Monday, March 23, 2009

Roma if you want to

Trevi Fountain (if you look hard enough!)

Waiting for our train home to Napoli

what is this look? Mr. poser

where we ate lunch (click on the name for info):

Gnocchi with Gorgonzola and Pear Sauce

Ahh, Roma. I have stopped counting how many times I have been there. This, however, was the first time that Josh and I have ever been together. Though, it is amazing that we even made it there yesterday.

In order to make it a valuable 'day trip', we have to catch a train at 7:12am, waking up at 5:15am. Not so bad every now and then, but that is early for little Keegan... and me! I am not used to that early and dark hour anymore. Our original trip was supposed to take place on Saturday, but that didn't happen.

Friday night:
-Keegan goes to sleep at 9:00pm
-the neighbor's raging party kicks up at 11:15pm...screaming children...boisterous Italians.. Keegan wakes up
-1:15am, fireworks...Keegan wakes up (several more times after that)
-5:15am, alarm (amazingly, with no sleep, we get up and prepare ourselves for the trip)
-6:30am (Saturday), walking out the door... Josh's phone rings (dun dun dun--- he gets called in to work!)

So, Josh heads off to work. Keegan and I re-group with a couple of cat naps through the day and prepare for a trip on Sunday.

Sunday morning:
-5:15am, alarm
Lauren: are you sure you want to go?
Josh: I don't care, what do you want to do?
L: I don't know, I'm soooooo tired...
J: You tell me
L: You tell me
J: Let's go
L: Okay... getting in the shower.
J: ~snore~snore~snore (he got to sleep until I was ready)

We made it to Rome by 9:30am. We didn't really have an agenda, but took off in the direction of the Colosseum. We knew that there was a marathon going on this same day, starting at the Colosseum, but we thought the race would have everyone cycled through by then. Not so much! It was crazy busy.

We quickly diverted and began our walk toward the Bocca della Verita (Mouth of Truth). According to a famous Roman legend, the threatening mouth would snap shut on the hand of liars. Local legend also states that a former priest used to keep a scorpion in the back to bite the fingers of anyone he felt was lying. Keegan and I took our picture with the Mouth, and luckily, I still have my fingers...phew! (more pictures to come on Josh's return)
After that stop we enjoyed a long walk along the Tevere river. We ended at the Castel Sant' Angelo and it's bridge with statues. Of course, Keegan and I hung out while Josh took a million pictures.
By that time it was 12:30 and I was starving. We made our way to our planned lunch destination, Maccheroni. We were immediately greeted and asked if we had made a reservation (uh oh... I thought we would be safe not making one!). They were booked solid for the entire day because of the marathon. Luckily, they told us we could have a table if we wanted to sit outside. That was fine with us, because the weather was cool, but not uncomfortable. I was determined to eat there because it came highly recommended.
Our server, Andrea (a man, Andre-uh), spoke perfect english and was lively and attentive to us the entire time. He studied at Penn State and 'learned to serve' in the US. He said he likes to be a server to make the tourists' visit more enjoyable. We certainly enjoyed our experience there because he was great!
I ordered the recommended dish, gnocchi with gorgonzola and pear sauce. It was very good. I thought it would be heavy, but it was a very light (homemade) pasta and a very light sauce as well. Perfect for a lunch dish. Josh got the house penne with tomato/garlic/wine sauce... it was tasty too! We will definitely go back to that restaurant the next time we are in Rome!
After lunch we made a quick stop at Trevi Fountain. There were a bunch of people hanging out, so we didn't linger too long. My main mission was to buy a hat that I had my eye on the last time I was up there.
We headed back to the train station in Rome to catch the late-afternoon train. Once on the train, Keegan and Josh slept the entire 2 hour ride. I was kept awake, watching over them and our stuff...
Then, to top the day off, our GPS got us lost on the way home from the station. (We drove to the Villa Literno station to catch the train, which we had never done before.) Oh, and we were dangerously low on gas! The GPS took us through a not-so-good part of town where I nearly hyperventilated while sketchy people were staring us down... Anyway, we finally made it back, safe and sound.


  1. I love Roma! Just near the fountain, there's a little alley way leading to a small hole-in-the-wall restaurant. We were a bit nervous going into it but it was the best food we had in all of Italy!! Glad you guys made it even if a little later than planned.

  2. Do you remember the name of it?


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