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Trip Report Rose Petals and Reflections

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A collective gasp was heard as the crimson petals began to softly fall through the Oculus, shortly to be replaced by the excited laughter of children as they swept handfuls of the same petals from the floor & threw them sky high. Pentecost Sunday at the Pantheon, Rome was to provide one of the many happy memories that we brought back home with us from this our eighth trip to the Eternal City.
Reflections on this trip (June 2014 for 14 nights)
Public transport – CIS tickets were as cost effective as ever on this trip but we did notice that the electric buses were not as frequent as in previous years. However, we used the trams a lot and appreciated their coverage to far flung corners of the city.
Food – We love it! Our day to day itineraries are based around lunch & dinner. This year street food featured heavily - Suppli from Supplizio, porchetta in pizza bianca from Panificio Bonci, pizza al taglio from Pizzarium , baccala from I Filetti and trapizzino from where else but Trapizzino.
We also sampled gnocchi (on Gnocchi Thursday) from L’Arcangelo which is rather a shame because having tasted those fluffy pillows of gorgeousness we will never be able to have gnocchi anywhere else.
Our ‘last dinner before we leave’ was at Marzapane – a Michelin star contender if ever there was one. Amazeballs to coin a current phrase. And the cost of the tasting menu? €35!! Tote Amazeballs

Aperitivo – Last year we started to take our own aperitivo goodies to various viewpoints in the city and we continued the tradition on this year. As well as our favourite spots – Piazzale Garibaldi, Spanish Steps, Pincio – we discovered the Botanical Gardens & a lovely park opposite the Quirinale Palace.

Further Afield – Each time we plan a visit we say we will do day trips from the city and each time we find that there is more in the city that we would like to see. This year was no different but we did venture to pastures new. We visited Cinnecitta where the guided tour includes sets from the HBO series ‘Rome’, the Coppede district , Villa Torlonia, the British Military Cemetary and Pigneto. The latter was introduced to us by Gina (see below) and we loved this area so much that we revisited it. It doesn’t hurt that it is home to CoSo – a fabulous cocktail bar.

Special Moments - Obviously the Rose Shower at the Pantheon was very special but so too was the opening of the Quirinale gardens on Repubblica Day (2nd June) but the out & out special moments were on our Scooteroma Tour. This was our Birthdays & Anniversary present to each other & was worth every penny. We chose the Foodie Tour which was how we came to meet Gina Tringali who introduced us to Pigneto amongst other places. The seminal moment in our whole trip this year came as we were zipping along Via Casalina on a bright red vespa – ancient meets modern. Rome in a nutshell.

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