It’s been a while travel bugs! Due to a phone upgrade disaster I lost a bunch of content. However, my memories of Italy are so vivid I have no problem starting from scratch.
Where did I leave off? Ahhh, yes Trastevere and the contemporary hotel. The name of this amazing contemporary hotel was the Radisson Blu es. Hotel, Rome. Rome is ancient and this hotel was very modern and stylish. I loved the contrast!
It had an amazing spa. I loved the roof top bar and pool. It was the perfect place to have a glass of wine and reflect on my trip.
My room had a jacuzzi tub, which is always a bonus!
I wanted to go somewhere non-touristy for dinner so a friend who lived in Italy told me about a little town named Trastevere. I had the hotel call me a cab to ensure I was not over charged. From the moment I stepped out of the cab the energy was different.
There were tons of people walking down the street, in and out of restaurants. The first place I tried to eat at was recommended by a friend who watches a bunch of cooking shows. It was called Pizzeria ‘La Fraschetta’.
Unfortunately, they didn’t accept credit cards and I don’t carry much cash on me when I travel. So, I had to search for another option.
I walked a block or so and there was a little area, with a narrow road that had restaurants on each side. The staff stood outside and tried to get you to come into their establishment. People walked up and down the streets, talking and laughing. The energy was amazing.
As I walked fireworks started to go off. It seemed like a scene out of a movie. I couldn’t see them with the buildings blocking but I heard them. Being in the midst of such amazing energy, smelling amazing food then hearing the fireworks, it all seemed pretty magical.
I stopped at a cute little place to eat named Hosteria del Moro.
The staff was extremely friendly. I ordered the lasagna and red wine.
The owner actually came out and greeted me which was awesome. He even sent me two small bottles of their house wine, one red and one white.
The manager checked on me as well. He brought out this delicious little dessert named sorbetto. It was the best sorbet I ever had.
He also brought out limoncello. It was awesome.
So if you’re in Rome and the touristy area is just too touristy for you go to Trastevere. It’s an awesome place with amazing energy.
After dinner I explored this area that reminded me a lot of Paris. There were restaurants and markets along the water.
It really was a great day!
This concluded my Italy trip and I have memories that are going to last me a life time. Before I headed back to the US I had to purchase a few bottles of wine.
I couldn’t have asked for a better experience.