Review of Day 1: Rome

It’s 10:30 PM here in Rome and I am totally pooped! I slept for about 30 min on the plane last night, and an hour this morning upon arrival. We’ve been running all day… and this afternoon I thought I was going to fall over. I think I had about 4 espresso.

Dinner woke me up though… we went to a popular local place and the food was fantastic: antipasto included meatballs, melon, salami, prosciutto, mozzarella, toasted bread, olive oil, sweet baby onions, and more. It was all delicious. Then I had pasta e fagioli soup, which was amazing, and then penne with ricotta, eggplant and tomato sauce. All amazing.

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We didn’t order dessert, but they brought us almond biscotti and some sweet white wine to dip them into. Really delicious. I’m quite full now.

After dinner I walked around a couple blocks near the hotel. Everything is closed except for cafes and restaurants… they’re all busy, even at 10:30 at night (and all looked good).

Here’s an overview of my day:

  • Arrive at Rome airport. Transfer to hotel. Coffee, then sleep for 1 hour. Wake up dazed and confused.
  • Lunch at Il Vero Alfredo.
  • Quickie tour of Vatican Museum (amazing – must go back), Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica
  • Site visit to 3 locations for group dinners
  • Hotel to freshen up, then espresso in the hotel bar.
  • Walk to Girarrosto Toscano for dinner, walk back to hotel.

Tomorrow: Spanish Steps, Roman Forum, Colosseum, more Italian food.

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