Exploring the fringe of Rome with new friends

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Emily, Me, Manja and Marco (Shawn behind the camera). Can you tell we loved our gelato? Marco is the only one taking his time 🙂

Who’d have thought we’d get the royal treatment from two people we’d never met in person? And yet, here were Manja and Marco (now our good friends, I should add) spending a delightful day by driving us all around to some off the beaten path, and amazing, sites in Rome.

First up was the Protestant, or Non-Catholic, cemetery (“Cimitero Acattolico”)…

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The “Angel of Grief” is an 1894 sculpture by William Wetmore Story which serves as the grave stone of the artist and his wife.
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John Keats is one of the more well-known people buried here, though his tombstone, paired with this nearby plaque, is a riddle that requires both to identify him.
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Very lush with trees, shrubs, flowers; tiered with eclectic nooks and crannies all around the grave sites.

 

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The cemetery is also a cat sanctuary.

After the cemetery, Marco using his mad Rome driving skills, we headed for Gianicolo Hill, as every day at noon a cannon fires. We didn’t make it in time, so instead went to Basilica of St Paul Outside the Walls. The 25 or so churches we saw were phenomenal – there are more than 900 in Rome alone!

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Girls with cameras rock!
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Entering St Paul’s thru a gorgeous, massive marble columned walkway.
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The Basilica, built around the 4th century AD (finished ~1800)
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Small font – most baptismal fonts we saw were large and elaborate.
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Beautiful art and architecture.
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Basilica selfies 😉

I almost forgot – the most important highlight of the day (and every day): FOOD!

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We ate at a yummy Sicilian restaurant (serious dining here, can’t you tell), Marco’s work lunch digs!
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And conveniently, where we ate lunch was a pasticceria too (pastry shop!)
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Macchiato.  I broke the golden rule of having milk in my coffee in the afternoon. It’s all about digestion in Italy (espresso/alcohol after a meal)  Aside from a cappuccino or the like at breakfast, it’s espresso or bust after that! Also, there is a very clear reason why Starbucks doesn’t exist in Italy.  I’ll speak more about Italian coffee in a future post, as it clearly deserves its own accolades!
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Granita for Emily and me – Shawn – fancy iced coffee I think!
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Chillin’ with the best world travelers one could find.
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We ate gelato. Oh, did we eat gelato. But walking 7-10 miles a day warranted it!
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We finished a long and awesome day with pizza. It was delish!

 

4 Comments Add yours

  1. Ahhh, you’re mighty nice. Amore didn’t finish the gelato last, he was merely holding the cups. I know because he’s always the first to finish any food. 😉 I’m so glad that you approved of our choices for our day. I saw so many new things as well, and the Basilica was new even to Marco, at least from the inside. Next time – the cannon, at least! 🙂

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    1. Ahhhh I’m so glad ONE of us has a fresh memory. Marco, always the gentleman!

      So glad some of your experiences were new, too!

      As to our day, I’ve not even touched upon Mussolini forum or Trastevere! I will be including those in my next post 🙂

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      1. Yeah! Looking forward to new posts and just to confirm on the record – girls with cameras RULE! 😉

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  2. jesh stg says:

    How neat you could meet up and see the views together! And remembering all the goodies you had, and how inexpensive the coffee was and delish the gelato:) So envious at all the art in Italy!

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