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Trip Report Pizza, Porchetta & Prosecco…8 Food Focused Days in Rome, Italy

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In March mom and I made visit number 6 in as many years to Rome and it never gets old for us. Exploring this city is a joy for both mom and me and with each visit we get to know Rome better and better.

Since we are not strangers to Rome I was uncharacteristically laid back about planning for this trip (since I’m generally the one doing the research) and hadn’t done much in the way of research until about a month before our departure. Flights and accommodations were booked and we had an idea of some of the places we wanted to see that we never had time to on previous trips, but there wasn’t any “absolute must go to” places in our minds

For this trip we originally planned to rent an apartment near Campo dei Fiori and we paid a deposit in late autumn only to be notified a few weeks later the rental company made an error accepting our booking and the apartment was not available. After careful consideration of alternative apartments with the company we quickly realized their small inventory had nothing else available that would meet our needs. Our deposit was completely refunded and we were left looking for accommodations for 8 nights.

There are several hotels we like in Rome and we started looking at hotel options. We considered staying at hotels we had been to on previous trips but there was one hotel we had not stayed at, but had always coveted. That hotel is the Albergo del Senato
( http://www.albergodelsenato.it/ ). We reviewed their website, checked availability and rates for the dates we needed and took the plunge and booked 8 nights at this absolutely lovely hotel. We could not have asked for a more central Rome location in Piazza della Rotonda, just 10 steps from the Pantheon.

As you can probably gather from the title of this trip report, we had a food filled week +1 day in Rome. Our other visits to the Eternal City have always included some good meals, but this time I tossed away my 25 page personally researched restaurant list (yes, it was liberating) in favor of 2 “foodie” apps for my phone from 2 ex-pat bloggers living in Rome who I have come to have a great affinity for. These apps were (1) Rome for Foodies by Katie Parla ( http://www.katieparla.com/ ) and (2) EatRome by Elizabeth Minchilli (http://www.elizabethminchilliinrome.com/ ). Let me say the cost of these apps were the best money I spent and the total for both was less than $6. I began to affectionately call them my “Rome food bibles”. Each evening meal topped the one from the night before using the restaurants recommended in these apps. And the apps have not only restaurant recommendations, but wine bars, specialty shops, bakeries, and food/wine tours to name just a few. And with the map function on the EatRome app, even when I thought I had taken a wrong turn I was quickly righted by looking at the map on the app.

I’m always a little surprised when I’m speaking with people about spending time in Rome and they tell me they had the worst food in all of Italy in Rome. I’ve had some great food experiences in a variety of Italian cities, but this trip we had some of the best meals I have ever had anywhere, and that includes Italy, France, or here at home in the United States.

So, if you like reading about food and wine experiences with a museum and a church or two tossed into the mix this will be the trip report for you!

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