I arrived in Rome yesterday afternoon. I left my luggage at the hotel and headed straight to the Trastevere, South West of Rome, across the river Tiber. It is one of the most well known and loved areas of Rome nowadays, but it was hardly ever visited not so long ago!
So, after a quick detour to a nearby 'gelateria' where I enjoyed a wonderful ginger and sage/raspberry ice-cream, I crossed the 15th century-Ponte Sisto...
... and headed straight to the top of the Gianicolo hill above the Trastevere, to see the view on Rome.
I thought it would make a good 'introduction': although I came to Rome twice in the past, that was a long time ago!
I wasn't the only one to have had that idea, but it wasn't madly crowded either. It is fun to see the diversity of tourists in a big city like Rome!
This picture below shoes the area where I am staying, near Campo di Fiori (this is the area with the colourful buildings, just above the trees at the bottom).
Then I walked down Via Garibaldi...
... and headed to the Trastevere's little streets and piazzas. I am pretty sure I hadn't been before, or if I had I didn't see much of it. This medieval area of the city is quite charming.
Logically, I ended up on the Trastevere's most well known piazza: Piazza Santa Maria in Trastevere.
Its church is breath-taking, and apparently it was the first church where mass was ever celebrated, around 221-227 (although it was rebuilt a couple of times since). Look at the mosaics on the façade!
I told you it was breath-taking!
On the way out, I stopped to look at some pretty 'signs' the church's porch was covered with (ex voti? I am not sure, it was all written in Latin and my Latin is very rusty!).
And suddenly, I was starving! I had had breakfast at 9am at the airport, then the ice-cream, but now I wanted a proper meal! It was about 5.45pm. I didn't go very far and stayed in Trastevere. I found just what I wanted...
... pasta with clams, fresh tomatoes and parsley, with a fruity Italian wine. Life is good. The view from where I was sitting was nice too.
After some more walking in the Trastevere...
... I crossed the bridge back to the other side of the River...
... and decided to stop at the lovely pasticceria right next to my hotel on via dei Chiavari for some dessert.
The cakes and pastries are so different from French ones, I was surprised! I chose a ricotta and cherries little pie, which was a good choice.
And I climbed on my hotel's roof (many roofs are like terraces in Rome) to enjoy both the view and my little pie!
But wait, it became even better, when it reached the perfect 'golden hour', and the nearby Sant'Andrea della Valle Church seemed to be just glowing... What a privilege!
Honestly being able to travel to such beautiful places is worth all the lllllong meetings in the world! :) I hope you enjoyed this first blog about the Eternal City. If I am not too busy, I'll try and post another one tomorrow evening to show you what I saw this afternoon. There will probably be a couple more blogs as I am staying in Italy for over a week!!!
Thank you so much for coming with me all the way to Rome!
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