Rome Sweet Rome

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I fell in love with Rome the moment I set foot on its grounds some 40 years ago. The sunlight, the soft salty breeze, the ochre colour of the soil, the cacophony of sounds and the smell of flour floating in the air were enough elements to convince all my senses subito pronto! Rome talks directly to your senses before engaging your brain. So without further  delay, let me take you along on a little spring stroll in the street of Rome Sweet Rome.

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Romulus and Remus, founders of the city of Rome.

IMG_6382 IMG_6369 IMG_6295Stunning view of the Spanish Steps from via Condotti. Too bad a Longchamps add covers the facade of the Trinita dei Monti Church.

IMG_6301Surrounded by gorgeous pink and while azaleas.

IMG_6385Piazza del Popolo where the observer’s attention is drawn on to the splendid façades and apparent striking symmetry of Santa Maria dei Miracoli and Santa Maria di Montesanto.
The two churches, which appear so similar from a distance, are in fact charmingly individual.

IMG_6394This is the gate to a special landmark for me. Le Lycée Chateaubriand where I attended classes from 1975 to 1977.

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After all this walk, a well deserved lunch was awaiting for us at Alfredo’s.

11162520_10155536645185427_6384606261623376460_nAlfredo is the historical roman restaurant where you can eat the famous Alfredo’s fettuccine known all over the world since the twenties, when Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks, after eating the majestic dish, gave as present to Alfredo a golden fork and spoon.

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Not proud to say that the amount of butter and cheese used in this dish could very well resolve world famine.11174927_10155542787285427_5908851443757933935_n

“The Pope commissions Bernini to build a base for the obelisk. When Bernini completes his work and is ready to deliver it, Vatican gets into an argument with Bernini and they have a dispute over payment. Bernini is pissed off and refuses to deliver the statue. He then puts the statue in Piazza Della Minerva with the elephant’s bum facing the Vatican”. 

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IMG_6433 IMG_6431The Pantheon

IMG_6438And all the folklore that attacks tourists.

IMG_6359 IMG_6358Don’t ask me where or who! It often happens, when strolling in Rome, to come face to face with little such gems in discreet courtyards.

IMG_6307One of my favorite spots in Rome, Piazza Navona.

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 The Fontana del Moro at the southern end of the piazza had the hand of Bernini involved in its development adding a statue of a Moor fighting a dolphin.

IMG_6519Sant’ Agnese in Agone11170324_10155539416855427_6255894237698265197_nThe moon peeking thru over the Piazza Navona, a delight.

IMG_6505Day two, the Saint Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican.

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 From every corner of the globe, pilgrims of all nationalities, ages, and colors come together for the largest religious gathering in the world. This is the definition of Hajj, a five-day-period. However, for Christians, it’s more of a 24/7  all year round period.

IMG_6512Moving on …

IMG_6479Ivo was, and in my humble opinion still is, one of the best pizzeria’s in Trastevere.

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One thing I cannot stand is having musicians serenade me while I eat. This street artist was one of a kind; while playing languorously some popular tunes on his violin, his cellulare rings. He casually reaches for it then spends the next 15 minutes arguing passionately and loudly, the violin accompanying hand gestures validating, I guess, his argument.

11205996_10155542986460427_6353540506895735807_nSanta Maria in Trastevere

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Trastevere is on the west bank of the Tiber. The neighbourhood maintains its character thanks to its narrow cobbled streets lined by medieval houses. At night, natives and tourists alike flock to its many pubs and restaurants.

11193236_10155542986375427_5679968813105180898_nThe magnificent Castel Sant’Angelo. Moving on …

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Me and …

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IMG_6461 IMG_6362 11174906_10155541234960427_6830015692739579243_nVictor Emmanuel II Monument

11174826_10155542783435427_3192076447537877236_nA little pause; iced- caffè

IMG_6406… and fragole gelato.

Music is a huge component in the city and it would be difficult to chose one tune over the other however my favourite Italian singer is no doubt Lucio Dalla and this specific song.

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A nice way to end a wonderful stroll is sitting at the Cul de Sac, a dainty wine bar in the city centre,  and sipping a nice glass of wine with amazing friends. Thank you Andrea, Gemma, Roberto, Marianne, Michel, Marina N., Agnieszka, Marina C., Monnie, Elisabetta, Bita, Fares and Jef. Salute e a presto! 

3 comments

  1. Raffo Monica says:

    Merci Ariane de nous faire partager Dalla et Rome. Superbes photos et commentaires.

  2. Katia Tólcheff says:

    è come sei molto lontano, più forte ti scrivverò…
    J’ adore!

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