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Report 2098: Home in Rome

By Liveforhols from UK, Summer 2014

Trip Description: Our eighth visit to Rome armed with a list of things we still haven't seen!

Destinations: Countries - Italy; Regions/Cities - Rome

Categories: Vacation Rentals; Art Trip; Day Tours; Foodie Trip; Sightseeing; Independent Travel; 2 People

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Page 1 of 12: Gnocchi Thursday

photo by Donald White

Here we are in our 'home in Rome' and, for a fortnight at least, we can pretend that this tiny apartment in Monti is all ours.

After dropping our luggage we went straight out to lunch pizza at Al Carette, a favourite of Elizabeth Minchilli. This is pizza that you dream about with the characteristic thin Roman crust. Enjoying a long lunch in a shady courtyard it is hard to believe that a few hours ago we were in a rainy UK.

Buy our weekly transport pass and essentials from the supermarket and, after unpacking and settling in, set out for our 'first night walk' Piazza Quirinale for our first view of St Peters then Trevi fountain to throw in our coins. We pause in the beautifully tranquil cloister of Sant'Andrea delle Fratte and move into the church to see the two original Bernini angels. Then on to Spanish Steps where we enjoy aperitivo that we have brought along with us.

As this is Thursday we have to have gnocchi for dinner. According to Katie Parla the best is to be found at Arcangelo in Prati so we head over the river, pausing to admire Canova's home/studio on the way.

Although we have been to Rome many times we have never eaten supplizio so we choose this as our appetizer. Goodness these rice balls are delicious! The gnocchi are delightfully light little pillows of heavenly potato in a wonderfully flavoured amatriciana sauce flecked with crunchy guanciale. What a wonderful culinary start to our time in Rome thanks to two amazing apps Eat Rome and Rome for Foodies.

We walk back across the river, this time over the Ponte Sant'Angelo. I love this bridge and the Bernini angels that line it.

The little electric bus takes us from Via Giulia to Via Nazionale from where it is a short walk back to our apartment and one last glass of wine on the terrace.

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