dreaming of Picasso, Stravinsky and Puccini creating their masterpieces in this
very space in it’s prior incarnation as a studio for aspiring artists and musicians. My perfect day in Roma is about to
begin. After leaving my hotel room, I
stroll the quiet and scenic street where my hotel is located – the Via Margutta,
best known for the location in the movie Roman Holiday where Gregory Peck’s
character lived, but currently home to many art galleries and boutiques.
Pantheon – Caffe Sant’ Eustachio – for a cup of the finest cappuccino in the
world and “un cornetto”, an delicious Italian breakfast pastry filled with cream.
After my breakfast, I head over to visit
the Pantheon, the ancient domed monument which is mathematically perfect – Michaelangelo is to have said it was “designed by angels”. I stop and enjoy the way
the light streams in through the oculus.
Making my way over to the Campo di Fiore, I enjoy walking through
the morning market stopping to see what flowers and produce are in season. This
is also where I will meet up with my tour guide for a Walks of Italy “Rome FoodTour”. For the next few hours, I will learn everything I can about Roman food,
including making my how to make my own pizza!
|Apollo and Daphne by Bernini via Wikimedia|
It is time for me to make my way towards the Villa Borghese
for my scheduled afternoon entry to the Galleria Borghese. My favorite museum
in Rome, I admire the amazing Bernini sculptures at every turn, including my
top choice, Apollo and Daphne.
|Raphael Rooms at Vatican Museum via Fotopedia|
After a little retail therapy along the Via Condotti, I hop
in a taxi and head to the Vatican to meet a Context Travel tour guide for a
private after hours tour of the Vatican, including the Sistine Chapel and the
Vatican Museums (my favorites there – the Raphael rooms and of course,
Michaelangelo’s Pieta in St. Peter,s Cathedral.)
My tour ends just in time for me to make my late reservation
at Matricianella, my favorite authentic Roman ristorante. I relax at a table
outside with a quartino of the house wine and enjoy Carciofi alla Romana (fried
artichokes) and Spaghetti Carbonara.
|Trevi Fountain via Fotopedia|
Before heading back to Margutta 54, I make a quick trip to San Crispino to finish my perfect day with a gelato – half zabaglione and half
nocciola (hazelnut) – and to toss my coin into the Fontana di Trevi to ensure my
return to Roma! Buona Notte, mia cara amici!