A Roman Scoop: 3 Days in Rome
Join us on a tour through this exciting city full of sexy history.
A quick search on Yelp led us one day to CO2 Brasserie, a wonderfully air-conditioned, two-level restaurant that offers an unlimited buffet of savory food for around twelve euros (about fifteen U.S. dollars). There we dined on a peculiar amalgam of foods, from pasta carbonara and mushroom risotto, to melon balls and delicious desserts.
Then, as if our feast wasn’t enough to satiate our bellies, apres-lunch shopping and wandering got us hungry for a sugary snack. We consulted good ol’ Google Maps, which led us to Giolitti, possibly THE most famous cafe and gelateria in all of La Citta Eterna. The charming spot is nestled snugly within the city’s historic district, minutes away from Il Panteon. We bought chocolate-dipped cones piled high with sorbetto, finishing them well within the ten minutes it took us to stroll to Piazza di Spagna.
Lined with gleaming designer boutiques, the famous square was far too pricey a shopping place for our shallow pockets, so we sat on the Spanish Steps and amused ourselves with the funny sight of pushy street vendors attempting to sell roses to passersby, simultaneously trying to evade meandering police.
As guidebook-abiding tourists, we dedicated a full day to The Vatican and St. Peter’s Basilica. Because exposed knees and shoulders are severe obscenities within the Pope’s domain, my best friend and I donned cardigans draped over maxi dresses, while our then-boyfriends suffered through the simmering heat in slacks.
Though no photography was allowed, you can bet I managed to snap a few pictures of The Sistine Chapel’s ceiling (one simply does not fly thousands of miles to see Michelangelo’s magnificent fresco, only to walk away empty-handed!). The highlight of the tour, however, had to be peeping through the keyhole of the Pope’s enormous, wooden front door (unfortunately, I don’t think he was home).