Wednesday, June 16, 2010

The Eternal City - Roma!

How much history can one city boast? Of all the cities in the world, Rome probably rivals them all for breadth and scope of history.This list will give you history, to be sure. More history than one can truly appreciate in a quick tour of the city.

There's the Colosseum.

There's the Roman Forum.

There's the Trevi Fountain.

There's the Piazza Navona.

There's the Pantheon.

There's the Spanish Steps.

And towering over all of it is St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City, with its adjoining Sistine Chapel.

Simply spectacular. The Vatican alone would provide days upon days of touring, yet we are doing all of this in 2 days...truly impossible to get anything more than random highlights. Taking a tour of this sort leaves one with the distinct desire to return and take a slower pace around the city to soak in all the sites.

In addition to seeing all the major tourist attractions, one must remember to savor the uniquely Roman style of leisurely dining.

A signature dish one must order when in Rome is Spaghetti alla Carbonara. It is divine. I make it often for our family, but I cannot duplicate the flavor of true Roman carbonara. And, Italians enjoy taking their meals outdoors - alfresco dining. Streets both major and minor are sprinkled with  outdoor cafes - cute little cloth-covered tables, umbrellas, music, and a complete menu to tempt hungry tourists and locals alike.

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