Rome – without Colloseum and the Pope
Last weekend we went to Rome again, for the second time. And more importantly, we had the chance to travel without Ashleigh, for the first time since he’s born. To be honest if I had a choice I’d have taken him, but our sponsor only had 2 free places and my very lovely sister-in-law Donna offered to look after Ash for 2 days. I can’t thank her enough!
Since we’ve been to Rome before, this time we decided to just explore the city and go where the locals go. And here are our findings:
A little gem with a rundown fascade but inside it’s a total different world. They have hundreds upon hundreds bottles of wine, all stacked right up to the ceiling. Oh, and because it’s Easter, there is also a wooden cart full of lovely looking (so expensive) Easter eggs. They’ve also got a little cafe/wine bar at the back of the shop, you can enjoy a light lunch of homemade quiche with a glass of something (you’re not short of choices there!) or a fine slice of tart with a strong expresso. All at very reasonable price.
Our next shop Panella has a much more up-market shop, not far from the Museum of Oriental Arts. So why not kill 2 birds with one stone? 🙂 They sell all kinds of bread there, including a bird shaped braed with an egg encaved. I would’ve taken more pictures to showcase their work but a lady in the shop http://healthsavy.com/product/nexium/ gestured me not to take pictures, and I don’t even know if she works in the shop. Anyway, personally I don’t like this approach (if she actually works in the shop). If a shop doesn’t want to be pictured, simply put up a sign to say so. I’ve checked and there were no signs. Anyway. We had a drink and a little snack there, it was nice. But the little “reminder” sort of put me off. I think I much prefer Buccone than Panella.
There are a few other foodie shops that we happen to walk pass, like the master chocolatier Moriondo & Gariglio, which engulf you with the most plesant cocoa smell as soon as you open their door. Also Vino VIP is a must go for their very friendly staff and an array of food, from truffle mushroom pate to hazelnut & vanilla cream, you just have to go ther and see for yourself.
Rome is definitely on top of my favourite cities list, and I think I will go there for the third time in the future. It is SO rich in culture that every corner you turn, you’ll see something historical or monumental. And hidden in between all that, you have all these little gems shining through. So if you’re going to Rome, can I just say I’m jealous, and please keep an eye out for the small shops! x