Rome, ville éternelle as we say in France. After seeing Woody Allen’s movie, I felt the urge to go back for a week end and indulge in La Dolce Vita. So I prepared a surprise trip to Rome with my love.
Hopefully, our week end will be a little less hectic than the protagonists’. I found a great hotel off the beaten path but close to the Colosseum : the suite was very large and very design and the staff absolutely helpful. But the best asset of the hotel is its neighboring restaurant : InRoma, a venue where lots of Italian movies are shot. Frankly, I still dream about the simple delicious food of InRoma.
We arrived just for lunch and watched the Romans work in the heat of the noon sun. By work, I mean lots of them are also working during their business lunch, under the sunshade…
… with a bottle of wine. Life is hard.
This Rosato is probably not Parker worthy, but boy did we enjoy it : it is to wine what Asian beers are to beers, and savoring it made us feel more and more like Romans. Priceless…
There is so much glow in this Rosato!
So when in Rome, do as the romans do… We simply enjoyed hanging out until dinner…and our second bottle of wine. Red this time. By the bye, I perfectly understand that I just took 600 calories in alcohol, but I assume the consequences of it.
The following day, we just wondered in the streets and went for a little shopping spree for him. We stopped a few hours on Piazza San Lorenzo in the Rione Colonna and of course, we had to visit the stunning San Lorenzo in Lucina Church. There are so many beautiful churches in Italy so I cannot comment on all the churches we went into. I can only stress the fact that some churches in Italy ask for an entrance fee, which I have never seen in France.
We went from wonders to wonders and shopped a little near the Spanish steps. We also walked up and down the Via Del Corso, until Piazza del Popolo next to the Hotel de Russie. I wish I could afford a stay in that hotel… maybe one day when I get really wealthy. Anyway, I was desperately looking for a dress – easy, there are so many boutiques on Via del Corso – but the dress was supposed to be orange. I did not find the orange dress but I did find a cocktail party dress.
We were not that tired so we decided to go to the Vatican. Lucky us ! We did not queue. I love it when things go this smoothly. People usually recall Michelangelo’s work on the Sistine Chapel and there should be many pictures of it on the internet or on your Facebook…
So here are my few original shots of the Vatican Museum.
Unfortunately, we did not get to experience the Galleria delle carte geografiche on our own. It is less wide than the Galerie des Glaces in Versailles and there are as many people wearing funny hats and comfy shoes.
My thoughts on the Vatican’s collection : clearly avant-garde… sometimes surprising! Words fail me, I cannot describe the above painting, and I am trying very hard to remember my religious studies.
The above is “Rayonnement” (1962), Hans Hartung’s work. I am very partial to him but no expert. I have lots of his masterpieces in my own personal imaginary museum.
If you ever go to the Vatican, go and spend some time in the gardens.
We then came out to sunny Rome again and I felt like Eliza, the flower girl in My Fair Lady, when I saw this flower shop.
Aperitivo time! Our Roman friends recommended this bar, Bar del Fico. We are back in France. Surprisingly, though close to Piazza Navonna, Bar del Fico was not a tourist trap.
My Fidanzato loved the Bar del Fico. I felt like I was in France and I wanted an Italian Dolce Vita experience! Anyway, we then had dinner nearby, it was very romantic so I will not share the details with you.
The following day, we went to have coffee at Sant’Eustachio Il Caffè. Again, this was highly recommended to us by our Roman friends as THE place to go for a real Roman coffee. Suffice to say : we were not disappointed in spite of the very high expectations our friends built in us. Since this coffee, we strive for excellency in brewing our grains and every morning, I am there, up to the challenge, trying to equal il caffè in Sant’ Eustachio with the coffee machine we bought there.
Fuelled with coffee, we went to a romantic stroll in the gardens of the Villa Medicis. To the French, the Villa Medicis hosts the French Academy in Rome; the many little villas in the gardens house artist boarders for a 6 to 18 months period. We also toured the Villa Medicis and the museums nearby but you will just need to go look for yourself.
From the Villa’s gardens on the Pincian hills, you have a pretty nice view of Roma.
If I were an artist and single, I would most definitely apply for a spot in the Villa Medics. It is like Google, the original Google.
Fidanzato and I then went for some silly time in the Borghese gardens. We cycled for a few hours in and around this beautiful place.
The following day, we just relaxed on Piazza Trinita Dei Monti, and we felt at home in Rome. Next time, I will need to call my friends and experience a different Rome.