Friday, 29 January 2016

Europe Travelogue: Rome, Italy

29/6: Rome, Italy

We got breakfast at Attanasio Patisserie before leaving for Rome. This bakery has a long history and is famous for their sfogliatella.

My last sfogliatelle frolla :( 

Good morning, Rome!

Rome's lovely architecture

Lunch was at Pastascuitta, a small take-out restaurant that specializes in handmade fresh pasta. This plate of egg strozzapreti with truffle sauce costed only €5 and was pretty satisfying.

We wanted to try out another pasta joint (E.G.G) but it was closed so we headed back to Pastasciutta to try their carbonara.

Exploring the nearby streets in search of desserts..

There are several gelato shops along this stretch and I tried one from Gelateria Del Teatro.

Crossing the Ponte Sant'Angelo, an ancient bridge built by Emperor Hadrian.

It is also known as the Bridge of Angels as there are ten angel sculptures lined along the bridge.

San Salvatore in Lauro

A quiet 17th century church

We passed by this popular gelato shop but since we just had gelato, we tried their tiramisu instead. Since S is not a fan of tiramisu and it is one of my favourite Italian dessert, I had most of it hehe.

Santa Maria in Vallicella

There are over 900 churches in Rome! Although I have been to many European churches, I am still amazed by how most of them have really intricate and painstakingly designed interiors. They are really all charming in their own ways.

One of the many souvenir shops around the area. Check out this Da Vinci Simpsons tee-shirt. Such a cutie!

I would love to bring home these beautiful packs of colourful pastas but I was afraid that they would get crushed in my luggage so I did not get them :(

More interesting-shaped pastas!

Church of St. Louis of the French
This church is strikingly beautiful and I absolutely adore its harmonious gold and marble scheme.

Piazza Navona
This is one of the most famous and popular public squares in Rome.

Fiumi Fountain, also known as the Fountain of the Four Rivers

So crowded

Facing Piazza Navona is Sant'Agnese in Agone.

This small church is an exemplar of Baroque architecture.

Also at the site of the square is Moor Fountain whose figures are rather intriguing.

Unfortunately, the Trevi Fountain was under construction :( It was still overcrowded with visitors though.

Yet another beautiful church that we chanced upon.. Santa Maria Maddalena.

Beautiful interior, as expected of European churches.

The Pantheon used to be an ancient temple and is the most well-preserved building in Rome. It is now a church that is very popular with tourists, as evident by the long queues at the entrance.

When you see horse carriages, you know you are in a major tourist site.

Quirinale Palace (Palazzo del Quirinale)
This palace is the official residence of Italy's president.

We were in time for the changing of guards!

Taking a break by the roadside before continuing our day

Spotted along Via Venti Settembre

Fountain of Moses

Piazza Della Repubblica, a semi-circular piazza

Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri
At first glance, this active church seemed dysfunctional due to its out-of-place and imperfect exterior. This was also what made it stood out among the rest of the churches and the buildings around the area.

Dinner was at Ristorante Pesce E Carne Pizzeria where we had carbonara pasta and sausage pasta. Portions were huge!

Panna cotta for dessert

Sunset against Cappella Paolina at Piazza Dell Esquilino

Basilica Papale di Santa Maria Maggiore - the largest church dedicated to Virgin Mary.

Piazza di santa maria maggiore

Last church of the day

30/6: Day 2

Ready to kickstart the day and equipped with a large bottle of water!

First stop: Caffe San Eustachio
I chanced upon this cafe online but it was such a disappointment although it was highly raved. This was a dry slice of Torta Nocciola (hazelnut cake).

Mediocre eclair

Their cold latte macchiato was bland and was the worst cup of coffee I had in Italy.

Largo di Torre Argentina
This archaeological site is supposedly a cat sanctuary but we did not see any cats when we were there.

Turtle Fountain - featuring four naked young men

Rows of restaurants and little shops

Piazza Venezia
This neat and large roundabout square is the central hub of Rome. It is the site of the Altar of the Fatherland, which is a grand monument of King Vittorio Emmanuele II, the first king of Italy. No wonder the scale is so impressive!

Trajan's column
This triumphal column commemorates the Roman emperor Trajan's victory.

Ruins of Trajan Forum

Trajan's Markets

To the left is the ruins of Basilica Ulpia. It is interesting how only its columns remain. Right ahead is the Church of the Most Holy Name of Mary.

Forum of Augustus

Palatine Hill, the center of ancient Rome: Featuring the monuments of Arch of Septimius Severus (left), Temple of Saturn (middle-right). Impressive ruins!

Atop Capitoline Hill
This square was designed by Michelangelo in the 16th century.

Palace of the Senate

Church of St. Luca e Martina

Arch of Constantine


Such a grand and imposing ancient structure!

Dinner was at the nearby Coming Out. This was our bacon carbonara pasta. I just realized that we had a lot of carbonara in Italy!

Finally, a thin-crusted pizza.

Desserts at Cremeria Don Pepe

This sponge-like cake was filled with chocolate cream and tasted just like any regular chocolate sponge cake :/

Cannolo siciliano, an Italian pastry dessert.

Perhaps the most intriguing church I've been to is Santo Stefano Rotondo.

Paintings fill up the circular walls of this church, each depicting martyrs being killed in gruesome ways.

Not for the faint-hearted.

The sky was still so bright even though it was already evening.

I managed to resist the temptation to get these pastries as I was saving space to enjoy another cone of gelato.

Tiramisu gelato at Gelateria Pasticceria

This bakery was near our hostel and I knew I would walk out with something extra.

Last supper in Rome. If I remembered correctly, this has ricotta and chocolate chips fillings in it.

Next stop, Florence :)

1 comment:

  1. Great photos! I only saw the colosseum from the car and would love to visit again and of course, eat some good food! :) Enjoy Florence!

    x Reg