Nikki : a day in Rome

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while Mary is on maternity leave, this guest post is brought to you by Nikki!

location : Rome, Italy

hotel : Casa Santa di Brigida

restaurants : Mozzarella Bar, cafe; Camponeschi, bar; Pizzeria da Baffetto 2, wood fired pizza; Giolitti’s, gelato, Roma Sparita, lunch or dinner; Sora Lella, dinner.

day trip : Ostia Antica

Home base was at Casa Santa di Brigida; located in Piazza Farnese, a quiet square off the more popular Campo di Fiori. Piazza Farnese is home to a few tasty Roman restaurants and a friendly neighborhood bar, Camponeschi, popular with local artists. Casa Santa di Brigida, run by gracious sisters, offers pristine basic rooms with wifi and a great rooftop terrace. However, breakfast should be enjoyed at any of the nearby cafes. We really loved getting a cappuccino and chocolate croissant at Mozzarella Bar.

Rome Travel Tips:

  1. Purchase a Roma Pass. Available at the tourist info booth in the airport or any of these locations. Not only are you able to skip the ridiculously long lines at the Colosseum and Roman Forum but it give you access to a number of other popular sites in Rome… and also acts as a metro card.
  2. Research a few restaurants and call a couple of weeks in advance to make dinner reservations for a night or two.
  3. Avoid Rome in the summer when the heat and number of tourists are unbearable. Early spring and late fall are great times to go!

We spent one afternoon wandering around the neighborhood of Trastevere. Rick Steves has a great walking tour of the area. We took a few detours and enjoyed getting lost in the maze of back streets visiting artisan shops.

For a quick day trip from Rome, we headed out to Ostia Antica. It’s like Pompeii except there aren’t tourists and you can actually explore inside the ruins. Easily accessible from Rome, Pstia Antica is located 30 minutes west, accessible by public transit.

Food always creates a strong memory and there are some dishes from Rome I’ll never forget and always go back for. To start, the gelato we had from Giolitti’s was to die for. You can’t go wrong with dessert. Of the pasta dishes perfected in Italy one of my favorites is the Cacio e Pepe served in a parmesan cheese crust bowl I enjoyed at Roma Sparita. Last but not least, I discovered my new favorite salad – locally grown puntarelle with anchovy dressing – while having dinner at Sora Lella on Tiber Island.

Nikki was bit by the travel bug and hasn’t found a cure. On weekdays Nikki and Mike (her husband) work at a hedge fund in NYC, and on the weekends they travel around the world exploring new places, cultures and cuisines. Take a look at their Virginia wedding on the family farm and follow Nikki’s adventures on instagram here.

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