with ragù (meat sauce), tomato sauce, mozzarella, and/or peas. I tried it with ragù and mozzarella. It was soooo good. But remember good arancini are really good, they aren’t too
Mondo Arancina
Via Marcantonio Colonna 38
Rome, Italy
Market
We visited Mercato Trionfale, a market recommended by David Lebovitz. He described it as “Not as well known as the more showy markets in the center of Rome, this is a pretty authentic market” and it’s exactly like this. I think we were the only one who were making photos not shopping.
Mercato Trionfale
Via Andrea Doria 3
Rome Italy
Italian market
Italian market - fish
Italian market - cheese

And a little bit of window shopping. Enjoy it.

Italian cheese
Italian cookies and veggies
Italian cookies
Italian tozzetti

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12 Comments

  • Reply Amee November 24, 2011 at 21:56

    Such lovely photos – looks like you had a great time on holidays. And we missed you so I am glad you are back.

  • Reply Magda November 24, 2011 at 22:07

    Amee, yes it was lovely. And right now I try to read all blog posts I’ve missed. I have quite a lot to read :)

  • Reply Paul Callaghan November 25, 2011 at 08:41

    Wow, fantastic photography, looked class… would love to go to Rome!! Glad you’re back too :)

  • Reply Junglefrog November 25, 2011 at 17:32

    Wow Magda! I totally love those photos!! It makes me want to pack my bags and head on down to Rome straight away. Gorgeous! (love the pic of that cat too…)
    And you’re totally right that you need a holiday after a holiday.. :)

  • Reply Magda November 25, 2011 at 17:57

    Paul, thank you :) Nice to hear that
    Simone, so go pack your bags, it’s worth it :)

  • Reply Angie's Recipes November 27, 2011 at 05:46

    Breathtaking Rom….
    The cat is so SKINNY…she needs FOOD.

  • Reply Magda November 27, 2011 at 09:39

    Angie, yes she is skinny, but believe me all other cats were well fed, so I guess she was the new one. She will quickly gain weight :)

  • Reply Laura December 3, 2011 at 22:22

    Magda,I almost went to Rome last summer. I have been there twice, once with my high school class.

    I would love to go again and get to know it better. I also want to see the Sistine Chapel, which I missed both times I was there.

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  • Reply Heidi September 9, 2014 at 21:22

    I love Rome! Lived there for a year and have been countless times. Now I am back in Italy but in Le Marche which is beautiful and full of amazing places as well.You took great shots there!

    • Reply Magda September 9, 2014 at 23:51

      Thank you for the kind words :) Rome is very beautiful. Lucky you Heidi, I would love to live anywhere in Italy for a little bit.

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