Thurs. Sept. 6, 2018. Day 4:
It was a mildly relaxing day today with lots of sights to see but with mostly casual trips and sightseeing; nothing too ambitious like the past two days. 😀
We started with the first meal of the day at La Pasticceria Siciliana again with a pastry and hot beverage each. This time, I opted for a Cestino di Melle for an extra €1 in exchange of a regular croissant and a caffe latte again.
The Cestino di Melle (apple slices on top of a custard tart) was warmed up and tasted extra good because of it. Ken’s pastry had a rich Nutella filling inside of it.
After breakfast, we browsed the nearby grocery and pharmacies for some hygiene essentials before taking the subway again from Cipro stop to Beradarini.
Although we had just seen the Trevi Fountain just 12 hours prior, we stopped by for a third look. This time, we saw the gigantic marble fountain in the bright white light of the day. It was much more crowded today as well.
After the Trevi Fountain, we headed towards the Pantheon (Piazza della Rotonda, 00186 Roma RM, Italy). It was just minutes away and little did I know that it was much bigger and more sacred than I anticipated. (The Pantheon was a former Roman temple and is now a church.)
It was free admission and silence was to be observed inside of it. There were lots of tourists milling about but not impossible to browse or walk through.
We stopped by Pinocchio’s shop, which was filled with super cute wooden art pieces. Address is: Bartolucci (Via dei Pastini, 96-98, 00186 Roma RM, Italy).
All of the streets were classic Italian style and so picturesque. Balcony doors, shuttered windows, cobblestone bricks.
We stopped inside the Piazza Navona (Piazza Navona, 00186 Roma RM, Italy) for some photos beside the Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi (Fountain of the Four Rivers).
We enjoyed a brief midday snack at Il Fornaio (Via de’ Baullari, 5, 00186 Roma RM, Italy). It was a traditional style pastry stop selling whole cakes, cannolis, so many Italian pastries I’d never seen before, savory goods, drinks, and much more.
We had a pistachio tozzetti, ricotta and spinach torta rustica, and espresso.
The Tozzetti al pistachio (pistachio biscotti) was softer than I imagined (usually biscottis are so hard in nature).
The Torta Rustica Ricotta e Spinaci (ricotta and spinach cake) was so moist and tart despite sitting on the counter for who knows how long. It was a nice substantial savory tart sandwich with lots of ricotta.
We arrived at Campo de’ Fiori (Piazza Campo de’ Fiori, 00186 Roma RM, Italy) just as the market was closing but nabbed a nifty vegetable peeler and lemon squeezer.
We stopped into Taba Cafe for a restroom and cappuccino break.
Next, we continued along the route to the south end of Rome towards Isola Tiberina (Tiber Island) and into the area of Trastevere. The bridge crossing over into this idyllic spot was so nice in the mid-afternoon sun.
Upon crossing the bridge, we came across a popular gelato shop of Tiberino Ristorante Bar and got a medium cup of three flavours: basil, pistachio, and zuppa inglese (Italian dessert layering custard and sponge cake).
The basil gelato was the best one and so fragrant of basil! The zuppa inglese (made with alcohol) and pistachio were sweet. A bite of the actual pistachio nut gave a good taste to it too.
We sat on the steps of the fountain in the Piazza di Santa Maria in Travestvere for a while and rested. Our dinner wasn’t until 8 p.m. as we had our sights set on trying a “down home cooking kitchen” restaurant called “Augusto” that was eagerly recommended by our BnB host. Since we had time before the restaurant opened, we waited around and studied the streets and restaurant that was making pasta in the window before arriving at the doors of Trattoria da Augusto at 7:15 p.m.
We also were able to partake in a street game (with a donation) to play. The trick was to balance a stick in the air and play with it using two other sticks. The girl who set it up was a pro and was able to do different tricks too.
Read about our dinner experience at Trattoria da Augusto here.
After dinner, we checked out Piazza Trilussa where there was a live band playing in front of a crowd.
It was getting late so instead of a 47-minute walk back to the BnB, we hailed a cab easily off of the main street and returned “home” in just 13 minutes.
Tonight is our last sleep in Rome, Italy and soon we will be saying “Ciao” to Pisa, Italy! (In both senses of the word.)
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Read about what we did on all the days of our Eurotrip!
- Day 1 (Arrival in Rome)
- Day 2 (Vatican Museum, St. Peter’s Square, Castel Sant’Angelo)
- Day 3 (Colosseum, Roman Forum, Trevi Fountain)
- Day 4 (this post)
- Day 5
- Day 6
- Day 7
- Day 8
- Day 9
- Day 10
- Day 11
- Day 12
- Day 13
- Day 14
- Day 15