Ahh the Eternal City. I don't know why Rome has caught my fascination, but it has. I've been twice so far, once after my honeymoon for a quick weekend and just a couple of weeks ago with a longtime friend and fellow expat who is returning to her native Australia after 15 years in Munich.
We have always enjoyed sitting in cafes and eating good meals, so we figured as a last girls weekend hurrah we should take a trip to Rome together.
We stayed at one end of the historic district, near the Piazza del Popolo (above). We walked almost the length of the whole thing on our first afternoon. We saw the biggies (from the outside) like the Colosseum, the Piazza della Republica. However on this trip, we spent most of our time in a more every-day non-touristy, university neighborhood of Prati.
It was easy, we'd just cut over across the Tiber river. You can't really tell but this boat looks like it's a club and cafe once the sun goes down.
The day would start with a coffee at the excellent Sciasscia cafe where locals would mosey up to the bar have a quick coffee or read the paper and then head out to face the day.
The things that caught my attention were different this time around, like this wax figure of the pope.
Here's where I have to confess, I am really bad at remembering to take pictures! I enjoy just wandering, taking it all in and of course eating and drinking that it only occurs to me later to take a snapshot or an instagram. BUT I did do a lot of pre-trip research which you can be the beneficiary of, specifically this map of restaurants, gelato stands and sights that were on my list to see.
We only managed maybe see/do/eat about a fifth of the items, so I guess I'll just have to go back!