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Gelato and History: A City Break in Rome
At the beginning of summer, I wanted to indulge in a lazy city break to completely switch off after a busy spring. And I thought that nothing will relax and stimulate my senses like a few days in the Eternal City: Rome. Of course, the town with a 2000-year history, crowded with archeological sites, historic villas, state-of-art cafes, eclectic bars and charming boutiques immediately pulled me out of my lethargy and turned me into the most curious traveler.

On my way from Rome Ciampino airport, I admired the Cypresses and Stone Pines along the way while planning with my small group of friends to have as much sunshine and Italy:Best.Gelato.In.Rome.html">gelato as we can until we leave. After we checked into our minimalist, but exotic B&B apartment and rested half an hour on a fluffy mattress, I gathered my other two fellow travelers as it was aperitivo time when bars offer a variety of snacks and finger food if you buy a spritz.

We wanted to start our vacation in style, so we headed for Antico Caffe Della Pace behind the baroque Piazza Navona. Once arrived here, the display of baroque architecture and paintings of the art fair in the warm late noon light left us breathless. We stopped to admire the fountains of the square: Bernini’s Fountain of the Four Rivers, the Moor Fountain and Fountain of Neptune. Further on, we entered the historic cafe and gazed at its sculptured nymphs and retro cash register while waiting for the very Italian Fragolino, a strawberry-flavored sparkling wine. After enjoying pizzetas, local cheeses and some people-watching( such a bohemian crowd), we strolled to Fontana di Trevi, hoping the mass has dispersed by then and we can have a relaxing moment admiring the place of the famous “La dolce vita” scene between a charming Marcelo Mastroianni and a soft-spoken Anita Ekberg. We made sure to pass by the old-time Gelateria Giolitti, where we instantly forgot the meaning of the term calorie when we saw the impressive selection of flavors. After we threw a coin in Fontana di Trevi, we decided to roam the cobbled busy streets of Centro Storico in search of the Italian nightlife. We tried Shari Vari and Jackie O’ and we found out that Italians love clubbing and also, that the best party places are in other areas of the city: Trastevere and Testaccio.

Tired after our busy night, we started the next day drinking espressos at the Illy Kiosk in Galleria Alberto Sordi. This is one of the best places to shop in Europe and energized after the aromatic coffee shots, we got some geeky souvenirs from the grand bookstore La Feltrinelli. Rest of the day we were bewildered by the beauty of Ancient Rome, strolling through the ruins of the Roman Forum. There are not many signs to indicate where Julius or Augustus had some business, so it’s best to download an app if you want to know exactly what you’re seeing. We ended the day in Trastevere for fried artichokes and homemade gnocchi, to enjoy afterward a cocktail at Freni e Frizioni.

The next day we didn’t have much time to explore before heading to Ostia Antica to spend our last day in Italy by the seaside. So after espresso at the famous Caffè Sant’Eustachio where Italian intellectuals used to meet, we visited the Coliseum and the Pantheon to seize some of their beauty and architectural grandeur.

Standing by the seashore, having some gelato, of course, we planned some more time in Italy in the following months.
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Rome, Metropolitan City of Rome, Italy