Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Rome, The Eternal City - Romance, the Amaranto Romano and Lasagna

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Every once in a while moms and dads need to get away on their own.  Toss in a romantic, ancient yet modern locale, a mega yacht, Italian wine for lunch and you have one dream vacation.  Such was my reality just last week.

Some 22 hours and 6,000 miles after leaving home our spirits soared as our Boeing 767 lightly touched down at Rome's Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport.  Passing immigration was a breeze and both pieces of our luggage landed down the ramp almost immediately.  Stepping outside, our prearranged ride was waiting and in no time we were zipping through the Italian motorway on our way to our "Home in Rome", the Amaranto Romano.

With our trip being somewhat last minute, accommodations were a tad hard to come by in the areas of Rome that we most desired.  A tip from a bed and breakfast contact sent me in the direction of Nadia's newly opened Amaranto Romano, and we couldn't have been luckier.  Set conveniently on the Via Nazionale in the heart of Rome, public transportation is readily available but not really needed.  In our four day visit out feet took us to all the major tourist attractions as well as delightful meals and of course a bit of shopping.

Situated on the 5th floor and set back from the street, the Amaranto Romano is truly a haven from the chaos of the busy Roman streets.  New and modern, the 5 rooms are tastefully decorated in light and airy colors and accented with the splashes of the pink flowers that the B and B was named for.  Nadia was a dream to work with and handled all of our transportation needs throughout our stay in addition to providing delicious dining recommendations and helpful tourist information.  The included Wi-Fi kept me in contact with home and the thoughtfully filled fridge and snack bar kept my afternoon hunger pangs in check with bananas, apples, yogurts, juices and teas and coffee.  Peaceful and comfortable, this B and B is the place to be and Nadia, warm and welcoming, is a pleasure to work with.

The Amaranto Romano.  Clockwise from upper left:  An elevator built for two (or one and two big pieces of luggage!), the snack area, day room in our room (this was my favorite place to sit and review photos from the day!), Nadia and me, and our beds.
With restaurant recommendations in hand my husband and I fought through our desire to lay our heads on the fluffy pillows and instead headed out to explore the city.  Siesta, not something that we are used to here in San Diego, is something to take note of as many of the restaurants and shops in Italy close for the afternoon only to reopen in the early evening.

Discovering a delightful restaurant, Gli Angeletti Ristorante, only a few blocks away we ordered the most Italian thing we could think of and within minutes a 1/2 liter of red wine arrived accompanied by a plateful of Bruschetta and a pail of Italian Salamis.  Toasting the beginning of our vacation we clinked our glasses, smiled with anticipation and dug in to our first real meal in 24 hours.  Fresh flavors of tomato, local olive oil and spices had us gushing to no end and fully enjoying our first taste of Italy.  Thin slices of salami topped the remaining bread and we leaned back, already content.

Minutes later more Italian delights were delivered in the form of steaming, cheesy lasagna.  Choosing two different varieties to share we smiled with pleasure at our first bites and knew we were not in San Diego any more.


Dinner finished and with the sun setting, we made our way in the direction of one of Rome's most recognized sites, the Colosseum.  With vehicles zipping past at amazing speeds we took care to cross the streets teeming with scooters, motorcycles and cars as we made our way across the cobblestones.  Turning the corner of a busy street we both gasped in awe as the street ended in the glow of the ancient Colosseum bathed in the golden hues of the setting sun.


I think this is when it really hit us that we were genuinelty in the Eternal City.  Meandering around the site we took in the arena as well as the Arch of Constantine which is situated between the Colosseum and Palatine Hill.  Fantastic structures in an amazing setting.

With the sun dipping below the horizon we made our way back through the busy streets just as most of the locals were headed out for the evening.  Back at the Amaranto Romano we finally laid our tired and jet lagged heads on those inviting pillows with dreams of gladiators and Italian wine soon to follow.  Tomorrow the Colosseum would be ours along with an eagerly anticipated tour of the Roman Forum



24 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing your experience! I didn't go to Rome when I went to Italy earlier this year, so I'll just have to go back.

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  2. Thank you for taking us with you through your photos. This is such a treat.

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  3. What an amazing time that must have been!!

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  4. All these pictures are beautiful! What a perfect time to travel, and that lasagne looks amazing! Enjoy the rest of your trip :)

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  5. What a gorgeous trip. I can't wait for the rest :)

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  6. I bet you had THE BEST time! I swear I smell the aroma of basil and fresh baked bread after reading your post. Was that lasagna incredible? I love the room photos! I'm very jealous. :)

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  7. Sounds like it was such a wonderful trip with all of those gastronomic delights and sightseeing. Can't wait to hear and see more.

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  8. The Rome you visited is much different than the nasty place I remember! It's beautiful. Your bed and breakfast contact definitely served you well.

    I'm waiting for you to head north. :)

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  9. What a trip? Thanks for sharing. I am envious but so happy you could experience it!

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  10. Oh, I can't wait to see the rest! Rome truly is The Eternal City! What lovely pictures and how lucky you were to spend time there!

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  11. Lucky, lucky you! Beautiful! The best food I have ever eaten in my life was in Italy. And I've eaten lots of food!!

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  12. Kim, this sounds amazing. Love all of your photos and the descriptions of the ambience. So glad you managed to get away en amoreux ;-)

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  13. Kim- I am soooo happy you had a fantastic trip. Really enjoyed your post and pics. You made Rome come alive for me.

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  14. I am so jealous! It has been over 6 years since I have been to Italy and I miss it so much! It looks like you both had such a wonderful time! Love your photos! :)

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  15. thank you so much for taking such gorgeous images and sharing your time in Rome with us! I miss Italy so much and Rome is such a beautiful city....what an incredible trip, I cant wait to hear more about it!

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  16. I will live vicariously through you until I can get to Rome...it's on my bucket list, but not for another two or three years! Food looks great, as does the B&B. I LOVE staying in small inns over hotels when possible!!

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  17. Sounds amazing, that is my dream vacation! Can't wait to hear more about it, enjoy every minute!

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  18. Look at that elevator! Its insanely beautiful.

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  19. I bet it was amazing and I'm so glad you gave us a peek in. Can't wait to see more. Hope you got a little rest in this weekend, I'm still catching up myself.
    -Gina-

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  20. Oh Kim, what vacation...I am waiting until kids get bit older so I can enjoy such vacation too!:)) Beautiful photos, and amazing food!!!!!

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  21. Sounds positively delightful.
    Ooh that lasagna!
    LL

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