Last week was super stressful. Also, it got quite hot here in Rome over the last couple of days. And what would be a better solution to unwind, relax and have a gelato than a coffee, cornetti and walk on the market of Campo de’ Fiori?
(We found a “biscotteria”. How amazing is that?? Translated it basically means cookie-shop)
Here are some impressions of summery Rome, enjoy! 😀
Last weekend my dad came to visit me – and he brought my little sister along as a surprise! 😀
I was so happy to see them both – but especially Kathi, as she was making quite sure I knew how busy she was and how she absolutely had no time to come to Italy when I invited her – well played! 😛
Well, we had quite some busy days here too, based on all the sights, cappuccini and cornetti we ticked off our tourist bucket list. Basically, I managed to show them all major tourist sites of the eternal city in just about three days – we even spent one day at the beach, soaking up Italian autumnal sunshine (people were still swimming in the sea!).
I know it sounds a bit stressful, but mind you, we had enough coffee and gelato brakes to regain strength and energy throughout: my dad absolutely loves Italian espresso and la dolce vita, so coffee in the sun at least thrice a day was obligatory – and so was delicious dinner!
We had a really lovely time discovering Rome together and it was a good feeling to show them my room, the streets I walk in every day on my way to uni, the uni itself and my favourite spots in the city. After explaining everything on Skype, it was nice to share it in “real life”.
I’m looking forward to the next visit! (In the spring the orange trees are in bloom… ^^)
It was my birthday last Friday and it started with lovely phone calls, a colourful surprise from my amazing conquilina on the kitchen table and a nice Cappuccino and cornetto breakfast before spending all morning at uni.
When I finally came back home in the afternoon, the doorbell rang and with “c’é il fioraio” a massive colourful bunch of flowers got delivered to my door! Seriously, I only know this kind of things from the movies! Anyway, I had to go out to buy an adequate vase, as my little sunflower vase couldn’t handle this blooming monstrosity.
We went out for dinner to “A Remo”, apparently a very famous through and through Roman Pizzeria, where you have to queue to get a table, the waiters shout over the heads of the customers and carry as many as seven pizzas at once and no one speaks a word of English ^^ Giorgio made me try Puntarelle (a weird vegetable, veeery typical in Rome), Augusto shared his Supplí with me, Sabrina had me try the Mozzarella di Buffala on her pizza, I stole some fiori di zucca from Claudio and I actually ordered a Cappricciosa for myself. And even though all this food was more than enough we had some ice cream and a walk in Trastevere for dessert, it was warm like in a summer’s night. 🙂
On Saturday afternoon I went out with Peppe and his friends. We did the whole touristic tour from Campo dei fiori, up to la Lupa Capitolina, around the Colosseo, on to Piazza Navona and then the Spanish Steps. We took stupid tourist pictures and I had some lessons in Sicilian.
On Sunday was super sunny as well but I had a very quite day. I went for a walk in the morning and then employed most of the afternoon into making little Apple Crostats – like the apple pie my grandma makes, but in Italian shape.
I might say I had a very lovely and very Roman birthday weekend 😀
Another year older:
After some crazy busy and colourful days in Malaga and Barcelona, I went back to Italy; prossima fermata, next stop: Milano (again).
Well, when I came to see the Expo about a week before, I had absolutely no time to see the city, friends or even the Duomo. So I simply had to come back!
I haven’t been to my beloved Milano since I left about 2 years ago after a crazy year of Erasmus. I honestly think I spent some of the best time of my life in Milan and for that I am ever so grateful.
The city holds a lot of special memories for me, and so I guess you can imagine that I was really excited and emotional about coming back!
Just the fact of arriving in Milano Centrale, where over the year, I embarked onto so many journeys and taking the Metro worked like a time machine for me. It felt a little like coming home.
And what can I say? Although the stay was of course waaay to short, I had the most amazing time! Walking in streets and places that for me are so heavily coated with memories was a bit of a strange feeling at first. I felt somehow sad, because I don’t live there any more and that carefree and crazy period of studying abroad is over, and because all my friends are now scattered across the globe – but on the other hand I felt so happy being back, discovering what changed, what didn’t, having Aperitivo in the same places we used to and meeting with friends I haven’t seen in ages simply because we are all too busy with our lives. ❤
It was definitely about time to visit the Duomo, check on the gelateria della musica and discover the new part of Navigli. I feel like I couldn’t have made a better chioce for the final stop of my summer travels! 🙂
Grazie Peppe, for being there and hosting me in Casa Palermo, and for cooking amazing Carbonara! Ti aspetto a Londra! 😉
Grazie a tutti! Mi manchate un sacco!
PS: looks like I’m gonna be back soon! 😉