|St.Peter’s Basilica via Fotopedia|
How incredibly cool is it that the cardinals meet in the Sistine Chapel? Talk about inspirational!
|Photo of Swiss Guard at Vatican via Fotopedia|
A little Vatican City trivia – The Vatican is protected by the Swiss Guard. They must be Catholic, single males with Swiss citizenship and must be between 19 and 30 years of age and at least 5 ft, 8.5 in tall…their uniforms have not changed since the Renaissance when they were designed by none other than Michaelangelo.
In the meantime,
Ad Hoc – Via Ripetta, 43 – Try the tasting menu…and if you are are large enough group, sit in the wine cellar.
Al Moro – Vicolo delle Bollette, 13 – Try the Spaghetti al Moro.
Classic Italian Favorites
Trattoria Da Luigi – Piazza Sforza Cesarini, 25
Giggetto – Via del Portico D’Ottavia, 21
Trattoria Cavalier Gino – Vicolo Rosini, 4
Dar Poeta – Vicolo del Bologna, 45
Da Baffetto – Via del Governo Vecchio, 114
Pizza Re – Via Ripetta, 14
Giolitti – Via Ufficio del Vicario (near Pantheon)
Portica d’Ottavia – a bakery in the Ghetto district with delicious cookies and biscotti
And now that you are salivating over the thought of authentic Roman cuisine, check out my early post on La Cucina Romana…
My Crafty Home Life says
I loved Rome. How exciting to be there right now.
I love this. I was in Rome exactly one year ago…such a perfect time to be there…warm, sunny days, no crowds, few tourists, cozy dinners among other Italians. One of my favorite photos was taken at the spot of that first photo…the best view of the dome from inside the Vatican. I'll dig it up and send it to you! Loving my daydreaming, thanks to you!
pve design says
Your posts make me wish I were in Rome…..and enjoying some fine Italian cuisine. I would say grace to be there right now during this historic event.
I love all the history you shared here.
Robin | Melange Travel says
Some great reco's here for Rome Sandy! That tartufo at Tre Scalini is the bomb (literally) and not to be missed, especially since you can stroll around the Piazza Navona while devouring it.
And don't even get me started on all the fabulous food and wine. I could eat 3x my weight in pasta carbonara 🙂
There are so many things to do in Rome that don't even cost a dime. I just love being out and about, walking around. One of my favorite strolls is walking up the Gianicolo Hill which hugs the river and catching the awesome views of Rome's rooftops, crossing over the river and back down the Via Giulia, which is one of Rome's oldest streets.
You can see some photos of the Via Giulia here : http://bit.ly/drPg5y
And both the Borghese and Pincio Gardens are lovely green spots as well.
And of the thousands of beautiful churches, Basilica San Clemente is one worth a visit, along with the very unique Cappuchin Crypt, which is made of human bones.
You could spend a lifetime exploring Rome and never get through all the wonderful things to see!
And though I agree that conclave is such an exciting time to be in Rome, I prefer to avoid the crowds when I visit, so I'm happy to watch from far away and visit during a calmer time.
Sorry for rambling….I'm so passionate about Italy, I just can't help myself 😉
Castles Crowns and Cottages says