Foro Italico

Foro Italico is a complex that Mussolini created to implement the Fascist regime.

Here you can find many mosaics with Fascist slogans inscribed in them, a tennis court, a swimming complex and a track.

Mussolini worked really hard on this complex in hopes to host the Olympics, which were held at the Foro Italico in 1960.

The statues surrounding the track are absolutely beautiful!

Foro Italico Track

St. Peter’s Basilica

If you have the opportunity to go into St. Peter’s Basilica from bottom-to-top, don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity! It’s definitely tiresome, but well worth it.

My tour was early on a Tuesday morning, which meant no one was there. After the tour, I was extremely grateful that we were the only people in there at the time, because it’s not a very spacious place. The earlier you go, the better it will be and the better experience you will gain from the tour!

First off, my group started two levels below floor level. The ceilings were low and it seemed rather humid, but what we saw was a great history lesson.

We looked at preserved tombs and caskets of previous popes. We were not allowed to take pictures there so I do not have any to show you, but I can’t imagine how long it took to create a single casket. They were made of marble, then had carvings of other people or animals on the outside. The carvings were 3-D and we learned that typically the largest carving of a person was the person who was inside of the casket.

For a tomb to be this old, it was very modern for whoever goes to see it today. They now have electric sliding-glass doors to make it easy to walk from point A to point B.

St. Peter’s Basilica is full of chapels that represent different cultures. Each one is very beautiful and diverse from the rest.

After visiting the tombs and chapels, we climbed to the top of the Basilica where you can have a breathtaking view of Rome. There were 550 stair steps, and as you climb to the top the staircases are rather narrow. Even worse, they curve slightly because of the shape of the dome.

After this exhausting trek, the view made up for it.

Mosaic within Basilica
The Pope’s Parliament

Roman Forum

Known for being located in the center of Rome, the Roman Forum is filled with beautiful elements of ancient government buildings.

It’s crazy to think about what this place was like when it used to be part of everyday life.

Elections, celebrations of triumphs, public speeches, campaigns, criminal trials and gladiatorial matches took place here.

Located between the Palatine and Capitoline Hills, the Roman Forum used to be the most celebrated meeting place in the world.

 

 

In My First Week of Rome…

I’ve eaten what is equivalent to my body weight in carbs. So yes, my first-week recap is going to be all about food!

I’ve had ravioli, spaghetti al carbonara, lasagna, tortellini con prosciutto, and two trips for gelato. Also, I’ve learned that Coca-Cola is better here for some reason. I drank a coke at an airport while in Atlanta, Georgia, thinking that would be my last one for four months. But I’m so glad it wasn’t!

At this point, I’m super thankful for all of the walking I’ll be doing while I’m here to compensate for all of the eating I will be doing.

After moving into my apartment, my roommates and I walked around the block in Prati district to see if we could find some food close by. We found Zigaetana, which is a cute two-story restaurant. If you didn’t know this, Italians have a reputation for never being in a hurry (unless they’re driving). The food was great, but the service was slow. I had ravioli and it was great after a long flight!

I’ve always been a lasagna fan, and now I think I may be an even bigger fan. This lasagna (pictured below) is from Vito E Dina.

I’ve learned that typically, most restaurants in Rome charge 1 Euro per customer. If they give you bread, you’re actually paying for it, because then the service charge per customer is 1.5 Euro.

This next meal pictured below is “Pollo al Roma,” which is Roman chicken. This is a classic dish with a red sauce and red and green bell peppers.

This restaurant is an older, family-style one located right around the Pantheon, La Sagrestia.

This is a great place to grab dinner with friends and family, take a look at the Pantheon, and grab some gelato!

Now on to the gelato that’s close to the Pantheon… This place is called Della Palma, and has 150 flavors! I got the champagne flavor and would have it again and again!

Tip: Typically gelato shops around major landmarks (such as the Pantheon) are a tourist trap. You can tell because the price is 4 Euros, instead of 2 Euros. Also, anytime a gelato shop is a bunch of bright colors, stay away. It’s FAKE!

This gelato was a size small that came with three scoops, and was only 2 Euros!

Now here’s the real deal when you want to stay in and eat to-go. Delivaroo is an app you can download and have delivered to you. They have multiple restaurants on the app and the delivery charge is only 2.5 Euros!

I ordered a classic burger with fries and a sprite, and it hit the spot and made me feel right at home again!

This meal was from Tommi’s Burger Joint, which is a cute restaurant located in Prati District.

Last thing – I ordered a spicy salami sandwich in the district where school is located (Campo Marzio) that inspired me to grab some salami at the grocery store. I’ve been grilling sandwiches at home with salami, prosciutto (yes, double meat and I am a girl) and provolone cheese and it’s INCREDIBLE!