29
Aug
14

Getting Lost

When I first got to Rome on August 8th, I made the plan to create a two-week itinerary that would cover all the major sites… but that quickly fell through. I decided to not have a plan and to take Rome day by day instead. As a result, I found myself getting lost. A lot. And the thing about getting lost in Rome is that you always discover something great when you do. Whether it’s a famous building you’ve seen in a textbook, a delicious pizza shop tucked in a corner, or a bustling public event, you’re bound to surprise yourself by what is at the tips of your fingers. So instead of giving you my day-to-day itinerary from my first two weeks in the city, I invite you to get lost with me and discover some of my favorite, unexpected happenings so far.

The Pantheon. Who knew that venturing merely a couple blocks from my apartment would lead me to this iconic site. I couldn’t believe my eyes when it suddenly emerged from around the corner. Stepping inside, away from of the chaos of the square, I felt like the great dome swallowed me whole. Was it the shock of being in Rome for the first day, the magnificence of the structure, or both? Regardless, I was completely swept away by its sudden appearance. Since then, I pass the Pantheon on many of my routes to and from home. Not bad for a neighbor, huh?

The Pantheon

swallowed by the dome

 Lungotevere Trastevere. This festival or “temporary village” as my Italian teacher liked to call it, is a stretch of shops, bars, restaurants, dancing, and games for the summer season and is located directly on the banks of the Tiber River (a few blocks south of my apartment).  It’s a great place to grab dinner, enjoy some local culture, and just go for a walk.  Nothing beats eating fresh fish while sitting along the river with music and the bustle of the crowd in the background.

Lungotevere Trastevere

Lungotevere Trastevere

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Lungotevere Trastevere

Lungotevere Trastevere

 Sperlonga. As I mentioned in my bio, I am a huge fan of swimming. So naturally I sought out the beach within my first week in the city. Just a 60 minute train ride away, the beach is a great escape from Rome’s heat and chaos. I went with six other classmates, and we all made quite a spectacle as a group of American students sitting among curious, sun-bathing locals. The beach was very crowded, but the ocean felt great and the local pizza was much better than the touristy targets in the city. Coming home, we missed our train to the Termini station due to traffic out of the town and ended up taking two trains and two buses just to get back-it was pretty stressful and exhilarating all at once. The beautiful beach combined with the crazy travel complication is definitely something none of us will forget.

The town

The town

Walking the shore

Walking the shore

Food! Saving the best for last, here are some of my favorite places that I have eaten at so far. I try to avoid touristy areas; the restaurants in the city center are geared towards American palettes and simply don’t compare to local places from food to atmosphere. I usually have found the best places to eat by going in more residential areas such as Trastevere, which is just across the Tiber River (Fiume Tevere). I have also made the rule for myself that I must order a different flavor of gelato every time I go because I love pistacchio so much that I could easily order it all the time. I’ve only broken this rule twice…so I think I am off to a good start!

This gelato shop, Della Palma, has 150 flavors! Enough to last me a semester. It's located just past the Pantheon.

This gelato shop, Della Palma, has 150 flavors! Enough to last me a semester. It’s located just past the Pantheon.

Crepe with nutella made fresh at Lungotevere Trastevere. Nutella is becoming one of my weaknesses!

Crepe with nutella made fresh at Lungotevere Trastevere. Nutella is becoming one of my weaknesses!

Bolognese pasta from Ristorante La Canonica in Trastevere, very delicious and no tourists (except for me, Arnold, and Cassidy).

Bolognese pasta from Ristorante La Canonica in Trastevere, very delicious and no tourists (except for me, Arnold, and Cassidy).

Ristorante La Canonica in Trastevere. Outdoor seating is very common  and enjoyable.

Ristorante La Canonica in Trastevere. Outdoor seating is very common and enjoyable.

The bread and pastry section in Antico Forno Roscioli. Right next to the pizza :)

The bread and pastry section in Antico Forno Roscioli. Right next to the pizza :)

Caprese Pizza from Antico Forno Roscioli- which is apparently one of the best places to get pizza in the city center.

Caprese Pizza from Antico Forno Roscioli- which is apparently one of the best places to get pizza in the city center.

Mango and raspberry with creme! Not as good as pistacchio, but I'm not complaining!

Mango and raspberry with creme. Not as good as pistacchio, but I’m not complaining!

 




1 Response to “Getting Lost”


  1.    Mary August 30, 2014 at 8:06 am

    Anna I love the photos and I see you are going to have a tough time coming home….the food is one of the best things about Italy. And the history….all of my favorite things rolled into one spot. Please do a piece on fashion for us if you can.

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